The Ron Arky Award of the Learning Communities Institute


Arky Awards Committee Co-Chairs: Amy Fleming, Mark Whipple


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.


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

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 July 15, 2017.

  2. The AAC will compile and review nominations and select the award recipient. The selection will be completed approximately 2 months prior to the date of the annual meeting (to ensure that the awardee can attend)

  3. The Arky Award will be presented by the Award Committee Chair at the LCI Annual Meeting September 15 – 17, 2017, Birmingham, Alabama.

How To Make a Nomination

Download the Nomination Form (docx), fill it in. Then send the CONTACT FORM here, and send Nominating LETTERS here.

Past Award Winners