In 2007, the Center for Innovative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center launched the Aliki Initiative, a novel curriculum in patient-centered care for internal medicine residents and medical students. Under the direction of Dr. Roy Ziegelstein and Dr. Cynthia Rand, this program emphasizes that optimal medical care can be delivered only if medical treatments are tailored to the individual patient. During this experience, young physicians and physicians-in-training develop a deeper understanding of their patients' living situation and social support system. They call every patient and visit some of them at home after hospital discharge. The program, supported through the generosity of Mrs. Aliki Perroti, has been very highly evaluated by residents, medical students, and -- most importantly -- patients.
What if you could write your own prescription for a great doctor? What qualities would you look for? Someone who cares would be nice; someone who's discerning and wise, with a good bedside manner. Someone good at explaining, who takes a few minutes to listen. Is that too much to ask? Having a great doctor is not too much to ask - especially in academic medicine, and especially at the Center for Innovative Medicine, where we believe medicine is a public trust. As stewards of the patient's welfare, we care very much about turning out caring, astute physicians, and properly appreciating the excellent clinicians we already have.
Why is collaboration so important to the Center for Innovative Medicine? The quintessence of CIM's nature, in fact, is the "un-ivory tower."Nowhere are the CIM's goals for collaboration more in evidence than in the research cores it has helped to develop. These cores are the polar opposites of academic isolation. If they're done right, research cores are like magnets, attracting people from different disciplines, with different areas of expertise. Working together, they can accomplish something greater than they could otherwise.