In Brief: June 2015

Published in Dome - June 2015

Biomedical Odyssey Blog

Ever wonder what a Johns Hopkins medical student is thinking about beyond his or her lab studies and clinical interactions? To get a taste, check out a new blog, Biomedical Odyssey: Adventures from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Written by and for trainees, the blog features news and musings from 13 contributors selected from more than 50 applicants, explains Roy Ziegelstein, the school of medicine’s vice dean for education. The blog aims to showcase “the varied experiences of students, clinical residents and fellows, and research postdoctoral fellows as they launch their careers.” Topics run the gamut — from ring structures in antibiotics to grass-roots efforts to improve global education. Bree Yanagisawa serves as the site’s managing editor. To access the blog, visit

women at the farmers market

Fresh Produce Offerings

The Johns Hopkins East Baltimore farmers market is open for business — rain or shine. You’ll find fresh produce, bread, cheese and prepared meals to purchase from local vendors every Thursday through October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Jefferson Street pathway, near the cancer research buildings. Watch a vendor share cooking tips on June 18, July 16, Aug. 13 and Sept. 17. A similar market at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center operates 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays into mid-October on the grassy area in front of the Burton Pavilion. Howard County General Hospital also hosts a farmers market every Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m. through September, in the hospital’s visitor parking lot C, near the drainage pond. Also, consider signing up for a community-supported agriculture program, where seasonal products are bundled and delivered to the East Baltimore farmers market each Thursday or at the school of public health’s parking garage on Tuesdays. For questions, email [email protected] or visit

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Sibley Construction Update

The new Emergency Department at Sibley Memorial Hospital is slated to open this summer, and the New Sibley is on track to open in the summer of 2016. The ED will include 28 new treatment rooms; CT and MRI capabilities within and adjacent to the new ED; and specialized, fixed decontamination showers to handle exposure to radiation, chemical or biological contaminants. The New Sibley will feature 200 all-private patient rooms, each furnished with sleeper sofas for visitors. Also included are expanded space for a medical oncology and inpatient oncology unit; preoperative and postoperative surgical facilities and medical-surgical units; and women’s and infants’ services, with 18 private special-care nursery bassinets. In addition, the new space will house an orthopaedic unit with rehabilitation gym and communication upgrades, including a nurse call system that sends alerts via mobile phones. Watch the building progress in real time at