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A Woman's Journey - Baltimore

Dear Friends,

Women have a long, storied history of influence and achievement at Johns Hopkins.

In 1893, just four years after opening The Johns Hopkins Hospital, trustees of the Johns Hopkins University found there were insufficient funds from Mr. Johns Hopkins’ estate to fulfill his bequest to construct and open the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It was then that a prominent Baltimore woman, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, emerged and proposed that she and a small group of other women would raise the $500,000 required to construct a medical school building.  Her offer, however, was contingent on the school’s pledge to admit women pursuing medicine as a career. The Trustees—some begrudgingly—agreed. The School of Medicine opened in 1893 as the first major medical school on the United State to admit women, creating an unprecedented standard in American medical education.

During the ensuing 125 years, women have continued to impact Johns Hopkins and the field of medicine. Recently, we recognized 240 women who have been promoted to full professors since the School of Medicine opened, 41 percent of the faculty are women; Dr. Redonda Miller has become the first female president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital; and our researchers are homing in on the sex differences in diagnosing and treating women.

We hope you will celebrate these achievements and yourself by joining us for a day dedicated to women’s health—on Saturday, November 11—for this year’s dynamic conference highlighting diagnosing and caring for women.

It is an opportunity to learn about new discoveries, including a new cancer therapy that recruits our immune system to combat melanoma, lung cancer and now pancreatic cancer; precision medicine that is using your genes and big data to personalize treatment for many diseases, from MS to breast cancer; and a new initiative will help abate the alarming frequency of diagnostic errors.

Benefit yourself and your loved ones. Join us on November 11 for this year's dynamic conference highlighting these and other medical discoveries. In addition to 40 dynamic Johns Hopkins faculty physicians, this year’s program features two stunning keynote speakers. CBS’ 60 minutes correspondent Lara Logan reports first-hand of the treatment of women in war-torn communities around the globe, while patient Stephanie Joho chronicles her startling survival. Once again, dozens of faculty members will join us for Dessert with the Experts to answer your general questions about their medical specialties.

This 23rd A Woman's Journey will be one to remember. It is a rare opportunity to learn from Johns Hopkins physicians and each other.

We look forward to seeing you at this award-winning program on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.

Come alone, or bring your sister, mother or friend. Take the day for yourself, immerse yourself in the experience, choose what you want to learn—and return home with lessons that will last a lifetime. 

Yours in health,

Harriet C. Legum                    Kelly Geer Ripken

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