Eric Holmboe, MD, Selected by NBME® for 2016 John P. Hu bbard Award

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is pleased to announce that Eric Holmboe, MD, board-certified internist and Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation, has received the 2016 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

The NBME selected Dr. Holmboe for his outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation, including workplace and programmatic assessment within medical education.

Joseph P. Grande, MD, PhD, member of the 2016 Hubbard Award Committee, presented Dr. Holmboe with the award at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership in March.

“Eric is internationally recognized for the consistent quality and significance of his decades of scholarship, teaching, leadership, and service as th ey relate to the assessment of clinical competence and the development and evaluation of expertise in medicine,” said Dr. Grande. “Eric has devoted his entire career to the scientific advancement of residency education and standards for accreditation, methods of evaluation for board certification, and perhaps most importantly in the reliable assessment of clinical competence.”

Dr. Holmboe joined the ACGME in 2014 to lead the organization’s Milestones initiative, which focuses on defining significant points of professional development in narrative terms for residents and fellows within their specialties.

“I was attracted to the opportunity to realize the promise of competency-based approaches to improve the outcomes of medical education and the future of health care,” said Dr. Holmboe. “The Milestones provide an exciting opportunity to help achieve those goals. They can help guide curriculum and assessment programs for graduate medical education going forward.”

The NBME established the Hubbard Award in 1983 to honor the late John P. Hubbard, MD for his inspirational leadership during his 25-year tenure as chief executive. The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the assessment of professional competency and educational program development at any level along the continuum of medical education and delivery of health care.


The ACGME is a private, non-profit, professional organization responsible for the accreditation o f approximately 9,600 residency and fellowship programs and approximately 700 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. Residency and fellowship programs educate over 120,000 resident physicians in 130 specialties and subspecialties. The ACGME’s mission is to improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through accreditation
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