Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – School Profile and Medical Student Interviews

Student Interviews:

Will Tobolowsky, MS3


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The medical school currently consists of 482 MD candidates that hail from 44 states and 9 foreign countries.  There are over 40 healthcare centers and institutions affiliated with the medical school including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and the Suburban Hospital. The Johns Hopkins Medical system receives over 3,000,000 patients and 360,000 ED visits annually.

The medical school offers MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/MPH and MD/MSHCM (MS in Healthcare Management.)

Curriculum: The curriculum at Johns Hopkins consists of “Foundational Block” courses of Human Anatomy, Science Foundations, Clinical Foundations and Public Health Foundations. Parallel to this is the Genes to Society curriculum that spans MS1 and MS2, covering concepts in genetics, biology and physiology and their interplay with the social and environmental sciences. The school also provides Longitudinal Clerkships through MS1 and MS2 to expose medical students to the outpatient and community health settings. Medical students have the option of applying to the Primary Care Leadership track which is a three year program intended to give students specialized training in geriatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine through hands-on learning experiences, sub-internship experiences, and workshops.

Curriculum Highlights:

—TRIPLE: The Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life is a two-week course offered to fourth year students in April geared towards ensuring medical students are adequately prepared to tackle the basic challenges of their internship and residency years. Medical students become proficient in Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocol and work through Rapid Response scenarios that simulate situations they may experience on the wards. Scenarios students are exposed range from managing airways, inserting a central vein catheter, and completing a death certificate.

—TIME courses: Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine are a longitudinal lecture series that allow students to break from typical organ-system based lecture during first year to discuss topics centered on health disparity. These lectures include discussions on Obesity, Nutrition, and Behavior Change, Global Health, Disaster Medicine, and Pain Management.

—Longitudinal Ambulatory Clerkship: The Johns Hopkins LAC program gives medical students their first clerkship experience during which time students travel to their assigned clinic to work with a preceptor dedicated to fostering basic clinical skills. The preceptors of the LAC provide case-based context to the lecture material being presented in the Horizontal Strands (various series of lectures) that constitute the Genes to Society curriculum.

Location: Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland. Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University are the city’s two largest employers. East Baltimore predominantly consists of residential neighborhoods and the Inner Harbor drives considerable tourism to the area. Tourists come to visit the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center as well as to visit historical sites like Fort McHenry where the national anthem was born. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Conservatory just two of many theater and music attractions spread through the lively city. For the sport-oriented, Baltimore is home to the Orioles and Ravens.   

Grading Scheme: 1st and 2nd Year: Pass/Fail, 3rd and 4th Year: Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail:

Percentage of Mandatory Lecture: Optional faculty-led lectures, mandatory small-group sessions, mandatory patient sessions, mandatory student-led lectures, TIME courses mandatory

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