Alumni News No. 019 | July 2013
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FY13 Update from Leadership

Click here to read a letter from Paul B. Rothman, Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, President of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, and EVP of Johns Hopkins Medicine, about our successes for fiscal year 2013.

We also have you, our alumni, to thank for helping us make FY13 a great year. Your support is crucial. Let's continue our growth and make FY14 another success!

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Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association (JHM&SA)

Improving on the Hopkins Experience
The Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association improves the Hopkins experience for students, fellows, house staff and faculty.

For example, the JHM&SA provides funding to student organizations like the Medical Student Senate and the Graduate Student Association to help enhance students' and residents' quality of life. The JHM&SA also provides annual support to The Family Center Gift Fund, which provides tuition assistance for children of our postdoctoral fellows, house staff and students.

The JHM&SA counts on you to help enhance and support these important initiatives. Your support can make all the difference in how a medical student, graduate researcher, fellow or resident remembers his or her time at Hopkins.

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Johns Hopkins University

new SOM logoJHU debuts new look aimed at creating more unified identity
Last year, JHU introduced an identity initiative undertaken at the request of President Daniels, the provost, deans, divisional directors, and the board of trustees. The goal of this initiative was to fashion a more unified identity, one that would better reflect the excellence of Johns Hopkins University and allow us to leverage all of our strengths to tell a more powerful and cohesive story.

Going forward, you will begin seeing the results of these consultations—the new identities for the university, schools, and divisions. Initially, you will see them on many of the Hopkins websites. They will begin appearing on other communications materials as they are developed.

There are two points worth noting: First, the initiative does not replace the university's academic seal, which will continue to be used in official and ceremonial applications, such as on diplomas. The seal is a valuable part of the university's past—and its future. It is not going anywhere. Second, this initiative is for the university and does not affect the Johns Hopkins Medicine identity.

To learn more about the new identities, click here.

School of Medicine

Catching Up with Roy Ziegelstein

Roy ZiegelsteinAn ardent advocate for compassionate care considers ways to build on traditions of excellence in medical training and education in biomedical science. 

As he plunges into his new job as vice dean for education at the School of Medicine, cardiologist Roy Ziegelstein brings a history of educating medical students and residents about the best ways to provide compassionate, patient-centered medical care while also helping to develop the careers of young scientists.

During his 27-year career at Johns Hopkins, Ziegelstein has served as co-director of the Aliki Initiative, a program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center that emphasizes the importance of knowing patients as individuals. He developed the capstone course "Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life" (TRIPLE), widely recognized for advancing humane and caring attitudes. And he is known for his work in improving doctor-patient communication as well as for his award-winning clinical teaching and basic science research into cardiovascular disease.

Ziegelstein, who succeeds David Nichols, is the medical school's second vice dean for education. The position oversees undergraduate, graduate, residency, postdoctoral and continuing medical education programs as well as the Welch Medical Library. In a two-part interview, the vice dean discusses adjusting medical education to fit society's needs; how, what and how long doctors should be taught; and finding ways to evaluate the school of medicine's educational approaches.

Click here to read his interview and "catch up with Roy!"

Alumni Update

Friends for Life

Strauch and Weisfeldt
Longtime friends and former med school roommates (class of '65) Barry Strauch (left) and Myron Weisfeldt.

Myron Weisfeldt and Barry Strauch have remained friends since their days at med school in Baltimore during the 1960's. The Johns Hopkins Magazine chose their story of friendship to feature in the summer issue. Here is a recap of the article:

On the corner of East Monument Street and Broadway in East Baltimore, a tiny, three-story apartment building stands out amid the ever-developing zone of Johns Hopkins Hospital as a quaint reminder of the neighborhood's past. In the early 1960s, the building's second floor was home to Myron Weisfeldt, A&S '62, Med '65, and Barry Strauch, A&S '62, Med '65, third-year medical students who, after their first week there, almost got evicted for throwing an overly rambunctious spaghetti party. "One of us, and I know it wasn't me," says Strauch, "allowed a washcloth to go down the drain."

Today Strauch is chairman emeritus of the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. He also serves on the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and with his wife supported the construction of the Strauch Auditorium on the medical school campus. Weisfeldt is chair of the school's Department of Medicine. "We have not made a big point of telling everybody that we are longtime friends," says Weisfeldt, "but every once in a while at trustee meetings we have lunch together."

The pair has lived up and down the East Coast—Strauch has worked at Yale University and the National Institutes of Health, Weisfeldt at Massachusetts General Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center—without ever losing touch. Their families have vacationed together in Bethany Beach, Delaware, for decades, and the Strauches host Thanksgiving dinner every year for the Weisfeldts.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Student News

Mariam Fofana Awarded 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Mariam FofanaMariam Fofana, a current MD/PHD student, has been awarded the Soros Fellowship to support her work toward an MD and a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology. This award is one of 30 worth about $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in maintenance. The fellowships are awarded annually to the most accomplished and promising immigrants and children of immigrants in American graduate education.

Fofana, who holds a BA from Harvard, was born in Paris to parents from the Ivory Coast and came to the U.S. when she was 13. Her research focuses on infectious diseases, and she has studied cost-effectiveness of HIV interventions in South Africa.

Other News

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has again ranked #1 in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Given the competitive, rapidly changing health care environment and the realization that U.S. News evaluated almost 5,000 hospitals, Johns Hopkins is incredibly proud of achieving this top-tier ranking among the best hospitals in the United States. It is a privilege to be in the company of the excellent medical centers recognized in the magazine.

Click here to read the full press release.

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