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Dome - Strategic Strength Starts with People

Dome September 2013

Strategic Strength Starts with People

By: Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Date: September 1, 2013

Paul B. Rothman, M.D.

Dean of the Medical Faculty

CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine


When you read the strategic plan for Johns Hopkins Medicine, you’ll see that the first priority defines our commitment to you.That’s because our 41,000 employees are our most important and vital resource.

We pledge to “attract, engage, develop and retain the world’s best people.” If you look around your own department, and at the greater community of Johns Hopkins Medicine, you’ll discover remarkable individuals who are already engaged in improving every aspect of our vast enterprise. Through this critical work, you and your colleagues are helping to improve health, to advance discovery and innovation, and to train the next generation of leaders in medicine. You are making an impact, here and throughout the world. 

Moreover, many of you are committed not only to your own work, but also to fostering the success of your colleagues.

Mentoring is very much a way of life here at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In the competitive atmosphere of research and medicine, we have maintained a long tradition of the kind of collegiality that means offering help and support to one another at all levels of our enterprise.

The school of medicine’s Master Mentors program is one notable example. Senior faculty members share knowledge and experience that can benefit their younger colleagues, ultimately contributing to better patient care and better science. Some efforts pair up researchers from our member hospitals. In one program, Johns Hopkins faculty members are helping clinicians at All Children’s Hospital acquire additional research skills in order to design and execute top-level studies.

Mentoring relationships are flourishing. The Making a Difference program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital has already expanded career horizons for minority employees working in general services, and similar initiatives are grooming employees for leadership roles across our health system.

Over the next five years, we will build upon the success of these endeavors as we also strengthen our commitment to organizational inclusiveness and diversity.

Other measures to increase your engagement with work and to improve your health and well-being are also underway. As we move forward on these and other priorities, we will continue to seek your input and share our progress. You are the key to our success. Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine.


Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Dean of the Medical Faculty
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine