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Thomas Q. Morris Symposium on

Medical Education

Thomas Q. Morris, M.D. spent nearly 50 years at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, beginning with his enrollment at the College of Physicians & Surgeons as a first-year medical student in 1954. Since then, he has held nearly every important position at the medical center. A Westchester native, Dr. Morris graduated from the University of Notre Dame before starting medical school. He received his M.D. in 1958, and completed his residency at the Columbia Division of Bellevue Hospital. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Columbia for a fellowship, joining the P&S faculty in 1964. Throughout the years, he served as acting chairman of the Department of Medicine, associate dean for academic affairs, vice dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and interim dean for clinical and educational affairs. More recently, he was vice president for health sciences and vice dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and Alumni Professor of Clinical Medicine. He was also president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Hospital from 1985 to 1990.

Dr. Morris treated patients, taught medical students, and collaborated with physicians and scientists. Through his diverse activities, one commitment remained constant: his dedication to medical education. His influence on medical education reached beyond the campus boundaries, through his service to the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., American University of Beirut, and numerous non-profit foundations. He was also a visiting physician at Bellevue Hospital and Harlem Hospital and a visiting professor in Iran.

An endowment was established to support an annual symposium in Tom Morris's name to explore the future of medical education. The symposium features participants who have promoted quality medical education in significant ways.


Available Videos:
Speaker: Elizabeth G. Armstrong, PhD
Lecture Date: June 25, 2015
Lecture Title: “Nurturing Innovation through Education in the Academic Medical Center”


The 2017 Thomas Q. Morris Symposium Lecture

Eric Mazur, PhD

"Confession of a Converted Lecturer"

Eric Mazur, PhD
President, The Optical Society
Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
Area Dean of Applied Physics
Harvard University

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Reception to follow in Alumni Auditorium Lobby

Eric Mazur, PhD is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982 after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 1984 he joined the faculty and obtained tenure six years later. Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics. Dr. Mazur has received numerous awards, including the Esther Hoffman Beller award from the Optical Society of America and the Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is vice president of the Optical Society. In 2014 Dr. Mazur became the inaugural recipient of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. Dr. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry, including serving as consultant to industry in the electronics and telecommunications industry. In 2006 he founded SiOnyx, a company that is commercializing black silicon, a new form of silicon developed in Dr. Mazur's laboratory. In 2011 he founded Learning Catalytics, a company that uses data analytics to improve learning in the classroom. Dr. Mazur holds 36 patents and is author or co-author of 317 scientific publications and several books, including "Principles and Practice of Physics" (2014), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics. He is a sought-after speaker on optics and on education.


PAST Participants and Topics

2016 "Implementation Science: How to Educate a New Generation to Achieve Population Health"
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA

2015 "Nurturing Innovation through Education in the Academic Medical Cente"
Elizabeth G. Armstrong, PhD
View Lecture Video

2014 "Medical Education Reimagined"
Charles Prober, MD
View Lecture Video

2012 “Interprofessional Education: Moving from a Good Feeling to a Vital Strategy for Success”
Leslie W. Hall, M.D., FACP

2010 “Whistling Vivaldi: And Oter Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us”
Claude M. Steele, Ph.D.

2009 “Variations on a Theme of Excellence in Teaching”
Daniel D. Pratt, PhD

2008 “Self-assessment, self-direction, self-regulation and other myths: Deconstructing the fallacy of the adult learner”
Glenn Regehr, Ph.D.

2006 “Clinical Education for the 21st Century – Insights from the Carnegie Foundation National Study”
Molly Cooke, M.D., FACP

2005 “The Route to Patient Safety through Simulation in Medical Education”
David M, Gaba, M.D.

2004 “The Academy Movement: Restructuring of Medical Schools to Advance the Mission of Education”
Haile T. Debas, M.D. and Daniel Lowenstein, M.D.

2003 “What is the Future of Medical Education?”
Daniel D. Federman, M.D., and Ponald A. Arky, M.D., Jeremiah A. Barondess, M.D., June E. Osborn, M.D., Michael E. Whitcomb, M.D.



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