Christopher Burns
Christopher M Burns

CMU College of Medicine

Specialty: Medical Education and Team-Based Learning (TBL)

1280 S. East Campus Drive, CMED 1433
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-6565
Fax: 989-774-1215

Dr. Burns is Associate Professor of Biomedical Science. He has training and experience in educational leadership and a background in biomedical research. As the Director of Graduate Education for the Florida Atlantic University College of Biomedical Science he led creation of a graduate certificate program and helped implement an innovative Problem-Based Learning curriculum at the then regional campus of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As the Director of Medical Education for the Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Department at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he was part of the leadership team developing the Next Generation curriculum that emphasizes collaboration in a technology-rich environment. At the University of Illinois, he facilitated adoption of TBL across the Urbana-Champaign campus, and its consistent use at the four regional campuses of the College of Medicine.

Dr. Burns has presented workshops at national and international education meetings and published on topics including leadership, student development, curriculum reform, peer evaluation, instructional technology, and interprofessional education. He is a consultant in TBL and has guided faculty in arts and sciences, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and the CMU Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching (FaCIT) to become TBL trailblazers.

Dr. Burns’ research explores areas of disconnect between institutional goals and the student experience to promote success and confidence. Dr. Burns undertook EMT training to reconnect himself with the student experience and has spent over one hundred hours on ambulance service to gain the perspective of a health care provider. 

Education & Fellowships:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship:
    • University of Oxford
      Imperial Cancer Research Fund Microbial Genetics Laboratory
      Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry
      Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Doctorate:
    • Indiana University
      PhD Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
      Bloomington, IN
  • Undergraduate:
    • McGill University
      BSc Microbiology and Immunology
      Montreal, Canada
  • Consultant-Trainer in Team-Based Learning, TBL-Collaborative
  • Essential Skills in Medical Education, Association for Medical Education in Europe
  • Leadership in Education and Development, SGEA/Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Awards & Honors:
  • Mulholland Award for Teaching Excellence in Foundations of Medicine, 2011
    • University of Virginia
  • Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, 2010
    • Florida Atlantic University
  • Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, 2009
    • Florida Atlantic University
  • Best Basic Science Teaching Department, 2005
    • Medical College of Georgia
  • Central Group on Educational Affairs (AAMC)
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • Team-Based Learning Collaborative
  • The Generalists in Medical Education
Language Spoken:
  • English