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The grants have been awarded to Prof Deirdre Madden of University College Cork, Dr Bridget Maher also of University College Cork and Dr Aileen Patterson of Trinity College Dublin.
The Medical Council – INMED Research in Medical Education (RIME) award winners will be given grants in order undertake research projects that seek to answer questions of national and international importance, while contributing to the knowledge-base for Irish medical education and training. The grants, which will be awarded annually by the Medical Council and INMED, will enhance the quality of doctors’ education, training and lifelong learning for the benefit of patients.
The winners will undertake research on a range of topics including: medical behaviour online, continual professional development needs and barriers as well as patient and public perceptions of medical professionalism.
Medical Council President Prof Freddie Wood said: “We are committed to enhancing patient safety through our own research while working with others to develop the evidence-base to enable the health sector to make informed decisions which best meet the evolving needs of patients and doctors.”
On behalf of INMED, Prof Peter Cantillon said: “We are very proud of the new educational research funding initiative launched this year between INMED and the Medical Council of Ireland. It is a critical initiative to support the development of educational research capacity in our undergraduate and postgraduate schools.”
The Medical Council will this month host its Annual Symposium for Medical Educators, which will focus on supporting doctors with the transition from medical student to practising doctor.