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NIHR invests in medical education research

NIHR invests in medical education research

Following a medical education research capacity building meeting in London, January 2015, attended by ASME's Education Research Group (ERG) and John Jenkins ASME's President, the National Institute of Health Research in England (NIHR) has amended their funding criteria to encourage applications and realise the potential gains from medical education research. Their criteria will be changed as follows:

  "NIHR is also prepared to support high quality research into 'medical education' (defined broadly as education for healthcare providers).  Whilst this area of research need not fulfil the criterion of having 'potential for benefiting patients and the public within 5 years of its completion', it is expected that the research will have the potential to have practical application."

This acknowledges both the need to invest in high quality research into training and education and the challenge of demonstrating direct, immediate impact from education/training on patient outcomes. At the same time, it is clear that, as always, NIHR will prioritise funding for high quality projects which are directly relevant to solving real healthcare education and training problems.

This is a positive move in terms of building capacity in medical education research.

Professor Jennifer Cleland
John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research, University of Aberdeen
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