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Center for Innovative Medicine (CIM)

David Hellmann, M.D.We Celebrate Five Years

This year the Center for Innovative Medicine celebrates a milestone. We're five years old! When you get to a special marker in the road, it may make you think about how far you've come, and how far you plan to go - or you may just take a moment to enjoy the journey.

I've been doing a little of all three of these things. Our CIM , though just five, is connected to more than a century of Johns Hopkins history. The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889, when a group of people - faculty, administrators, trustees, and philanthropists - got together, decided to do something different for the sake of doing it better, and came up with some bold and important ideas. They redefined academic medicine. Johns Hopkins became, as they had hoped, "a model of its kind." When word spread about the Hopkins model - largely after an educator named Abraham Flexner wrote about it, and urged all hospitals to become more like Hopkins, or else be closed down - the public became engaged. This inspired more philanthropists to support the good work being done, and even greater good was achieved. I've always felt that these are enduring lessons for all of us in academic medicine: Try to do something important. If you are getting anywhere, tell people about it - not because you want to brag, but because people are genuinely interested. In fact, people are looking for universities to come up with new solutions for old problems. As you spread the word, if you're lucky, you will engage people who care, and who have the means to help with the mission.

Within the last five years we have developed four major initiatives: The Aliki Initiative; our Pyramid model; our research cores; and the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence. The CIM is a place where remarkable people are doing extraordinary things. My hope is that as you view our website, you will be captivated by the creative thinking, innovative solutions, and the responses these have generated.

As amazing as this journey has been, more wonderful, to me, is the generosity that has made it possible. Without the support of the philanthropists, we could not have come far at all. We would have had the good ideas, but no way to turn them into real projects that have the potential to transform the doctor-patient relationship, the culture of academic medicine, and the way clinical excellence is valued and rewarded.

We have also had support, from the very beginning, from our colleagues here at Hopkins. I would like to thank so many people: First of all, my partner in the CIM, Richard Paisner; Bill Brody, the former president of Johns Hopkins University, and Ronald Daniels, the current JHU President; Ed Miller, Dean of the School of Medicine; Ron Peterson, President of the Johns Hopkins Hospital; Greg Schaffer, the former President of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and his successor, Rick Bennett. I am thankful for the stellar people who make Bayview an excellent place - scholars, educators, clinicians, nurses, social workers, technicians, administrative staff, security. They are all part of the community here, and part of the mission. And I would like to thank Janet Worthington, our writer, who tells the world what we do here.

What a celebration! How exciting that these projects - which started out as just ideas and wishes - have been successfully launched. Our journey has just begun.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

David B. Hellmann, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Aliki Perroti Professor of Medicine;
Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center;
Chairman, Department of Medicine
 

 

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