Woman on a Mission: interview with Sarah Reading, MD, Phipps class of 2000

Welcome to the first of our alumni interviews! Sarah Reading, MD finished residency training at Hopkins in 2000, a neuroimaging fellowship here under Godfrey Pearlson in 2002, and was on the faculty in the Division of Neuroimaging until 2010. Dr. Reading moved to Tampa to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs and subsequently returned to Baltimore to take a position as Director Mental Health for the VA Maryland Health Care System. During her time at Hopkins, Dr. Reading focused on clinical work with schizophrenia and Huntington's Disease and pursued neuroimaging as a means to understanding these neuropsychiatric conditions more fully. She was a highly regarded teacher of medical stude

Taking scholarship personally: a new season of journal club opens

Two years ago, John Lipsey had the great idea to revamp journal club by asking faculty members to open their homes to residents to discuss journal articles of interest. The chief residents at the time suggested that the article discussed be written by the faculty member who was hosting, so the faculty member could provide additional context, describing not only the paper but also the process by which the scholarly work was produced, the rationale for including or not including particular data, etc. Residents would have some informal time with faculty and would learn more about a topic. The idea has been well received and a wide variety of faculty over the last two years have participated. An

A Scholar's Connection to Hopkins: Clinical Research in Residency

I always wanted to go to Hopkins. My mother’s first job as a nurse was on the pediatric oncology unit, and she delivered my older brother here. He later went to medical school here before completing training in orthopedics. So, I felt that being “under the dome” was a tradition that I wanted to continue, and it felt something like fate to me. Plus, my father is from Baltimore so having a lot of family here was a draw, too. So hitting the interview trail as a medical student my thought content was focused on JHH. One thing that shook my decision somewhat was the infamous research track. Knowing that I wanted to pursue an academic career with a clinical practice and research focus, the option

Call and Response - the Folkways of the Baltimore Bicycle Commuter

Before I started bicycle commuting in Baltimore, I had to answer some questions: first, "Am I strong enough?"; second, "Can I keep the bicycle in good working condition?"; third, "Can I be safe?" I take this third more seriously now than I did when I was a bicycle messenger in D.C. one summer in college. I shudder to think of the things I did then: riding one way the wrong way down one-way streets in rush hour. Being willing to do almost anything to avoid stepping down of the bike - cutting across busy intersections at crazy angles, veering up onto the sidewalk heedless of (even rejoicing in) the stricken looks on the pedestrian faces. I am a materially different person these days. Old a

Interview with Traci Speed, MD, PhD, Phipps class of 2015

In the first of our profiles of Phipps residency alumni, Graham Redgrave interviews Traci Speed, MD, PhD, who finished her residency in 2015 and is now a clinical research fellow at the Bayview Campus, studying insomnia, pain, and mood disorders. In this interview we discuss her path to medicine, how the residency prepared her for this new role, and humanities community called Afterwords that meets to reflect on the interrelatedness of art and patient narratives. Full interview here, or you can jump to Traci's discussion of her fellowship, the role of the residency in her training, her reflections on choosing Hopkins, and her participation in Afterwords, a medicine and humanities community.

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