New Classroom "Stile"

Hopkins Insider is publishing some of the thoughts of Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which he shared in a recent column in Dome.

Graduate education is one of the core missions of Johns Hop­kins Medicine. As times change for academic medical centers, we want to keep apace of the trends in medicine. That’s why, as part of our Strategic Plan, we are survey­ing our teaching methods to make sure we continue to provide a modern, world-class education and produce highly successful graduates.

One recent example of this work is the opening of our STILE classroom, which stands for sci­ence, transform, interact, learn and engage.

About two years ago, after tour­ing our Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) facilities for graduate educa­tion, I requested a needs list and cost estimates for renovations that could begin immediately. We formed the PCTB Design Committee to consider how to remodel the first-floor space, with the goal of providing innova­tive and updated facilities to support graduate biomedical education and student life.

The group identified two principal needs:

  • An active learning classroom to permit a more collaborative style of teaching
  • A physical space that promotes interaction among trainees, faculty members and staff members, lead­ing to a stronger community

A few months ago, we celebrated the opening of the STILE classroom, as well as renovations to Mountcastle Auditorium and an adjacent class­room, which represent the first phase of this work to create more state-of-the-art teaching spaces.

The STILE classroom offers a more engaging and interactive teaching en­vironment. A “flipping the classroom” instructional method enables students to watch a lecture online at their own pace and then come to class pre­pared for deep discussion. A flipped classroom also enables information delivery to move from lecture-based to interactive, which is why students come to Johns Hopkins—to interact with and learn from the best scientists in the world in a dynamic, intellectual environment.

The opening of the STILE classroom represents a sizable step forward toward the goals of our Strategic Plan. It helps us ensure that biomedical education at Johns Hopkins is trans­formative, with creative and innova­tive methods of instruction, and that we are building an effective culture and infrastructure for learning across Johns Hopkins Medicine.

A vital piece of our tripartite mis­sion is setting a standard of excellence in education to produce tomorrow’s leaders in health care. That is why we need to keep refining our methods and continuously improving to lead this change.

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