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Circling the Dome

Into the Shark Tank

There were no cameras rolling during the “Shark Tank” portion of the Institute for Excellence in Education’s spring conference, nor meetings with multimillionaire investors, like fashion mogul Daymond John. But the stakes felt just as high for the five Johns Hopkins physicians asked to present their ideas for innovative educational projects in need of funding.

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On Track with Primary Care

When Americans talk about physicians, many speak enthusiastically about their family doctors, pediatricians or general internists. Among medical students, however, primary care remains less favored as a career choice than other specialties. Lower pay, longer hours, low Medicare reimbursements and more complex patients contribute to its unpopularity across the nation. By 2025, experts predict a potential shortfall of up to 31,100 primary care physicians.

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Opening More Doors for Ph.D. Grads

Nationwide, fewer than 15 percent of biomedical Ph.D. graduates will get research faculty positions, according to a 2014 Cell Press article. And competition keeps getting fiercer as the pool of Ph.D.s continues to grow but the number of such jobs stagnates under funding constraints.

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#TomorrowsDiscoveries

In a series of 16 videos, accessible via social media and on the Web, Johns Hopkins’ leading biomedical researchers explain how their current work in the lab is building hope for a healthier tomorrow. To watch neuroscientist Ted Dawson describe his efforts to prevent the loss of neurons in Parkinson’s disease, oncology researcher Gregg Semenza share his team’s latest success in eradicating breast cancer cells in mice and much more, view a video about Tomorrow's Discoveries.

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The number of invention disclosures submitted to the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures office in fiscal year 2015 by Johns Hopkins researchers, physicians and employees. That number marks a more than 10 percent increase from fiscal year 2014.

hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org

An institute dedicated to celebrating the past has now firmly embraced the future. Beginning this fall, students who want to pursue a certificate or master’s degree in the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins have an option to complete their coursework online. The part-time online programs are designed to be flexible, with the certificate taking an expected two to four years to complete, and the master’s program taking three to five years.