Alumni News No. 004 | April 2012 | View this email in your browser
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Scholarship in Action
On April 24, the School of Medicine hosted the 2012 Scholarship Recognition Event in the Armstrong Medical Education Building, and many students had the opportunity to personally thank our donors and their families.

Scholarships change lives; whether you've received one, created a scholarship or both. They offer crucial access for those who show the drive and commitment to become exceptional clinicians, innovative scientists and leaders in medicine. Our program of current use and endowed scholarships allows students to focus on learning, clinical training and scientific exploration without the looming burden of an unmanageable debt load.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Scholarship Recognition Event; photos will be available online by Monday, April 30.

Learn more about supporting our students on our website. Thank you for believing in tomorrow's leaders today.

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Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association (JHM&SA)

Young Investigators' Day

Elizabeth Gerber, a Paul Ehrlich Award winner,
with her mentor, Hal Dietz

Inspiring Young Researchers
April 13 marked the 35th annual Young Investigators’ Day, when School of Medicine trainee researchers are recognized for their accomplishments in the lab. This year’s event recognized 13 graduate students and three postdoctoral fellows with awards.

"Students and postdoctoral fellows are the major work force of biomedical research at Johns Hopkins, yet we don't have the luxury of fast, immediate gratification because most experiments are trial and error," says Lishi Li, who is finishing up her doctorate in Neuroscience. "The Young Investigators’ Day is a good recognition of our efforts and great encouragement for us to continue with the hard work."

Young Investigators’ Day awards are funded, in part, by the JHM&SA. Your support can promote the work of the next generation of researchers and sustain this wonderful program.

JHU Alumni Association

The Stories You Share
Visit the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s website to view alumni and friends sharing their favorite Hopkins memories on Story Swap.

In “The Dr. Was From Johns Hopkins,” Julie Fishbein, A&S '82 -- with husband, Randy Fishbein, A&S '81, and daughters, Aliza Fishbein, A&S '11 and Yael Fishbein, A&S '14 -- shares the story of her grandmother becoming ill in a remote Alaskan town, where she was successfully treated by a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate, and how this story affected Julie's decision to attend JHU.

Story Swap video

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School of Medicine

A New Era for Johns Hopkins Medicine

a view of the new hospital buildings
Nighttime view of the new The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Zayed Tower

National leaders and international royalty gathered in Baltimore on April 12 for the dedication of The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Zayed Tower, signaling a new era for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The $1.1 billion, 1.6 million-square-foot facility officially opens to the public on May 1.

“For more than a century, patients have come to Johns Hopkins from throughout Baltimore, the nation and the world for the best possible, evidence-based, patient-centered care," said Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Our new facilities will enable us to provide that excellent care with greater comfort and privacy for our patients and their families in a state-of-the-art environment.”

Take a virtual tour of the new hospital buildings. Read more >>

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Alumni Update

Connecting the Docs

Participating alumnae from the Career Networking Event

Participating alumnae at the Career Networking Event

On April 4, medical students and alumnae came together in the Armstrong Medical Education Building for an evening of networking and mentorship during the spring Career Networking Event. The theme of the event was “Women in Medicine.” Read more >>

If you’re a local alumnus interested in participating in future Career Networking Events, please contact Jenni Hunt at

Student News

Students Come Together to Help Meet a Community Need

For several years now, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has developed and run Community Adolescent Sexuality Education (CASE), a program targeted toward eighth grade students that covers topics ranging from decision-making, goal setting, sexually transmitted infections, nutrition and anatomy.

Currently, Baltimore City Public Schools lack the funding to teach comprehensive sexual education before high school, leading to the inspiration behind CASE.

According to medical student Martha Brucato '14, many local leaders and school principals have welcomed CASE in their classrooms. Some of the proudest moments for volunteer teachers have been when students open up about their questions and uncertainties, says Brucato, immediate past SNMA chapter president and CASE co-coordinator.

The CASE curriculum is set up to run for eight, one-hour sessions. Brucato, along with fellow co-coordinators Jesse Yang '13 and Jaleesa Jackson '15, recruits volunteer teachers from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

"We have so much depth and breadth of knowledge amongst teachers," said Brucato. It is challenging to find the time to recruit volunteers and teach, but in the end, it is "very, very worth it" she says.

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Looking for the Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Soon-to-be Hopkins Alum?

Diploma frame with Dome picture

The School of Medicine Commencement is just around the corner on May 24. Looking for a graduation gift? Visit the Alumni Merchandise section of our website for ideas!

At the JHU Alumni Store, you'll find great Johns Hopkins merchandise like the official Johns Hopkins University ring, shirts, ties, umbrellas and more.

The Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center features Johns Hopkins Medicine apparel, diploma frames and much more.

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