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Circling the Dome

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Many cancer patients and their families are happy to never look back once they’re safely on the other side of treatment, in remission or cured. But for David Austin and his wife, Emily, whose 6-year-old son now has a clean bill of health, winning the cancer battle was just the first step on another journey to help other cancer patients.

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The Generic Difference

When and why do physicians opt to prescribe costlier brand-name drugs when generic ones are available? That’s the question that the Food and Drug Administration has put to a Johns Hopkins team, which has been tapped to conduct a two-year study that will analyze factors that determine underuse of generic drugs.

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Making the Pitch

There’s a nervous energy in the Armstrong Medical Education Building on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. It’s pitch day for a fall elective course run by Medical and Educational Perspectives (MEP), a nonprofit organization started at Johns Hopkins that provides training and support for the development, evaluation and commercialization of low-cost medical devices. Eight teams of medical, public health, biomedical engineering, nursing, and other graduate and undergraduate students have gathered to present.

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“People are visual learners.”

Ayse Gurses, a human factors engineer, who was part of a 40-member Johns Hopkins team tapped by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create training videos showing the protocol for safely putting on and removing the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to treat patients with Ebola virus disease.

The training package, available on the CDC’s website and through Apple’s iTunes U, consists of short, step-by-step video clips that supplement the CDC’s written guidance on the safe use of PPE for hospital personnel. An interactive component allows viewers to personalize the training by selecting which type of approved respirator and attire they intend to wear.

Conceived and produced over the course of a single week in October, the effort was spearheaded by Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, which also has been contracted by the CDC to produce three additional modules geared toward emergency department staff. These modules will train emergency health care workers on proper identification, isolation and treatment procedures for interacting with patients who may be at high risk for developing Ebola.  

Dr. Lisa Cooper

“[Dr. Lisa Cooper] revolutionized the nation’s understanding of how race and ethnicity affect health and patient care. “

The Association of American Medical Colleges, in announcing Cooper as the 2014 recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens Award, given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care. Cooper is director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities.

The Interurban Clinical Club

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Launched by William Osler in 1905, the Interurban Clinical Club continues to meet twice annually in five cities in the Northeast. A high point (literally) of the club’s November meeting at Johns Hopkins was the climb to the top of the dome. Here, one group (led by Johns Hopkins’ Landon King, far left) takes in the view.

Standout Scientists

Four school of medicine faculty members have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...

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Highlight Reel

From lubricants for arthritic joints to new clues about metabolic underpinnings of autism, Johns Hopkins researchers made headlines in 2014 with a variety of far-reaching biomedical discoveries.

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Insight

Across Johns Hopkins Medicine, new apps and digital technologies are transforming the way scientists and clinicians do research and provide patient care. Insight, a new publication available in print and online, offers quick hits and snazzy infographics that highlight the newest — and coolest — digital offerings.