The Ron Arky Award of the Learning Communities Institute

This Award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of learning communities in medical education.

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Ron Arky, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Francis Peabody Society at the Harvard University School of Medicine, has been a steadfast leader and supporter of medical school learning communities. It was Ron’s voice that argued most forcefully that it was time for medical learning community leaders to formalize and create the LCI as a means to propel meaningful change in medical education. Ron has also been an important benefactor for the LCI, providing a generous gift to enable us to begin as an organization. This award is named after Dr. Arky as a means to continually appreciate his contributions to the LCI and to the learning communities movement.

NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW for the seventh  annual Arky Award!


Nomination and Selection Process:

1.     The nominator should complete a contact form and write a nominating letter on behalf of the nominee, along with a second letter of recommendation submitted to the Arky Award Committee by September 19, 2021.

The letters of recommendaton should describe significant contributions the nominee has made  to Learning Communities in one or more of the following areas:

  • local/national leadership in LCs
  • educational innovations related to LCs
  • research and scholarship in LCs
  • LC leadership and culture change in medical education related to LCs

2.     The Arky Award Committee will review all nominations and identify a short list of up to 3-5 nominees with final selection by the LCI Leadership Council

3.     The Arky Award will be presented by the Awards Committee Chair at the Virtual LCI Annual Meeting on October 17th.

Obtain Nominating Forms Here

Submit Nominating Forms  and Nomination Letters Here

Please email Lars Osterberg at with any questions about the Ron Arky Award or nomination process.  

Past Award Winners