Sikandar KhanThe ASME Intercalation Prize is a fairly new prize, introduced in the academic year 2018/19. The prize follows the same submission criteria and format as the Sir John Ellis Prize, however, is specifically for projects completed during an intercalated degree.

The expectation is of a well-structured, purposeful and disciplined piece of work that will be of general interest to a medical education audience. Curricular innovations and new methods are welcomed but must include justification, appropriate references to literature and elements of evaluation – these may be more eligible for our innovation prizes.

We are pleased to be able to announce the winner and runner-up for the 2022 prize:

Sikandar Khan, Imperial College London, was awarded the prize for their submission: Who learns best: the tortoise or the hare? A randomised controlled trial comparing massed learning against spaced repetition in a virtual reality simulation.

I am delighted and incredibly grateful to win the 2022 ASME Intercalation prize for my research into medical education and the optimal way to learn complex surgical skills. It is a huge honour, and I would like to thank all the committee members as well as my supervisors (Thomas Edwards), family, and friends who I would not have been able to do any of this without. Hopefully, this research will be continued further and have a positive impact on medical education in the future. @sikanderkhan98

Sikandar has been awarded a monetary prize of £300, a certificate, and free registration for our annual RME conference in November 2023.

The runner-up is Aleena Thomas & Jessica McKeever, University of Dundee, with their submission: “More than meets the eye?” – An action research study exploring ophthalmologists’ perceptions of a low-cost strabismus surgical model. Both Aleena and Jessica were delighted to hear that they had been awarded the runner-up prize. Aleena and Jessica have been awarded a monetary prize of £150 and a certificate.

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