The Oxford Centre for Medical Education (OxCME) has created a new award for medical educators in memory of the late Dr Denis O’Leary following a generous donation from the O’Leary family. This award will be presented for the first time in April 2020.
The aim of the award is to recognise excellence in medical/clinical education with an emphasis on patient-
centeredness. It is open to UK and international medical/clinical educators who have developed,
implemented and evaluated innovative educational interventions in their local contexts. The OxCME is
looking for educational interventions which address a specific clinical need, draw on multi-professional
teams and ensure the patient voice is heard throughout the initiative.
The OxCME invites nominations for this award which will be presented once a year on the anniversary
of Dr Denis O’Leary’s passing on 14th of April.
The top five finalists will be recognised by free registration at one of the OxCME’s master classes and
opportunities to showcase their work on the OxCME website. The winner will, in addition, receive a
prize of £250 and will be invited to present their work at an OxCME study day.
Submissions should be sent to [email protected] by March 1st each year and should include:
• a covering letter explaining how their initiative fulfils the award criteria and their vision
• a brief CV with a focus on their role as medical/clinical educator
• a report (750-1500 words) explaining the rationale for the initiative, how it was developed,
implemented, the impact, how it has been evaluated and the lessons learned.
N.B. Candidates may be nominated or they may choose to apply themselves
The selection will take place over two stages:
• All submissions will be reviewed by the OxCME educational officer and a shortlist of five produced.
• The shortlist will then be reviewed by an independent panel which will consist of a number of
experts in the field of medical education, in addition to an honorary member from the
O’Leary family, who will rank the submissions and select the winner.
The initiative will
• be innovative i.e. a new initiative
• have a strong educational element linked to a clinical goal
• demonstrate improvement in patient care as a result of the educational initiative.
The initiative will
• have taken place in the preceding year
• demonstrate sustainable change
• involve patients in the educational intervention
• lead to strengthened multi-professional collaboration.
• positive evaluation from stakeholders or been peer reviewed
In the event of none of the submissions meeting all of the requirements, the cash prize will roll over
cumulatively to the following years. Please contact [email protected] with any queries.