School of Medicine
Welcome to Our Newest Alumni!
Congratulations to the Class of 2012! Today this distinguished group of graduates will embark on their future careers as physicians and scientists, following in the footsteps of Hopkins greats like Alfred Blalock, Med '22, Denton Cooley, Med '44, Victor McKusick, Med '46 and Peter Agre, Med '74.
During the school's 117th convocation ceremony, of the 289 students to cross the stage, 106 will be awarded M.D. degrees and will continue their training at 58 hospitals and medical institutions in 20 states. 152 individuals will earn Ph.D. degrees; nine will receive a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree. Additionally, 16 students will graduate with an M.A. degree and six will be awarded an M.S. degree.
Please join the School of Medicine Development and Alumni Relations team in congratulating and welcoming our newest alumni! Event photos and a link to the ceremony video will be available on our website in the coming days.
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Society of Scholars Inducts Three Alumni
On April 10, James E.K. Hildreth, Med ’87; Vincent Manganiello, Med ’67; and Stephen McPhee, Med ’77, along with 13 others, were inducted into The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.
The Society, which was the first of its kind in the nation, inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and subsequently gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences or in the humanities. The Society was created on the recommendation of then President Milton S. Eisenhower and approved by the university board of trustees on May 1, 1967. It has 579 total members.
Congratulations to Drs. Hildreth, Manganiello and McPhee! Read more about them on our website.
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First-Year Students Receive White Coats
Family and friends gathered on April 26 to witness the School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony, an annual rite of passage for first-year medical students.
The symbolic event celebrates students' transitions into clinical training and notably includes the presentation of a physician's white coat with the student's name embroidered on it. During the ceremony, the students also vow to maintain professional attitudes and behaviors in work and relationships with classmates, teachers, patients and the community.
This year's ceremony featured guest speaker, Peter Pronovost, Med '91, along with a variety of student performances.
The Johns Hopkins White Coat Ceremony was first held at the School of Medicine in 1995.
Visit our website to view the ceremony program and videos from the event.
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Johns Hopkins Gets Its Turtle On
This year's annual Johns Hopkins Turtle Derby took place on May 18 on the eve of the second leg of the Triple Crown. Now in its 81st year, the Derby was organized by first-year medical students, with help from radiology students, the Child Life Department and Student Activities. The event benefited the Department of Child Life and the Perkins Day Care Center, a Hopkins' Children's affiliate in East Baltimore.
The Turtle Derby's origins are traced back to Benjamin Frisby, a hospital caretaker and doorman who kept a small turtle pen outside the original hospital administration building. Soon, a racetrack was built and wagers were made, all in the name of building community among the medical residents.
Every spring since 1931, turtles have ambled out from a starting gate and crawled to victory across a grassy patch or, for a number a years, a tennis court on campus. Turtles "race" to the cheering of neighborhood children, faculty, staff, patients and their families.
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