Alumni News No. 023 | November 2013
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Wishing all of our alumni and friends a joyous and healthy Thanksgiving from everyone here at the Development and Alumni Relations office.


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Biennial 2015
The dates for the 2015 Biennial Meeting have been set: June 4 - 7, 2015. Mark your calendars now!

More information to come in 2014. We hope to see you there.

JHU Alumni Association

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JHU Alumni Association Awards nominations due Dec. 1

With a broad network of alumni reaching across the globe and doing amazing work in the medical community, JHUSoM certainly has many worthwhile candidates for the JHU Alumni Association Awards. Nominations are due December 1, 2013 - submit your nomination of a colleague, former classmate or friend today.

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School of Medicine

Ziegelstein receives national teaching award from the AAMC

Roy ZiegelsteinThe Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has presented the 2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award to Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., vice dean for education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to medical student education. The award was presented at the AAMC’s national meeting on Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia.

Ziegelstein has been honored with numerous teaching awards in his two decades as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins, including the Professor's Award for Distinction in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences. He is also a five-time winner of the George J. Stuart Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching. The Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians also awarded him the C. Lockard Conley Award for Contributions to Resident Education and Research in 2004 and the Theodore E. Woodward Award for Medical Education in 2007.

His many roles in medical education include serving as director of the internal medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins Bayview for nearly a decade. He redesigned the program to emphasize humanism and professionalism in addition to the technical aspects of clinical medicine. Ziegelstein also developed the capstone course, "Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life," which teaches medical students the attitudes and skills necessary to provide compassionate, patient-centered medical care and prepares them for residency and professional life.

"Dr. Ziegelstein is an outstanding and innovative teacher, as well as an excellent physician. He brings warmth and wisdom to the classroom and to the bedside," says Landon S. King, M.D., executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "He is one of the most highly respected members of our faculty."

Keep a look out for more information about a School of Medicine event at the next AAMC annual meeting in Chicago, November 2014.

Alumni Update

Baltimore's The Daily Record recognizes three alumni for their accomplishments

Rita KalyaniRita Kalyani, Med '03, assistant professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins Division of Endocrinology, is a recipient of The Daily Record’s 2013 "Leading Women" award for her research and involvement in clinical studies exploring accelerated muscle loss as a complication of diabetes in older adults. And additionally for her work with the Trinidad and Tobago Health Science Initiative, a project that works with local Trinidad and Tobago physicians to improve the quality of diabetes care. For more information on Kalyani's work with diabetes, click here to read a recent article in U.S. News & World Report.

The "Leading Women" award identifies women age 40 or younger for tremendous career accomplishments based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.

Annastasiah MhakaAnnastasiah Mhaka, Med '05, is also a recipient of The Daily Record’s 2013 "Leading Women" award. In her role as assistant director of business development and strategic alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mhaka explores opportunities for partnerships both externally and within JHM, and is focused on developing solutions to some of the most fundamental health challenges that face our world today.

Mark KatlicMark Katlic, Med '77, chief of surgery at Sinai Hospital, has been selected to receive The Daily Record’s 2013 “Innovator of the Year” award for his pioneering work as the director of the Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery, the first of its kind in the U.S to be dedicated exclusively to providing a new level of specialized surgical and pre- and postoperative care for elderly patients and to improve their treatment through research and education.

To learn more about The Daily Record’s awards, visit their website

Student News

Nick Culbertson, a veteran and 2nd year med student, donates his time to The 6th Branch

Article from the Baltimore Style magazine

The 6th BranchThe 6th Branch (T6B) is a nonprofit organization founded by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who have dedicated themselves, in cooperation with local residents and partner organizations, to revitalizing one of the toughest Baltimore neighborhoods in the country, Oliver.

Oliver first made national news in 2002, when the Dawson family of Oliver, were murdered by area drug dealers. Later, the East Baltimore neighborhood gained further notoriety when it was portrayed as the poverty-stricken, crime-ridden open-air drug market on the HBO series “The Wire.”

Two years after T6B first spearheaded revitalization efforts, the neighborhood is no longer the Oliver of “The Wire.” And perhaps most significantly, violent crime has decreased dramatically over the past two years.

One of the organization’s most impactful programs is the weekly Oliver Farm Stand. The stand’s purpose is to provide free fresh produce to members of the community living in a so-called food desert, where healthy foods are harder to access. The food is delivered to Oliver courtesy of T6B’s partner organization, Gather Baltimore, a volunteer-based program that collects vegetables, fruit and bread that would otherwise be thrown away from local retail stores and farmers markets for distribution to meal programs, faith communities and others in need.

Afghanistan veteran, 2nd year med student, and T6B board member Nick Culbertson and his wife, Kim, are hoping to reverse that trend with a grant-funded project that provides onsite nutrition education for Oliver residents. Every Sunday, while residents pick up their weekly produce, the Culbertsons and their “assistant” (7-year-old Oliver resident Ariana Mondowney) set up shop nearby. At their booth, residents can receive nutritional information and recipes, watch cooking demonstrations by local chefs and get new ideas for preparing some of the more unusual vegetables being distributed.

“We noticed people wouldn’t take the things they didn’t know what to do with,” says Nick. “So we thought it would be useful to show them.”

Kim, a chemistry teacher in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Dulaney High School, plans to put together a book of the recipes they’ve been collecting from their work in Oliver. “We want to name the recipes after the people in the neighborhood,” she says.

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