Aspire - Recognition of Excellence in Education

Education alongside Research as the Mission of a Medical, Dental and Veterinary School

Award winners announced

Excellence in medical education is recognised internationally in medical schools

The reach for excellence is prevalent across society, whether that be in sport, the arts, science, or medicine.  Importantly, in all these fields of endeavour, standards for excellence have been set, many people strive for excellence, and – critically – excellence is recognised, rewarded and indeed lauded.  Missing, however, is the recognition of excellence in teaching in addition to research as a mission of a medical school.

To fill this omission leaders in medical education around the world have designed, developed and delivered the ASPIRE initiative under the auspices of AMEE (the leading international association for medical education) www.amee.org.  This recognises in a medical school, excellence in assessment of students, student engagement in the curriculum and in the medical school and social responsibility and accountability as a mission of the medical school.

We are pleased to announce that the University of Leeds, School of Medicine, UK has been recognised for outstanding performance in assessment of students with the ASPIRE-to-Excellence award.  Excellence in student engagement in the medical school and the curriculum was recognised with the ASPIRE award to the University of Southampton, UK.  Excellence in the recently identified important area of social responsibility as a mission of the medical school was recognised with the award to the University of New Mexico, USA and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.  Schools will be presented with the ASPIRE trophy at the AMEE 2014 International Conference in Medical Education in Milan, Italy on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, when about 3,500 teachers and leaders in medical education from around the world will be present.