Christopher M. Burns


University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix 425 North 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Professor, Educator Scholar
Professor, Educator Scholar - Basic Medical Sciences
Basic Medical Sciences


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: University of Oxford, 2000
  • PhD: Indiana University, Bloomington, 1996


  • Takemoto JK, Lewis D, Parrish CW, Coyne L & Burns CM (2021). Team Learning in a Technology-Driven Era. Campbell LO, Hartshorne R & DeMara RF (Eds.) Perspectives on Digitally-Mediated Team Learning. Springer., 11/08/2021 - Book Chapter -
  • Winter EA, Clark MC & Burns CM (2021). Team-Based Learning™ Brings Academic Rigor, Collaboration, and Community to Online Learning. Thurston TN, Lundstrom K & González C (Eds.) Resilient Pedagogy: Practical Teaching Strategies to Overcome Distance, Disruption, and Distraction. Utah State University., 06/08/2021 - Book Chapter -
  • Schlegel EFM, Bird JB, Burns CM, Cassara M, O’Neil J, Weisholtz J & Le TT (2021). Curriculum Design and Scholarship for New Educators: A Professional Development Workshop for Medical Students. MedEdPORTAL., 04/26/2021 - Article, Refereed Journal -
  • Madson L & Burns CM (2019). Jumpstarting Team Cohesion with Team Activity Debriefings. Medical Science Educator. Vol. 30, 609-615., 11/14/2019 - Article, Refereed Journal -
Research Summary
Dr. Burns investigates instructional and cultural innovations to improve medical education and practice. He focuses on approaches that promote student accountability and academic rigor in the classroom and develop life-long learning skills such as leadership, mentoring and teamwork to foster student resilience.