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About the IEE

Medicine and science are dramatically and rapidly evolving through genomics and epigenetics, evidence-based medicine, health information technology, patient safety and quality, and advances in basic science research. To prepare our physicians and scientists for this future, medical and basic science education must evolve, as well.

Johns Hopkins is a world leader in patient care and scientific research. However, it is our emphasis on the central role of medical and biomedical education — and on the notion that patient care, research, and education must occur together and each reinforce the other — that established Johns Hopkins as a model of excellence throughout the world. Since 2009, the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) has been a vibrant and critical part of that model.

The IEE helps our faculty strengthen the school’s educational mission and its national and international leadership. The four pillars of the IEE are:

  • Improving teaching
  • Inspiring and supporting research, scholarship, and innovation in education
  • Valuing and recognizing teaching and education
  • Fostering a community of educators

Through the contributions of time, talent, and resources – generously given by the office of the vice dean for education, donors, and numerous faculty – the IEE is advancing an innovative and responsive educational program for the 21st century and ensuring Johns Hopkins’ leadership role.

Please contact us for more information and to learn what you can do to help Johns Hopkins continually improve its standards and enhance its reputation as a world leader in medical and biomedical education.

Respect, Teamwork, and Civility: Embracing our Educational Mission


Respect can be understood as consideration for oneself and of others. Respect includes the consideration of other’s privacy, their physical space, and differing viewpoints and beliefs.

When mutual respect exists between peers, learners, and educators; support and understanding flourish. This support and understanding is what serves to allow for worthwhile feedback. Without feedback, mistakes can go uncorrected and opportunities for growth can be missed. By focusing on instilling respect into every interaction, we are able to create a foundation for better medicine, research, and learning.


How to Become a Respect Ambassador

  1. Be a good listener
  2. Check-in with those around you
  3. Give constructive feedback for the purpose of growth



Teamwork can be understood as the combined effective and efficient action of a group in pursuit of a goal. Skills essential for good teamwork include active participation, flexibility, and commitment.

As clinical care becomes more complex and specialized, collaboration and enhanced communication skills are a necessity. The earlier these skills are developed, the better for not only learners, but their future patients and peers as well.

In the field of research, teamwork can bring complementary knowledge and diverse research methods together in order to produce high-quality solutions to important problems. Balancing breadth and depth, team research creates the opportunity for all members to learn from each other while striving towards a common goal.


How to Become a Teamwork Ambassador

  1. Be flexible
  2. Encourage others to share their ideas
  3. Be committed to your shared goal



Civility requires mutual respect and is manifested through acting with honor and integrity towards one another. Behaving with civility in mind, one is courteous and respectful to all peers, learners, educators, and patients.

Embracing civility makes for a positive learning and working environment. In a positive environment, people become more engaged and connected to the overarching mission of the institution, which is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.


How to Become a Civility Ambassador

  1. Treat all others courteously and with respect; be inclusive regardless of position or background
  2. Hold others accountable
  3. Engage colleagues, trainees, and staff alike


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