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Institute for Excellence in Education


Welcome to The Institute for Excellence in Education

Committed to Leading the Way in Medical and Biomedical Education

The mission of the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is 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 biomedical education nationally and internationally. To guide this mission, IEE has identified four guiding principles or "pillars" into which all of our decisions, work and programs are aligned.

In addition to these guiding principles, for the 2019-2020 academic year, the IEE is highlighting the theme of “Respect, Teamwork and Civility: Enhancing the Learning Environment.” This theme will be reflected in our ongoing work and programs. While the IEE has chosen this year to champion the theme, we recognize how important respect, teamwork and civility are every year, every day, and in every action. Visit our About section here to Learn more about this theme of “Respect, Teamwork and Civility."

The Pillars of Our Mission

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Improving Teaching
Explore Pillar I

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Inspiring and Supporting Research, Scholarship and Innovation in Education
Explore Pillar II

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Valuing and Recognizing Teachers and Educators
Explore Pillar III

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Fostering a Community of Educators
Explore Pillar IV

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Foundational Principles for Teaching and Learning

Medical and biomedical education is the foundation of academic medicine. IEE felt it was important to explicitly state and codify our institution's educational principles. It is our hope that the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Foundational Principles for Teaching and Education defined here will be inspiring to Johns Hopkins leaders, educators and learners, to help align all teaching and educational efforts.

Read the Foundational Principles

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Scientist's Oath

Responding to data on the perceptions of scientists which suggest a moderate public distrust of scientist's motivations, members of Hopkins' Graduate Student Association (GSA) and School of Medicine faculty members studied the subject and composed an article describing their solution. The decision was made in 2014 to begin a Coating Ceremony for PhD candidates, to impress upon them, in a public forum, the professional and ethical responsibilities and values they accept upon finishing studies. Developed for and recited at this ceremony, the Scientist's Oath was created from input of faculty and students alike and is reviewed and updated biennially.

Read the Scientist's Oath

Foundations of Teaching and Learning

January 30, 2020, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Foundations of Teaching and Learning

Venue: East Baltimore Campus
            2024 Building, Suite 2-1002
            2024 E. Monument Street
            Baltimore, MD 21205

Register for Foundations of Teaching and Learning Course

Foundations of Curriculum Development Concepts

February 12, 2019, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Foundations of Curriculum Development Concepts

Foundations of Curriculum Development Concepts is offered by the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in conjunction with the OFD and IEE.

This four hour introductory workshop provides a brief overview of curriculum development principles and practical exercises in applying some of the most important curriculum development steps. It introduces participants to resources and faculty development opportunities for further developing one's curriculum development skills. This activity is intended for scholarly educators in the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, psychology, and laboratory research.

After attending this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Articulate why a scholarly and systematic approach to curriculum development is beneficial
  • Describe the six-steps of curriculum development and the importance of congruence among them
  • Recognize additional resources that are available for curriculum development skills improvement

Venue: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus
            Mason F. Lord Building, Center Tower, Suite 2300
            Baltimore, MD 21224

Register for Foundations of Curriculum Development Concepts

March 27, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Education Conference and Celebration

2020 Education Conference and Celebration

2015 Conference photo

The IEE Education Conference and Celebration is an annual conference engaging the Hopkins' community of seasoned and budding educators, including many students and trainees. It is specifically designed to provide a venue in which those interested in medical and biomedical education from across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health can come together to share ideas, educational research, innovations, and instructional methodologies; to learn from each other and guests, promote a community of educators, and celebrate our great teachers and educators.. We welcome participation from educators from around the world!

Registration for the education conference will open soon.

Medical and Biomedical Education Grand Rounds

March 27, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Spring IEE Medical and Biomedical Education Grand Rounds

Plenary Speaker for Education Conference and Celebration

Alice Chuang

Alice Chuang, MD, MEd

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Venue: Strauch Auditorium West
             Armstrong Medical Education Building
            1600 McElderry Street
            Baltimore, MD 21205

Topic: Enhancing the Learning Environment

Dr. Alice Chuang obtained her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. She then returned to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to complete both medical school and residency training at the University of Tennessee. She stayed there as an Instructor for two years before accepting an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

During her faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee, she served as clerkship director and made many contributions to both resident and student curricula. She was a recipient of teaching awards both as a resident and as faculty, winning the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, she was again awarded the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and has won departmental and school-wide teaching awards from 2003 through the present, distinguishing herself in both the basic science curriculum and the clinical curriculum. She currently serves as the Clerkship Director and as one of 12 advisors in the Larry Keith Advisory Colleges who provide mentoring and advising for all medical students. She is involved in curriculum development with particular interests in teaching professionalism, preparing learners for life after medical school and residency and the appropriate use of technology in education. She credits her career achievements to her extraordinary mentors and her career satisfaction to a community, both local and national, of amazing colleagues and friends. She credits her sanity and insanity to her two children, ages 11 and 9, and her husband, who is coincidentally also an obstetrician. Her biggest recent accomplishment is completing her Master of Education in April 2016.