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The Denis O’Leary Medical Educator Award


The Oxford Centre for Medical Education (OxCME) created the Denis O'Leary award in 2019 in memory of the late Dr Denis O’Leary following a generous donation from the O’Leary family. This award has recognised a range of innovative programmes - see here>


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, including those completing postgraduate courses in medical/clinical education in recent years, who have developed innovative educational interventions in their local context.


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 winner will receive a prize of £250, be invited to present their work at OxCME's annual educational online event, and will be supported in making an accelerated submission to the journal Medical Teacher. In addition, if appropriate, the winner will be invited to present their initiative at a subsequent Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) annual conference.


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. 


Application Process

Submissions should be sent to 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

Selection Process

The selection will take place over two stages:

· All submissions will be reviewed by the OxCME education officer and a shortlist of up to 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.

Marking criteria 

 For clarity and consistency, all applications are marked using the following criteria: 


                Essential criteria 

                 The initiative will 

                 · be innovative i.e. a new initiative (20%) 

                 · have a strong educational element linked to a clinical goal (20%) 

                  · demonstrate improvement in patient care as a result of the educational initiative. (10%)


                Desirable criteria 

                The initiative will 

                · have taken place in the preceding year (5%) 

                · demonstrate sustainable change (10%) 

                · involve patients in the educational intervention (15%) 

                · lead to strengthened multi-p

The breakdown of marking criteria is available here>


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 us with any queries.

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