Johns Hopkins Medical School

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, which is located in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the most respected, and celebrated, schools of medicine in the world. Its affiliated teaching hospital, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, is known as one of the very best hospitals not only in the United States but in the World, having been voted just that every year from 1991 and 2012 by U.S. News and World Report. In its history the school has produced fourteen Nobel Prize winners and its students and faculty have been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking research in medical history. 


The founding of Johns Hopkins Medical School was something of a group effort. These notable physicians included pathologist William Henry Welch who served as the very first Dean of the school, British internist Sir William Osler, a man who is often referred the “Father of Modern Medicine,” as he was one of the most influential physicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries because he wrote the storied ‘The Principles and Practice of Medicine’ in 1892 which was published for and held at a gold standard for more than a century.

There was also the famed surgeon William Stewart Halsted , a man who changed the face of modern surgery by insisting that surgeons must be properly trained to possess subtle skill and adhere to standard, proven surgical techniques as well as implementing a high level of sanitary procedures at all times, standards surgeons had never been held to before as most were little more than retrained butchers (real butchers!)

With the standards set so high right from the start it is little wonder that the school attained, and maintained, such a stellar reputation for medical research and innovation.

Life for Students  

The structure for students at Johns Hopkins Medical School is one that has been structured in the same very orderly manner since the facility officially opened in 1893.

When they are first accepted into the school, medical students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are assigned to one of the school’s four colleges, all of which are named after former faculty who had a huge impact on the history of medicine – Florence Sabin, Vivien Thomas, Daniel Nathans and Helen Taussig. The Colleges were established to “foster camaraderie, networking, advising, mentoring, professionalism, clinical skills, and scholarship.”

Each student is then placed into a group of just five, who will then share the same dedicated advisor throughout their four years in the school.  This provides a special one on one tutoring bond that is very unique among medical schools anywhere in the world.