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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: Eric Mazur, PhD
Lecture Date: May 23, 2017
Lecture Title: “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer”


The 2018 Thomas Q. Morris Symposium Lecture

Eric Mazur, PhD

"Radical Redesign of Health Care: Changing the Balance of Power"

Donald M. Berwick, MD
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

Thursday, June 7, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium, Room 201
104 Haven Avenue

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that Dr. Berwick co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years. He is one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July, 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a position he held until December, 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the staffs of Boston's Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He also has served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the Academy’s governing council and was a member of the Academy’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He has received numerous awards, including the 1999 Joint Commission’s Ernest Amory Codman Award, the 2002 American Hospital Association’s Award of Honor, the 2006 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation, the 2012 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine, and the 2013 Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by Queen Elizabeth II, the highest honor awarded by the UK to non-British subjects, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of more than 160 scientific articles and six books. He currently is a lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.


PAST Participants and Topics

2017 "Confessions of a Converted Lecturer"
Eric Mazur, PhD

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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