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Landon King, M.D., named executive vice dean for the School of Medicine

In December, Dean/CEO Paul Rothman, M.D., announced that Landon S. King, M.D., has assume additional duties as the School of Medicine’s executive vice dean. King is currently the David Marine Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and vice dean for research.

Since becoming vice dean for research in September 2011, he has demonstrated an exceptional ability to work closely with leaders throughout the university to advance all aspects of basic and translational research at the School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine has been among the largest recipients of NIH biomedical funding for years, receiving $436 million in 2012. King has facilitated collaborative research by working with colleagues to assess core resources and research infrastructure while also overseeing research administration, policy coordination, and the identification and coordination of technology transfer opportunities.

King’s ability to serve superbly in these multiple roles makes him the ideal person to undertake this new position as executive vice dean.

As executive vice dean, Landon will assist Dean Rothman in overseeing operations and program development in the School of Medicine.

King received his medical degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University and first came to Hopkins that year as an intern in the Osler medical service. As a postdoctoral fellow and later, after joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1997, he undertook important studies of water channels in the lung with 2003 Nobel Laureate Peter Agre. In 2005, he was selected to be the Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2006 for work on aquaporin water channels. His work currently focuses on mechanisms regulating repair of lung injury.

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Rewarding Excellence in Education

March 2012 - Since Dean/CEO Edward Miller, M.D., appointed David Nichols, M.D., as first vice dean of education in 2000, the mission to improve medical education — and to recognize and compensate faculty for teaching excellence - has become more prominent at the School of Medicine. The Genes to Society curriculum, the construction of high-tech classrooms, the addition of teacher development courses and the launch of a Hopkins-designed medical school in Malaysia are all evidence that clinician educators have become more visible and valued over the past decade.

Another indication of prioritizing clinical educators is the establishment of the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE). The mission of the IEE is to promote, value and advance the educational mission of the School of Medicine while enhancing the School of Medicine's leadership role in medical and medical sciences education nationally and internationally.

"For many decades at academic medical centers across the country — not just at Hopkins — teaching is what you did for free on the side," said Julia McMillian, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education. "The IEE is pursuing a mission. It's not only about measuring teaching and rewarding it in various ways, but also about stimulating ways to do it better."

In December, Susan Lehmann, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, became the first recipient of the IEE’s Berkheimer Faculty Education Scholar Award, an annual $50,000 grant to fund a project that may improve the education of medical and/or graduate students. Lehmann will use the grant to develop a curriculum and educational materials to educate future physicians about psychiatric illnesses affecting older adults. She hopes, with the support of the IEE, to increase knowledge of geriatric mental health, better equipping medical students to care for an aging population.

Dr. Lehmann’s work is just one example of how the IEE is working to shape the way future physicians approach health care. As part of its goal to improve medical education and opportunities for faculty educators, the IEE has instituted a monthly series of medical and biomedical education Grand Rounds, established peer-nominated and reviewed teaching awards, and acquired the endowment for the Berkheimer Faculty Education Scholar Program as well as funding for the Herbert L. Fred Visiting Professorship in medical and biomedical education.

On March 23, the IEE, in conjunction with the office of the Vice Dean for Education, will host the inaugural School of Medicine Medical Education Conference and Celebration, a day-long event bringing together educators from across the school. Registration is now open for this conference.

For more information regarding this conference, contact Michael Westman at 443.287.4435 or by email Michael at

Visit the IEE website.

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Meeting the Needs of Inner City Patients

February 2012 - The Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program, which launched in 2010, prepares physicians to be primary care leaders who can address challenges facing the urban poor and underserved. Its sister program, the Osler Internal Medicine Urban Health Primary Care Track, started a year later.

Residents in the programs become experts in the medical, social and economic factors facing underprivileged patients that contribute to the health inequalities witnessed in Baltimore - challenges like lack of transportation to appointments and the inability to afford prescriptions for every family member. Unlike traditional residency programs, residents learn, from a primary care perspective, how to prevent and treat substance abuse, mental illness, urban violence and HIV/AIDS and even practice prison medicine.

The programs take a "place matters" approach to understanding medicine in the context of community factors like environment, homelessness, drug addiction, violence, poverty, racism, language and educational barriers. The ultimate goal is to train physicians to become better in the practice of primary care medicine, ensuring the likelihood of a more capable, connected and culturally appropriate patient-centered approach grounded in the community.

The residents in both programs are eligible for certification in adult medicine while the internal medicine-pediatrics residents are also specialists in pediatric medicine. The first class for both programs will graduate in 2014.

Read about the experience of Urban Health Resident Sara Mixter.

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