BEME

Best Evidence Medical and Health Professional Education

King’s College London and University of Washington in Seattle

BICC Contact Information

BICC leaders: Dr Anne McKee and Dr Lynne Robins
BICC member:  Medical Education Faculty in both universities. The BICC takes an inclusive approach to membership.

King’s College London (Under reconstruction) and University of Washington in Seattle Websites

BICC Background

King’s College London and the University of Washington in Seattle formed a BICC with the express intention of working together collaboratively. This involved sharing their experience, and on occasion resources as each embarked on the review, development and implementation of their undergraduate curricula. The process of curriculum renewal reinvigorated an emphasis upon pedagogic innovation, capacity building for medical education research and scholarship supported with faculty development.

Dr Anne McKee and Professor Fred Wolf have contributed to the re-shaping of the BEME systematic review process, and provided feedback and support for BEME reviews. They also actively contributed to the consultation that informed the re-shaping of the BEME initiative. 

Currently Dr Robins is a member of the BEME ‘Education and Training Committee and Dr McKee is a member of the BEME Review and Research Committees. 

Through this work, our BICC contributes to the BEME initiative. 

Our outward- facing contribution is complemented with an inward serving approach, engaging faculty in our respective institutions in scholarly and research based activities that underpin evidence based approaches to medical education. In 2016, in a series of Skype meetings enabled our BICC to identify faculty development and pedagogic research as two key sites for potential collaboration.

In the GKT School of Medical Education at King’s College London, Dr McKee secured funding to pilot an ‘Innovation Fund, and developed a call for small pedagogic research projects to address one , or more than one, of nine curriculum challenges that are priority areas within the medical school. Further funding has been secured to establish the ‘Innovation Fund’ as a means for supporting engagement in pedagogic research annually.

A ‘Medical Education Research Engaged Group’(MERGE) is supported with a seminar programme with five activity streams providing opportunities to explore, discuss, develop and undertake medical education research.

The mission of the Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Washington (CLIME) is to “foster innovation, scholarship & collaboration for the advancement of medical education. It serves as an academic “home” for graduates of the University of Washington’s Teaching Scholars Program (a 10 month faculty fellowship designed to train academic leader/scholars) as well as many of our institutions master educators. CLIME offers annual grants to faculty across the health professions to support all forms of education scholarship. It also partners with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to offer a Medical Education Research Certificate at no cost to faculty – and to further education scholarship and collaboration.  

Through the Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Washington (CLIME), Dr. Robins is able to recruit, train, and mentor faculty wishing to conduct systematic reviews, with the assistance of Dr. Fredric Wolf, an international expert in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. On March 30, 2017, Dr. Wolf will present a faculty development workshop entitled “Introduction to Preparing a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Systematic Evidence Review for all health sciences faculty.” The goal of this workshop is to begin identifying and equipping faculty with the skills to produce “reviews which present and make accessible the best evidence available; and [provide] support for teachers and other stakeholders in adopting an evidence-informed approach to their teaching practice.”


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Contributions made to BEME

Dr Anne McKee and Professor Fred Wolf have contributed to the re-shaping of the BEME systematic review process, and provided feedback and support for BEME reviews. They also actively contributed to the consultation that informed the re-shaping of the BEME initiative. 

Currently Dr Robins is a member of the BEME ‘Education and Training Committee and Dr McKee is a member of the BEME Review and Research Committees. 

Through this work, our BICC contributes to the BEME initiative.

Our outward- facing contribution is complemented with an inward serving approach, engaging faculty in our respective institutions in scholarly and research based activities that underpin evidence based approaches to medical education. In 2016, in a series of Skype meetings enabled our BICC to identify faculty development and pedagogic research as two key sites for potential collaboration.

 

 

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