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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 11, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 39
In Brief


No. 1 again: JHH tops 'U.S. News' honor roll for 15th year

For the 15th consecutive year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has topped U.S. News & World Report's rankings of American hospitals.

This year's guide — designed to identify hospitals that excel in a variety of difficult areas of care, according to the magazine's editors — reports rankings of American medical centers in 17 specialties.

Just 176 hospitals among the nation's 6,007 medical centers scored high enough to rank in even a single area, and only 16 accumulated enough points to make it to the honor roll topped by Johns Hopkins and reserved for medical centers that placed at or near the top in at least six specialties.

Hopkins earned 32 points in 16 areas by placing No. 1 in ear, nose & throat, gynecology, kidney disease (up from 2 last year), rheumatology (2 last year) and urology; No. 2 in ophthalmology, geriatrics and neurology & neurosurgery; No. 3 in cancer, digestive disorders, heart & heart surgery (4 last year), hormonal disorders, pediatrics, psychiatry and respiratory disorders; and No. 4 in orthopedics. Hopkins' Rehabilitation Services placed 14th.

For a detailed and complete list of all rankings, go to or


APL is recognized as a best company by 'Princeton Review'

APL is one of the nation's best companies for college graduates looking to launch their careers, according to The Princeton Review.

The New York-based education services company recommends and profiles the Lab in the 2006 edition of its book Best Entry-Level Jobs (Random House/Princeton Review Books).

APL was one of only 74 organizations to receive this distinction, and it is the second year in a row that the Lab has made the list.


Web-based 'ABX Guide' will now be available in print

The Johns Hopkins Point of Care-Information Technology Center is teaming with Thomson PDR to publish, market and distribute the first print edition of the Johns Hopkins Antibiotics Guide, currently available to 280,000 physicians and other users via the Web and handheld personal digital assistant devices.

Authored by 30 infectious disease specialists, the ABX Guide gives physicians actionable and timely information on diagnosis and treatment combinations, drug interactions and references. The content is organized so that physicians can quickly get answers to questions on the latest topics, such as antibiotic treatments for SARS, avian flu, MRSA, acinetobacter, West Nile virus, prion diseases and anthrax.

John Bartlett, Paul G. Auwaerter and Paul Pham edited the PDR Johns Hopkins POC-IT ABX Guide, which will be available this summer. More details can be found at: and


Center for Summer Learning runs online Mayor's Math Challenge

The Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins has invited students everywhere to participate in the Mayor's Math Challenge, part of Baltimore's Summer Learning Campaign, a citywide effort to prevent summer learning loss among the public school students. The link:

features six weeks of fun math problems written by the center. The challenges are divided into three groups: kindergarten though second grade, grades three through five and grades six through 12.

Each week has a summertime theme, from ice cream parties to baseball games. Baltimore area residents will recognize local tie-ins such as the start of Ravens football training camp and the opening of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland. The site also includes answer keys for each challenge with detailed explanations to help grown-ups guide their students.

For students in Baltimore, the challenge officially began June 27 and will run through Aug. 13. Baltimore residents who solve every problem each week will receive a citation from Mayor Martin O'Malley. Information is available at the Web site.

The mission of the center is to create high-quality summer learning opportunities for all young people. Typically, students lose one to two months worth of reading and math skills during summer break, and teachers often spend four to six weeks at the beginning of each school year re-teaching material.


National accreditation on human research is awarded to JHMI

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs recently awarded full accreditation to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions for all research involving the protection of human subjects. Johns Hopkins is the only medical institution in Maryland and one of only a few organizations in the nation to gain this recognition.

Johns Hopkins volunteered to participate in AAHRPP's rigorous peer review of the School of Medicine's system to protect research participants, including the institutional review boards, which are responsible for oversight of all human research conducted within the facility.

Johns Hopkins Medicine IRBs include ethicists, physicians, staff and community representatives who review, monitor and approve all proposed human research projects at the university's schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Johns Hopkins Health System and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The AAHRPP, which was established in 2001, uses a voluntary, peer-driven educational model to accredit institutions engaged in research involving human subjects. Accreditation is valid for three years.


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