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The AMEE Research Committee was established in 2012 to increase the support for educational research and research activities for the AMEE community. 

The AMEE Research Committee is very active, managing a portfolio of scholarly activities which includes two research grant programmes; a research stream within the conference programme; PhD awards, and the development of resources. 

Our Research Committee members represent four continents, and are established researchers with a breadth of methodological and theoretical expertise/knowledge.  We are proud of the past and present members of the AMEE Research Committee, all of whom are well-known for their expertise and who represent many different nations.   

The AMEE Research Committee believes that it is essential to provide opportunities and support for AMEE members with varying levels of research experience: from those who are well-established to colleagues who are just starting to engage with education research. 

Members (Sep 2020)


  • Ayelet Kuper, Canada (Chair)
  • Jen Cleland, Singapore (Past Chair)
  • Janusz Janczukowicz, Poland (Deputy Chair & Executive Cttee Liaison)
  • Rola Ajjawi, Australia
  • Alison Bullock, United Kingdom
  • Marco Antonio de Carvalho Filho, Portugal
  • Diann Eley, Australia
  • Martin Fischer, Germany
  • Janneke Frambach, The Netherlands
  • Mark Goldszmidt, Canada
  • Lionel Green-Thompson, South Africa
  • Tanya Horsley, Canada
  • Debbie Jaarsma, The Netherlands
  • Anne Mette Mørcke, Denmark
  • Bridget O’Brien, United States
  • Terese Stenfors-Hayes, Sweden
  • Aliki Thomas, Canada

Margaret Hay (Australia), Martin Tolsgaard (Denmark), and Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) rotated off the committee in September 2020.  Our thanks to them for all the time and commitment they have given to the committee over the last years.

The Research Committee members and activities are organised into networks, each led by a committee member, working with a Deputy Network Lead.

All Committee members contribute to the many Research Committee activities during the annual AMEE conference (see below for further information). 

Research Committee members are invited for a five year term. If you are interested in contributing to the Research Committee, please contact Ayelet Kuper via the AMEE general enquires email address, or visit our stand at the AMEE conference.


Current Activities

  • Research Grants: We have a well-established programme of Research Grants. The AMEE Research Grant Award programme recognises the importance of research in health professions education. It has, and continues to serve, as a catalyst to promote excellence in research among AMEE members. Grants are intended to augment support for projects of up to £10,000. Applications are accepted once a year and involve a 2-step process, pre-proposal and a full proposal. Please see the AMEE Awards and Grants webpages for further information, including key dates.
  • Medical Educators Working in Resource Constrained Settings (MERCS): This Award, first awarded in 2017, provides financial support of up to £2,000 for educational research and scholarship projects for those AMEE members working in under-resourced regions. Applications are accepted once a year and involve a single-stage process. Please see the AMEE Awards and Grants webpages for further information, including key dates.
  • Research Programme: The AMEE Research Paper stream is immensely popular. In 2020-21 we reviewed nearly 140 abstracts, of which 40 were accepted and 37 were presented at AMEE 2021. Research Papers are evaluated during the AMEE conference, and best papers from each Research Paper session acknowledged. Note that the deadline for submission for AMEE Research Papers is typically the end of November/beginning of December. This is to ensure outcomes are communicated before the closing date for short communications and posters (thus ensuring those who were unsuccessful in the Research Paper stream can re-submit and be considered for the main conference programme). Please check the Abstracts webpage for more information. 
  • Doctoral Report Network: The AMEE Doctoral Report Award is to encourage and award investigators who have conducted high quality research in the domain of health professions education. Students are invited to submit their full thesis for review by a panel of experienced PhD supervisors/mentors, then further evaluated at the AMEE meeting to identify an overall best thesis. This initiative aims to acknowledge high quality research in the field. We had 24 submissions in 2020-2021, of which 8 were accepted and 6 presented at AMEE 2021. Please check the AMEE conference website for key dates.
  • Poster mentoring: The Research Committee offers poster mentoring during the Annual Meeting. Please look out for communications about this opportunity to get feedback on your poster from international experts.
  • Resources: The AMEE well-known AMEE Guide Series has expanded to include guides focusing specifically on research and theory relevant to medical and healthcare professions research and scholarly activity. Many previous and current AMEE Research Committee members have contributed to these popular resources. Please see the AMEE Guides webpage for more information.
  • Researching Medical Education: Jennifer Cleland and Steven Durning, both former Chairs of the AMEE Research Committee, worked with experts in healthcare education research from across the globe, to produce this authoritative guide to excellence in educational research in the health professions. This is the ideal resource for anyone researching health education. See
  • Potential future activities: The Research Committee is always considering ways to further enhance their presence at the annual conference and to assist members in between annual conferences. The Research Committee welcome your opinions regarding potential innovations, and would love your feedback on their existing activities. Please email [email protected] and your comments and feedback will be passed along to the Committee.


The AMEE Research Committee networks have regular calls to organise and manage their activities.  During the AMEE Conferences the Committee has a closed meeting and an exhibition stand.  Please visit our stand to meet Research Committee members, find out more about what we do, and to offer your help with Committee activities!


As an AMEE member you are welcome to have your say in how the Research Committee can further support scholarly activity in research in medical education.  Please do contact us in person at our exhibition stand at AMEE Conferences, or via the AMEE office.

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