Themed Issues

Diversity in Medical Education

04/01/2018 - 01/04/2018

To move teaching and learning about diversity issues in medicine and medical education forward, it is important to share our knowledge, experiences, and struggles. As teachers and as researchers in medical education on issues such as gender in medicine, diversity and equality in the student population, or cultural competence in future doctors, we are dedicated to a quest for better health care and better medical education for all. We hope that you are interested to join us on our journey by sharing your knowledge and experiences with us in this MedEdPublish special issue on Diversity.

We invite all authors interested in publishing their papers related to issues of diversity, inclusiveness, equality, gender and antidiscrimination to submit their manuscripts for this special edition of MedEdPublish. We will be happy to read projects submitted not only by teachers and researchers but also by the students. We believe that by presenting all our projects together in one edition we make the importance of diversity clearly visible to all readers of MedEdPublish and we will also encourage all of them to join the community of medical educators, students and researchers involved in promoting diversity.
To ensure manuscripts are considered for inclusion in this quarterly themed issue, authors are encouraged to upload their manuscript through the online submission form between 1st January 2018 and the 2nd of March 2018.
We encourage you to discuss a possible submission as soon as possible by contacting the theme editors at [email protected]

Theme Editor

Dr Janusz Janczukowicz

Dr.Janusz Janczukowicz received an MD degree and PhD in neuropathology from the Medical University of Lodz,Poland and a Master in Medical Education degree from the University of Dundee,Scotland. He is the head of Centre for Medical Education and the Chair of the Best Evidence Medical Education Collaborating Centre,Lodz. His main professional interests include interprofessional education, diversity and incisiveness in medical education. Janusz is leading the AMEE Conferences Diversity Theme and is a member of the AMEE Executive and Research Committees. He designs and implements courses on interprofessional competence for the health-professions and undergraduate/postgraduate courses on intercultural competence, diversity and inclusiveness. He is also developing modules using humanities to reflect on intercultural sensitivity of medical students. Janusz is Chair of the Translation into Practice BEME Committee responsible for the Evidence Based Recommendations for Education. He is also a member of the European Board of Medical Assessors, the auditor for the Association of Medical Schools in Europe and a member of the judging panel of the HEA Global Teaching Excellence Award. He is a member of the Medical Teacher Editorial Board and the editor of the "Professionalism and social competence” section of Polish Postgraduate Medicine Journal publishing papers focused on providing care to culturally diverse populations.

Co-Theme Editor

Dr Petra Verdonk

Dr. Petra Verdonk has a PhD in gender mainstreaming in medical education. She works as an associate professor at the department of Medical Humanities at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has longstanding experience of research in and teaching gender diversity in medical education. Currently, she coordinates a longitudinal pathway on Interculturalization and Diversity within the medical curriculum, and develops and implements modules on gender and diversity in medicine. Dr. Verdonk developed an instrument for measuring gender awareness in medical students that is currently used in several international research projects (e.g. Gender Challenges in Medical Education project). She participated in several EU projects including the Erasmus Long Life Learning programme EUGiM project to develop a curriculum for a flexible Master module in Gender Medicine (2009-2011), and C2ME (2013-2015) to develop tools for incorporating cultural competence in medical education and a teach-the-teacher course. In her research at the dept. Medical Humanities, dr. Verdonk focuses on gender and diversity in medical education and in public health, and supervises several PhD-students. Dr. Verdonk is member of a global international network in gender medicine and medical education.

The development of health professional educators

02/04/2018 - 01/07/2018

Ensuring that educators have, and continue to develop, the capabilities required to plan, facilitate and assess the learning of health professional students, trainees and practitioners is an important challenge in a changing world.  This special issue of MedEdPublish will focus on this area, variously known as faculty development, academic staff development or professional development across the world.  Following on from the fourth International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions in Helsinki last year, and in association with the formation of the AMEE Faculty Development Committee, we invite you to share your research in, and experience of, supporting and developing health professional educators.

We invite everyone interested in publishing their work on the training and continuing professional development of those who facilitate the learning of health professionals, including academic faculty, small group tutors, clinical supervisors and simulated patients.  Contributions are welcome from authors with a primary focus on faculty development, as well as from teachers ‘in the field’ on what additional education and support they need to work to their full potential.

To ensure manuscripts are considered for inclusion in this quarterly themed issue, authors are encouraged to upload their manuscript through the online submission form between 31st of March and the 1st of June 2018.

We encourage you to discuss a possible submission as soon as possible by contacting the theme editor: [email protected]

Theme Editor

Prof Gary D. Rogers

Professor Gary D. Rogers is a health professions educational leader, public health researcher and GP with a focus on HIV medicine. He is from Adelaide, South Australia, where he pioneered the development of interprofessional community-based care for people living with HIV in the 1990s. His PhD research at the University of Adelaide focused on interprofessional Primary Health Care for people of sexual diversity utilising a health inequity framework. Before moving to Queensland, Australia in 2008, he worked for two years for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community,Nouméa, New Caledonia, where he coordinated HIV care training across 22 Pacific Island countries and territories. Gary is currently Professor of Medical Education and Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching) at the Griffith University School of Medicine, in addition to a role as Program Lead in Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning for the Griffith Health Institute for the Development of Education and Scholarship (Health IDEAS) and clinical work at Gold Coast University Hospital. He is Immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) and chairs the Association’s Fellowship Committee. Gary has been a member of the Executive Committee of AMEE since 2013 and serves on the international association’s Fellowship and Faculty Development committees. In 2017, he was recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Selection and Recruitment in Medical Education

01/10/2018 - 02/01/2019

Internationally, selection into medicine continues to be highly competitive and is considered ‘high stakes’ by a multitude of different stakeholders. Practically, selection can be highly resource intensive, so what are the most effective and efficient approaches to designing robust selection methods and systems? This special issue provides a platform to present the latest research, case studies and commentaries on current and future issues in selection and recruitment in medical education. We encourage authors to consider the following key questions and themes (amongst others):

  • What are the important selection criteria for the future (e.g. creativity and innovation, resilience, adaptability, compassion, computer sciences) and to what extent should we/can we assess these at point of selection?
  • How may current and/or advancing technologies (e.g. social media, big data, virtual reality, artificial intelligence) influence selection methods for the future?
  • To what extent is selection ‘fair’ – how can we address schools’ pursuit of prestige, broadening stakeholder participation, differential attainment, diversity and improving widening access?
  • With the increasing globalisation of recruitment and selection processes to medical schools, what will be the impact regarding workforce issues?
  • Most of the published research has come from Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand, what can we learn about selection in other countries?
  • Recruitment practices are often heavily influenced by the local political landscape, what can we learn from case material internationally?
We invite all authors interested in research related to issues of selection and recruitment (in both undergraduate and postgraduate settings) to submit their manuscripts for this special edition of MedEdPublish.

Alongside experienced researchers we wish to encourage early career researchers and students to submit.
To ensure manuscripts are considered for inclusion in this themed issue, authors are asked to upload their manuscript through the online submission form between 1st October 2018 and the 30th November 2018.
We encourage you to discuss a possible submission as soon as possible by contacting the theme editors at [email protected]

Theme Editor

Prof Fiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson is a leading expert in the field of selection, assessment and innovation in organisations. She is the founding Director for Work Psychology Group, a research-led consulting practice located in the UK and Australia, providing advice to public and private sector organisations internationally. She is a Visiting Professor to City, University of London, and the University of Nottingham. Fiona publishes regularly in the highest-ranking journals in medical education and psychology and she has published over 100 peer reviewed articles. In recognition of her work in selection, in 2012 Fiona was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the UK Royal College of General Practice, which is the highest award the College can bestow. In 2013, she won the annual British Psychological Society’s Academic Contribution to Practice award. In 2014, alongside her collaborators and the UK Medical Schools Council, Fiona launched a new international research network for selection for the healthcare professions (INReSH) with contributors from around the globe. Building on this work, in 2017, Fiona was guest editor a special issue of Advances in Health Science Education with 25 articles focusing on the latest research in selection into healthcare. She is currently co-editor of a book, Selection and recruitment in healthcare; Research, theory and practice, to be published in 2018.

Co-Theme Editor

Prof Barbara Griffin

Professor Barbara Griffin is the Director of the Organisational Psychology program at Macquarie University, Australia. Her research investigates person-environment fit and adjustment processes across the employee career cycle, including projects on selection, culture assessment, maladaptive behaviour, and career transition. Barbara has developed admissions processes for undergraduate and postgraduate medical schools and health disciplines, conducted several longitudinal studies of medical students, and collaborated on related projects with specialists in medical education across Australia. She has published articles on selection interviews, commercial coaching, and widening participation.

Co-Theme Editor

Dr Mark Hanson

Dr. Hanson is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Medical education scholarship and administration is the academic focus of his career. He is Fellowship Director for the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA), both positions held at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is a current Associated Medical Services (AMS) Phoenix Fellow with scholarship focused upon engagement of patients in the selection of health professions trainees. Previous medical education positions held include Associate Dean/Director Admissions and Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Admissions scholarship focused upon issues of social accountability plus admissions interviewing and file review methods. He has previously held Child and Adolescent Psychiatry educational administrative positions including Director of Education, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Hospital for Sick Children and Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.