The Dame Lesley Southgate Travelling Fellowship

The Dame Lesley Southgate 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.
We are delighted to announce that applications for the 2017 Southgate Scholarship are now being sought.
We will be awarding one Fellowship of up to £2,500 to promote the Academy’s values and aims, to help develop and inspire a new generation of medical educators, to assist research for the continuing development of professional medical education, and to honour one of our founding members.
Applications must be received by 22 September 2017. This year’s successful applications will be announced at DEMEC. Download guidelines and an application form here.
We are very much looking forward to hearing from last year’s awardees – Dr Jamie Read and Dr Neel Sharma – also at DEMEC in November 
Neel’s project is entitled Entrustable Professional Activities as Assessment in Simulation. His host institution will be the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

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.

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.

You can read Jamie's blog here.
We look forward to Neel and Jamie presenting their final reports at the DEMEC meeting in Manchester in November 2017.