Thursday, 18 September 2014
Jerry Booth and the Phil Strong Memorial Prize
He attended events and contributed to ASME workshops on professionalism and research in medical education and rounded off the year by presenting a paper to ASME’s annual conference. Entitled Tomorrow’s Doctors: from manifesto to manual it used sociological approaches to standardisation as a way of understanding the evolution of the three editions of Tomorrow’s Doctors, the General Medical Council’s template for undergraduate medical education.
The paper was a contribution to medical educators’ nascent recognition that they need theoretical approaches if their thinking is to develop further, and the year’s experiences should also add a bit of ethnographic colour to what would otherwise be a rather dry literature review of the development of medical education in the thesis.
The work it financed gave a chance to show how sociology can contribute to a fuller understanding of the history and progress of the field of medical education.