Johns Hopkins Bayview
Division of General Internal Medicine

In the care of patients, we strive for clinical excellence; we value the clinician-patient relationship and we are person-centered in all we do.

We are committed to being especially creative while having great impact in advancing medical education. Our experience and expertise with the science of learning, teaching skills, curriculum development, and educational research uniquely position our Division to lead the way forward in medical education.

Scott Wright, MD
Director, Division of GIM at JHBMC
Director, Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence

Scott Wright, Director in front of tree
Division Director's Welcome

As a former GIM fellow who trained in this division, I am honored to lead our group – building upon our traditional strengths and growing in exciting directions. Our faculty are respected and recognized widely for accomplishments in many areas, we are generalists after all, and we are fully engaged in the tripartite academic missions at Hopkins – patient care, education, and research. In all that we do, we adhere to the values expressed in our core divisional principles (please click on the 'About' tab above to see them). This clarity about who we are and what we hope to achieve allows us to move forward with intentional purpose. Thank you for visiting this online representation of our dynamic Division. If you’re interested in learning more details about any of our programs, please reach out (swright@jhmi.edu).

Must Reads in Medical Education

Using specific criteria and deliberate processes, each month we select up to four published articles that we think are essential reading for those wanting to keep up with the best new ideas and scholarship in health professions education.

Accelerated 3-year MD pathway programs: Graduates’ perspectives on education quality, the learning environment, residency readiness, debt, burnout, and career plans
Unobserved observers: Nurse’s perspectives about sharing feedback on the performance of resident physicians
Dismantling structural stigma related to mental health and substance use: An educational framework
Research Publications from the Division
Each month, we will showcase an interesting publication that was authored by a member of our team. As generalists, the range of our interests is wide and this will be on display in the articles shown here.

Written By Co-Authored by Joseph A. Carrese, MD, MPH, FACP

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an unprecedented global research effort to better understand the virus and to identify promising treatments. In this essay, the authors note that defining activities as public health surveillance has important implications, because such activities do not require further ethical oversight, informed consent, or protections for vulnerable persons or communities. During the pandemic there was an increase in requests for IRBs to determine that projects qualified as public health surveillance. Many of these projects required submission of genetic information to publicly available databases or incorporated a plan for the creation of cell lines – activities that typically require informed consent. Our IRB was told by NIH that if we didn’t approve an application for a project they were funding that allowed for such activities without informed consent that the study would go on, just not at Hopkins. We refused to approve the study and wrote this paper, that led to a shift in NIH policy to be aligned with our view that certain activities require informed consent. Now NIH will not consider studies for a public health surveillance determination if they involve any activity that stores specimens and/or data for future use.
Working in Our Division

Having clarity about our principles helps us to recruit amazing people to join our team. The majority of us have chosen to spend our entire careers working only in this division. While the opportunities before us are ever changing, our supportive work environment enables all to flourish.

Kim Mryncza