John P. Hubbard Award


Opportunity type:



National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)



To receive consideration for the award, a successful candidate will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in all of the following areas:

  • A substantial record of fostering the development of evaluation methods and/or measurement techniques
  • Personal contributions to basic or applied research in the creation or improvement of assessment methodology
  • Accomplishment in improving the quality of evaluation at an organized level
  • Contributions through the education or mentoring of students, colleagues, fellows, or graduate students, to further progress in evaluation.


Established in 1983, the Hubbard Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in assessment in medical education.

During his time at NBME, John P. Hubbard, MD led NBME into an era of evaluation that resulted in the adoption of objective testing methods, including the use of multiple-choice questions. View the timeline below to learn more about the history of the award.

Nominate a mentor or peer for the Hubbard Award here.


Application deadlines

Program application deadline

September 29, 2023 - 11:59 PM

Additional Information

The 2024 nomination cycle is now open and will close on Friday, September 29, 2023. Thank you in advance for submitting your nomination.

A letter of nomination is to be submitted from a primary sponsor specifically addressing the nominee's achievements in relation to the eligibility criteria and is to be accompanied by the nominee's current curriculum vitae.

The Award Committee will select finalists. Nominators of finalists may be asked to submit additional information. Submission of materials by email to is required by Friday, September 29, 2023.

Direct all materials or inquiries to:

John P. Hubbard Award Committee
3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 590-9500

*Please note that individuals currently employed as NBME staff members are not eligible for nomination, and contributions to the field of medical evaluation during employment by the NBME will not be included in consideration for the Hubbard Award.

Contact Details


John P. Hubbard Award
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)