Academy responds to GMC's publication of trainer recognition plan

Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:17
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) welcomes the publication this month of the General Medical Council's (GMC) report Recognising and Approving Trainers: the Implementation Plan, which sets out arrangements for the formal recognition of four key groups of medical teachers.

AoME President Professor Sean Hilton said:

As the UK's leading professional standard setting body for medical educators, AoME has been working with the GMC to encourage everyone who teaches medical students and doctors to become properly trained and recognised for the role.

We are particularly pleased that the GMC has adopted our seven framework areas for the recognition of four key groups: named educational and clinical supervisors, lead coordinators of undergraduate training at local education providers, and doctors who oversee students' progress at medical school. We agree with the GMC that appraisal and recognition of medical teachers will help to protect and enhance the status of training.

We will be pleased to continue working with the GMC, Royal Colleges, medical schools and Deaneries in taking this important work forward.

AoME Membership Chair, Professor Derek Gallen, said:

We are delighted that the GMC report endorses the value of nationally-agreed standards in raising the quality of medical education for the benefit of patients and the public.

The Academy's rigorously assessed Membership and Fellowship processes, mapped against the AoME Professional Standards (2012), provide medical educators at all levels with formal evidence to show that they meet and exceed the GMC's minimum standards for trainers.

Our workshops and education events prepare each of the four key groups to meet the standards in relation to all seven of the AoME framework areas and to demonstrate their commitment to continuing professional development as educators.

Source: ©AoME

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