Dear Friends,

It is particularly gratifying to review our recent accomplishments in light of the decade-long growth of the Center for Education. The BIDMC Board of Directors approved the formation of the Center in 2004 – a recommendation of the 2003 Education Strategic Plan. The Center for Education incorporated the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research to provide resources for innovative programs which do not typically fall within the Medical Center’s operating budget. Since 2004, the faculty and staff of the Center for Education and the Shapiro Institute have sponsored national and international conferences and programs that have contributed to the recognition of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a leader in medical education, as you will see in the 2014 Annual Report.

In 2014, the Institute sponsored an Executive Education Program for 57 senior hospital executives from across China. Our annual continuing medical education course, Principles of Medical Education, offered for the seventh time, has hosted over 1,000 interdisciplinary learners from across the U.S. and over 20 countries. On the local and national scenes, the Center for Education continues to provide unique opportunities in faculty development through the programs provided for the BIDMC Academy of Medical Educators and the Rabkin Fellowship, a nationally recognized year-long program open to Harvard-affiliated faculty. At the GME level, we have supported the development of quality and safety experimental learning opportunities for all of our residency programs. Multidisciplinary learners at all levels of experience receive training and certification in the Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center. Our research on the effectiveness of educational interventions adds a dimension of rigor to the medical education activities throughout BIDMC and Harvard Medical School. Our Millennium Conferences have engaged leaders in academic medicine from the U.S. and Canada in guiding the future of education practice.

We are pursuing a new strategic review of education for 2015. This initiative provides an opportunity for the BIDMC community to collaborate in forming a vision for education for the next decade, and to recommend the actions needed to implement that vision. We look forward to the challenges of educating the next generation of physicians, and the opportunities to maintain BIDMC’s leadership in medical education through innovative programs in education and research.

Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD
Vice President for Education
Executive Director, Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research
Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medicine and Medical Education