Previous Prize Winners
Prize Winners 2010
Karolinska Institutet Prize for research in Medical Education 2010 was presented to Professors Richard K. Reznick and David M. Irby
Professor Reznick (center), Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, receives the prize for his work in surgical education, including the development of approaches to assessing surgical competence, as well as his role in the development of a surgical safety checklist. This is today used globally and has proved to considerably improve surgical success.
Professor Irby (right), Vice Dean for Education at UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco, California, United States, receives the prize for his finding that medical expertise is necessary, yet insufficient, in order to become a great teacher in medicine.
Prize Winner 2008
Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education 2008 was presented to Geoffrey R. Norman, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
The Karolinska Institutet Prize Committee sees Professor Geoff Norman as a highly original and innovative researcher in the field of medical education. His research has had a significant impact on our understanding of the development of expertise in clinical medicine. Furthermore, his research has yielded important contributions to our knowledge of the complexity of pattern recognition, clinical reasoning and clinical problem solving. His experimental studies are not only theoretically rigorous and well designed, but also situated in contexts that are theoretically and practically meaningful. Dr Norman has profound methodological understanding of various research traditions, including statistical methods and advanced psychometrics. His scientific originality and insights extend into numerous related areas of medicine and cognition, in particular areas such as assessment of learning outcomes and clinical performance, visual perception and curriculum design. He has supervised numerous junior researchers many of whom have become prominent scholars. Dr Norman's studies have provided a deep insight into research-based reforms in medical curricula worldwide.
Prize Winner 2006
Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education 2006 was presented to Ronald M Harden, Professor, OBE MD FRCP (GLAS.) FRCS (ED.) FRCPC, Dundee, Scotland
The Karolinska Institutet Prize Committee has recognised Professor Ronald Harden as an innovative researcher in medical education and a prolific thinker. His ideas have been tested and put into practice in medical schools around the world. He has made, and continues to make, outstanding contributions to the broad field of medical education, particularly in the areas of assessment methods, curriculum design, and evidence- and information technology-based medical education. His scientific work has promoted excellence in medical education worldwide.
Prize Winner 2004
The Prize was awarded to Professor Henk G. Schmidt, Rector Magnificus and Honorary Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
As seen by the Karolinska Institutet Prize Committee, Professor Schmidt's research in the field of medical education is outstanding and highly original. His special research areas are problem-based learning, clinical reasoning, and the acquisition of expertise in medicine. It covers the whole range from undergraduate studies to expertise in professional practice. Professor Schmidt's work has had great impact on the research field and many of his former students have become prominent and influential researchers. His studies have inspired applications not only in problem-based learning, but promoted student-centered practices in general. Professor Schmidt's research has influenced medical education worldwide. His influence goes beyond the field of medical education into education, psychology and cognitive science.