ASME awards first doctoral grant in celebration of 60th anniversary

The funding will support postgraduate research training

Established to promote excellence and high-quality research in medical education and training, the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The highlight of the year’s celebrations is the awarding of this new research funding stream which is designed to build capacity in the field by supporting doctoral-level (PHD) research in medical education. This first doctoral award was launched at the ASME AGM in Exeter in June and another two awards will be made in 2018 and 2019.

The first recipient of this award is Professor Tim Dornan, Queen’s University Belfast, and his colleagues from the Universities of Southampton, UK and Western University, Canada.

They will use the funding to explore how children might contribute to the education and training of doctors.

Their project, “Out of the mouth of babes”, was one of many that entered for the inaugural award and, despite formidable competition, has been determined the winner.

Karen Mattick, Director of Awards for ASME, says: “The quality of applications from the medical education community in this first round was very high. Each application went through a rigorous peer review process involving national and international assessors.

“We are delighted to announce this new award for Professor Dornan and his colleagues, and look forward to seeing the project develop over the coming months and years.”

Professor Dornan, the winner of the grant, says: “It is a huge honour to be granted the ASME 60th Anniversary Doctoral Grant. This will enable a paediatrician in training to explore how medical education can be made more child-centred, which we think is well in keeping with ASME’s mission.”

While the grant is in honour of their 60th anniversary, ASME do intend to continue to award more funding to other projects in the near future.

Professor Jennifer Cleland, ASME Chair, says: “This is the first of three 60th birthday doctoral grants. The aim of this exciting initiative, which I personally hope to be the start of a regular, annual doctoral grant programme from ASME, is to support internationally-excellent medical education research and build capacity in the field.”