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New President of the Academy of Medical Educators

We are pleased to share with you the below news on behalf of the Academy of Medical Educators:


We are delighted to announce that, following the recent election, Professor Nick Cooper has been elected as the next President of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Nick has been involved in the Academy for many years, most recently as Lead Assessor and as Chair of the Membership Committee. We are sure that Members and Fellows of The Academy, our partners, and stakeholders, as well as the wider medical and healthcare education community will join us in congratulating Nick, who will take up his post at the AGM in Spring 2023.

Nick said:

As a Fellow of The Academy since its inception I consider it a great honour to be elected President and would like to thank Fellows and Members for this opportunity. 

During the coming months I will work closely with Jacky, our current President, to ensure a smooth transition.”

The Academy would like to extend its thanks to the other candidates who stood for election, and to all those who voted.

Serving President Professor Jacky Hayden responded to the news:

I am delighted that Dr Nick Cooper, Associate Professor for Clinical Education and Programme Lead for the Masters in Clinical Education at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been elected as the next President of the Academy of Medical Educators. He will take up office in April 2023. Nick is well known to many of our Members and Fellows. He has chaired the Membership Committee for the past six years and has overseen considerable growth in our membership. He is also our lead assessor ensuring that our processes for including new Members and Fellows are robust and fair. Most recently, he led the work which is enabling graduates of formal educator development programs, accredited by the Academy, to become Members on completing their programme. Nick has a wealth of experience in medical education and has taken a key national role in supporting and developing programmes for physician associates.

The Academy of Medical Educators (AoME; The Academy), established in 2006, is a registered charity which exists to advance medical education for the benefit of the public.  It is the professional organisation for all those involved in the training and education of doctors, physician associates, dentists, and veterinary surgeons.

The Academy is the standard setting body for medical educators in the UK. Its Professional Standards define the level of competence that medical educators should achieve at each point in their careers. The Standards provide a recognised framework for professionals to demonstrate expertise in medical education through accreditation as a medical teacher. Recognition by AoME demonstrates skills and competence when applying for revalidation, promotion, and approval as a trainer.

The Academy’s Professional Standards for Medical, Dental and Veterinary Educators framework makes explicit the values, skills, knowledge, and practical capabilities required of those engaged in medical education. and has been developed in wide consultation with the international community of professional medical educators.

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