Clinician-Educator Mentoring and Scholarship Program


General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins is home to over 30 outstanding Clinician-Educators whose primary responsibility is providing expert patient care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and it affiliated practices at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center and Green Spring Station. Clinician-Educators also play a leading role in teaching medical students, residents, fellows and peers. Although primed to excel in these settings from the outset, most Clinician-Educators need additional mentorship to develop into nationally recognized academicians. On October 1, 2007, Hopkins GIM established the Clinician-Educator Mentoring and Scholarship Program (CEMSP) to meet this need.

Requests for CEMSP Resources

As requests for assistance have increased, we have decided to implement the use of a request form. This will allow us to better understand the needs of faculty. Please complete the request form.

The mission of the CEMSP is to help GIM Clinician-Educators to develop an area of scholarship, achieve academic success and build national reputations while enhancing recognition and job satisfaction.

CEMSP Leadership

Joseph Cofrancesco Jr, M.D., M.P.H.


The CEMSP’s Director is Joseph Cofrancesco, Jr, M.D., M.P.H.. Dr. Cofrancesco joined the GIM faculty in 1997 after completing a General Internal Medicine fellowship at Hopkins and earning an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a Clinician-Educator, he has earned a national reputation for scholarship in HIV care as well as medical education. In 2010 he was named the inaugural Director of the School of Medicine’s Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE). The mission of the IEE to promote, value and advance the educational mission of the School of Medicine while enhancing the School of Medicine's leadership role in medical and medical sciences education nationally and internationally.

Dr. Cofrancesco

Amit K. Pahwa, M.D.


The CEMSP’s Co-Director is Amit K. Pahwa, M.D.. Dr. Pahwa is nationally known for his work in high-value care both in education and quality improvement. Dr. Pahwa holds many educational leadership roles including, Director of “Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine: High-Value Health Care”, Director of the internal medicine sub-internship rotation at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Associate Director of the Core Clerkship in Pediatrics. He has also received many awards for this educational work including, Berkheimer Faculty Education Scholar Grant, CDIM Early Career Medical Student Educator Award, CDIM Louis N. Pangaro Educational Program Development Award, HVPAA educational excellence award, and JHU Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Pahwa

David M. Levine, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H.

Associate Director

The CEMSP's Associate Director is David M. Levine, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing and a core faculty member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Dr. Levine is also a leader in the Colleges Program, a director of a highly rated, long-standing NIH training grant in prevention, and an admired mentor—so admired that the Department of Medicine named its mentorship award in his honor.

david levine

Amanda Bertram, MS

Research Associate

The CEMSP’s Research Associate is Amanda Bertram. Ms. Bertram received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania in 2006, and completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2008. She joined the CEMSP in 2008 and has become an integral part of the team, working on multiple projects. Ms. Bertram has published a number of articles related to medical education.

Amanda Bertram

CEMSP Services

Scholarly Mentorship

The CEMSP provides a variety of services to Clinician-Educators.

First, the Director and/or Associate Director meets regularly with junior faculty to:/p>

  • define an area of scholarship
  • assist in setting time lines for scholarly work
  • provide mentorship in all aspects of a scholarly project
  • promote career planning and job satisfaction
  • guide the writing of an “Impact Statement"
  • identify pathways to national reputation
  • identify small grants and provide mentorship in grant writing

The CEMSP Director and Associate Director also assist the GIM Division Director in the preparation of promotion and award letters for Clinician Educators/Clinical Excellence faculty. The CEMSP Director and Associate Director also keep faculty up-to-date on information and policy changes regarding School of Medicine career and promotion policies.  

Project Coordination

Second, the CEMSP employs a full-time Research Associate, Ms. Amanda Bertram, to help with scholarly projects. Depending on the project, the Research Associate may assist with: 

  • literature searches   
  • IRB proposal preparation   
  • data collection  
  • data management 
  • study coordination, including hiring and supervision of graduate students and research assistants  
  • preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts

GIM Clinical Research Methods Core

Third, the CEMSP serves as a link the GIM Clinical Research Methods Core, directed by Dr. Jessica Yeh. The Methods Core is home to methodologically oriented PhD faculty in the GIM Division with expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral medicine, and data analysis. These faculty members oversee a team of graduate research assistants prepared to conduct statistical analysis for research projects conducted by Clinician-Educators.

Link to Senior Research Faculty

Finally, the CEMSP helps Clinician-Educators network with senior research faculty in GIM, and throughout the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Nursing who can incorporate them into on-going, federally funded research projects. By far the most successful link thus far has been with the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) directed by Dr. Eric Bass, an internationally recognized expert in evidence-based medicine. Over the past five years, as part of the EPC center, Clinician-Educators have contributed to six major evidence reports, and have authored more than ten articles in prominent peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine. Please see the Hopkins GIM Research page for the full range of on-going federally funded research in Hopkins GIM.

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