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General Preventive Medicine Residency

eNewsLetter, October 2014

Miriam AlexanderA message from the GPMR Program Director:

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Alumni of Johns Hopkins General Preventive medicine Residency Program,

We are pleased to send you the first issue of the our quarterly eNewsLetter.  The newsletter will provide a forum for the Program to stay connected with you and seek your help to improve our program, share our progress and challenges, and present the recent achievements of our residents and alumni.  We encourage everyone to update us about any changes in their contact information and share with us their career progress as well as new job opportunities.  This is a very exciting time for us here at the GPMR.  The snippets in this newsletter will give you some of the recent activities of our residents and the program, but there are many more that will be presented in future newsletters.  Dr. Tom Burke who has been our Associate Dean for Practice is stepping down December 31st to be replaced by Josh Sharfstein who has been the Health Commissioner for our State, was the Deputy Director at FDA and the Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City.  After 18 years with the program.  I am moving on to new preventive medicine opportunities and Clarence Lam, who was our chief resident and who then stayed on as the assistant program director will assume the helm as interim.  The School is committed to a national search and we welcome any and all of your thoughts! 

Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you,

Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH

Program Updates

Get to know current GPMR residents

We welcomed 6 new GPMR residents to our program in July.  They come from very diverse backgrounds.  There are also 12 senior residents in the program.  

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GPMR Residents in the Media

Isaac HowleyIsaac Howley MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) writes on regulating e-cigarettes in Maryland in Baltimore Sun. Read more



Nina MillerNina Miller MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) writes on access to naloxone in Baltimore City.  Read more



Vikram KrishnasamyVikram Krishnasamy MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) blogs on indoor and public space e-cig ban.  Read more



Xavior WalkerXaviour Walker MBChB, DTM&H (GPMR 2016) was awarded International Resident Leadership Award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). Read more


Richard BrunoRichard Bruno, MD (GPMR, Family Medicine 2017) was elected resident chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians' National Conference of Students and Residents, and will serve on the Commission on Education.  He was interviewed on DC radio station, WPFW 89.3 FM, on July 28th.  He spoke about sugar sweetened beverages and public health interventions to reduce their consumption.  He also discussed the campaign regarding ending the alliance between the AAFP and Coca Cola.  Read more.  Radio Interview.

Alumni Updates

Clarence LamClarence Lam, MD MPH (GPMR 2011) won the Democratic Party primary election for Maryland House of Delegates in Howard County, District 12.  Read more



Sarah Blythe-BallardSarah-Blythe Ballard MD, MPH (GPMR 2012 International Health doctoral student)  received a 2014-2015 U.S. Student Award from The Fulbright Program!  Ballard will use her garnt to continue her efforts in Peru, where she's been working with health officials to fight norovirus, a leading cause of pediatric disease.  Read more


Tiffany McNairTiffany McNair MD, MPH (GPMR 2014, OBGYN 2012) was appointed as a 2014-2015 White House Fellow.  Read more



This newsletter was created by Elham Hatef (GPMR 2014) and Nina Miller (GPMR 2015).