Lorelei Lingard grew up in a house where language was important. This curiosity led to a career studying the uses of language in the health-care setting and how that translates to medical education.
Lingard, Director of the Centre for Education Research and Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, studies how health professionals use language as they work together in teams to provide patient care, and how that influences clinical learning.
She won the 2018 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education in honour of her career-spanning work.
The prestigious international prize recognizes high-quality research in the field, with the aim of promoting long-term improvements in educational practice. The prize (€50,000) is presented every other year by the Karolinska Institutet, one of the world’s leading medical universities, and Lingard is the first woman to receive the award.