In memory of the late Ian Ritchie Hart, we are proud to offer this award recognising innovations in medical education. 

The award 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 winner will have demonstrated the creativity, diligence, agility, and leadership necessary to significantly advance the field of medical education, as well as their achievements through their contributions to curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment, education management or some other aspect of medical education. 

The Ian Hart award is made every two years at the Ottawa conference. Details be available this year for the coming 2024 awards.

The Award

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 a cash prize of $4000, and free registration for the upcoming Ottawa Conference.

The winner will be selected from the applications received by an international panel of leaders in medical education. Individuals can be nominated or be self-nominated and require a letter of support from a sponsor.

Download the Nomination Form


Ian Hart

Professor 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, and 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 complete 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.

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