ASME would like to introduce you to a new initiative  which we have created. We hope this will provide you with the opportunity to engage with fellow ASME members and the wider medical education community. We are delighted to announce the launch of ASMEBITESIZE ASMEBITESIZE is an opportunity for you to discuss matters of interest and to disseminate areas of good practice and to support each other in these challenging times. We will be running a series of online "bitesize" events including podcasts, webinars, Q&As, journal editor sessions and so on. The series of short, concise, frequent and regular activities are being held from June to January. A whole world of opportunities for you to participate in and benefit from.The first ASMEBITESIZE event will be on Monday 1st June.  It will take the form of an audio podcast exploring some of the key challenges and opportunities of teaching medical students about video and audio consulting in the current Covid crisis and...
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The Bright Side of Social Media

As the disruption of COVID-19 has unfolded in the medical education community, there has been a rise in technology enhanced learning resources, with a particular emphasis upon Social Media (SoMe). In this blog series, ASME Social Media & Communications Director Dr Jonny Guckian examines some of the success stories behind specific SoMe innovations and highlights the scholarship which drives such popularity. What’s the innovation? The Tweetorial: a series of linked tweets combined to form a step-by-step explanatory essay. It’s undertaken by one single account and breaks down concepts into multiple 280 character chunks. Sounds long. Why bother? One of the chief criticisms levelled at Twitter in academia is that it’s just too hard to get across complex, nuanced ideas in 280 characters. Moreover, posting poorly connected tweets on one subject can be hard to navigate, particularly when the real learning comes from the rigorous debate which follows. Tweetorials break down complicated...
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Getting things done - in Medical Education        

Whatever level you’re at in your Medical Education career, you will be working in some sort of institution- that might be a hospital, general practice, university, or a commercial organisation. You might be an educational entrepreneur making your own way, but if that is the case, you need to interact with those same institutions. You have a great idea, you want to test out a new approach, evaluate it; or maybe share great practice that inspired you when you were at an ASME ASM or event! So how to make it happen. Putting ideas into practice can be tricky. What resources do you need? The obvious one is money, but it can be time, or people, or kit.  Where and when do you want to make this happen? Who would you like to take part, and how are you going to reach them? Advertising, sourcing the right location? Even if you’re...
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Small Grants 2019 winner update

As part of our new blog, ASME is checking in with past award winners. Today, we catch up with Kirsty Alexander, Small Grant winner from 2019… I am a postdoctoral researcher currently working at the Research Department for Medical Education (RDME) at UCL. Having graduated with my PhD in 2018, I am an early career researcher and was very pleased to be awarded an ASME Small Grant in 2019. My Small Grant project is a qualitative study exploring the process of knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners working in Widening Access (WA) to medicine. In the UK, WA is a governmental policy initiative that aims to reduce disparities between the proportion of different demographic groups entering university. Practically, it involves initiatives such as outreach, summer schools and gateway programmes. Many different stakeholders are thus involved: policymakers, researchers, university WA practitioners, schoolteachers, parents and the potential applicants themselves. In healthcare research, we...
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ASME Small Grants 2020 Recipients Announced

  The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), annually invites Members (including undergraduate student members and employees of institutions that are members of the Association) to submit bids for small grants (up to the value of £5,000) to support a research study in the field of medical or other healthcare education. ASME welcomes submissions from new as well as established researchers. The SMall grants are awards overseen by ASME's Education Research Committee.     We are pleased to announce the following recipients of awards from the 2020 round of applications Catherine Farrelly, University of Exeter (and co-authors Natasha Doran, Sarah Bradley) with the submission What are student perceptions of how frequent-look OSCEs affect student wellbeing compared with infrequent OSCEs? James Groves, UCL (and co-authors James Cai, Amali Lokugamage, Faye Gishen, Will Coppola) with the submission Investigating the effects of an online mindfulness intervention on medical student stress and well-being Anna Rosselli, University...
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