Medical Council of Canada

Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence

This prestigious distinction recognizes an individual or group who demonstrate sustained excellence in Canadian health care and/or health-care research. Its recipients are the people who ensure our health-care professionals meet the high standards that Canadians enjoy and expect.

The Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence is unique in that its nominees and recipients come from a broad range of health disciplines, such as dentistry, physical therapy and medical practice.



Nominations may be made by an individual or organization knowledgeable in assessment procedures within the health-care professions and faculties of medicine/health sciences in Canada. A nomination letter must be submitted electronically to no later than June 1 of the current year.

In addition, the supporting documents listed below must be either included with the nomination letter or submitted later:

  • A minimum of one letter of support from a person or organization, other than the principal nominator, familiar with the work of the nominee
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae


2019 Recipient

Dr. Rose Hatala

Dr. Rose Hatala is a General Internist and Palliative Care physician at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed her clinical training, as well as her MSc focused on educational research, at McMaster University and was Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine.

She came to the UBC in 2003 and was the Associate Program Director for the UBC Internal Medicine Residency Program from 2005-2015. Since September 2015, she is the Director of the Centre for Health Education Scholarship’s Clinical Educator Fellowship.

Dr. Hatala’s main research interests lie in work-based and high-stakes assessment methods. As a corollary, she has ben investigating feedback and entrustment in clinical supervision. She tries to bridge the gap between assessment theory, suggested best practices and real-world implementation of assessment methods. She also tries to foster collaborations between PhD educational researchers, front-line clinicians and institutions. She has spent time investigating the use of simulation-technology for learner education and assessment.

In 2013, she was awarded the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Education and in 2014-2015 the UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Her research publications reflect the diversity of her assessment interests and her attempts to bridge theory and practice, such as adapting the MCC’s key feature examination for clinical clerkship. During her tenure as Co-Chair of the Oral Examination in Internal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), her team explored the use of simulation for high-stakes assessment. More recently, she has been involved in the knowledge translation of Kane’s validity framework in health professions’ education.


Past Recipients

2019 Dr. Rose Hatala
2018 Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg
2017 Dr. Richard K. Reznick
2016 n/a
2015 Dr. Robyn Tamblyn
2014 n/a
2013 n/a
2012 Dr. Kevin Eva
2011 n/a
2010 Dr. Daniel Klass
2009 Dr. André Jacques
2008 Dr. Glenn Regehr
2007 Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess
2006 Dr Carlos Brailovsky
2005 Dr Gordon Page
2004 Physician Achievement Review Instrument Development and Assessment Team
2003 Dr. Arthur Rothman
2002 n/a
2001 Dr. Geoff Norman