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Registration for the 2013 Biennial Meeting is now open. Please click here to access the PDF registration form and information brochure. Completed forms with payment should be forwarded to the Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME). Mailing address, fax, and phone number are listed at the bottom of the registration form. Registration deadline is May 30.

If you have questions regarding the Biennial Meeting, please contact OCME at 410-955-2959 or email


RSVP today for the All Classes Reunion Dinner on Saturday, June 8. Class years ending in 2, 3, 7 and 8 are celebrating Reunion.

Invitations for the All Classes Reunion Dinner, which include registration and payment information, will arrive by mail in the coming days. To register online, visit All reservations are requested by May 27.

For questions regarding Reunion Events, please call 888-546-1336 or email

Also, don't forget to book your hotel reservation for the weekend at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The cut-off date for the special room rate of $184/night is May 8. You can book online or call 877-212-5752 and reference our group code: M-C3KYKT.


Scholarship in action

On April 18, the School of Medicine hosted the 2013 Scholarship Recognition Event in the Armstrong Medical Education Building, and many students had the opportunity to personally thank our donors and their families.

Scholarships change lives; whether you've received one, created a scholarship or both. They offer crucial access for those who show the drive and commitment to become exceptional clinicians, innovative scientists and leaders in medicine. Our program of current use and endowed scholarships allows students to focus on learning, clinical training and scientific exploration without the looming burden of an unmanageable debt load.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Scholarship Recognition Event. Photos will be available online after Tuesday, April 30.

Learn more about supporting our students on our website. Thank you for believing in tomorrow's leaders today.  

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JHU Alumni Association

Looking for a gift for a soon-to-be Hopkins alumnus?

diploma frameThe School of Medicine Commencement is just around the corner on May 23. Visit the Alumni Merchandise section of our website for gift ideas!

At the JHU Alumni Store, you'll find great Johns Hopkins merchandise like the official Johns Hopkins University ring, shirts, ties, umbrellas and more.

The Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center features Johns Hopkins Medicine apparel, diploma frames and much more.  

School of Medicine

Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., named vice dean for education


Paul B. Rothman, M.D., the dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has appointed Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., an acclaimed cardiologist and award-winning teacher, as the new vice dean for education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In this important role, he will oversee the medical school’s undergraduate, graduate, residency, postdoctoral and continuing medical education programs, as well as the Welch Medical Library.

Rothman says that Ziegelstein is ideally qualified to serve as vice dean for education. "Not only is Roy an internationally recognized expert on the relationship between depression and cardiovascular disease, and a superb physician renowned for his sensitivity and skill at doctor-patient communication, he also is devoted to educating the next generation of physicians," says Rothman.

Ziegelstein, who has spent his entire professional career at Johns Hopkins, is the Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Professor of Medicine. He has served as senior associate dean for faculty development in the medical school, as well as executive vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he also has been deputy director for education.

His many roles in medical education include serving as director of the internal medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins Bayview for nearly a decade. He is the co-director of the Aliki Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bayview, a novel program that teaches residents and students the importance of knowing patients as individuals in order to provide optimal patient care. Ziegelstein also developed an innovative course, "Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life," which teaches medical students the attitudes and skills necessary to provide compassionate, patient-centered medical care and prepares them for residency and professional life.

He succeeds David Nichols, M.D., M.B.A., who was named the inaugural vice dean for education in 2000 and left Johns Hopkins in September 2012 to become president and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics.

To read more about Dr. Ziegelstein and his professional career, click here.

Alumni Update

Jason Howard, Med '10, wins first place in 2013 Rangos Award


Jason Howard, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the head and neck cancer therapeutics program at Hopkins, proposed creating a vaccine using proteins from tumors to teach the immune system to fight the disease - and the idea won him first place in the 2013 Rangos Awards.

Metastatic Disease: A Daunting Challenge Requiring Daring Solutions
While treatment of and survival from primary cancer have benefited young patients, metastatic disease continues to challenge older patients who account for the majority of those with cancer. Expanding on the success of the preventive vaccine against human papillomavirus, the cause of cervical cancer and several head and neck cancers, Dr. Howard proposes to generate a new generation of therapeutic cancer vaccines. Proteins isolated from metastatic tumors uniquely mark those cells and Dr. Howard aims to use them to train the body’s own immune system to mount a response against the remaining and future metastatic disease.

About the Rangos Awards

Philanthropist John G. Rangos, Sr. created the Rangos Award for Creativity in Cancer Discovery to inspire original ideas and innovative approaches to metastatic cancer research and treatment.

Open to currently enrolled full-time trainees at any division of The Johns Hopkins University including undergraduate, graduate and medical students, residents and fellows, the Rangos Award is bestowed annually to participating individuals with new and innovative approaches to metastatic cancer research and treatment.

  • First place: $25,000 and the Rangos Award for Creativity in Cancer Discovery
  • Second place: $12,500
  • Third place: $6,250
  • Fourth place: $3,150
  • Fifth place: $1,500  

To read press coverage in the Baltimore Sun on Howard's first place win, click here.

Student News

Young Investigators' Day

Young Investigator's DayOn April 18, 2013, the School of Medicine honored 19 trainee researchers for their stellar accomplishments in the lab. The 36th annual Young Investigators’ Award program took place from 4 to 6 p.m. in Mountcastle Auditorium in the Preclinical Teaching Building, East Baltimore campus.

This event is proudly sponsored by The Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association. Generous support from JHM&SA makes this event possible.

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