School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan
Due to the rapidly changing health care environment, Johns Hopkins Medicine has developed a five-year strategic plan to lead the change. The plan guides JHM's business strategies and decisions with a focus on six strategic priorities in which they'll invest their time and resources—people, biomedical discovery, patient- and family-centered care, education, integration and performance. Here's how the School of Medicine and education fit into this new strategic plan.
Lead the World in the Education and Training of Physicians and Biomedical Scientists.
- Build an effective culture for learning and education across all JHM member organizations, leverage the University‘s infrastructure, and facilitate interprofessional educational programs.
- Ensure that medical and biomedical education at Johns Hopkins is transformative as reflected by curricula that emphasize cutting-edge science, novel treatments, wise use of technology, and avoidance of unnecessary medical tests and procedures.
- Ensure that medical and biomedical education at Johns Hopkins is transformative as reflected by methods of instruction that are creative and innovative, and that take advantage of all that emerges from the Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute.
- Develop a robust system to monitor the progress and accomplishments of those enrolled in, and those who are graduated from, our undergraduate, graduate, residency and postdoctoral programs to ensure that individuals who receive a Johns Hopkins SOM education are among the most creative and outstanding leaders in medicine and biomedical science in the 21st century.
- Create a model for global dissemination of Johns Hopkins programs in medical and graduate medical education, to include distance learning via online educational programs.
To learn more about the JHM Strategic Plan, visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org/strategic_plan.
Andrew Cameron, Med '98, helps boost organ donor registration through social media
Over the last 20 years, the number of organ donors in the United States has remained relatively static, while the number of people waiting for a transplant has increased 10-fold.
Thousands of patients will pass away this year waiting for kidneys, livers and other organs, while an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people die each year whose organs would be suitable for transplant but have not consented to be donors.
With these troubling stats in mind, Dr. Andrew Cameron, surgical director of liver transplantation at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, spoke with fellow Harvard University graduate and current Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg at a class reunion about how to change the trend -- and the results have everyone talking.
A Facebook change in May 2012 allowed users to share their organ donor status with friends and easily find links to make their status official on state department of motor vehicle websites. The findings, detailed in a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, show that the number of organ donor registrations increased by 21 times that first day in May when the social media push started.
“The short-term response was incredibly dramatic, unlike anything we had ever seen before in campaigns to increase the organ donation rate. And at the end of two weeks, the number of new organ donors was still climbing at twice the normal rate,” said Dr. Cameron.
“If we can harness that excitement in the long term, then we can really start to move the needle on the big picture. The need for donor organs vastly outpaces the available supply and this could be a way to change that equation.”
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Welcome Class of 2017!
Our new medical school students started orientation on Monday, August 12 and their first class began on Wednesday, August 14. This class of 116 students consists of 60 female and 56 male students; they hail from 33 different states in the U.S.; and from three foreign countries: Belgium, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Their average age is 23 with the oldest student at 34. In addition, the most number of students from a single college is 11 coming from Yale (and 16 from Johns Hopkins University!).
We had the pleasure of meeting some of these new students at their orientation earlier last week and they are a bright, lively bunch!
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