About Award

Does your medical, dental or veterinary school offer a high quality education programme?

An ASPIRE award allows dental, medical and veterinary schools to be recognised internationally for their excellence in education.

ASPIRE provides a mechanism that improves the education process and outcomes around the world by identifying, recognising and rewarding excellence in the field. No other process does this.

The ASPIRE to Excellence Programme has been established to go beyond the traditional accreditation process and to recognise that the education programme in a medical school can be subjected to peer review against an agreed set of standards or benchmarks that identify world-class excellence in education.


Areas of Excellence

Six areas have been selected for assessment.  These are:

  • Assessment of students
  • Student engagement in the curriculum
  • Social accountability of the school
  • Faculty development
  • Simulation
  • Curriculum

Schools can opt to be assessed for excellence in one, two, three, four, five or all six of the areas.

How to Apply

Full details of the criteria in each of the areas and information about the submission process can be found on our dedicated ASPIRE website – www.aspire-to-excellence.org.

Each submission will be reviewed by a team of three assessors and their report will be considered by the relevant ASPIRE panel.  Recommendations from the panel will be endorsed by the ASPIRE Board.

The closing date for the next round of submissions - 28 February 2018

2017 Winners

We are pleased to announce that the following schools were awarded the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award at AMEE 2017, Helsinki, Finland

University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, Australia

Faculty Development:
University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
University of Toronto Centre for Faculty Development, Canada

Social Accountability:
Université Laval, Canada

Student Engagement:
Al Imam University, Saudi Arabia

Linköping University, Sweden
Clinical Skills & Simulation Center, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan
University of Miami, USA
Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada

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