Recognition of the importance of teaching alongside research as a mission of a medical school is on today’s agenda. ASPIRE is a new initiative designed to recognise international excellence in education in a medical school. An international board of distinguished authorities in medical education, working with three ASPIRE panels, has developed criteria to recognise excellence in three areas:
(1) Assessment (Panel Chair: Professor Trudie Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org)
(2) Student engagement (Panel Chair: Professor Khalid Bin Abdulrahman email@example.com)
(3) Social accountability and responsibility (Panel Chair: Professor James Rourke firstname.lastname@example.org).
The criteria produced represent a de facto set of standards for “best practice” in medical education and outline what best practice in these three areas would look like as determined by the panels.
More information is available at www.aspire-to-excellence.org
Twenty schools from countries around the world including, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA, have participated in a pilot to assess the criteria proposed in the three areas of assessment of students in a medical school, student engagement in the medical school and social responsibility and accountability, and to test the submission process.
Based on this work, the panels have revised the criteria , which is available on the ASPIRE website (www.aspire-to-excellence.org)
Formal sumissions are being invited, with a closing date of 31st October 2013.