Professional Standards

Teaching and facilitating learning

This domain outlines the expected standards for medical educators in relation to teaching and facilitating learning. Applicants must demonstrate and referees must corroborate these capabilities.

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Assessment of learning

This domain outlines the expected standards for medical educators in making and reporting judgments that capture, guide and make decisions about the learning achievement of learners. Applicants must demonstrate and referees must corroborate these capabilities.

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Educational research & scholarship

This domain outlines the expected standards for medical educators in relation to their own personal and professional development. This domain is underpinned by the commitment to educational scholarship outlined in the core values outlined above. Applicants must demonstrate and referees must corroborate these capabilities.

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Educational management & leadership

This domain outlines the expected standards for medical educators in relation to the management, leadership and governance of medical education. Applicants must demonstrate and referees must corroborate these capabilities.

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Designing & planning learning

This domain outlines the expected standards for medical educators involved in educational design and learning development processes. Applicants must demonstrate and referees must corroborate these capabilities.

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Core values of Medical Educators

  • Promotes quality and safety of care
  • Demonstrates professional identity and integrity
  • Is committed to scholarship and reflection in medical education
  • Demonstrates respect for others
Core values of Medical Educators
Teaching &
facilitating learning
Assessment
of learning
Educational research & scholarship
Educational management & leadership
Designing & planning learning

Professional Standards

The Academy recognises that medical education is distinct from teaching in higher education in general because of the central place that patient care occupies not only in teaching and learning but also in assessment and feedback, and in quality assurance.

We set out to become the standard setting body for medical educators in the UK. In 2009, we achieved this aim with the publication of the Professional Standards that define the level of competence that medical educators should achieve at each point in their careers.

The Academy aims to build on the success of the Professional Standards by:

  • developing standards for educational supervisors, and ensuring all educational supervisors in the UK become assessed and accredited. 
  • formally linking measurable achievement in medical education to the GMC revalidation process for doctors. 
  • recognising all medical educators in the UK, at the appropriate level, through our professional recognition scheme, the framework for which is set out in the Professional Standards. 
  • developing a more interactive network of members to ensure those new to medical education get the mentoring, support and help they need. 

Download a PDF copy of the Standards from here.  To request to be sent copies of the Professional Standards to your institution please email our office: info@medicaleducators.org.