Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards


The Academy of Medical Educators awards a number of prizes and awards each year.

Honorary Fellowship 

Honorary Fellowship is the highest award of the Academy of Medical Educators. The award is intended for exceptional individuals whose contributions are often internationally recognised and who have made a significant contribution to medical education.

The Academy welcomes nominations for Honorary Fellowship from all Members and Fellows in good standing. Please log in to the members' area for further details and to make a nomination.

 At the EBMA Assessment Conference in Exeter in October we were delighted to award Honorary Fellowships to Professor Val Wass, Professor Erik Driessen, Dr Eric Holmboe and Professor Cees van der Vleuten.

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Erik Driessen is Professor in Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal Perspectives on Medical Education.

Dr Eric Holmboe

Dr Holmboe, a board certified internist, is Senior Vice President for Milestones, Development and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the evaluation of clinical competence.

Eric Holmboe gave one of the keynote lecture at the Crossing Boundaries conference in Exter in October. You can watch it here

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 Cees DG HF Professor Cees van der Vleuten

Cees van der Vleuten was appointed Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (1996-2015) at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands. Since 2005 he has been the Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education.   

His primary expertise lies in evaluation and assessment.

 Professor Valerie Wass OBE

Professor Wass has been Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University since 2009. She has published a number of highly cited papers on evaluation, QA and assessment methodology and is Chair of the RCGP International Committee.

She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008. Her research centres on cultural diversity within medical training, professionalism and the development of health care education to meet the needs of globalisation.

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 iain-cameron  Professor Iain Cameron

Iain Cameron is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. His main clinical and research interests are reproductive endocrinology and investigation of the impact of the maternal environment on early pregnancy.

Professor Cameron was formally presented with his certificate of Honorary Fellowship at the Academy's Annual Conference in December 2016.

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The President's Medal

The President’s Medal is presented to an individual who has made an exceptional and sustained contribution to medical education and who will not usually have achieved recognition previously by other medical education organisations at a national or international level. This year's recipient was Dr Caroline Fertleman.

Caroline supports a whole range of individuals from school leavers to senior colleagues and leads a number of education-based teams locally, regionally and nationally. Caroline’s ability to motivate, engage and work inclusively is a key component of her approach. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and was elected to Council in 2014.

The Dame Lesley Southgate Travelling Fellowship in Assessment

Since being a signatory to the Academy of Medical Educators’ inaugural charter in October 2006, Professor Dame Lesley Southgate has been one of the driving forces behind its development. As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations we have introduced the Dame Lesley Southgate Travelling Fellowship in Assessment, to offer medical educators a unique opportunity to visit an overseas centre of excellence to gain knowledge, experience and different perspectives on medical education assessment.

The Academy is pleased to announce two winners of this year’s Fellowship. The fellowship fund of £4,500 will be split equally between Dr Neel Sharma and Dr Jamie Read.

Neel’s project is entitled Entrustable Professional Activities as Assessment in Simulation.

"Entrustment is now being cemented in the field of competency based assessment. This focuses on the recognition of when trainees can be entrusted to perform a competency unsupervised. High fidelity simulation is utilised globally to enhance training in a safe learning environment. There is also a push toward ensuring improvements in quality and safety training to ensure minimisation of system failure in the workplace. This study plans to merge the utilisation of EPAs as an assessment tool when employing simulation to enhance quality and safety training. “

His host institution will be the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Jamie’s project Making the most of failed assessments: Comparing how international approaches to the design and implementation of remediation interventions for struggling learners ensure appropriate professional identity construction, will also see him travel to the States, where he will be hosted by the University of Michigan

“Remediation is an important but under-researched process which aims to support struggling learners to meet the level of competence expected and so is a vital part of protecting patients. However, despite a clear need for effective remediation there is very little research examining its effectiveness and even less examining the impact of remediation on professional identity construction in students. This research project aims to understand how remediation processes can be designed to support students and encourage appropriate outcomes for learning and professional identity, drawing on the experiences of two different medical schools in different healthcare systems across the globe.”

We look forward to Neel and Jamie presenting their final reports at the DEMEC meeting in Manchester in November 2017.