Alumni News No. 005 | May 2012 | View this email in your browser
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The Impact of Giving
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine educates leaders in medicine and science. Whatever your interest, supporting Johns Hopkins medical students is a way to do something wonderful for the future of humankind. For many students, scholarship support is absolutely essential to their attending medical school.

Last month, our first-year medical students celebrated a milestone in their medical education -- the White Coat Ceremony, where each student is cloaked with a physician's white coat.

"I can’t help but thank all of those who supported me along the way… from my mom’s constant nagging to finish my math problems in kindergarten to my father’s unwavering support in the face of difficulty," said Atul Nakhasi, Class of 2014. "Each medical student who walked across the stage during this year’s White Coat Ceremony has a similar cast of supporting characters... This special milestone offers a meaningful opportunity to continue to support me, my classmates, your daughters and sons, and this institution we now call home."

For more information on this year's White Coat Ceremony, see our Student News section.

Celebrate this important event in our first-year students' careers by making a gift to the School’s Annual Giving Scholarship Fund.

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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 in East Baltimore.

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JHU Alumni Association

Johns Hopkins Launches HIV/AIDS Affinity Group
The JHU Alumni Relations Office has launched a university-wide HIV/AIDS Affinity Group, bringing together alumni who share a common background, passion or interest to create opportunities for networking, professional development, education and resource sharing. Many alumni, faculty and students are involved in AIDS research, treatment, policy and more – bridging science, public health, practice and policy. The group is intended as a tool to better connect and network these alumni. Join the group on LinkedIn and share your insights.

A reception will be held Monday, July 23, during the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, D.C., for alumni, faculty and students involved in the issue, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Further details will be announced through the new HIV/AIDS Affinity Group as the date approaches. For more information, visit

School of Medicine

Welcome to Our Newest Alumni!


Congratulations to the Class of 2012! Today this distinguished group of graduates will embark on their future careers as physicians and scientists, following in the footsteps of Hopkins greats like Alfred Blalock, Med '22, Denton Cooley, Med '44, Victor McKusick, Med '46 and Peter Agre, Med '74.

During the school's 117th convocation ceremony, of the 289 students to cross the stage, 106 will be awarded M.D. degrees and will continue their training at 58 hospitals and medical institutions in 20 states. 152 individuals will earn Ph.D. degrees; nine will receive a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree. Additionally, 16 students will graduate with an M.A. degree and six will be awarded an M.S. degree.

Please join the School of Medicine Development and Alumni Relations team in congratulating and welcoming our newest alumni! Event photos and a link to the ceremony video will be available on our website in the coming days.

Have any advice to share with the graduates? Send us your thoughts on Facebook or by email, and we'll post them to our new graduate webpage.

Alumni Update

Society of Scholars Inducts Three Alumni

Dr. HildrethDr. ManganielloDr. McPhee

On April 10, James E.K. Hildreth, Med ’87; Vincent Manganiello, Med ’67; and Stephen McPhee, Med ’77, along with 13 others, were inducted into The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

The Society, which was the first of its kind in the nation, inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and subsequently gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences or in the humanities. The Society was created on the recommendation of then President Milton S. Eisenhower and approved by the university board of trustees on May 1, 1967. It has 579 total members.

Congratulations to Drs. Hildreth, Manganiello and McPhee! Read more about them on our website.

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Student News

First-Year Students Receive White Coats

Family and friends gathered on April 26 to witness the School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony, an annual rite of passage for first-year medical students.

The symbolic event celebrates students' transitions into clinical training and notably includes the presentation of a physician's white coat with the student's name embroidered on it. During the ceremony, the students also vow to maintain professional attitudes and behaviors in work and relationships with classmates, teachers, patients and the community.

This year's ceremony featured guest speaker, Peter Pronovost, Med '91, along with a variety of student performances.

The Johns Hopkins White Coat Ceremony was first held at the School of Medicine in 1995.

Visit our website to view the ceremony program and videos from the event.

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Johns Hopkins Gets Its Turtle On

2012 Turtle DerbyThis year's annual Johns Hopkins Turtle Derby took place on May 18 on the eve of the second leg of the Triple Crown. Now in its 81st year, the Derby was organized by first-year medical students, with help from radiology students, the Child Life Department and Student Activities. The event benefited the Department of Child Life and the Perkins Day Care Center, a Hopkins' Children's affiliate in East Baltimore.

The Turtle Derby's origins are traced back to Benjamin Frisby, a hospital caretaker and doorman who kept a small turtle pen outside the original hospital administration building. Soon, a racetrack was built and wagers were made, all in the name of building community among the medical residents. Every spring since 1931, turtles have ambled out from a starting gate and crawled to victory across a grassy patch or, for a number a years, a tennis court on campus. Turtles "race" to the cheering of neighborhood children, faculty, staff, patients and their families.

Did you participate in this year's Turtle Derby? Have memories of past Turtle Derbies? Tell us about it on Facebook or by email.

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