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Academic Motivation Scale:

The Academic Motivation Scale is a measure of intrinsic, extrinsic and amotivation in education developed by Vallerand and colleagues at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. Originally developed in French as the Echelle de Motivation en Education (EME), it is based on the principles of self-determination theory and comprises 28 questions aimed at assessing seven subscales of motivation: three intrinsic (to know, to accomplish things and to experience stimulation); three extrinsic (external, introjected and identiified regulation); and amotivation (lack of motivation).


Vallerand, R.J., Pelletier, L.G., Blais, M.R., Briere, N.M., Senecal, C. and Vallieres, E.F. (1992) Educational and Psychological Measurement, 52:4, pp. 1003-1017.

Academy of Medical Educators (AME):

The Academy of Medical Educators is the professional organisation for all those involved in medical education – the education and training of students and practitioners in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Established in 2006 and gaining charitable status in 2009, the Academy exists to provide leadership, promote standards and support all those involved in the Academic discipline of medical education.



A measure of the ease with which a specific population can obtain appropriate health services and be served by facilities within the health care system. This concept is used to detect inequity in the availability of health services for different populations defined geographically, socially or in terms of their race, ethnicity, gender or clinical condition.


Wojtczak, A. (2003) Glossary of Medical Education Terms. AMEE Occasional Paper No 3. Dundee:AMEE.


(1) The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility. (2) Accountability covers a variety of dimensions, including medical, social, economic, and moral or ethical. Within the context of medical education accountability is a concern of medical schools both in relation to their students, patients, the communities they serve as well as wider society. See also social accountability.


(1) Oxford Dictionaries (Accessed 16/04/14) (2) AMEE Education Officer


A self-regulatory process by which governmental, non-governmental, voluntary associations or other statutory bodies grant formal recognition to educational programmes or institutions that meet stated criteria of educational quality. Educational programmes or institutions are measured against certain standards by a review of written information, self-studies, site visits to the educational programme, and thoughtful consideration of the findings by a review committee. Whereas programmes or institutions are accredited, individual physicians are licensed or certified.


Wojtczak, A. (2003) Glossary of Medical Education Terms. AMEE Occasional Paper No 3. Dundee:AMEE.

Active learning:

Active learning is an approach that places responsibility of learning on the learner. Students may be required to participate in activities, apply their knowledge, seek solutions to problems and to reflect on their experience.


AMEE Education Officer


A system whereby public or private enterprises conduct their business. Administration is concerned with planning, programming and evaluation. Along with administration there must be consideration of management, which as a part of administration, is a rational technique enabling administrators to fully develop their human, technical and financial resources. The term “administration” is often used to denote broad policy, and the term “management” to denote the execution of such policy.


Wojtczak, A. (2003) Glossary of Medical Education Terms. AMEE Occasional Paper No 3. Dundee:AMEE.

Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp):

The Alliance is an international membership community of more than 2,200 professionals dedicated to accelerating excellence in health care performance through quality education, advocacy, and collaboration. Founded in 1975, the Alliance is the recognized leader and trusted partner striving to close gaps in health care delivery by translating the best science and knowledge into effective professional development. Alliance constituents and stakeholders include the broadest universe of medical and health care professions, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, technologists, and technicians, among others. Members also include representatives from academic medical colleges, hospitals and health systems, medical specialty societies, medical education companies, government entities, and pharmaceutical and device companies. 

Formerly known as the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME).


Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME):

Now renamed: Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp)



Relating to or being a system of medicine that aims to combat disease by using remedies (as drugs or surgery) that produce effects that are different from or incompatible with those of the disease being treated.


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