Dr. DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr.
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Dr. DeWitt C. “Bud” Baldwin, Jr., a pediatrician, psychiatrist, family physician, researcher, and educator, pioneered medical and health science interprofessional education and practice in the U.S. His seminal contributions to, and unfaltering belief in, interdisciplinary communication and collaboration serve as the cornerstone for new models of team-based health care.
Dr. Baldwin grew up in Burma, the son of missionary educators who worked alongside medical- care teams and became leaders in the field of group dynamics. His first professional experience also left a deep imprint. He served as part of an interdisciplinary team of teaching and practicing health professionals at the Child Health Center at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dr. Baldwin’s philosophy and vision for team-based care calls for a learning environment where skills and experience in interprofessional teamwork are integrated with basic scientific knowledge. Interprofessional learning, as Dr. Baldwin so eloquently lectured and demonstrated, must be reinforced by clinical experience in which team-building and function are core to the curriculum.
A prolific author and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Association for Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, Dr. Baldwin has held academic appointments in pediatrics, psychiatry, family medicine, and numerous other health sciences. He was a member of planning committees and founding faculties for medical schools at the University of Connecticut and later at the University of Nevada, where he helped create an interdisciplinary program that featured, among other innovations, both pre-clinical and clinical health care team training. He currently holds the title of Scholar in Residence at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Dr. Baldwin, who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to understanding and improving the human condition through the collaboration of individuals of different backgrounds, genders, religious affiliations, and points of view, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2011. In 2014, Rosalind Franklin University dedicated the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education to honor his vision, innovations, and dedication to the pursuit of IPECP and team-based care.