Charles Hatem, MD

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Dr. Charles Hatem is the Harold Amos Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of Faculty Programs in Medical Education at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, and Director of Medical Education at Mount Auburn Hospital. He also maintains an active office and inpatient clinical practice in primary care adult medicine. Dr. Hatem received his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1966 and completed his internship and residency on the II & IV (Harvard) medical services at Boston City Hospital. Assignment at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta followed. As the Medical Education Officer for the Tuberculosis Branch, he designed and implemented problem-based learning in this field for the health professions in the United States. Dr. Hatem has pioneered in the application of educational theory to medical training of both hospital staff and practicing physicians. In 1969, he authored one of the first programmed texts in clinical education. Since 1971, Dr. Hatem's work at Mt. Auburn has centered on the practice of adult primary care and the development of new medical education programs with teaching responsibilities aimed at students, housestaff, fellows and faculty. In 1975, he helped develop a primary care residency training program based on explicit behavioral objectives. Dr. Hatem has served as Director of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education since its inception in 1998, which is devoted at providing faculty skills needed in the world of the clinician-teacher. He has developed many successful CME and staff courses in ambulatory and primary care medicine, including a widely used series of "Can't Miss Cases". He served as the co-editor-in-chief of the American College of Physicians' Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP-12). The recipient of many awards for excellence in teaching, including the HMS award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Senior Residents' Teaching Award, and the Leo A. Blacklow award, Dr. Hatem has also served as a consultant to numerous medical schools in the development of their medical education programs, including efforts in Argentina, India, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. In 1998, he was selected by the Harvard Medical School Class of 1998 to receive the first NBI Healthcare Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.