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New Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building Dedicated - 10/20/2009

New Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building Dedicated

State-of-the-art building will be home of revolutionary new medical education curriculum
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Anne And Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building
Anne And Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building

More than a century ago, Johns Hopkins revolutionized the teaching of medicine with a new curriculum that merged evidence-based science with patient-centered clinical care. This so-called Hopkins model became the national gold standard for modern medical education.

Now, Hopkins is launching the second revolution in medical education, and it will take place within a new, state-of-the-art education designed to support the new Genes to Society medical education curriculum. The curriculum is notable for its systems approach to understanding all levels of the human being, from the genes, molecules, cell and organs of the patient to the familial, community, societal and environmental components that affect patient health.

The formal building dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. at 1600 McElderry St. A tour of the building will follow. The Anne and Mike Armstrong Building is adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore medical campus.

“We will do more than formally announce the opening of a wonderful new building,” said Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). “We will usher in a new era of medical education that raises the bar even higher and that will be as transformative for this century as the original Hopkins model was for the last.”

“Our Genes to Society curriculum builds on the fundamental insights learned during the past several decades through the study of molecular biology,” said David G. Nichols, M.D., vice dean for education and professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine. “With this new knowledge, and within this beautiful new building, students will begin by studying the basic building blocks of life and progress through higher and higher levels of organization and complexity. Through the use of advanced teaching technologies and collaborative learning, Genes to Society marks a new revolution in medical education.”

This milestone curriculum will be taught within a building designed to accommodate, nurture and encourage the learning opportunities that will flourish within its walls. The building’s advanced anatomy lab, digital classrooms and laboratories, lecture halls and study areas will better prepare physicians for fully understanding the relevance of science to patient care.

The 100,000-square-foot building is named in honor of Anne and Mike Armstrong, whose generous donation helped fund its construction. Mike Armstrong is the chair of the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“Johns Hopkins is an institution whose culture is rich with tradition and innovation,” he said. “It is here that the practice of modern medicine was born and it is here that we will begin a new chapter in Hopkins’ storied history. It is my and Anne’s great honor to have had a part in creating this fabulous new building. We know that it will graduate new generations of physicians and researchers who will extend the frontiers of medicine.”

The four-story building contains a lecture hall and café on its first floor; the second floor houses the college advisory program, a learning studio and classrooms; teaching labs and academic computing facilities are located on the third floor; while the fourth floor contains the anatomy labs and reading rooms.

For additional information about the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building and the Genes to Society curriculum or to view and download exterior and interior photographs of the building, visit: