Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education
This international prize is awarded for outstanding research in medical education. The purpose of the prize is to recognize and stimulate high-quality research in the field, and to promote long-term improvements in educational practice. "Medical" includes all education and training for any health science profession. The prize is made possible through financial support from the Gunnar Höglund and Anna-Stina Malmborg Foundation. It is currently presented every second year.
Why study medical education?
Medical education is an important undertaking, as sooner or later, we all become patients. The quality of the care we receive depends on the competence of the health professionals who treat us. The foundation for this competence is the quality of the education they receive, or what they learn. Often their education takes place in learning environments that have not been objectively tested. Medical practice is continuously assessed and improved by research. Similarly, medical education should be research-based, testing innovations as well as current practices.
Why a prize for research in medical education?
Numerous prizes are given for research excellence in many branches of medicine. These prizes highlight important progress and honour scientists who, through their efforts, have made this progress possible. The number of scientists working in the field of medical education is small in comparison with the great educational costs involved in terms of both time and money. It is also small in comparison with the great importance of the education itself, which provides the foundation for all medical practice. The Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education attempts to highlight medical education as an important area of research, and to recognise those who contribute to better learning by sharing their findings with the medical community.