Miriam Friedman Ben-David (1938-2004) was one of the great leaders in medical education. Those who had the privilege of knowing her became familiar with her passion and enthusiasm for helping all involved in making teaching and learning both effective and efficient.
She pursued new approaches to the subject, such as a move to outcome-based education and portfolio assessment. The impact of her legacy stretches over different continents and countries worldwide including Israel, US, Spain, Ukraine, Brazil, Italy and the UK. Her collaboration with AMEE has expanded her influence across the globe.
From a human point of view, Miriam left no one indifferent. Everyone who met her was especially impressed by the way she fell in love with the themes she defended and wanted to see implemented in medical education. She felt particularly strongly about supporting the Young Educators whom she admired and facilitated in an extraordinary way.
Medical education owes a lot to Miriam and that's why AMEE decided to create the New Educator's Award in her memory which was presented for the first time in 2008.
The New Educators Award aims to recognise AMEE individual members who have made significant contributions within the field of health professions education (HPE) at a local, regional, national, or international level in a relatively short time as new educators. The programme's aim is also to reward excellence in their achievements to the field.
Information on the next call for nominations will be released shortly.