Alumni News No. 020 | August 2013
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The Annual Fund continues to be our fundraising priority so we ask for your help. Donate today and help these students achieve their goals.

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Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association (JHM&SA)

What Your Support Does
The Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association not only supports students and hosts the Biennial Meeting, but it also provides support for other departments in need of funding.

For example, the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives needed to begin replacing the old, worn out easels used to display portraits of distinguished School of Medicine members. With no budget money available for such a capital investment, the JHM&SA offered to provide funding. An annual commitment to Archives will allow them to replace all of the easels over the course of the next four years.

So when you give to JHM&SA, you're not only helping student initiatives, but you’re providing support for important projects for other programs as well.

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JHU Alumni Association

Hopkins in your neighborhood
In May 2013, the JHU Alumni Association launched a new eventHopkins in your neighborhood logo series, Hopkins in your Neighborhood. Events are now scheduled through the end of October so check to see if one is happening near you!

Enjoy an evening with great food, drinks, and exciting university updates. It's free for JHU alumni and guests.

Here is a list of the upcoming events:
Boulder, CO - September 16
Kansas City, MO - September 17
Colorado Springs, CO - September 18
Portland, OR - September 24
Monterey Bay, CA - October 24
Tucson, AZ - October 28
Las Vegas, NV - October 29
Sacramento, CA - October 30

To register for one of these events, click here.

School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan

Due to the rapidly changing health care environment, Johns Hopkins Medicine has developed a five-year strategic plan to lead the change. The plan guides JHM's business strategies and decisions with a focus on six strategic priorities in which they'll invest their time and resources—people, biomedical discovery, patient- and family-centered care, education, integration and performance. Here's how the School of Medicine and education fit into this new strategic plan.

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Lead the World in the Education and Training of Physicians and Biomedical Scientists.



  1. Build an effective culture for learning and education across all JHM member organizations, leverage the University‘s infrastructure, and facilitate interprofessional educational programs.
  2. Ensure that medical and biomedical education at Johns Hopkins is transformative as reflected by curricula that emphasize cutting-edge science, novel treatments, wise use of technology, and avoidance of unnecessary medical tests and procedures.
  3. Ensure that medical and biomedical education at Johns Hopkins is transformative as reflected by methods of instruction that are creative and innovative, and that take advantage of all that emerges from the Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute.
  4. Develop a robust system to monitor the progress and accomplishments of those enrolled in, and those who are graduated from, our undergraduate, graduate, residency and postdoctoral programs to ensure that individuals who receive a Johns Hopkins SOM education are among the most creative and outstanding leaders in medicine and biomedical science in the 21st century.
  5. Create a model for global dissemination of Johns Hopkins programs in medical and graduate medical education, to include distance learning via online educational programs.

To learn more about the JHM Strategic Plan, visit

Alumni Update

Andrew Cameron, Med '98, helps boost organ donor registration through social media

Andrew CameronOver the last 20 years, the number of organ donors in the United States has remained relatively static, while the number of people waiting for a transplant has increased 10-fold.

Thousands of patients will pass away this year waiting for kidneys, livers and other organs, while an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people die each year whose organs would be suitable for transplant but have not consented to be donors.

With these troubling stats in mind, Dr. Andrew Cameron, surgical director of liver transplantation at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, spoke with fellow Harvard University graduate and current Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg at a class reunion about how to change the trend -- and the results have everyone talking. 

A Facebook change in May 2012 allowed users to share their organ donor status with friends and easily find links to make their status official on state department of motor vehicle websites. The findings, detailed in a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, show that the number of organ donor registrations increased by 21 times that first day in May when the social media push started.  

“The short-term response was incredibly dramatic, unlike anything we had ever seen before in campaigns to increase the organ donation rate. And at the end of two weeks, the number of new organ donors was still climbing at twice the normal rate,” said Dr. Cameron. 

“If we can harness that excitement in the long term, then we can really start to move the needle on the big picture. The need for donor organs vastly outpaces the available supply and this could be a way to change that equation.”

For more information and to read more media coverage, click here.

Student News

Welcome Class of 2017!


Our new medical school students started orientation on Monday, August 12 and their first class began on Wednesday, August 14. This class of 116 students consists of 60 female and 56 male students; they hail from 33 different states in the U.S.; and from three foreign countries: Belgium, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Their average age is 23 with the oldest student at 34. In addition, the most number of students from a single college is 11 coming from Yale (and 16 from Johns Hopkins University!).

We had the pleasure of meeting some of these new students at their orientation earlier last week and they are a bright, lively bunch!

Share your well wishes for the Class of 2017 by making a post on our Facebook page and we will pass your messages along to the students.

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