ASME announces Gold Medal 2020 win for UCL’s Professor Chris McManus
15 January 2020
The ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) recently announced the Gold Medal for 2020 is awarded to Chris McManus, Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, UCL - for his contributions to the study of medical education.
The ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) recently announced the Gold Medal for 2020 is awarded to Chris McManus, Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, UCL - for his contributions to the study of medical education. The ASME Gold Medal is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to one or more of the goals of the Association.
The ASME, whose strategic aim is to allow members to share and further best practice in Medical Education, has set goals which form the criteria for winning the Gold Medal. These goals include promoting high quality research into medical education, providing opportunities for developing medical educators, disseminating good evidence based educational practice, informing and advising Governmental and other organisations on medical education matters and developing relationships with other organisations and groupings in healthcare education.
Chris McManus’s focus has been on getting the selection and assessment of doctors right. So, as the 2020 ASME conference approaches with the theme of ‘Disrupting Medical Education - Challenging the norms of medical education’, his recent win places Chris perfectly to contribute his findings. Professor McManus said, ‘It's a great honour and a wonderful surprise to be awarded the ASME Gold Medal for 2020. Those who know me will realise that the 2020 conference theme of Disrupting Medical Education is inevitably one that I will find irresistible, and I look forward to talking further on it at the conference!’
Professor Chris McManus continued, ‘Although most medical research concentrates on patients and their responses to therapies and procedures, the other half of the doctor-patient equation is the doctors, who make diagnoses and treat patients. Without excellence in doctors, the quality of medical care and outcomes inevitably will be reduced.’
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Much of Chris’ work on medical education has been concerned with following medical students, junior doctors and specialists through their medical careers, ultimately trying to find what predicts who becomes a good doctor. Much of the work involves 'cohort studies', following large groups of medical students through their medical careers, often starting at application to medical school. That is now being helped by the development of UKMED, the United Kingdom Medical Education Database.
Selection and assessment of medical students and doctors is important. Many medical students are selected at age 17 or 18 but they do not qualify until they are aged 23 or 24, and they can be in postgraduate training for another five to twelve years after that until they become specialists, either in hospital or general practice. Most doctors then work for the NHS for the rest of their careers, for perhaps thirty years or more. So, getting the selection and assessment of tomorrow’s doctors right is crucially important in promoting excellence in patient care.
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