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AMEE 2020 follow-up study

Did you attend AMEE 2020: the virtual conference?

AMEE 2020 was our first fully-online conference and we conducted an extensive survey of delegates to see what worked, what didn't work and what we could do better in the future. We will make the interim report of the survey findings available on our website soon, but as a follow up we are supporting a research project looking specifically at how having/being an avatar affected the conference experience. If you're interested, please read the information from Abigail below and contact her directly if you'd like to volunteer to be interviewed. Although we at AMEE will have access to anonymised data from these interviews, all personal details will be handled in confidence and will not be shared with AMEE.

About the project

My name is Abigail Johnston, and I am currently undertaking a BMSc in ‘Medical Education’. As part of my course, I am carrying out a research project which aims to explore the experiences of individuals as avatars at the virtual AMEE conference. The study is titled: 


‘Avatars at a Virtual Medical Conference: Mixed-Method Approach Evaluating Attendees experiential feedback.” 


To complete this research, I am hoping to recruit attendees and speakers of the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2020 virtual conference to take part in one-to-one virtual interviews. Participation is, of course, completely voluntary, and the only caveat is that you must have attended part or all of the AMEE 2020 virtual conference. The study is being conducted at the University of Dundee and AMEE will not be informed of your decision to participate or not.  


The interview is estimated to last 45-60 minutes and will take place virtually over a University-approved platform (e.g. Microsoft Teams). The conversation will contain questions around the experiences of individuals as avatars at the virtual conference, their opinions of it and whether it was a successful conference. 


The interview will be audio-recorded, and your answers will be transcribed for analysis.  All data will be completely anonymised by the principal investigator before sharing with the co-supervisors.  


Please note, even if you agree to be interviewed you are more than welcome to withdraw your consent up to 7 days after your interview, and we will destroy all of your personal data.  


If you are interested in participating or have any questions at all regarding the study, please contact me at [email protected] 


Thank you for taking the time to read this message 


Abigail Johnston  



This study is approved by the University of Dundee Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee, SMED REC Number 20/ 115 and supervised by Dr Susie Schofield (University of Dundee) and Claire MacRae (AMEE). 

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