Toward the end of the 19th century, American medical education was in chaos; most medical schools were little more than trade schools. Medical and biomedical education was forever changed with the opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1889, followed four years later by the opening of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Johns Hopkins ushered in a new era marked by rigid entrance requirements for medical students, a vastly upgraded curriculum with emphasis on the scientific method, the incorporation of bedside teaching and laboratory research as part of the instruction, and integration of the School of Medicine with the Hospital through joint appointments.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has stayed true to its mission of educating students and growing future leaders in accordance with the highest standards of excellence. We are a school of medicine, an extraordinary place where state-of-the-art research, learning, discovery, and training ensure that our faculty and students are among the world’s best.
Achieving excellence in education deserves as rigorous an approach as clinical care and research. In 2006, Johns Hopkins Medicine established the Martin D. Abeloff Committee on Educational Values and Rewards. This group examined the strengths and challenges of our educational mission and developed a comprehensive plan. The committee recommended the establishment of the IEE to support the many efforts already undertaken by the school and the faculty, and to burnish our deep and very rich heritage as the leader in medical and biomedical education and in training the next generation of great leader.