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About Hopkins

Our History

Toward the end of the 19th century, American medical education was in chaos; most medical schools were little more than trade schools. Often, it was easier to gain admission to one of these than to a liberal arts college. With the opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1889, followed four years later by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins ushered in a new era marked by rigid entrance requirements for medical students, a vastly upgraded medical school curriculum with emphasis on the scientific method, the incorporation of bedside teaching and laboratory research as part of the instruction, and integration of the School of Medicine with the Hospital through joint appointments. More > 

Johns Hopkins Medicine Mission

The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. More >

Supporting Johns Hopkins Medicine

Over a century ago, the Baltimore merchant Johns Hopkins did more than provide in his estate for the construction of a university, a hospital and a medical school. He provided a vision of a unique university-based health center, one with a vital new mission: to create a learning, training and caring environment where the quest for new knowledge would continuously yield more effective and more compassionate care for all. Today, after more than a century of leadership in health care that even Johns Hopkins himself could not have envisioned, the quest for medical discoveries leading to better health care remains the defining mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine. More >