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Medical Council - INMED Research in Medical Education Awards Announced

Grant awards to promote medical education and training research

The Medical Council and the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) today (20th February, 2015) announced new awards aimed at building medical educational research capacity in Ireland. Called the Medical Council – INMED Research in Medical Education (RIME) Awards, the grants will promote research that seeks to answer questions of national and international importance, while contributing to the knowledge-base for Irish medical education and training.

Speaking as the awards were announced at the INMED 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting at the University of Limerick, Caroline Spillane, CEO of the Medical Council, said:

“Quality in medical education and training can be enhanced through high quality research. Recent developments such as the establishment of the HRB-Medical Education Research Grant for large-scale research and the launch of the first ever survey of all trainee doctors in Ireland, Your Training Counts - to be conducted on an annual basis by the Medical Council - signal a positive change in direction. Since the lack of available funding has undoubtedly been a restricting factor for research in the past, we are hopeful that the Medical Council – INMED RIME Awards will incentivise increased research in the field.

“It is anticipated that this research will go on to influence the development of the medical education and training policy locally and nationally, including Medical Council policy as the body that oversees quality in the sector. To guide applicants, themes have been selected which reflect policy priorities – ranging from medical professionalism; workplace learning; feedback, resilience and well-being in students and the workforce; transitions in medical education and inter-professional learning, through to professional identity formation and impactful and creative models for CPD.”

Criteria for the assessment of applications include clarity of aims and objectives of the proposed research, as well as coherence between research objectives, methodology, and expected outcomes or benefits. Importantly, the research must represent ‘new knowledge’ linked to undergraduate medical education, postgraduate medical education and training, and/or continuous professional development, and should represent a demonstrable benefit for doctors at any of these three phases of training. There will be grant awards of €6,000 for projects linked to each of the phases.

Professor Peter Cantillon on behalf of the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) said:

“Together with the Medical Council, we are calling on principal investigators across Ireland to apply before the deadline of the 8th of May 2015, with the successful recipients chosen by a panel of international experts selected for their expertise and experience in the fields of medical education and training research. The panel will look for evidence of a clear evaluation and dissemination strategy, with attention given to both process and outcomes. Applications which link within and across jurisdictions other than Ireland are welcomed, with a focus on generating research that has the potential to shape new thinking on medical training and education in this country, and which will also have import overseas.”

Applications for the Medical Council – INMED Research in Medical Education (RIME) Awards can be made via the INMED website until May 8th, 2015.