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BEME Reviews

What Is a BEME Review?

The Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration (Harden et al., 1999) is an international group of individuals, universities and professional organisations committed to the development of evidence informed education in the medical and health professions through:

  • the dissemination of information which allows teachers and stakeholders in the medical and health professions to make decisions on the basis of the best evidence available;
  • the production of systematic reviews which present the best available evidence and meet the needs of the user; and
  • the creation of a culture of best evidence education amongst individuals, institutions and national bodies.


Currently there are three BEME reviews in progress at the RCSI.  All are due for submission and publication in 2017.

  • An international collaboration involved in "A Systematic Review of the Psychometric and Edumetric Properties of Assessment Tools for Medical Consultation for Undergraduates" (Prof. Pawlikowska PI and colleagues from Maastricht University, Warwick University and the University of Antwerp).
  • "Peer Observation of Teaching in Health Professionals Education - Accuracy of Observation Tools" (Prof. Zena Moore PI, review group drawn from across the RCSI Dublin Schools).
  • "A Best Evidence in Medical Education Systematic Review to determine the most effective teaching methods that develop reflection in medical students" (Sarah Flannery PI, review group drawn from the Department of General Practice RCSI Dublin, incorporating an innovative design to leverage research in this area). 

BEME International Collaborating Centre at HPEC

HPEC is a member of BEME and supports systematic reviewing in health professions education at RCSI across all of their schools and campuses.  HPEC was elected as one of nineteen international BEME International Collaborating Centre's (BICC).  The RCSI BICC at HPEC contribution to the BEME Collaboration includes:

  • developing, producing and managing BEME reviews
  • promoting the creation and use of BEME reviews to inform medical and health professions education
  • supporting multi-professional stakeholders in the identification and construction of relevant topics for new reviews
  • creating an awareness of and promoting a culture of best evidence education amongst educators, researchers, academic medical professionals and other stakeholders
  • reviewing incoming BEME protocols from around the world
  • developing and charing the BEME Education and Training Committee

RCSI BICC has a database of multi-national, multi-professional faculty across the RCSI group.  A significant number of faculty members have experience in systematic reviewing including Cochrane reviews.  This database enables RCSI BICC to tap into a valuable range of professionals to engage in reviewing BEME protocols as necessary.


RCSI BICC Initiatives and Workshops

The RCSI BICC deliver a rolling programme of initiatives and workshops annually to support RCSI faculty both nationally and internationally to engage in and deliver research and development in Health Professions Education and to foster the development of evidence based educational practice.  Workshop topics to date include:

  • An introduction to BEME reviews e.g. for clinical teachers
  • BEME reviews: what's in it for me?
  • What sort of review in health professions education?
  • An introduction to Realist review
  • How to read a journal paper (for health care professionals, and non-English as a first language participants)
  • How to write a paper (for health care professionals, and non-English as a first language participants)
  • Abstract writing for conferences
  • Good poster design


RCSI BICC Primary Contacts

Teresa Pawlikowska (RCSI BEME lead), BSc (Hons) MB BS, M.Sc. (Hons), MRCP, DRCOG; Professor of Health Professions Education I Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC) - 

Marie T. O'Shea (Research Officer), BA (Hons), M.Sc. (Hons) I Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC) -

To ensure that all queries in relation to RCSI BICC work and BEME are handled by the appropriate persons and departments, please contact Marie T.  O'Shea.