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Date: Jul 2017

Joshua SharfsteinAssociate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Joshua Sharfstein, published an article in yesterday’s Politico concerning regulations in the FDA that prevent over-the-counter medications from being updated based on new science and research. The article shares his long-held beliefs on FDA reforms as Congress considers legislation that could result in bi-partisan supported changes. As a former Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, Sharfstein is very familiar with the regulations.

In terms of over-the-counter drugs, some of Sharfstein’s hopes for reform stem from learning that several Baltimore toddlers died from the toxic effects of over-the-counter cough and cold medications in 2006. Upon further research, Sharfstein learned that there is no scientific proof that these cold medicines are effective in young children and are more commonly associated with dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries across the country. 10 years ago Sharfstein organized a petition to the FDA for a change to children’s cold and cough medication, however, the FDA still has not acted because it lacks the tools to protect consumers from updates or new research with over-the-counter drugs as it does with prescription medications.

While explaining the weakness in the current FDA regulations, Sharfstein goes on to propose two reforms that would help protect consumers, as well as assist the FDA and manufacturers in developing new over-the-counter products and updating older products thanks to newer scientific developments.

The full article can be accessed online via Politico.

Fall Orientation is almost a month away and many incoming students have been asking when they will receive their JHED IDs and/or their JHSPH ID. All new students should have received an e-mail notification with their JHED ID (students who have not received their JHED ID should e-mail the Office of Records & Registration at However, to receive your JHSPH ID, you must log into JHED, complete the account set-up process and accept the Terms of Service (TOS). Your JHSPH ID will be sent to your JHU e-mail before you arrive for orientation. Please not; the message will bounce if you have not accepted the Terms of Service. Additional information can be found here.

Students who recently accepted their offer of admission will receive their JHED ID soon. Remember, you will not receive any ID until you’ve accepted the offer of admission.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 410-955-3543.

As Fall Orientation quickly approaches, many of you are preparing to move to Baltimore and are currently trying to find a roommate and/or a place to live. While there have been many blogs in the past that discussed transportation, housing and the housing hunt, today I’d like to focus on a convenient service offered by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Housing Office: a Roommate Finder.

Through this tool, members create a profile about themselves and list a few things about what they are looking for in a roommate. Once the profile is made, members can search other members or look at the entire database. All members are connected to Hopkins, whether faculty/staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or undergraduate students. The system also offers great leads on finding housing as well.

Incoming students who have received their JHED ID will use this to login, otherwise admitted students can find the guest login information on their personalized site on the Baltimore 101 tab or by e-mailing the Admissions Office at

Happy searching!

Woman buys food at the marketNot far from JHU’s Homewood Campus is the 32nd Street Farmers Market. After a year and a half living in Baltimore, this is my favorite farmers market. It has a wonderful mix of local farmers, bakers and artisans. At this farmers market you can find everything from the freshest produce and organic meat to musicians and local organizations.

What I lovFresh Lavendar at the Markete about this particular market is that it is easy to get to from many neighborhoods, and since it’s close to the Homewood Campus, students can easily get there using the JHU shuttle service from different campus locations.

The 32nd Street Farmers Market is open year round on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon and offers limited free parking. However, street parking is easy to find within a block or two of the market.


A friend of mine recently informed me that one of her favorite things about Baltimore is that you can go from city, to suburb, to rural all within five miles. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true throughout all of Baltimore, but it does seem fairly accurate when you live on the outer edges of the city. True or not, the Baltimore area does have plenty of U-Pick farms. And I love to spend a Saturday picking fresh produce.

My first U-Pick experience in Maryland was at Baugher’s Orchard and Farm. It is much farther outside Baltimore in Westminster, Maryland (Westminster is northwest of Baltimore). This orchard truly caters to the family experience. In addition to picking your own fruit, there is a petting zoo, a child’s dream of a playground, a family restaurant and market.

Sydney feeds a llamaLarriland Farm quickly became one of my favorite farms as it is a wonderful place for both the family experience as well as the young adult afternoon out. As a farm, Larriland offers U-pick vegetables and fruit. Whether you want to pick your own kale, carrots, beets and other vegetables, or pick your own fruit from apples, peaches and cherries to black raspberries to blueberries, this is the place to go. And perhaps the best perk is that you can pet and feed the farm’s llama (see the picture of my co-worker’s daughter on the right)! This farm is west of Baltimore off of I-70 and about 45 minutes outside the city.

My most recent, and favorite, experience took place at Weber’s Farm. This farm is very close to Baltimore and what caused my friend to comment on how quickly you move from city to farm land. In Parkville, which is on the northeast side of Baltimore, Weber’s is a much smaller farm and a quieter experience. Still wonderful for children, the festivals and petting zoo take place in a different location. So whether you’re picking blueberries, blackberries, peaches or apples, you will hear the birds chirping amid the delight of children’s exclamations. U-pick hours are limited so it’s import to check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date hours.

As I’m sitting here writing, and snacking on some of the best blueberries I’ve ever had (thanks Weber’s Farm!), I encourage you to take some time and go experience a U-pick farm.