Alumni News No. 009 | September 2012 | View this email in your browser
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Welcome Students

Welcome to the Class of 2016!

The School of Medicine welcomes the Class of 2016! This year's incoming class of 120 students is a bright, talented and diverse group of individuals.

Nine students hail from international countries including Australia, Canada, China, India and Zimbabwe. One member of the class is an Army veteran, who served in Afghanistan; he is also a member of the Maryland National Guard. Another is a master sailor - she's sailed 25,000 nautical miles! A third individual is a war refugee. Another participated in Teach for America in Baltimore City. And yet another volunteered for the Peace Corps.

Join the Development and Alumni Relations team in welcoming the Class of 2016 to the Hopkins family!

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Alumni Update

From Student to Teacher

Dr. Koenig with studentsDr. Tom Koenig (right) with students

In 1985, a bright young man walked through the doors of the School of Medicine not realizing that 20 plus years later he would still be here and would be one of the most influential members in the School’s administration.

That young man was Thomas Koenig, Med ’89, who today is the associate dean for student affairs as well as assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and an attending physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Following in the footsteps of other alumni who have devoted their careers not just to medicine but also to the betterment of the University administration, Koenig’s role in student affairs was encouraged by student support. When the previous dean of students, H. Franklin Herlong, announced he was returning full time to patient care and research, students began an email campaign suggesting Koenig for the position, “because he was a great teacher and had the students’ interest in mind.”

Sought after to serve on a number of University committees and subcommittees, Dr. Koenig also shares his talents at the national level as chair of the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) Student Surveys Advisory Board. He is also chair of the national Committee on Student Affairs and serves on the steering committee of the Group on Student Affairs.

Not forgetting his alma mater, Koenig volunteers his time with the School of Medicine Alumni Office on numerous projects. At the time of his 20th class reunion, he coordinated the class's social gathering at a local restaurant that had once been a bookstore hangout for his classmates.

The School of Medicine has numerous alumni who are currently serving in student affairs offices at schools around the country. If you’re one of them, or you know a classmate who is, drop us a line on Facebook or by email, so we can ensure our records are up to date on your/their accomplishments.

We’d also love to hear your memories about the dean of students while you attended medical school. Let us know by Facebook or by email.

Student News

JHMI's got Talent!

School of Medicine students have a wide variety of interests and talents. As a result, the student groups on campus reflect those diverse pursuits. Groups range from the American Medical Association chapter at Hopkins to the American Medical Women’s Association to the Johns Hopkins International Society to the Medical Student Senate. Students also express their artistic talents through Meme, the School of Medicine literary magazine, or the a cappella groups the Note-a-Chords or the CentriFugues.

Not surprisingly, there are also several community service organizations like Bienstar Baltimore, a tri-school organization with the Schools of Nursing and Public Health, dedicated to helping the Latino community. Another - the Community Care Initiative (CCI) - is an organization of medical students from Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland, who combine efforts to help strengthen Baltimore city communities.

A listing of student groups can be found online. Share your thoughts on this story on Facebook or by email.


Halsted Honored

Halsted, a public television documentary about William Stewart Halsted, Hopkins’ renowned, first surgeon in chief, produced by Ralph Hruban, Med '85, professor of pathology and oncology, and Norman Barker, M.S., associate professor of pathology and art as applied to medicine, has received the BioCommunications Association’s Medical Education Award. The one-hour documentary filmed by Alan Wu, son of T.-C. Wu, M.D., professor of pathology, oncology and obstetrics and gynecology, is scheduled for broadcast on Maryland Public Television on September 26. It will also air on the following dates:
San Antonio (KLRN)  - September 26
Pittsburgh (WGPT) - September 26 
Washington (WFPT)  - September 26                            Salisbury (WMPB)  - September 26
Jacksonville (WJCT) - September 30
New York (WLIW) - October 10
Chicago (WTTW)  - October 28

More dates are being added weekly. Look online for the more up-to-date schedule.

Do you plan on tuning into Halsted? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Share them via Facebook or by email.

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