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Medical Council and INMED Research in Medical Education Awards Winners Announced

Grants awarded to promote medical education and training research

The Medical Council and the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) today (9th of September, 2015) announced the winners of the awards aimed at building medical educational research capacity in Ireland. The grants have been awarded to Professor Deirdre Madden of University College Cork, Dr Bridget Maher also of University College Cork and Dr Aileen Patterson of Trinity College Dublin. The Medical Council – INMED Research in Medical Education (RIME) award winners will be given grants in order undertake research projects that seek to answer questions of national and international importance, while contributing to the knowledge- base for Irish medical education and training. The grants, which will be awarded annually by the Medical Council and INMED, will enhance the quality of doctors’ education, training and lifelong learning for the benefit of patients.

The winners will undertake research on a range of topics including: medical behaviour online, continual professional development needs and barriers as well as patient and public perceptions of medical professionalism.

Speaking about the award winners, Professor Freddie Wood, said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce the winners of the Medical Council and INMED awards as I believe this research will go on to influence medical education and training policy at every level. When we announced the awards back in February we said that the most important outcome of this initiative was to stimulate educational research which addresses questions and topics that really matter, and I am pleased to say that this has been the case. INMED have shown great leadership in the area for medical education in Ireland and we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with them on this initiative.

“We are committed to enhancing patient safety through our own research while working with others to develop the evidence-base to enable the health sector to make informed decisions which best meet the evolving needs of patients and doctors.”

On behalf of the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Professor Peter Cantillon said: “We are very proud of the new educational research funding initiative launched this year between INMED and the Medical Council of Ireland. It is a critical initiative to support the development of educational research capacity in our undergraduate and postgraduate schools. On behalf of INMED I would like to congratulate the three successful applications, all of which address research themes of national and international relevance.”


The Medical Council will this month host its Annual Symposium for Medical Educators, which this year focuses on supporting doctors with the transition from medical student to practising doctor.

Winners Project Title
Professor Deirdre Madden (University College Cork)                                     Patient and Public Interpretations of Medical Professionalism - an Analysis of Complaints to the Medical Council
Dr Bridget Maher (University College Cork) Identifying CPD Needs, Barriers and Opportunities - a Mixed Methods Study
Dr Aileen Patterson (Trinity College Dublin) Un-blurring the Boundaries, Exploring Undergraduate Medical Student Perception of Acceptable Professional Behaviour Online