AMEE – An International Association for Health Professions Education: Press Release
AMEE’s ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award Winners Announced
The winners for this year’s ASPIRE-to Excellence Awards have been revealed during a live ceremony at AMEE Lyon 2022, hosted by Professor Ronald Harden.
Each year, the highly sought-after ASPIRE-to Excellence Awards are given to the very best in Health Professions Education across the Globe. They reward excellence across a wide breadth of subjects including Student Engagement, Simulation, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development and Student Assessment. One new category was introduced for 2021 to reflect how Health Professions Education is evolving: Inspirational Approaches to Health Professions Education.
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences were awarded the Student Engagement Award. The Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation took home the Simulation Award.
The Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo were delighted to receive the much-coveted award for Faculty Development, whilst the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine excelled in the Student Assessment category, and were awarded the prize in that category.
Jim Rourke, Chair AMEE ASPIRE-to Excellence Board, said:
“Applying for an ASPIRE award challenges schools to benchmark their school against what is considered exemplary. This requires students, staff and other stakeholders to develop and demonstrate excellence in education. The collaborative process stimulates the school’s focus on improving medical education.”
Professor Ronald Harden, a leading international authority on Medical Education, and AMEE General Secretary, said:
“The ASPIRE-to-Excellence programme has an important role to play at a time of rapid change in education when the value of a university’s teaching as well as their contributions to research are recognised.
The ASPIRE Award highlights schools who have demonstrated teaching excellence in one or more areas including Assessment, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Inspirational Approaches to Medical Education, International Collaborations, Simulation, Social Accountability, Student Engagement, and Technology Enhanced Learning.”
Professor Cathal Kelly, Vice Chancellor, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences said: “As medical educators, we believe that a culture of student engagement empowers students to develop as ‘enlightened doctors’ with the capacity to truly influence and transform human health in their professions. Students are equal partners in RCSI’s key decision-making processes, in their education and research and in serving our wider communities. This meaningful partnership between our students and staff has cultivated an academic environment wherein students have real agency and have the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills that will enable them to become change-makers as they advance in their careers. The ASPIRE award is testimony to the work led by our Deputy Dean for Student Engagement, Professor Celine Marmion, who together with students and staff, have truly embedded a universal culture of student engagement and partnership right across RCSI”.
Student Engagement - Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Student Engagement - RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Simulation - The Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation
Curriculum Development - Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan
Faculty Development - Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo
Student Assessment - University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Inspirational Approaches to Health Professions Education - The University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
2022 Merit Awards:
The 2022 ASPIRE to Excellence awards for Merit went to:
Student Engagement - University of Liverpool, School of Veterinary Science.
Student Engagement - Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Student Engagement - Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
Inspirational Approaches to Health Professions Education - Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Inspirational Approaches to Health Professions Education - Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Faculty Development - International Medical University, Malaysia
AMEE is a worldwide organisation with members in over 90 countries across five continents. Our community is made up of individuals and organisations from a diverse range of backgrounds that span the healthcare professions educator sector. Doctors, nurses, teachers, lecturers, dentists, veterinarians, surgeons and many, many more have all joined AMEE to come together with the aim of bettering education in their field and supporting colleagues around the world in achieving excellence.
Promoting the sharing of information through networking, conferences, publications and online activities
Identifying improvements in traditional approaches and supporting innovation in curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment and education management
Encouraging research in the field of health professions education
Promoting the use of evidence-informed education
Setting standards for excellence in healthcare professions education
Acknowledging achievement both at an individual and an institutional level
Recognising the global nature of health professions education
Influencing the continuing development of health professions education through collaboration with relevant national, regional and international bodies
AMEE promotes excellence in health professions education internationally at all levels of study, from entry level disciplines to Masters programmes and PhD Research. Together with other organisations, we support teachers and institutions in their current educational activities while advising them on new developments, advances and methodologies.
We believe in promoting excellence in health professions education internationally by: