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Forging Ahead

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Medical and biomedical education is at a crossroads. Financial challenges, restrictions on faculty teaching time, and externally imposed regulations pose a formidable threat to our faculty’s ability to train the next generation of great medical leaders. Today’s patient-centered and complex care requires a different educational approach, with smaller class sizes and more teachers. There have been monumental advances in the biomedical sciences requiring faculty to spend more time mentoring students. And, as the electronic information age fosters new research, new techniques, and vast new ways of understanding the genetics of medicine, our faculty members are both teachers and learners in an ever-evolving health care system.

Much of the strength of Johns Hopkins Medicine comes from our remarkable faculty. The importance of their role cannot be overstated, and the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) aims to support, reward, and give value to the educational activities done by all faculty members. We are continuing to develop new and innovative methods to measure and improve teaching and educational programs. Working closely with faculty, we will set new standards in teaching, including methods and systems for peer feedback, coaching and self review. We are also encouraging educational research and scholarship, expanding career development opportunities, and inspiring and supporting innovative teaching techniques that meet the needs of future generations of medical students. We will also continue to strive for development and growth of our “community of educators” which is ever-evolving and becoming much more cohesive over the entire Hopkins enterprise.

Please read our new Strategic Plan for more detailed information.

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