General Preventive Medicine Residency

eNewsLetter, January 2015

Clarence Lam

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

It is with sadness that we announce that Miriam Alexander has recently stepped down in her role as residency program director in order to serve as the new medical director for occupational health and wellness of the Yale-New Haven Health System based in Greenwich hospital, CT. Her leadership of the program over the past 18 years was unparalleled, and her mentorship and guidance of residents and alumni were deeply cherished. Miriam’s dedication to our training and specialty will be sorely missed, and so while we are disappointed to see her leave, we wish her all the best in her new endeavor.

Throughout this period of transition, the program has continued to make strides in training of our residents. The rising caliber of applicants to our incoming cohort of residents is exceptional, our current residents are looking forward to exciting educational and networking opportunities at the annual ACPM conference in Atlanta in February, and our recent collaborative with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians to engage our residents in quality improvement projects is yielding promising progress.

As we look to the future, we encourage you to please forward this newsletter to other alumni and to keep us informed of any changes to your contact information or career so that we might share the news of your progress with our fellow GPMR colleagues and friends.

Thank you, and we hope to hear from you,
Clarence Lam, MD, MPH

Program Updates

GPMR at Annual ACPM Meeting 2015

Annual ACPM Meeting 2015


Join our faculties and residents at ACPM conference. Several sessions, activities and presentations are organized by GPMR. Find more details here.

ACPM Institutes

Hack Health: App Programming for Beginners (Institute 8: Wednesday February 25, 2015 1:00-5:00pm)
Speakers: Yahya Shaikh and Nina Miller

Emerging Tools for Emerging Diseases (Friday February 27, 2015 3:00-6:30pm)
Lead: Yahya Shaikh
Moderators: Yahya Shaikh and Nina Miller

ACPM Sessions

Tools of Innovation in Global Public Health (Session 20: Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am-12pm)
Leads: Yahya Shaikh and Mary Carol Jennings
Collaborator: Margarete Ezinwa

Imagine a World with Universal Health Coverage (Session 30: Saturday February 28, 2015 1:30-3pm)
Lead: Elham Hatef
Collaborator: Akufo Opoku

Global Health and Prevention: New Ways to Support Physician Education (Session 34: Saturday February 28, 2015 3:15-4:45pm)
Lead: Yahya Shaikh

ACPM Poster and Oral Presentations

Poster Presentation: Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:15pm-7:15pm

Initiating a quality improvement behavioral change campaign to reduce non-urgent emergency room visits
Presenters: Mary Carol Jennings and Hadi Alshaikhnasser

Characteristics of the highest-risk pregnant women served by the Baltimore City Health Department: Targeting services to improve birth outcomes
Presenter: Mary Carol Jennings

The Impact of A Safety Officer Program on the Safety Culture in an Ambulatory Setting: Creating and Evaluating a Pragmatic Quality Improvement Program
Presenter: DD Defoe

Improving delivery of Medicare Annual Wellness Visits in a large primary care group practice
Presenters: Yahya Shaikh, Shuchi Agarwal, Yolanda Giraldo-Jimenez

Strategies to Improve Cost-Conscious Care Delivered in a Primary Care Environment
Presenters: Richard Bruno and Brian Miller

Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Alumni Survey; towards an understanding of preventive medicine physician career paths
Presenter: Elham Hatef

A Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for General Preventive Medicine residents in a Primary Care Organization (PCO)
Presenter: Sajida Chaudry

Oral Presentation: Date and time TBD

Relationship between adverse event reporting and safety culture in the outpatient setting
Presenters: Shelly Bhowmik, Nina Miller, Margarete Ezinwa

ACPM Events

2015 GPMR Reception at ACPM

The 2015 GPMR Reception at ACPM conference

Please join us at the annual GPMR reception during ACPM conference. It will be held at the Hyatt Hotel on February 27th, 2015 at 9:00pm (details will be announced later). Come and get updates on the most recent changes in the program, meet our residents, and reconnect with old friends and colleagues! Appetizers will be served. Read more.

Preventive Medicine Residency Mixer Header

Preventive Medicine Residency Mixer
Join our residents at ACPM RPS for the Annual Residency MIXER. RPS will be hosting a MIXER for medical students, residents, and physicians. Location will be at the Hyatt Hotel at 9pm. Come socialize and meet your fellow colleagues! There will be appetizers there. Read more.

Preventive Medicine 2015 Residency Fair
Interested in connecting with medical students and non-PM residents to promote your residency program? Be sure to register for ACPM’s 2015 Residency Fair, hosted by our Resident Physician Section (RPS). Read more.

GPMR Residents Updates

Mary Carol Jennings, MD, MPHMary Carol Jennings, MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) was invited by the American Medical Student Association to moderate the grand rounds, during their annual conference in Chicago, IL. The Grand Rounds are offered as part of the Partnership to Advance Conflict-Free Medical Education. She also co-facilitated for the advocacy workshop during the conference. Read more.


Shelly ChooShelly Choo, MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) attended Ebola Panel Discussion for International Association of Fire Fighters. Read more.


Hadi AlshaikhnasseHadi Alshaikhnasser, MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) created promotional materials for the new BabyCare case management program for Alexandria Health Department, in conjunction with their case management team. Hadi worked with Dr. Stephen Haering (GPMR 2007) director of Alexandria Health Department and Dr. Tina Singh (GPMR 2014) on a number of health related projects. Read more.


Shelly BhowmikShelly Bhowmik, MD, MPH (GPMR 2015) launched Tributes For Tasting: a recipe website to celebrate loved ones with cancer. It is a website where people dedicate recipes to loved ones with cancer. Whether they have survived, have passed away, or continue to live with cancer, the loved ones deserve to be celebrated. Shelly’s website just happens to do that with recipes. Go to website.


Margarete EzinwaMargarete Ezinwa, BA, BHB, MBChB, MPH (GPMR 2015) received Lown Scholarship to attend the Lown Institute 2015 annual conference, Road to Right Care, in San Diego, CA. Read more.


Xavior WalkerXaviuor Walker, MBChB, DTM&H (GPMR 2016) presented policy statements at World Medical Association (WMA) General Assembly in Durban, South Africa on the destruction of the smallpox virus stockpile and an update to the WMA policy on nuclear weapons. He also contributed drafting press release statements for WMA on involvement of health professionals in torture and action on climate change to protect health. Read more here and here.


Brian MillerBrian Miller, MD, MBA (GPMR 2016) celebrated one year as a member and then Chairman of the ACPM Business Development Committee, which advises ACPM on private industry and business growth. In November, he served as an invited panelist on Healthcare Finance at UNC's Annual Business of Healthcare conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which over 300 industry professionals and MBA students across the Southeast attend every year. He also joined the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he spends half the week working on the ACO Investment Platform (AIM), which is investing $114M in rural ACOs. In December, he joined the American Bar Association's Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Committee in the Section of Antitrust Law.


Alumni Updates

Scott KahanScott Kahan, MD, MPH (GPMR 2007) published his new book titled “Health Behavior Change in Populations”. Read more.


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


Tiffany McNailTiffany McNair, MD, MPH (GPMR 2014, OBGYN 2012) wrote about the violence against women and HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence among women and girls on White House Blog. Read more here and here.


Ruth NamuyingaRuth Namuyinga, MD, MPH (GPMR 2014, EIS 2016) spoke about malaria prevention as part of the CDC Expert Video Commentary Series on Medscape. Read more.



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