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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

Upcoming Educational Events/Opportunities:

Medical and Biomedical Education Grand Rounds

October 30, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Medical and Biomedical Education Grand Rounds

James Woolliscroft

Herbert L. Fred MD, MACP Visiting Professor of Medical and Biomedical Education


James O. Woolliscroft, MD, MACP

Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine
Professor of Internal medicine and Learning Health Sciences
University of Michigan Medical School

Topic: Preparing Physicians: The Challenge for Medical Educators

Venue: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
             Strauch Auditorium East
             Armstrong Medical Education Building 
             1600 McElderry Street
             Baltimore, MD 21205

Dr. Woolliscroft received his B.S. summa cum laude in 1972 and his M.D. in 1976 from the University of Minnesota.  He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan in 1980.  In 1980, he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine and rose through the academic ranks being promoted to Professor of Internal Medicine in 1993.  He has a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

His research interests in medical education have resulted in numerous publications, invited presentations and visiting professorships across the US and internationally.  Dr. Woolliscroft has served as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs; chair of the AAMC Research in Medical Education Committee; and as a founding member and President of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine.  He has also served on several National Board of Medical Examiners committees and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) Board.

Dr. Woolliscroft’s stature as an internationally recognized medical education scholar led to his selection as the first Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Medical Education, an endowed professorship awarded through a national competition in 1996. In 2001 he was named the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine.  He received the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Career Achievement in Medical Education Award in 2004 and the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs Merrel Flair Award in 2008. The University of Minnesota Medical School presented him their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. In 2014, he received the AAMC’s most prestigious recognition, the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. 

He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and was selected as a Laureate of the Michigan Chapter in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States National Academy of Science.

At the University of Michigan, he has served in several administrative capacities including Associate Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine, Chief of Staff of the University of Michigan Hospitals, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Executive Associate Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School.  From 2006 - 2015 Dr. Woolliscroft served as Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School.

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