A pediatrician, family physician, and psychiatrist, Dr. Baldwin was educated at Swarthmore College, Yale Divinity School, Yale Medical School, and at the University of Minnesota and Yale Graduate Schools. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Family Practice.
He has held professorial appointments in pediatrics, psychiatry, family medicine, community medicine, behavioral sciences, medical education, health sciences, social dentistry, and human behavior and child development, at eight medical schools, two dental schools, three graduate schools, and two schools of social work. He was a member of the planning committees and founding faculties of the University of Connecticut and the University of Nevada Medical Schools, creating exemplary models of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) at each during the 1960’s and 70’s. Starting in 1976 and into early this century, he provided leadership in the creation of an annual national forum for exchange of IPECP research and experience among early adopters from both academia and practice.
After serving as President of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, he was invited to the American Medical Association in 1985 as Director of the Division of Medical Education and Research Information. He currently holds the titles of Scholar-in-Residence at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northwestern University School of Medicine. In 2003, he received the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and in 2011, he received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Rosalind Franklin University. In 2014, the latter institution established the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education.
During his academic career, he has written, lectured, and conducted research in the fields of higher education, moral development, interdisciplinary and interprofessional health professions education, medical ethics, rural health, behavioral sciences, humanistic medicine, child development, psychology, and dentistry. He has published over 200 articles and three books.