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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: Leslie W. Hall, MD, FACP
Lecture Date: September 10, 2012
Lecture Title: “Interprofessional Education: Moving from a Good Feeling to a Vital Strategy for Success”


The 2014 Thomas Q. Morris Symposium Lecture

Charles G. Prober, MD

“Medical Education Reimagined”

Charles G. Prober, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education in the School of Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford School of Medicine

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 401
701 West 168th Street

Reception to follow in Riverview Lounge

Charles Prober, MD, is senior associate dean for medical education and professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also is co-director of the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research.  An expert in pediatric infectious diseases, he has had an academic career focused on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of infections in children. Much of his research has focused on viral infections, especially those caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). He has conducted a number of seminal studies concerned with the epidemiology of HSV-2 infections in pregnant women and their partners and in neonates as well as investigations of the immunologic response to HSV infections. Antiviral therapy is another area of specific expertise. Dr. Prober has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is editor of Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, one of the major textbooks in the field of pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Prober has been involved in medical education throughout his career. He has directed a number of undergraduate and graduate student courses in the classroom and at the bedside, served as associate chair for education for the Department of Pediatrics, and lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on infectious diseases and medical education. As senior associate dean, he oversees undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate medical education at Stanford.


PAST Participants and Topics

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

2009 “Whistling Vivaldi: And Oter Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us”
Claude M. Steele, Ph.D.

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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