ASME’s Education Research Committee are please to announce the finalists of the 2021 round of the RPA. Applicants were requested to submit their research paper describing research that was complete at time of submission. The submissions were judged against the following criteria:

  • Novelty of subject matter or approach within the field of medical education research. 
  • Contribution to the field of medical education research.
  • A clear statement of rationale with a relevant gap in literature identified.
  • Clearly stated research question(s) and/or aims and objectives that are in concordance with the research design.
  • Clear rationale for the methodological / theoretical approach taken.
  • Findings from results clearly reported and the new knowledge generated by the study clearly stated.
  • Relevant discussion and justified conclusions presented with recommendations and / or relevance to practice outlined
  • The paper/submission should be unpublished at the time of application as it has to be original

With all submissions being of high quality, the award assessors awarded finalists places to the following applicants:

M Brown PhotoMegan Brown
, Health Professions Education Unit, Hull York Medical School, University of York, with their submission How do Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships work, and why should we care? : An international, qualitative analysis of identity performances within Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships.

“I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2021 Research Paper Award. I look forward to presenting my research at ASM 2021 and discussing my findings with the wider medical education community. I must take the time to thank my PhD supervisors Professor Finn and Dr Whybrow for their support with this research.”


M Byrne photoMatthew Byrne, Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford, with their submission Examining Medical Student Volunteering During COVID-19 As A Prosocial Behaviour.  “I am exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to present our work at the ASM meeting, to my mentors, co-authors, and to all the students who contributed their views to this work. I look forward to sharing their voices with you.


G Choa photoGeorge Choa, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with their submission Understanding impacts of accreditation on medical teachers and students: A systematic review and meta-ethnography.  “I was elated to be selected as a finalist for the ASME RPA and very much look forward to sharing my research on the impacts of medical institution accreditation on medical teachers and learners through an incredible platform such as ASME.”



All applicants will be presenting at the Annual Scholarship Meeting 2021 8-9 July in the RPA finalists’ session and thereafter a winner will be chosen.


More information on all of our awards can be found here:


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