To enhance the education of its students and foster a sense of community, the MD-PhD Program sponsors a number of events throughout the year. Below is a selection of the events MD PhD students participate in:
Herlong Rounds: Monthly presentation by Hopkins clinical faculty of an interesting clinical teaching case from their practice. Intended primarily for students in the research track of their training to maintain their diagnostic skills.
Hans Prochaska Memorial Lecture Series: Held annually at the Program Retreat, the Prochanska Lecture Series is an opportunity for distinguished physician-scientists to share their knowledge and passion with MD-PhD students in an informal setting. Topics range from basic science to building a research career. The 2010 talk was given by Dr. Lawrence (Skip) Brass, MD-PhD Program Director, U Penn School of Medicine.
Evening Discussion: Each year, the program invites a distinguished speaker to talk to students about their scientific careers at a formal evening discussion held at the Johns Hopkins Club. Recent speakers include Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, Dr. Rory Goodwin, Dr. Haig Kazazian, and Dr. Alan Partin.
Weekly Interview Lunches and Dinners: Meet with the potential future students of the Hopkins MD-PhD Program and program faculty over lunch and dessert.
Annual Retreat: Once a year, students from all years spend several days at an off-campus venue learning about the work senior students have done in lab and getting to know one another.
White Coat Ceremony for First Years: First year students show off their shiny stethoscopes and white coats to their families, faculty and staff.
Journal Club and Research-in-Progress: First and second year students organize and attend a weekly Journal Club as they work in their rotation labs. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to hone their presentation skills, get to know their class, and generate new ideas for lab, research, etc.
GrantCraft Seminar Series: Taught by Dr. Donna Vogel, who has 25 years of experience evaluating grants with the National Institutes of Health, this seminar series introduces students to the world of competitive grant-writing, with insider’s tips on what makes a successful application.
Selected Discussion Groups: As part of the medical school curriculum, students select a small group discussion section of approximately 10-15 students that best matches their interests. Many students, including MD-PhDs, select sections that focus on bringing basic science and research discussion into the medical curriculum. Often, these sections are guided by leading researchers: for example, National Academy of Sciences member Peter Devreotes leads a Cell Biology Section.