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Queen's dean of Health Sciences wins international prize in medical education


Richard Reznick, dean of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, has been awarded the 2010 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education for his work in surgical education.

“This is like the Nobel Prize for medical education,” says Queen’s Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Bob Silverman. “It is a huge international recognition of Dr. Reznick and his work. The Queen’s community congratulates him on this significant achievement.”

The Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical recognises high-quality research in the field and promotes long-term improvements of educational practices in medical training.

“It’s an enormous honour to be recognised for this prize,” says Dr. Reznick. “The prize is appreciated with respect to personal recognition, but is more significant as an affirmation that surgical education can be a bona fide academic pathway.”

Professor Reznick’s primary research into surgical education has focused on performance-based assessment, technical skill acquisition and simulation, all with the aim of improving practice. He participated in the development of a checklist that today is used globally to reduce surgical complications.

Dr. Reznick’s work in surgical assessment and simulation has also led to the development of a novel competency-based curriculum that is currently being tested as potential new way of training surgeons. He is a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Reznick began his term at Queen’s in July.

Professor Reznick and co-winner David Irby of the University of California, San Francisco will lecture at the Stockholm-based institute in November and receive their awards at a special ceremony. They will also share the €50,000 prize.


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