The new and improved learning community at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine resembles that at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Rosalyn W. Stewart, Allison R. Barker, Robert B. Shochet, Scott M. Wright

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Abstract

Background: In July 2005, a learning community was created at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) to foster camaraderie, networking, advising, mentoring, professionalism, clinical skills, and scholarship - The Colleges. The cultural and structural changes that emerged with the creation of this program have resulted in JHUSOM bearing a resemblance to J. K. Rowling's fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Aims: This manuscript will describe the similarities between these two revered schools, and highlight the innovations and improvements made to JHUSOM's learning environment. Description: The intense, stressful, and lengthy professional training required to achieve competency in the practice of medicine and in the practice of witchcraft (albeit fictional) have meaningful parallels. Conclusion: The supportive learning environment at these two schools should afford the next generation of graduates to have an even more enriching experience than those who have come before them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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