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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 2018-2019 academic year, the IEE is highlighting the theme of “Respect, Teamwork and Civility: Embracing our Educational Mission.” 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 Education

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:

Education Conference and Celebration

April 12, 2019, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus, Armstrong Medical Education Building 

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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!

Register for the 2019 Education Conference

Medical and Biomedical Education Grand Rounds

April 12, 2019, 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Plenary Address for the 2019 Education Conference and Celebration

Kevin Sowers

Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N.

President of the Johns Hopkins Health System
Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Topic: Towards a Cultural Transformation: Hardwiring an Expectation of Respect in Healthcare

Venue: Armstrong Medical Education Building
             Strauch Auditorium West
             1600 McElderry Street
             Baltimore, MD 21206

As the second person in Johns Hopkins history to hold these dual roles, Mr. Sowers oversees the health system’s six hospitals – The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – and sets strategies that advance our mission to deliver outstanding care, train the next generation of leaders and advance research and discovery. He also serves as chair of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, which has more than 40 primary and specialty care outpatient sites throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area.

Mr. Sowers came to Johns Hopkins Medicine after 32 years with the Duke University Health System, the last eight as president and CEO of Duke University Hospital.

Sowers earned his bachelor of science degree from Capital University School of Nursing and a master of science from Duke University School of Nursing. He is an American Academy of Nursing fellow and has collaborated on numerous research efforts as well as consulted internationally. He has published extensively and speaks nationally and abroad on issues such as leadership, organizational change, mentorship and cancer care.

Foundations of Educational Scholarship Course

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m., Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus, 2024 East Monument Street: Foundations of Educational Scholarship Course

This ½ day foundational course covers the why, what, and how of medical education scholarship.  This course targets educators who wish to learn skills specific to medical education scholarship and become aware of institutional and outside resources.  The goal of this workshop is to provide educators with exposure to the basics of medical education research.

Participants will be able to:

  1. List the key steps of medical education research.
  2. State the reasoning behind using a conceptual framework when conducting medical education research.
  3. Provide examples of educationally focused research aims.
  4. Describe different levels and provide examples of educational outcomes using Kirkpatrick’s pyramid. 
  5. Link educational aims and outcomes to appropriate research designs using examples from published medical education scholarship.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a basic literature search with a focus on the educational literature. 
  7. ​Name 3 ways to disseminate medical education scholarship.

Register Now!
Only 20 Faculty seats available, first come first served!