The Hubbard Award recognizes significant and sustained contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the assessment of medical education.

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Inspired by John P. Hubbard, MD

Established in 1983, the Hubbard Award pays tribute to John P. Hubbard, MD, who played a critical role in NBME’s early history. Under his leadership, NBME entered a new era of evaluation, which resulted in the development and implementation of innovative assessment methods.

Through this award, we not only remember a key figure from our past, but also recognize individuals who follow in his footsteps through their own outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the assessment of medical education.


To receive consideration for the award, a successful candidate will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • A substantial record of fostering the development of evaluation methods and/or measurement techniques
  • Personal contributions to basic or applied research in the creation or improvement of assessment methodology
  • Accomplishment in improving the quality of evaluation at an organizational level
  • Contributions through the education or mentoring of students, colleagues, fellows, or graduate students, to further progress in evaluation

2020 Award Recipients

NBME is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 John P. Hubbard Award for excellence in the assessment of medical education.

This year’s recipients are Carol Carraccio, M.D., Vice President, Competency-Based Assessment at the American Board of Pediatrics, and Rebecca Lipner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Assessment and Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., chaired the 2020 Hubbard Award Selection Committee, which noted the considerable accomplishments of the two outstanding women whom this award celebrates and honors.

In selecting Carraccio, the Committee recognized her significant, innovative, and sustained contributions to Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). Carraccio is a leader in the development and implementation of each.

“Through the introduction of workplace-based assessment, entrustable professional activities, and milestones, Dr. Carraccio is a visionary leader,” prior Hubbard awardee, Cees Van der Vleuten, Ph.D., wrote. “Dr. Carraccio embraced competency-based medical education directly from the start, and conceptually as well as pragmatically advances assessment to match this major shift in education. She holds numerous leadership roles, both within and outside her specialty. Her impact on educational practice always connects to scholarly work, and her constant productivity in research is impressive. Dr. Carraccio’s papers have significant international impact.”

Moreover, Lipner was recognized by the Committee for her significant, innovative, and sustained contributions that fulfill Hubbard Award criteria.

“Dr. Lipner made enormous contributions to research in assessment,” prior Hubbard Award recipient John J. Norcini, Ph.D., wrote. “Dr. Lipner displayed her considerable skill as a scientist. She is able to recognize important questions and to design studies that directly and clearly answer them. As Senior Vice President for Assessment and Research, she led improvement in assessment at the institutional level. She is central to the numerous advances ABIM made to the assessment components of its certification programs. Dr. Lipner extended her influence in the field through broad collaboration and mentoring while working with the leaders in the field, both individually and institutionally.”

Carraccio and Lipner join the ranks of the distinguished individuals whom NBME has honored over the years with this prestigious award, which celebrates John P. Hubbard’s creative and inspired leadership of NBME throughout his 25-year tenure as the organization’s chief executive.

The 2020 Hubbard Award Selection Committee also included members Anna Chang, M.D.; Monica Cuddy, Ph.D.; Maxine A. Papadakis, M.D.; Kimberly A. Swygert, Ph.D.; and Colin West, M.D., Ph.D.

Past Recipients

Recipient Year Recipient Year
Carol Carraccio, MD 2020 David M. Irby, PhD 2001
Rebecca Lipner, PhD 2020 Richard K. Reznick, MD 2000
William C. McGaghie, PhD 2019 Paul G. Ramsey, MD 1999
Louis N. Pangaro, MD 2018 Mark A. Albanese, PhD 1998
Olle ten Cate, PhD 2017 W. Dale Dauphinee, MD 1997
Eric Holmboe, MD 2016 David I. Newble, MD 1997
Larry D. Gruppen, PhD 2015 Ian R. Hart, MB, ChB 1996
Robyn Tamblyn, BScN, MSc, PhD 2014 Jerry A. Colliver, PhD 1995
Kevin W. Eva, PhD 2013 Georges Bordage, MD, PhD 1994
Brian David Hodges, MD, PhD 2012 John W. Williamson, MD 1993
Judy A. Shea, PhD 2011 Ronald M. Harden, MD 1992
Maxine A. Papadakis, MD 2010 Arthur S. Elstein, PhD 1991
John J. Norcini, PhD 2009 Paula L. Stillman. MD 1990
Dame Lesley Southgate 2008 Geoffrey R. Norman, PhD 1989
Glenn Regehr, PhD 2007 Christine H. McGuire, MA 1987
Reed G. Williams, PhD 2006 Stephen Abrahamson, PhD 1986
Cees P.M. van der Vleuten, PhD 2005 George E. Miller, MD 1985
David L. Nahrwold, MD 2003 Howard S. Barrows, MD 1984
Susan M. Case, PhD 2002    


Make a Nomination

A letter of nomination is to be submitted from a primary sponsor specifically addressing the nominee's achievements in relation to at least one of the criteria and is to be accompanied by the nominee's current curriculum vitae.

These materials must be received no later than October 16, 2020. The Award Committee will select finalists. Nominators of finalists may be asked to submit additional information. Submission of materials by email to is preferred.

Direct all materials or inquiries to:

2021 John P. Hubbard Award Committee
3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 590-9681



*Please note that individuals currently employed as NBME staff members are not eligible for nomination, and contributions to the field of medical evaluation during employment by the NBME will not be included in consideration for the Hubbard Award.