Professor Margaret Chisolm describes her background practicing psychiatry and her current role as a Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and goes on to talk about her experience since joining AMEE.
I attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for my undergraduate degree where I studied Visual Arts – Film. I then studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and completed a residency training in general psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM).
After over a decade of serving the community as a practicing psychiatrist, I joined the full-time faculty at JHUSOM with the goal of making an impact beyond my work with individual patients and families. I specifically wanted to make an impact through teaching and scholarship. In the past 12 years, I have had the privilege of working with all levels of learners in diverse fields from all over the world. I have had the pleasure of seeing my mentees win awards, present at conferences, and become first author on dozens of publications. In 2014, I was honored with the JHUSOM Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. That same year, I was invited to be a member of the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists.
I am currently an Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Education, and Associate Director of the Paul McHugh Program for Human Flourishing in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at JHUSOM. In recent years, my work has focused on the use of digital technology—particularly social media—to improve the teaching and practice of humanistic medicine. This work has been supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (twice by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as a Gold Humanism Scholar and twice as a Mapping the Landscape Scholar) and by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education. Two recent educational research projects include (with co-investigator Susan Lehmann) a web-based mobile application to use paintings and poetry in the teaching of humanistic medicine at the bedside and (with co-investigator Scott Wright) a social network theory-based curriculum to enhance self-care and reduce burnout in psychiatry and general internal medicine trainees. I developed and launched a Teaching Academy for clinical educators in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and am currently developing a longitudinal scholars program in human flourishing for JHUSOM medical students.
It’s been a joy to collaborate with medical educators and learners locally, nationally and around the world, many of whom I met through AMEE. I sought to become an AMEE Fellow in order to increase my engagement with AMEE in hopes of giving back to this community, which has been so important to my own professional development and that of countless other medical educators.