Edinburgh Medical School

Centre for Medical Education

The Centre for Medical Education works to ensure we deliver a world-class undergraduate medical programme through curriculum development, educational research and staff development.

Staff with the Centre for Medical Education

We work in partnership with academic and NHS staff, educational technologists, and administrative colleagues to ensure our undergraduate medical programme meets and goes beyond the standards laid down by the General Medical Council and the Quality Assurance Agency.

The Centre’s principal contributions to this goal are in curriculum development with direct oversight of some elements: faculty development and educational research and evaluation. In addition, the postgraduate Masters in clinical education and international consultancy and projects contribute to excellence in clinical education locally and beyond.

The Centre was set up in 1996 as the Medical Teaching Organisation to design and implement a completely new integrated systems-based undergraduate medical programme called ‘Vision 2000’. It is a section within the Directorate of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.



The aims of the centre are to:

  • enhance Edinburgh’s programmes in undergraduate medicine, postgraduate clinical education and faculty development by drawing on research, performance indicators and statutory requirements
  • develop expertise and scholarship in clinical education through faculty development and postgraduate programmes in education
  • develop a collaborative programme of research and development within pedagogical and clinical specialty domains locally, nationally and internationally.


Contact us

The Centre for Medical Education is based in the Chancellor's Building, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SB.

For general enquiries, please contact the CME Secretary at: cme.secretary@ed.ac.uk


Simulated Patient programme

Simulated patients portray the characteristics of real patients to help medical students to learn about doctor-patient interactions.

Additional Cost of Teaching office (ACT)

The ACT office works with NHS Education Scotland and NHS boards to ensure that funding for teaching is allocated to all providers and the necessary service level agreements are in place.

Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre is a versatile area suited to a variety of different types of educational and informal practice. 

Edinburgh Patient Partnership

The Edinburgh Patient Partnership Supporting Assessment and Teaching (EPPSAT) service sources patients to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate clinical examinations and teaching.

Courses for educators

The Centre for Medical Education runs a variety of education courses, designed for those teaching undergraduate students or postgraduate clinical trainees.


All staff within the Centre are engaged in research and academic activities. We have a strong research profile with a number of research priorities and an expanding number of PhD and MD students.

Staff list

Contact details for the Centre of Medical Education.