Initiatives (ASPIRE, BEME, ESME, MedEdWorld)


The ASPIRE-to-Excellence programme is a flagship AMEE initiative, which has the potential of promoting teaching alongside research as a measure of excellence in a medical, dental or veterinary school.

The ASPIRE initiative meets the needs for a form of quality assurance that goes beyond accreditation, which recognises excellence that rightly falls outside the formal accreditation process and is the remit of professional educational bodies. The initiative allows medical, dental and veterinary schools to be recognised internationally for their excellence in medical education, in the first instance, in five spheres of activity:

  • Assessment of students
  • Student engagement in the curriculum
  • Social accountability of the school (medical schools only)
  • Faculty Development
  • Simulation

More information is available on the ASPIRE-to-Excellence website or by downloading the ASPIRE Brochure.

Submissions are invited by 28 February 2018.



AMEE is a founder member of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration.  The BEME Collaboration is an international group of individuals, universities, and professional organisations committed to the development of evidence-informed education in the medical and health professions.

BEME’s aims are achieved through the dissemination of information for decision-making, the production ofsystematic reviews, and the creation of a culture of best evidence education.

More information about the BEME Collaboration is available online at or by downloading the BEME Information Leaflet



The AMEE-ESME courses, offered and accredited by AMEE, are aimed at practising teachers in medicine and the healthcare professions, both basic scientists and clinicians.

AMEE-ESME courses are designed to be of value to those new to teaching, and for teachers with some experience who would like a greater understanding of the basic principles and an update on current best practice. The courses recognise that all teachers, even those with considerable experience, can improve their skills in teaching. Participants who complete course assignments receive an AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education in the areas addressed by the course.

Download our AMEE-ESME Course Brochure for more information





MedEdWorld was launched by AMEE in a response to the identified need to create a more formal mechanism for AMEE members and others with an interest in medical education to keep in touch between AMEE conferences.

MedEdWorld was designed to provide an international network through which organisations, medical schools, teachers, and students across the world could share ideas, common experience and expertise, and collaborate in the further development of medical education.  Following a successful pilot launch, MedEdWorld, was extensively redeveloped during 2012 with a variety of new and exciting services added to those already valued by members.

AMEE membership includes free access to MedEdWorld and can be accessed by logging in with their AMEE username and password.

More information about MedEdWorld is available online at or by downloading the new updated MedEdWorld information flyer and the forthcoming webinar flyer

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