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King's staff appointed as International Member of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education

Anne McKee_185x350Dr Anne McKee, GKT School of Medical Education’s Director of Educational Research and Innovation, has been appointed as an International Member of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education.

Speaking of her appointment Dr McKee said I’m really pleased and delighted to be joining this group of medical education research leaders.

Dr McKee has joined an SDRME working group that will explore how to support members create robust approaches to effectively foster, resource and grow education research and scholarship in their home organisations.

Dr McKee is also leading colleagues in an initiative to create a research framework in the area of faculty development across professions.

This project is at the proposal stage. In phase one, the work will focus on creating a collaboration between a range of expert educators across professions. To date the professions represented are: dentistry, engineering, nursing, veterinary medicine, higher education, the military and medical education. Professions educators will come together with policy influencers to develop a research agenda and identify key research priorities.

Phase two will focus on creating international, cross-professional research teams to write proposals and undertake the research. Within each phase a staged approach to developing the framework and undertaking the research is planned.

The idea for the project came from a volume of cross-professional research studies that Dr McKee edited with Professor Michael Eraut. While conducting the meta-analysis she thought there was potential to create larger cross-professional studies investigating shared challenges.

Both these initiatives align with the aim of the SDRME to promote quality in medical education research, facilitate collaboration among members and other organisations and create professional development opportunities and work to influence research policy.

We congratulate Dr McKee on her appointment and look forward to King’s being part of this research collaboration.