Winter is a memorable time of the year for many reasons. If you live in the United States, holidays and family gatherings abound. And if you are in a cold climate, shoveling snow, driving in it and staying warm may be part of your routine for months.
For those of us who are leaders of the Osler Medical Residency at Johns Hopkins, winter brings something special and important: intern recruitment.
We are excited to embark on recruiting yet another wonderful group of 50 medical school graduates to become Osler interns and join the ranks of outstanding residents who came before them. These physicians will embody the future of our program, our profession and health care in the United States. Our trainees have and will no doubt continue to become leaders in clinical excellence, health care administration, public health, industry, research and medical education.
Those of us involved in recruitment are committed to bringing together a diverse class of interns who represent the communities they will serve. And, when these trainees begin their Osler residency, we will foster a supportive and enriching learning environment. To that end, we are fortunate and thrilled to welcome Tinsay Woreta (Osler, 2010), our new associate program director for diversity, equity and inclusion, and to watch these efforts grow under her guidance and leadership. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, where she serves as the fellowship program director for hepatology fellowships. Dr. Woreta is a skilled mentor who engages Osler residents, and she is a wonderful addition to both our program leadership and recruitment teams.
We are also enthusiastic about strengthening our efforts to recruit the next generation of physician-scientists, who will lead scientific discovery in medicine. Under the expert guidance of Rachel Damico (Osler, 2003), associate director of our Physician Scientist Pathway, we have created multiple new mechanisms in our recruitment process to ensure that we continue to bring the brightest scientific minds to the Osler Medical Residency and the Department of Medicine. Dr. Damico is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and she is a leader in basic and translational research in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
As we enter intern recruitment season, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to work with such a committed and passionate leadership team, administrative team and recruitment committee. The Osler Medical Residency fosters a culture of teamwork and support of colleagues, and this is clearly exemplified by this dedicated group that focuses on continuing our tradition of excellence through recruitment of an outstanding intern class.
I look forward to sharing our match results in March 2023. Until then, please accept my best wishes for a joyful winter season full of peace, happiness and aequanimitas.