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April 2015

Who/What: April 2015

Bonnie Windsor, the new senior vice president of human resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System, is among April’s featured employees.

April 2015

Volunteer Program at Suburban Hospital Ensures No One Dies Alone

Volunteers give comfort, bear witness.

April 2015

Teamwork Critical to Success of First Joint Transport

Staff from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital come together to transport critically ill infant safely to Philadelphia.

April 2015

Proof That Blood Vessels Have 'Eyes'

Unexpected discovery of receptor offers hope for patients with circulatory ailments.

April 2015

Winning the Race Against Waste

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has reduced regulated medical waste by more than half in four years.

April 2015

Employee Reviews Get a Digital Makeover

Greater voice for employees as evaluations move from paper to screen.

April 2015

Defining Core Values

New definitions will play a role in job evaluations, patient experience.

April 2015

Epic 2014 Ushers in New Features, Easier Navigation

Electronic medical record system to be upgraded April 12.

Chief Perspectives

April 2015

Doing More with Less

Tight funding for biomedical research requires creative planning.

In Brief

April 2015

In Brief: April 2015

Johns Hopkins Town Meetings, Expanding Home Care Group's Reach, Summer Best Dressed Sale, April is National Donate Life Month, Dancing with the Hopkins Stars...

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April 2015

Match Day Mania

After years of considering which field of medicine to pursue, 107 Johns Hopkins fourth-year medical students—along with thousands of others across the nation—learned where they will begin residency programs this summer. Match Day occurred on March 20 at medical schools throughout the country. At Johns Hopkins, the festivities took place in the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building, where students gathered with family members, friends and mentors. Following a brunch, brief program, toast and dramatic countdown, students opened their envelopes and found out which hospital and specialty program accepted them. The top specialties for the Johns Hopkins students this year included internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine and psychiatry. Twenty-one students will be staying at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and four will be heading to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Among those who matched at Johns Hopkins Hospital is Yike Jin, pictured at right. Jin will receive specialized training in neurosurgery. 

Match Day Student Profiles

Veronica HockerPhoto credit: Julia Oh

Veronica Hocker

Age: 35
Hometown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Interest: Psychiatry

Why: “With psychiatry, I get to really know patients' stories and work to improve their overall health not only by understanding the biology behind the illness, but also by helping with thought processes, relationships and circumstances.”

Before medical school: Studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Bartended in San Francisco.

Undergraduate: Columbia University

Challenge: “It’s pretty unique to be a single parent in medical school,” says Hocker, whose son, Brinson, is 4. During her first year at the school of medicine, she lived with her parents in Lancaster and commuted close to four hours a day.

Quote: “My class is made up of really caring people. It makes me feel good about the future of medicine.”

MATCH: Duke University Medical Center, Psychiatry  


Howard ChoiPhoto credit: Julia Oh

Howard Choi

Age: 30
Hometown: Toronto
Interest: Emergency medicine

Why: “I want to be able to treat anything and everything. I also want to be there for patients in their time of greatest need, connecting with them and guiding them through it.”

Before medical school: Promoted human rights in Guatemala through a Canadian youth internship program, received a master’s degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, researched Peruvian tuberculosis rates for master’s thesis.

Undergraduate: University of Toronto  

Challenge: “Getting used to the pace, initially.” 

Quote: “I want to be the best part of someone’s worst day.”

MATCH:  New York University School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine


April SharpPhoto credit: Julia Oh

April Sharp

Age: 29
Hometown: Flintstone, Georgia
Interest: Pediatric neurology

Why: “I’m fascinated by the brain. And I love being around kids.”

Before medical school:  Conducted neuroscience research at Georgetown University and Children’s National Medical Center. Completed a post baccalaureate premedical program at Johns Hopkins.

Undergraduate: St. John’s College in Annapolis, a liberal arts institution with no tests or grades. “I was looking for a place where I could just learn, and it was everything I wanted and more.”

Challenge: As the first in her family to graduate high school, Sharp says her parents were “incredibly supportive, but I had to forge my own path.” Sharp, who is married to Chris Stuart, a public defender, and mother to son Kallan, 2, also had to juggle parenthood and medical school. “It made both of my jobs, as a student and as a mom, more challenging, but it enriched both of them too. It’s nice to come home to my family after a day in the hospital.”

Quote: “The goals of a child are to grow, learn and be happy. The brain and nervous system play the most important roles in each of these things.

MATCH:  University of Maryland Medical Center, Child Neurology (1 year) followed by residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  

  –Reported by Julia Oh and Karen Nitkin  

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Please contact Linell Smith, Editor, at lsmit103@jhmi.edu.

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