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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: Charles G. Prober, MD
Lecture Date: April 9, 2013
Lecture Title: “Medical Education Reimagined”


The 2015 Thomas Q. Morris Symposium Lecture

Elizabeth G. Armstrong, PhD

"Nurturing Innovation through Education in the Academic Medical Center"

Elizabeth G. Armstrong, PhD
Clinical Professor in Pediatrics
Director of Harvard Macy Institute
Harvard Medical School

Thursday, June 25, 2015
4:00 p.m.
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Reception to follow in Alumni Auditorium Lobby

Since 1984, Dr. Armstrong's positions at Harvard Medical School have included director of curriculum (1988-92) and director of medical education (1992-2001). She played a leadership role in designing, implementing, and expanding Harvard's New Pathway curriculum. In 1994, with funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, she created the Harvard Macy Institute, which she continues to direct. The institute offers professional development programs for health care educators and leaders of reform in health care delivery and education worldwide. These programs draw on faculty and teaching models from various schools at Harvard, particularly the graduate schools of business, education, medicine, and public health.

Dr. Armstrong served as director for education programs for Harvard Medical International from 2001–09. She has customized the Harvard Macy program model through collaborative efforts with the Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom, the Council of Deans in Australia, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, the University of Queensland in Australia, the Technical University in Dresden, the National University of Singapore, the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan, the University of Melbourne, and the National Health Group in Singapore.

She has served on and chaired many Harvard Medical School committees. She also was a member of Cornell University's board of trustees and its medical school's board of overseers, assisting in major curricular reforms undertaken at the university's medical college and college of veterinary medicine.

As a member of China Medical Board's Institute for International Education, Dr. Armstrong was instrumental in developing global minimum essential requirements in medical education. She was co-director of the United States Europe Medical Education Exchange program, which created relationships among medical schools in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and the United States. Dr. Armstrong served as a member of Academic Medicine's editorial board for more than 10 years and as a trustee of the F. W. Olin College of Engineering for four years.

Recognized worldwide as an expert in medical education, Dr. Armstrong has lectured and written widely on the subject. She received an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Lund Medical Faculty in recognition of her international contributions to medical education. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute for Health Professions at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Armstrong received her BS from Cornell University, an MA in teaching from Harvard University, and a PhD in curriculum design and instruction from Boston College.


PAST Participants and Topics

2014 "Medical Education Reimagined"
Charles Prober, MD
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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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