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Queen Mary academic to chair leading medical education organisation

Professor Sandra Nicholson from Queen Mary University of London has been appointed as the new Chair of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).

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Professor Sandra Nicholson
Professor Sandra Nicholson

A long-term member of the association, Professor Nicholson has a long-standing interest in researching medical education. She is currently a General Practitioner and Head of the Centre of Medical Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

Professor Nicholson, Deputy Director of Queen Mary’s Institute of Health Sciences Education, said: “I am delighted to now chair ASME’s Board of Directors. ASME is in a great position to lead medical education research in the UK with outcomes which innovate and sustain the high quality of both national and international medical education.

“I believe that quality and innovation are intimately linked to good quality educational outcomes. I have found ASME to be a very supportive and nurturing environment, with its members providing confidence and inspiration as well as some life-long friendships.”

Promoting excellence across clinical education

ASME is a membership organisation which was established in 1957 by the General Medical Council to promote and conduct research into medical education, and aims to promote excellence across the continuum of clinical education and training.

As a medical educationalist, researcher and practising clinician, Professor Nicholson’s roles have given her extensive experience of working at medical postgraduate and undergraduate levels with doctors, healthcare professionals, students and patients in primary and secondary care contexts.

Her research has focused on selection and widening participation; increasing the quality and quantity of GP placements for medical students; and promoting patient participation and patient-centred care in the medial curriculum.

ASME President Professor Derek Gallen said: “We are delighted to appoint Sandra to this new role. As a long-term member of the association, she brings a wealth of educational research and knowledge to this role. At the same time, I would like to thank Professor Jennifer Cleland for her hard work as Chair. She is leaving ASME as a robust and highly regarded membership organisation for medical education professionals.”

More information

  • Find out about postgraduate courses at our Institute of Health Sciences Education.
  • Find out about studying Medicine MBBS at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, including on our Malta programme.
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