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James Woodruff, MD

Dr. Woodruff serves as Dean of Students for the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and is a former Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency. His areas of interest in medical education are professional development and specifically complex problem solving and adaptive behavior. He practices general internal medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The University of Chicago, Internal Medicine Residency
Chicago, IL
Chief Residency - Internal Medicine
1996

The University of Chicago, Internal Medicine Residency
Chicago, IL
- Internal Medicine
1995

Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY
MD - Medicine
1992

Williams College
Williamstown, MA
BA - Biology
1988

National Survey of Wellness Programs in U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools.
Schutt A, Chretien KC, Woodruff JN, Press VG, Vela M, Lee WW. National Survey of Wellness Programs in U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools. Acad Med. 2021 05 01; 96(5):728-735.
PMID: 33538474

A Shared Evaluation Platform for Medical Training.
McConville JF, Woodruff JN. A Shared Evaluation Platform for Medical Training. N Engl J Med. 2021 Feb 11; 384(6):491-493.
PMID: 33567480

Supporting Inclusive Learning Environments and Professional Development in Medical Education Through an Identity and Inclusion Initiative.
Woodruff JN, Vela MB, Zayyad Z, Johnson TA, Kyalwazi B, Amegashie C, Silverman R, Levinson D, Blythe K, Lee WW, Thomas S, Parrish W, Humphrey HJ. Supporting Inclusive Learning Environments and Professional Development in Medical Education Through an Identity and Inclusion Initiative. Acad Med. 2020 12; 95(12S Addressing Harmful Bias and Eliminating Discrimination in Health Professions Learning Environments):S51-S57.
PMID: 32889920

Solutionism: A study of rigour in complex systems.
Woodruff JN. Solutionism: A study of rigour in complex systems. Med Educ. 2021 01; 55(1):12-15.
PMID: 32935354

Longitudinal Assessment of Personal and Professional Development Competencies in Medical Students.
Caldwell HD, Ham SA, Mattson CD, Woodruff JN, Lee WW. Longitudinal Assessment of Personal and Professional Development Competencies in Medical Students. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jun 25.
PMID: 32588177

The Pass/Fail Decision for USMLE Step 1-Next Steps.
Humphrey HJ, Woodruff JN. The Pass/Fail Decision for USMLE Step 1-Next Steps. JAMA. 2020 05 26; 323(20):2022-2023.
PMID: 32453348

Pathology Partnership in Medical Student-Run Free Clinics Promotes Patient Care and Laboratory Management Training.
Mei ZW, Chapel DB, Reynolds M, Chang A, Woodruff JN, Lee WW, McClintock DS. Pathology Partnership in Medical Student-Run Free Clinics Promotes Patient Care and Laboratory Management Training. Am J Clin Pathol. 2019 09 09; 152(4):403-406.
PMID: 31247073

Accounting for complexity in medical education: a model of adaptive behaviour in medicine.
Woodruff JN. Accounting for complexity in medical education: a model of adaptive behaviour in medicine. Med Educ. 2019 09; 53(9):861-873.
PMID: 31106901

Medical student resilience and stressful clinical events during clinical training.
Houpy JC, Lee WW, Woodruff JN, Pincavage AT. Medical student resilience and stressful clinical events during clinical training. Med Educ Online. 2017; 22(1):1320187.
PMID: 28460570

Primary Care of Adult Women.
Woodruff JN, Blanchard AK. Primary Care of Adult Women. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2016 Jun; 43(2):xv-xvi.
PMID: 27212099

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The University of Chicago Faculty Service Award
The University of Chicago
2015 - 2016

The Department of Medicine Diversity Award
The University of Chicago
2015 - 2016

Class Marshall
The Pritzker School of Medicine
2014 - 2016

Favorite Faculty Award
The Pritzker School of Medicine
2014 - 2019

The University of Chicago Citizen Service Award
The University of Chicago
2013 - 2014

The Advocacy and Community Service Award
Society of General Internal Medicine, Midwest Region
2012 - 2013

Volunteer Physician of the Year
CommunityHealth Free Clinic, Chicago, IL
2011 - 2012

Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators
The Pritzker School of Medicine
2007 - 2008

Fellow, American College of Physicians
American College of Physicians
2007 - 2008

Clinician-Educator of the Year
Society of General Internal Medicine, Midwest Region
2003 - 2004

Post Graduate Inductee to AOA
The Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society
1995 - 1996

Medical Chief Resident
The University of Chicago, Internal Medicine Residency
1995 - 1996

Aaron Diamond Fellowship
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
1991 - 1992