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Date Updated: April 16, 2019

John P. Hubbard Award


William C. McGaghie, PhD
William C. McGaghie, PhD

William C. McGaghie, PhD selected by NBME as Recipient of the 2019 John P. Hubbard Award

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 John P. Hubbard Award for excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. This year’s recipient is William C. McGaghie, PhD, professor of medical education and preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

The Hubbard Award is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. Peter G. Anderson, DVM, PhD, chair of the 2019 Hubbard Award Committee, announced Dr. McGaghie’s selection at the annual meeting of the NBME membership on March 28, 2019.

In presenting the award, Dr. Anderson stated that Dr. McGaghie has made significant and sustained contributions to the assessment of professional competence in medicine and the development of medical education programs for over four decades. His work has been grounded in a thoughtful analysis of the most current evidence and addresses significant problems in medical education practice and assessment. His focus on patient safety and clinical outcomes has fostered improvement in the health of the public through effective educational methods and assessment.

Prior Hubbard Award recipient Louis N. Pangaro, MD praised Dr. McGaghie, "There are few individuals in the world whose work has done more to enhance the professionalization of medical education. Dr. McGaghie has done this through methodologically rigorous studies, integrating educational theory with clinical practice; through a sustained program of theoretically-based research; and through a commitment to serve the public by improving our confidence in the abilities of our learners at all levels of training."

Another recipient, Larry Gruppen, PhD, remarked that a "significant contribution that [Dr. McGaghie] has made to medical education is his efforts to put it in the context of patient safety and clinical outcomes. Framing medical education research as translational science, [Dr. McGaghie] has helped reform our perspective of the outcomes, purpose and value of medical education research."

Dr. McGaghie’s expertise is showcased throughout his contributions to the literature of medical assessment dating back over 40 years, including several landmark pieces. His influence is felt strongly at his home institution, where his colleagues have noted how his pioneering of a mastery model of assessment has "effectively changed education and assessment at the institutional level," and framed assessment as "a partnership between expert faculty members and engaged, motivated students."

John P. Hubbard Award
John P. Hubbard, MD

The NBME established the Hubbard Award in 1983 in special tribute to the late John P. Hubbard, MD. Honoring Dr. Hubbard as a principal guiding force of the NBME, this award acknowledges his creative and inspired leadership of the organization during his 25-year tenure as its chief executive. Dr. McGaghie deservedly joins the ranks of the distinguished individuals whom the NBME has honored over the years with this prestigious award. His selection as the recipient followed a call for nominations published widely in the spring of 2018. The 2019 Hubbard Award Committee, chaired by Peter G. Anderson, DVM, PhD, included as members Anna Chang, MD; Melissa Margolis, PhD; Alex J. Mechaber, MD; Maxine A. Papadakis, MD; and Kimberly A. Swygert, PhD.

Posted March 28, 2019

 

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