Essay Topic

In a statement to the United States Senate, Ronald J. Daniels, current President of Johns Hopkins University stated, “We created modern medical education, with its synthesis of research education and patient care, and we are the home of the first research based school of public health.”  Before the 1900’s, medical schools in the United States were sub par to say the least.  The only requirements to attend medical school were the ability to read and write.  Most medical students studied at trade  schools, which were profitable institutions.  Upon the opening of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the School of Medicine, Hopkins redefined entrance requirements and shaped an upgraded medical school curriculum that would change the pace of medicine in the United States for centuries. This was the first time in history that medical school included a collaboration between bedside teaching and laboratory research.


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