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Awards, Grants & Prizes

Ian Hart Award

Ian Hart Award for Innovation in Medical Education

The award is in memory of the late Ian Ritchie Hart and has been established to recognise an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to undergraduate, postgraduate or continuing medical education at a local, national, regional or international level. The award winner will have demonstrated the creativity, diligence, agility and leadership necessary to significantly advance the field of medical education. The individual will have demonstrated their achievements through their contributions to curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment, education management or some other aspect of medical education. The award will be made biennially.

Ian Hart was a leader in medical education with an international reputation. He made a significant contribution to advancing medical education in Canada, including founding the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME). He played a major role internationally in advancing approaches to the training of doctors. He was responsible, along with Ronald Harden, for creating the Ottawa Conference, which had as its aim the provision of an international forum for exchanging ideas and developments in the field of evaluating clinical competence. The first conference was held in Ottawa in 1985 and has taken place every two years. In addition to a general commitment to advancing assessment, Ian Hart had a particular interest in the development and application of the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). He worked closely with AMEE and in 1999 he was instrumental in the creation of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration, which has developed into a key initiative in the promotion of evidence-based education in the healthcare professions with 19 BEME International Collaborating Centres (BICCs) established around the world. In Malaysia he played a major role in the establishment of the International Medical University, a forward-looking approach to medical education where students completed the first part of their training in Malaysia before transferring to one of more than 20 partner schools around the world where they complete their training. In all of these initiatives and in his other work in medical education, he had a quiet authority and understated presence that led people with whom he was dealing to hold him in high respect.

The Ian Hart Award for Innovation in Medical Education has been made possible through the support of the Hart family and AMEE. The award is $4000 and free registration for the Ottawa Conference.

The award winner will be selected from the applications received by an international panel of leaders in medical education. Individuals under consideration for the award can be nominated or be self-nominated. There should be a letter of support from a sponsor.

The closing date for the next round of applications is the 28 February 2022.

For further details and an application form, please visit:

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