Suzanne and Robert Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine

2022 Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine

$1000 prize for the best paper in Population Medicine


We are pleased to announce that Kushal Kadakia, a medical student at Harvard Medical School, has been selected to receive the 2022 Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine. The Fletcher Prize is awarded by the Department for the best paper on a topic in Population Medicine written by a Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Dental Medicine student. Papers were judged by an expert panel of DPM faculty. His winning submission, “Paying for Prevention—The Next Frontier for Value-Based Care”, reviews the evidence from Medicare’s previous population health experiments and identifies challenges and opportunities for deploying new demonstrations focused on prevention and health promotion.The Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine announces a call for submissions for a $1000 prize for the best paper on a topic in Population Medicine written by an HMS or HSDM student.  


The announcement for the 2022 Fletcher Prize will be released in December, 2022. Contact fletcher_prize@harvardpilgrim.org with questions.

Suzanne and Robert Fletcher met while they were students at Harvard Medical School, class of 1966.  Individually and jointly they have been national leaders in advancing the field of clinical epidemiology.  Their textbook, Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials, now in its 5th edition and co-written with their son, has been translated into several languages. Among other contributions, they served as Co-Editors in Chief of the Annals of Internal Medicine and founding Co-Editors of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and were founders of the World Association of Medical Editors.  In 1994, they returned to HMS and joined the Department.  Suzanne directed the Patient-Doctor II physical diagnosis course for second-year students and introduced the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment to Harvard Medical School. Bob was founding director of the longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship.  Both continue as Professors emeriti in the DPM. 

Past Fletcher Prize Awardees:

2021: Maya Behn, Erika Lynn-Green, and Inam Sakinah, HMS
Early COVID-19 Vaccination for Incarcerated Populations: Prioritizing Population Health

2020: Nicolas Trad, HMS
"Recognizing Loneliness as a Core Determinant of Health"

2019: Sanjay Kishore and Margaret Hayden, HMS
"Lessons from Scott County — Progress or Paralysis on Harm Reduction?"

2018: Suhas Gondi, HMS
“Negotiating Prescription Drug Prices to Improve Access and Reduce Costs"