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Help Our Students Travel (HOST) program

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The Help Our Students Travel (HOST) program provides a wonderful opportunity to build lifelong connections between Johns Hopkins medical students and alumni. The HOST program helps fourth-year medical students at Johns Hopkins reduce their expenses on the road to residency by connecting them with alumni near their interview sites. This is an exciting and meaningful chance to volunteer for the university and stay engaged with the school of medicine and its current students. Alumni will share their experiences and insights, while the students can offer their unique perspectives and updates on the medical school.

From September to February, alumni HOSTs may offer students lodging for 1-2 nights, meals, and/or transportation.

Alumni who volunteer to be a HOST may do one or more of the following:

  • Provide overnight accommodations for student
  • Offer students transportation and tours of the city
  • Speak with students who have questions about the residency program or the community where they are interviewing

The Office of Alumni Relations will:

  • Provide a secure platform for students to access alumni HOST information

Students are expected to:

  • Promptly contact the alumni HOST and share details of travel and interview plans
  • Notify alumni HOST if plans change, or an interview is rescheduled


(a) JHU/SOM's sole role is to connect students and alumni for the limited purposes of The Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program; (b) JHU/SOM is not responsible for any associated costs or expenses with the program (e.g., travel, accommodation, meals, etc.); (c) JHU/SOM does not supervise, manage or control the communications or ensuing interactions between students and alumni; (d) students and alumni are not required to use this forum, but do so voluntarily; (e) neither JHU, nor any of its employees or agents, shall have any responsibility or liability to students, alumni or any other individual for any cost, loss, injury, or damage (including, but not limited to, any personal injury, illness, death, or property damage) that students, alumni or any other individual may incur or suffer in connection with or arising from use of the program.

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