Johns Hopkins Bayview
Division of General Internal Medicine

In the care of patients, we strive for clinical excellence; we value the clinician-patient relationship and we are person-centered in all we do.

We are committed to being especially creative while having great impact in advancing medical education. Our experience and expertise with the science of learning, teaching skills, curriculum development, and educational research uniquely position our Division to lead the way forward in medical education.

Scott Wright, MD
Director, Division of GIM at JHBMC
Director, Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence

Scott Wright, Director in front of tree
Division Director's Welcome

As a former GIM fellow who trained in this division, I am honored to lead our group – building upon our traditional strengths and growing in exciting directions. Our faculty are respected and recognized widely for accomplishments in many areas, we are generalists after all, and we are fully engaged in the tripartite academic missions at Hopkins – patient care, education, and research. In all that we do, we adhere to the values expressed in our core divisional principles (please click on the 'About' tab above to see them). This clarity about who we are and what we hope to achieve allows us to move forward with intentional purpose. Thank you for visiting this online representation of our dynamic Division. If you’re interested in learning more details about any of our programs, please reach out (swright@jhmi.edu).

Must Reads in Medical Education

Using specific criteria and deliberate processes, each month we select up to four published articles that we think are essential reading for those wanting to keep up with the best new ideas and scholarship in health professions education.

Breaking the silence: A mental health initiative to reduce stigma among medical students
Documentation as composing: How medical students and residents use writing to think and learn
The capability imperative: Theorizing ableism in medical education
Research Publications from the Division
Each month, we will showcase an interesting publication that was authored by a member of our team. As generalists, the range of our interests is wide and this will be on display in the articles shown here.

Written By Sean Tackett, MD, MPH and Scott M. Wright, MD from Bayview GIM and co-authors Yvonne Steinert, Cynthia R. Whitehead, and Darcy A. Reed

As human beings, we all have blind spots. Most obvious are our visual blind spots, such as where the optic nerve meets the retina and our inability to see behind us. It can be more difficult to acknowledge our other types of blind spots, like unexamined beliefs, assumptions, or biases. While each individual has blind spots, groups can share blind spots that limit change and innovation or even systematically disadvantage certain other groups. In this article, we provide a definition of blind spots in medical education, and offer examples, including unfamiliarity with the evidence and theory informing medical education, lack of evidence supporting well-accepted and influential practices, significant absences in our scholarly literature, and the failure to engage patients in curriculum development and reform. We argue that actively helping each other see blind spots may allow us to avoid pitfalls and take advantage of new opportunities for advancing medical education scholarship and practice. When we expand our collective field of vision, we can also envision more “adjacent possibilities,” future states near enough to be considered but not so distant as to be unimaginable. For medical education to attend to its blind spots, there needs to be increased participation among all stakeholders and a commitment to acknowledging blind spots even when that may cause discomfort. Ultimately, the better we can see blind spots and imagine new possibilities, the more we will be able to adapt, innovate, and reform medical education to prepare and sustain a physician workforce that serves society’s needs.
Working in Our Division

Having clarity about our principles helps us to recruit amazing people to join our team. The majority of us have chosen to spend our entire careers working only in this division. While the opportunities before us are ever changing, our supportive work environment enables all to flourish.

Working in the GIM division is very rewarding. I most enjoy being a part of a team that is respectful, innovative, and inclusive. I encounter this attitude throughout the division. The interprofessional teams allow for better understanding of processes and problem resolution. Our patient-centeredness is the key to our success.

Christy Swain