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A high quality course for students interested in medical education

About the course

The benefits of having students involved in teaching has recently been recognised by accrediting authorities around the world such as the UK General Medical Council (Tomorrow’s Doctors, 2011).

Student involvement with teaching has been highlighted at recent AMEE conferences with a number of papers submitted on the subject.

Student engagement in the curriculum and in the medical school is one of the spheres of medical school activity recognised by the prestigious ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award.

The ESME Student course seeks to respond to this need for students to have experience in medical education and aims to affirm and motivate them in their expressed interest in teaching in medicine.

The course has been adapted from the successful ESME Online course to meet student needs, with input from an advisory group of students.


Course format

The course is delivered over 10 weeks and has five modules. Each module comprises:

  • A webinar by a leading authority in medical education 
  • Asynchronous online discussion groups 
  • An assignment to be completed after each module

Participants are required to be spend at least 4-5 hrs per week on each module excluding Webinars (up to one hour).

To be awarded the AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education, particpants must view the webinars, participate in group discussions and complete their assignments to a reasonable standard.


All participants will receive an electronic copy of Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher (Harden & Laidlaw, 2021).

A variety of other resources are made available on Moodle, the online learnng platform on which the course is delivered, including selected booklets in the "Getting Started" series (Dent & MacRae, 2013), AMEE Guides and other selected readings.

Course modules

Five modules on key topics studied over a 10 week period.  The time required to be spent on each module is 4-5 hrs per week excluding Webinars (one hour).

  • MODULE 1: What is expected of the student as a teacher? - The 12 roles of a teacher
  • MODULE 2: What should medical students learn?  - Outcome-based education
  • MODULE 3: How can learning be organised in the curriculum? - The SPICES model
  • MODULE 4: Teaching and learning - Applying the FAIR Principles
  • MODULE 5: Assessment of learning - Student assessment

Course assignments

Assignments will require participants to consider each module in relation to their experiences in the undergraduate curriculum or their work on curriculum or teaching committees in their medical school.

A variety of approaches will be used for assignments including:

  • a narrative description of a recent teaching event (about 500 words)
  • completion of a table from the course material
  • completion of a Pull-out Planner in the appropriate “Getting Started...” booklet
  • writing an example of a multiple choice question or of an OSCE station question

Students will also be assessed on their participation in the discussion groups.


To be eligible to take part in ESME Student, you must be enrolled on an undergraduate/graduate entry medical or other health professions degree programme.  Please note: you may be asked to provide evidence of your student status.

Course tutors

Dr John Dent Course Leader Dr John Dent, a medical educationalist and orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr John Dent - Course Leader
Professor Ronald M Harden Course Tutor Professor Harden brings to the course his many years of experience as a dean, a clinical teacher and an international leader in medical education
Professor Ronald M Harden - Course Tutor
Claire MacRae Course Tutor Claire MacRae is the Education Officer at AMEE and is active throughout AMEE ESME courses and AMEE initiatives.
Claire MacRae - Course Tutor
Dr Michelle McLean Course Tutor Bond University, Australia
David Bruce Course Tutor David Bruce is an AMEE ESME course facilitator for both ESME Online and ESME student online, as well as a facilitator at his year's AMEE conference course, Essential Skills in Continuing Professional Development.
David Bruce - Course Tutor

Course registration

Fees include access to MedEdWorld, Adobe Connect interactive presentations, participation in an online discussion forum facilitated by a tutor, course resource materials including a digital copy of ‘Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher' (Harden & Laidlaw, 2021), assessment of course work and, if the work is completed satisfactorily, the award of an AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education.

  • Individual Fee £250
  • Fee for AMEE members £200

Registration now closed

ESME Student Online Terms and Conditions

Course dates

2023 dates to be confirmed.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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