Alumni News No. 002 | February 2012
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Fostering Diversity
In 2010, the School of Medicine launched the Johns Hopkins Medicine Scholars program as part of the school’s commitment to strengthening its leadership in medical education through diversity among its students. Rather than supporting large blocks of students from a single class, the John Hopkins Medicine Scholars program provides three, four-year scholarships that cover the cost of tuition. Selection criteria is based on financial need as well as traits like global citizenship, resilience and service.

Read about Johns Hopkins Medicine Scholar Martha Tesfalul, Class of 2013.

Your support can help the Johns Hopkins Medicine Scholars program grow. Consider making a gift online or contacting the Development and Alumni Relations Office for more information at 410-516-0776. Please be sure to specify your donation is for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Scholars in the 'Other' section on the online giving form.

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Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association (JHM&SA)

A Heart Healthy Break
Heart 411On Valentine's Day, the JHM&SA hosted a table overflowing with heart healthy snacks in the Armstrong Medical Education Building. More than 100 students visited the table and entered a raffle to win a signed copy of Heart 411, a new book co-authored by Marc Gillinov, Med '88.

A special thank you to everyone who stopped by, and congratulations to raffle winner Morgan Broccoli, Class of 2015.

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Alumni Authors Bookshelf
Alumni Authors' BookshelfThe JHU Alumni Association recently launched the Alumni Authors Bookshelf to showcase published works by alumni, everything from healing to poetry and from business to sports nutrition. Among the School of Medicine alumni authors already included on the Bookshelf, check out 100,000 Hearts: A Surgeon’s Memoir (listed under non fiction) by Denton Cooley, Med '44.

Wordle: UntitledAs an institution, Johns Hopkins Medicine is deeply invested in the health of its community. Working to eliminate inequality, Johns Hopkins is committed to education, community outreach and research. In the following articles, you will discover some of the ways our School of Medicine trainees, alumni and students are devoted to addressing health disparities.

School of Medicine

Meeting the Needs of Inner City Patients

The Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program, which launched in 2010, prepares physicians to be primary care leaders who can address challenges facing the urban poor and underserved. Its sister program, the Osler Internal Medicine Urban Health Primary Care Track, started a year later.

Residents in the programs become experts in the medical, social and economic factors facing underprivileged patients that contribute to the health inequalities witnessed in Baltimore - challenges like lack of transportation to appointments and the inability to afford prescriptions for every family member. Unlike traditional residency programs, residents learn, from a primary care perspective, how to prevent and treat substance abuse, mental illness, urban violence and HIV/AIDS and even practice prison medicine.

The programs take a "place matters" approach to understanding medicine in the context of community factors like environment, homelessness, drug addiction, violence, poverty, racism, language and educational barriers. The ultimate goal is to train physicians to become better in the practice of primary care medicine, ensuring the likelihood of a more capable, connected and culturally appropriate patient-centered approach grounded in the community.

The residents in both programs are eligible for certification in adult medicine while the internal medicine-pediatrics residents are also specialists in pediatric medicine. The first class for both programs will graduate in 2014.

Read about the experience of Urban Health Resident Sara Mixter.

Alumni Update

A Commitment to Giving Back

Dr. Crystal WatkinsIn December, Crystal Watkins, M.D./Ph.D. '03, hosted a two-part series on dealing with grief and keeping fit during the holidays for Urban Health Radio on Baltimore’s WOLB 1010 AM. Part of Hopkins Medicine’s diversity initiatives, the Urban Health Radio Program provides easy-to-understand, culturally relevant programs addressing health issues affecting Baltimore residents.

"Breaking It Down: Our Health, Our Way" is a live, 60-minute broadcast featuring Q-&-A with Johns Hopkins Medicine experts, a host and listeners who call into the show. Malcom Brock, Med '91, serves as the chief medical consultant for the radio program and is a thoracic surgeon at Johns Hopkins.

In addition to her work with Urban Health Radio, Dr. Watkins volunteers with the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, a Hopkins school-based initiative to educate high school students, faculty and parents about depression. She is also involved in mentoring programs and has traveled to Guatemala and Ghana to volunteer in underserved areas.

Dr. Watkins, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine, received her doctorate degree under the mentorship of Dr. Solomon Snyder in molecular and cellular neuroscience. Her thesis research led to a patented discovery for a treatment for nerve disorders affecting diabetic patients. She completed her residency in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the School of Medicine.

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Student News

Closing East Baltimore's Health Care Gap

Charm City Clinic volunteersEach Saturday, Hopkins medical and graduate students, residents and physicians join with others from across Baltimore to donate their time to staff the Charm City Clinic, a community-based health care access program. Charm City Clinic, a non-profit organization, was founded and is operated by students from various Baltimore universities in collaboration with community leaders and residents of East Baltimore.

“There is a large gap between the community and the front door of the hospital and we’ve decided to work on the side of the community to help bridge that gap,” says Hopkins medical student Ramy El-Diwany, who is a co-founder of the clinic.

In addition to addressing the immediate medical needs of the community, clinic volunteers look to establish relationships through preventive screenings for hypertension, diabetes, HIV and high cholesterol. The clinic emphasizes follow-up visits and runs a health care referral center to assist individuals in obtaining health insurance and to navigate a complex system of social services, including programs offering access to low-cost prescription medications.

Proceeds from this year's student-run Monte Carlo Night will benefit the Charm City Clinic.

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