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March 1, 2000

EducationThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Curriculum for the Twenty-first Century

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(9):1212. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1212-JBK0301-4-1

For medical educators, the name Johns Hopkins is associated with the illustrious icon, Abraham Flexner, who at the beginning of the 20th century proclaimed Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a model for the education of medical students. This legacy was not forgotten when MD program leaders at Johns Hopkins decided it was time to dust away the cobwebs and start designing a new curriculum.

This book presents in detail the multiyear process of curriculum change in the Johns Hopkins MD program. Chapters describe the rationale for change, objectives pursued, tactics used, main players, and initial outcomes. Most, but not all, recent curricular changes have been spearheaded by two main forces: the accrediting agency for MD programs requesting periodic curriculum evaluation and change, and the availability of substantial grants to pursue curricula geared toward enhancing the production of generalists. Johns Hopkins applied and received one of these grants, which helped finance some of the necessary changes.

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