Alumni News No. 007 | July 2012 | View this email in your browser
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Snowballing to Success
When Ross Jaffe and Arnold-Peter Weiss, co-chairs of their Class of 1985 25th reunion, issued a challenge to their classmates, they launched more than a highly successful reunion gift effort. Their pledge to match 1:1 new class gifts, up to $100,000 inspired a surge of support and resulted in more than $620,000 in commitments from the class, including the creation of two endowed funds, the Drs. Beth and Warren Bromberg Scholarship Fund and The Solomon H. Snyder Fund for M.D.-Ph.D. Education and Research Training for Medical Education and Research Training.

Jeffrey Nye, M.D., Ph.D. ’88, who started medical school with the Class of 1985, saw this challenge as an opportunity to honor an inspiring mentor in a way that would encourage gifts from others. Nye, who earned his Ph.D. under the guidance Snyder, made a substantial commitment to establish the Solomon H. Snyder Scholarship Fund.

The endowed fund accounts for more than $100,000 of the class total raised at reunion. Nye has since reached out to other M.D.-Ph.D. graduates, which has resulted in additional commitments, with hopes to achieve a $1 million goal.

We invite you to help us reach our $1 million goal by making a gift today. Please be sure to specify your donation is for The Solomon H. Snyder Fund for M.D.-Ph.D. Education and Research Training for Medical Education and Research Training in the 'Other' section on the online giving form.

Read "Snowballing to Success" from Hopkins Medicine magazine Spring/Summer 2012.

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Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association (JHM&SA)

2013 Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend, June 6-9
The Schedule of Events for the upcoming Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend is now available online!

Join us for the Medical & Surgical Association Interdepartmental Symposia: Hopkins Stars - Our Illustrious Past and the Promise for the Future, featuring John L. Cameron, M.D. '62, the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at School of Medicine, and George J. Dover, M.D., Given Professor and Director, The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. This symposium will take place on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.

Want to get involved in reunion? Visit our Reunion Volunteer Opportunities webpage. We rely on alumni volunteers to plan successful reunions!

JHU Alumni Association

2013 Alumni Journeys Sneak Peak
Johns Hopkins Alumni Journeys offers travel opportunities to exciting destinations, guided by faculty experts and local field guides. Travel with fellow alumni and friends of Hopkins, and best of all, every travel detail is arranged for you.

2013 Schedule Sneak Peak
January 8-18: Cuba
January 15-25: Cuba
January 11-19: Galapagos
January 17-30: Antarctica
February 12-22: Caribbean
March 12-24: Peru and Brazil
April 7-19: Tahiti
May 20-28: Ireland

School of Medicine

Welcome, Dean Rothman!

The School of Medicine welcomes Paul B. Rothman, M.D., as the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty, vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is the 14th dean of the School of Medicine and the second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

See Dean/CEO Rothman's curriculum vitae.
View the photo gallery of his appointment.

JHU appoints new dean of the School of Medicine

Alumni Update

Improving the Patient Experience Through the Little Comforts

Dr. Elizabeth Chabner ThompsonElizabeth Chabner Thompson, Med '93, launched Bffl Co. – Best Friends For Life – in April 2011. Its first product, the Bffl BagTM, a care bag to improve the patient experience following surgery, began as an idea in her basement. The bag contains wound care supplies and a drain care pack as well as toiletries, note cards, a water bottle, tissues, word games and more - all items someone recovering from surgery may want or need.

She also wondered why patients, despite advances in surgical procedures, were still wearing a 1970s model surgical bra, so she created a new line of surgical bras. In 2010, she developed four bras, one named after herself and the others named for her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother, who all battled breast cancer. Thompson had a prophylactic double mastectomy in 2006.

Bffl also makes care bags for post-surgical patients recovering from traumatic brain injury and from ovarian or other women’s cancers and gynecological surgeries. Thompson plans to add a bag for Caesarean section patients and a bag for men recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

“Funny thing,” she said a recent news article. “I went through the surgery because I thought that it would put to rest my overwhelming concern about breast cancer. But it has become the focus of my work and my passion to help others by bringing them the little comforts.”

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Student News

Fighting the Rising Tide of "Cyberchondria"

In June, medical students Craig Monsen and David Do, developers of the mobile and web app Symcat, won $100,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for taking the top prize in a data-focused developer challenge at The Health Datapalooza. Symcat is a symptom checker that asks users what their symptoms are and how long they've been experiencing them, age, gender and family history.

Symcat analyzes the symptoms as well as disease prevalence data from the Centers for Disease Control and other public sources with the goal of helping users figure out what their symptoms mean. Users can click on results for more information; Symcat also asks a set of questions a doctor might ask to identify warning signs. If there is cause for concern, the site will suggest emergency care as well as list nearby hospitals and urgent care centers.

While other sites also aim to give patients relevant healthcare information, Symcat takes a primarily data-driven approach to help individuals from diagnosis to treatment. “The data are out there,” said Monsen. “You just need to be a little crafty to stitch them all together."

Symcat was one of the first startups to come from the New-York based Blueprint Health, a TechStars-affiliated health startup accelerator that provides funding and mentorship.

Monsen and Do met in 2008 as anatomy lab partners where they bonded over their shared passion for engineering projects.

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