Alumni News No. 017 | May 2013 | View this email in your browser.
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2013 School of Medicine Commencement

First full 'Genes to Society' class of Johns Hopkins medical students graduates today, May 23

A distinguished group of 279 graduates will embark on their future careers as physicians and scientists at the convocation ceremony of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine today, May 23, 2013, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. 

A total of 115 M.D. degrees, 137 Ph.D. degrees and 27 master’s degrees will be conferred. Nine of the graduates will receive both an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree. The graduates come from throughout the United States and 23 countries. There are 150 women and 129 men. The oldest graduating student is 46 and the youngest is 23.

This is the first graduating class of medical degree students at Johns Hopkins to have completed all four years of the new, innovative curriculum, Genes to Society. The goal of the curriculum is to teach students to think differently about health and disease and to incorporate genetic, socioeconomic and lifestyle factors when evaluating and treating patients.

The convocation speech will be delivered by Jon Lorsch, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry who will become the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences this summer. 

To read the full press release about this year's Commencement, please visit our website.

From the Editor

Every other year, in late May, the School of Medicine Alumni Office is buzzing with activity as two of our most inspiring events converge. Over the span of the next 15 days we will welcome 279 new graduates to the alumni family, and we will welcome about 800 alumni back for the Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend. It is a privilege to oversee the many details of that weekend …coordinating over 100 speakers, organizing 29 awards and portraits to be presented, watching at least 30 different social events take shape, ordering shuttle buses, choosing linens and centerpieces, printing nametags, and accommodating guests ranging in age from infant to over 90… things don’t get much more exciting than this. And we truly are very much looking forward to seeing YOU! You make it all worthwhile! 

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The 37th meeting of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association and the School of Medicine Reunion Weekend is right around the corner – June 6-9, 2013. We hope you have made plans to join your classmates and colleagues for a program we hope you will find intellectually stimulating and informative, and that also offers ample opportunity for social and celebratory gatherings. 

Much about the Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend remains unchanged – there are Award and Portrait Presentations, 14 departments are offering academic programming with CME credits, interdepartmental plenary sessions will look at our history and what lies ahead for a leading research-based, academic medical center. There is also new programming and revised scheduling as we attempt to broaden interest and make the activities more accessible to more people.

One of the biggest changes you will see is the Saturday night All Classes Reunion Dinner at a downtown waterfront hotel. All 26 classes celebrating reunions in 2013 (years ending in 2, 3, 7 and 8) are invited to this special dinner. The night is about celebrating – celebrating the reunion of each class, as well as the reunion of the School’s alumni family. What has happened behind the scenes is that by pooling our resources into management of this one large event, as opposed to 26 different class reunion events, we are now able to offer what we believe will be a nicer reunion experience. While each class will be seated together, you will also have the opportunity to mingle with other alumni – perhaps someone who was your instructor, your mentor, or your student; thereby creating an opportunity for a whole new kind of reunion memories. 

For general information and program details about the weekend, visit  

To register for the Biennial Meeting by May 30 go to Print the registration form, complete and send back to the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

To register for the All Classes Reunion Dinner by May 27 go to or return the registration card included with the invitation which was mailed the week of April 22.

Reunion. Homecoming. We have taken to heart the meaning of these words by creating multiple opportunities for people to come together. Reach out to your classmates and friends, and help make it happen. 

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