The Denis O’Leary Medical Educator Award
Recognising the importance of patients and their community in medical education
This award was created in September 2019 in memory of the late Dr Denis O’Leary as a result of a generous donation from the O’Leary family
Dr Denis O'Leary
Denis was a highly respected consultant psychiatrist, former head of Oxford school of psychiatry and a passionate medical educator – it was through his vision that Oxford Centre of Medical Education, Oxford University Medical Education Fellows (OUMEF), Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) course and many other educational initiatives were developed in Oxford.
The Denis O’Leary Medical Educator Award is open to UK and international medical/clinical educators who have developed, implemented and evaluated innovative educational interventions in their local context.
The aim of the award is to recognise excellence in medical/clinical education with an emphasis on patient-centeredness / involvement. It is one of the few, if not the only, award in medical education with an emphasis on hearing the patient’s voice as part of its selection criteria.
The award is to celebrate innovative educational interventions which address specific clinical needs, draw on multi-professional teams and ensure the patient voice is heard throughout the process.
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.
A panel of distinguished educationists from a range of reputable institutions will select the winner from a shortlist of five finalists. All the finalists will be invited to showcase their work on OxCME website. In addition, the finalists will be offered free/discounted registration at one of OxCME or AMSE international educational events/conferences.
Applications open in September and the Award will be presented on 14th of April of each year, the anniversary of Dr O’Leary’s passing.
For more information about the application and selection process click here>
Meet the Winners
These are our previous DoL Award winners and their worthy projects
Andy Ward and Colleagues
Empowering Medical Students to Design and Deliver a Social Prescribing Scheme in General Practice: a grass roots project designed and built by learners with educator supervision.
Robin Schafer & Colleagues
Personality Disorder Positive Outcomes Programme (PDPOP): a comprehensive training programme for General Practice teams using clinical trainers and lived experience trainers to transform staff skill and confidence working with patients with personality disorder.
2023 (Joint winner)
Shah Tarfarosh, Katherine Reid, Fatima Ahmed and Colleagues
OxCRISP - an inspiring, thoughtfully researched, and carefully designed programme aiming to improve patient care on the frontlines of psychiatry and psychiatric emergencies in the participating NHS Trust.
2023 (Joint winner)
Christopher Kowalski, Lorraine Whatley, Robyn Jane Stiger, Janice Watson, Adam Whyte, Alex Patrick, Kate Saunders and colleagues
Preparing undergraduates to deliver collaborative, patient-centred care for those with mental health difficulties - an impressive, cross-programme and cross-institutional initiative to prepare health professional students for interdisciplinary patient-centred care.