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Med Teach. 2020 Mar 12:1-6. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2020.1731441. [Epub ahead of print]

The Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education: A history.

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Centre for Ambulatory Care Education, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
Executive Vice President Education and Chief Medical Officer, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.


Purpose: This article presents a history of the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Medical Education (KIPRIME), highlighting the history of, and influences on, its funders Drs. Gunnar Höglund and Anna-Stina Malmborg.Methods: Historic analysis of an archive of documents developed by the authors in a prior study exploring philanthropy in medical education research. Documents in the archive were drawn from publicly available Internet sources, media reports about the KIPRIME and its winners and an interview with Drs. Höglund's and Malmborg. The latter interview was conducted with Ethics Board approval in non-anonymous fashion and with the explicit permission of the interviewees to present their personal information and to cite their words. Finally, observations were shaped iteratively by the authors on multiple trips to the Karolinska Institutet with input from the KIPRIME prize committee leaders.Findings: The results of this analysis present a history of the prize situating it in the personal histories of, and influences acting upon, Drs. Höglund and Malmborg. Special attention is given to the potential influence of the Nobel Prizes and the culture of philanthropy in Sweden.


Hoglunds; Karolinska; Philanthropy; fundraising; health professions education

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