Student Life

We believe that creating medicine’s next great leaders is about more than just academics and time in the classroom. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine gives our students the rare opportunity to live and study in an urban environment in the heart of Baltimore at one of the world’s leading centers of medical advancement and scientific innovation. We enjoy seeing our passionate and diverse student body grow professionally and personally as they soak up all that Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Hospital have to offer.


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A thriving community is one that incorporates into its fabric many different members with varied experiences and points of view. As an institution, with the full support of leadership at all levels, Johns Hopkins demonstrates our commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion by striving to create a culture in which all students, faculty and staff feel respected and valued. We believe that recruiting and retaining a diverse community and creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success both encourages innovation and enhances our ability to fulfill our core mission. The School of Medicine is uniquely positioned to live these values. The Office for Student Diversity works across the institution at all levels to support both medical and graduate students in reaching their academic and personal goals. Everyone plays a vital role and holds an important stake, whether it is working together to eliminate health disparities or self-educating to become more culturally competent. Baltimore offers ample opportunities to collaborate within and across different communities.

Student Groups and Community Engagement Opportunities

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The diversity that is valued at Johns Hopkins is about much more than demographics. The School of Medicine highly encourages students to pursue their passions, whether personal, academic or community service-based. The school offers dozens of organized student groups where like-minded students can learn, serve or socialize together, and if you have an interest that is not currently represented, you can always start a new organization. Chances are you will find plenty of company.

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SOURCE (the community engagement and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Schools of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine) supports students and student groups with a wide variety of community engagement opportunities through partnerships with 100+ non-profit organizations in Baltimore City. Involvement opportunities include one-time, short-term, and longitudinal service projects for individuals and groups.

Involvement at Johns Hopkins takes other forms as well. The School of Medicine counts on student input and involvement for just about every decision. Students regularly sit on important school-sanctioned committees and take part in official activities. The development of the Genes to Society curriculum and the design of the Armstrong Building are just two examples of recent transformational changes to the School of Medicine in which students had a voice. Not all opportunities for student involvement are quite so serious, however. Students sit on plenty of ad hoc committees, influencing school decisions on topics like decorating, entertainment and social events.

Student Government

Mental and Physical Health

College Advisory Program

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An integral part of life in the School of Medicine is the Colleges Advisory Program, in which students are organized into four colleges for the length of their education at Johns Hopkins. Named for four legendary former faculty members, Florence Sabin, Vivien Thomas, Daniel Nathans and Helen Taussig, the colleges include 24 current core college faculty who devote 20 percent of their time as advisors, mentors and Clinical Foundations instructors to a total of 20 students each (five from each of the four current M.D. classes). The program provides every medical student with a dedicated and longitudinal mentor, enhancing their personal and professional growth and career development.

Medical Education Facilities

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The hub of activity for students at the School of Medicine is the campus's medical education center, the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building, opened in 2009 to coincide with the launch of the Genes to Society curriculum for which the building was specifically designed.

This state-of-the-art facility is the ideal physical expression of the Johns Hopkins educational philosophy: a center for active, collaborative learning with spaces that provide for every kind of learning opportunity: spacious lecture halls, intimate learning studios, private study areas and communal gathering areas. Students will also frequent the Simulation Center, the result of a partnership between the School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, which highlights the commitment of both institutions to enhancing educational opportunities as well as patient safety. The “Sim Center” affords both current and future health care professionals the opportunity to hone skills and practice advanced techniques using five different types of simulation.

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