Position Associate dean - Academic Affairs
Professor - Microbiology and Immunology
Professor - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
EducationPostdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Virology Ph.D., Life Sciences, Indiana State University, 1991
B.S., Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 1981

2014 research

Medical Education Research

Research in Medical Education is at the heart of the activities for a thriving medical school. Healthcare reform is changing the role of healthcare providers, and medical education must meet the challenge of supporting learners as they develop into competent and compassionate physicians.

Areas of Dr. Johnson’s interest and expertise:

  • Assessment of student learning
  • Assessment of new instructional modalities including simulation
  • Development and assessment of virtual patient case studies
  • Social media in medical education
  • Electronic portfolios for demonstration of learning outcomes
  • Impact of Healthcare Reform Legislation on medical student attitudes and perceptions


Lewis, DD, Johnson, MT and Finnerty, EP (2013) Predictive Relationship of Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM) Grades at an Osteopathic Medical School with COMLEX-USA Level 1 Total and OPP Sub-scores. In press, JAOA, 2013

Johnson, MT, Blackburn, M, Johnson, T and Laseur, DL (2012) Social Media as a Support for Reflective Practice Among First-Year Medical Students. Medical Science Educator, 22-4, p307, 2012

Baker, SD and Johnson, MT (2011) Integration of Basic and Clinical Sciences Across the Curriculum in a Community Based Distributed Campus Educational Model at the Florida State University College of Medicine. Medical Science Educator 21-2, p193, 2011

Humbert, AJ, Johnson, MT, Miech, E, Friedberg, F, Grackin, JA, and Seidman, PA (2011) Assessing the Clinical Reasoning of Medical Students: A Dual-Institution Collaboration to Develop and Validate an Original Script Concordance Test. Medical Teacher 33(6):472-7, 2011

Danforth, DR, Proctor, M, Heller, R, Chen, R, Johnson, MT (2009) Development of Virtual Patient Simulations for Medical Education. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research 2(2):4-11, 2009

Brokaw, JJ, Mandzuk, CA, Wade, ME, Deal, DW, Johnson, MT, White, GW, and Zollinger, TW (2009) The Influence of Regional Branch Campuses on Medical Students’ Choice of Specialty and Practice Location: The Indiana University School of Medicine Experience. BMC Medical Education 9:29 , 2009 - link

Johnson, MT (2009) Evaluation of Learning Style for First Year Medical Students, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 3(1) , 2009 - link

Johnson, MT (2008) Impact of Online Learning Modules on Medical Student Microbiology Examination Scores. J Micro and Biol Educ. 9:25-29, 2008

Johnson, MT and Nindl, G (2005) Clinical Science: Laboratory and Problem-Solving, XanEdu, a division of ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI , 2005

Awards and honors

2010 - Harvard-Macy Institute, “Leading Innovations in Healthcare and Education” competitive application with ongoing affiliation.

2006 - Elected to Membership, FACET

2001 - Indiana Professor of the Year Award (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/Council on Support of Education)

2000 - Medical Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award)