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ASME’s small grants are open to members who wish to make a bid to gain some financial support for a research study in the field of medical or other healthcare education. Submissions are welcome from new as well as established researchers and ASME particularly welcomes applicants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

Some educational research projects require modest amounts of funding to cover expenses such as focus group attendance, travel, and simulated patient feesThese grants are intended to assist such projects. All recipients of the Small Grants award are contractually obligated to produce an end of project report to the ASME Board and to make, via open licence, any teaching / learning resource produced, available via ASME’s website to its membership.

The maximum award per individual or project under the scheme is £5,000 or equivalent (bids for smaller amounts of funding are welcomed and encouraged).

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2023 awards as follows:

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Stephanie Bull, Agalya Ramanathan, Laura Knight, Priscilla Reddy, Jo Horsburgh, Medical Education Innovation & Research Centre,Imperial College London. Stakeholders responses to a scoping review that explores a sense of belonging in medical students.

We are delighted to receive funding so that we can explore stakeholders’ responses to our scoping review exploring a sense of belonging in medical students.  The aim is to deepen the understanding of the patterns, gaps, and interpretation of the scoping review by involving medical students and faculty across the world to co-interpret the findings.  From this we hope to make recommendations to support the development of inclusive educational practice.  Also joining the research team are Dr Lynelle Govender and Dr Katie Scott. @StephBull7 @Agalyaramanath1 @DrLauraKnight1 Prof Priscilla Reddy @johorsburgh Dr Lynelle Govender @katie_scott1 @Imperial_MEdIC

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Helen Church, University of Nottingham Medical School. Post-Foundation Training Breaks and the Impact on General Practice Recruitment.

“I’m thrilled to have been given this Small Grant Award, which will support my continued research into medical careers. Grants such as these are really important for early careers researchers like myself, and I would encourage others with research projects to apply for future rounds!” @helenrchurch


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Niamh Coakley, University College Cork, Ireland. Interprofessional collaboration in the workplace; observation and experiences of healthcare students. 

We are delighted to be awarded an ASME small grants this year. Our project aims to explore interprofessional collaboration in the workplace as experienced and observed by senior healthcare professions’ students. We hope that this will add to the literature and inform interventions to reinforce interprofessional education and collaboration in the clinical setting.'” 

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Laura Knight and Ravi Parekh, Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre, Imperial College London. Widening Access to Careers in Community Healthcare (WATCCH): A Realist Evaluation

We are thrilled that our project has been awarded an ASME Small Grant. This funding will enable us to elevate the voices of underrepresented groups in healthcare professions by sharing their views and experiences of a widening access programme. Our aim is to identify barriers to engagement with widening access programmes and learn how to overcome them. We look forward to contributing to the important work being done to widen access to healthcare careers and thank ASME for this opportunity.” @DrLauraKnight1 @raviparekh86 @Imperial_MEdIC

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Catherine Sweeney,University College Cork, Ireland. Silence Speaks: Understanding physician experience of silence in palliative care, a phenomenological study.

“We are delighted to receive this ASME Small Grant Award. It will allow us to use a novel methodology to explore the poorly understood area of physicians’ experiences of using silence. We hope that this will lay the foundations for the development of a clinical pedagogy of silence.” @UCCMedEd


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Lisa Wetzlmair, University of Exeter Medical School. (Not) feeling dismissed: How patients’ perspectives on teleconsultations can shape health and social care education.

“As an early career researcher, I am very excited to have been awarded my first independent grant. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working on integrating digital health in healthcare education.“ @lisawetzlmair


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Abdi Malik and Noah Clancy, University of Southampton. Induction experiences of international medical graduates in the NHS – A mixed-methods study. 

“We would like to thank ASME for awarding us this grant to undertake this research. We hope that this will help to shed light on ways to improve the induction experience.”

Congratulations to all of our winners!


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