Johns Hopkins Revamps Curriculum to Better Train Physicians

Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education

During the 1990s, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revamped its entire curriculum, integrating basic science with the clinical experience.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education.

Key Results:

  • Implemented case-based, small-group sessions throughout all four years.
  • Offered a new required course that places first-year students in the offices of community-based generalist physicians.
  • Added required clerkships in emergency medicine and ambulatory internal medicine.
  • Initiated a new course, Rational Therapeutics, to reintroduce some of the basic sciences into the fourth year.
  • Developed and implemented a Physician and Society Course as a required course throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum.
  • Developed a Medical Informatics and Computers Program. Several hundred computers were purchased and connected to the Internet.
  • Revised policies and procedures for faculty advancement, specifically citing teaching as a criterion for promotion.