JHSOM Graduate Student Association

Welcome to the GSA's New Website! Here you will be able to find a wide array of information and resources that we hope will benefit you at every stage of your graduate training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine!

Please join our official HopkinsGroup Page by clicking the button below! This will give you access to discussion forums, event registrations, important GSA and SOM announcements, and many other features!



Who We Are:

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents all Ph.D. and Master's students at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Accordingly, the GSA acts as a liaison between the graduate student body and various University entities to ensure student needs are being fulfilled. The GSA offers many other services that aim to improve graduate student life. Learn more about us and our Mission!

Take advantage of the wonderful amenities we have in our GSA Student Lounge! Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more.

Curious about what we are up to behind the scenes? Check out our Advocacy Page to learn more about the work your GSA is doing for you!


Our Focus Areas:

Social Events

The GSA hosts numerous social events throughout the year to allow students from different SOM program to meet and connect


The GSA provides funding for student groups and sponsors travel grants to help cover the costs of attending a scientific conference


The GSA brings the ideals and opinions of the graduate students to University administrators, and reciprocally communicates the ideals and standards of the University to students


The GSA serves as a hub for information on all aspects of graduate student life. Check out the Student Resources tab at the top of the page.

Recent GSA and SOM News

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Hey SOM! Wanna learn more about your Wellfleet Health Insurance and Student Benefits?

Jamie Karl from the Students Benefits Office kindly spoke to students and answered questions regarding our recent switch to the Wellfleet insurance plan! Below you can find the recording of the talk as well as additional resources for you to explore!

JHU Student and Learner Benefits Slide Deck
Wellfleet Claim Form

In addition to the talks, there were a few questions that popped up during discussions: You can see those answers below!

  1. The Delta Dental benefit will only pay out a maximum of $1500 per person in each calendar/plan year. So this year will be 7/1/23-8/14/24. The next plan year will be 8/15/24-8/14/25.
  2. The max payout a subscriber would have to pay out of pocket is $3000 per person per plan year before Wellfleet will pay everything at 100%.
  3. The prescription drug benefits -$15 for generics and $25 for brand name are for a 30-day supply. If you receive over a 30-day supply, then your out-of-pocket may be more. (As someone described in the audience paying $36, because that was a 90-day supply.)Regarding the preventative care benefit, GYN and your PCP are covered at 100%. There isn’t a benefit for preventative care dermatology: Important – Your provider or lab, must submit the billing as preventative care service in order for the visit to be paid 100%!
  4. Regarding the preventative care benefit, GYN and your PCP are covered at 100%. There isn’t a benefit for preventative care dermatology: Important – Your provider or lab, must submit the billing as preventative care service in order for the visit to be paid 100%!
  5. A physician (specialist) office visit is paid out at 90% in network, which would be the dermatology annual visit.

For a complete list of Recent News please check out our News Page.

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March 2024 Newsletter

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February 2024 Newsletter

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Universal Masking to Resume at JHM in Maryland

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Mental Health Matters

The mental health of our graduate students is incredibly important to us.

If you need immediate assistance:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Hotline:
Text "hello" to 741741

If it's an emergency, always dial 911

Upcoming GSA Events

General Body Meetings

The GSA hosts a monthly GSA general body meeting, open to any SOM graduate students, at 5:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings are currently in person held at the GSA Student Lounge (WBSB G3).

Come to our meetings to learn about the new and exciting things that are happening (social events, policies, workshops, etc.) and how to get involved with the GSA!

Student Spotlight


Each month, the GSA will be recognizing two graduate students (PhD or MS) who have achieved excellence academically, or in the community!

Winners will receive a $25 gift card and will be featured right here on the GSA website!


Learn More

Click the link above to learn more about the program and how to apply.
Winners will be announced at the GSA general body meetings.


🥳Congratulations to our January 2024 Winners!!­🥳


Katie Irwin​


Recently, Katie’s study identifying a novel biomarker for TDP-43 dysfunction measurable in patient biofluids was published! (doi: 10.1038/s41591-023-02788-5). Neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS include pathology of TDP-43 in patient samples but no cure or useful biomarkers yet exist. This biomarker is detectable in both CSF and blood and there is future potential for it to diagnose people with TDP-43-related diseases early! ​


Sydney Shannon ​

Biomedical Engineering​

In the Fall term, I was awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31 award) for my proposal entitled "Tri-Signal Artificial Antigen Presenting Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy". I worked really really hard on this grant application for almost 6 months, so it felt very rewarding to get it! ​


Need - to - Knows

COVID-19 Updates

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to be a fluid situation for all of us at Hopkins. Follow the link to learn more about the University's current information and updates on COVID-19.

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GSA Graduate White Coat Ceremony

The Graduate Coating Ceremony honors Ph.D. candidates who have passed their qualifying exams, transitioning from a Ph.D. student to a Ph.D. candidate. Each coat is embroidered with the student's name and with a graduate student pin affixed, which represents the unity of each of the 16 Johns Hopkins University doctoral programs.

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GSA Survey Results

Are you interested in the GSA's recent developments? Check out the most recent GSA survey results and read past years reports!

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The GSA Student Lounge

The GSA Lounge

Located in WBSB G-3, the GSA lounge offers ample seating and tables for students to relax, study, and host events! Come lounge in our comfy couch or even take a nap!

Two Mac Desktop Computers

Provided to the lounge by OGBE, these computers are available free to use! Just make sure you log off when you finish!

Free Printing

We have a free printer, courtesy of OGBE, in the lounge that you can use to print out your assignments and study notes!

Large Whiteboard & Markers

The GSA lounge is equipped with a large whiteboard and markers for you to use to optimize your study time!

Kitchen Amenities

The kitchen contains appliances such as Fridge/Freezer, Keurig, Microwave and much more! Please make sure to clean up after yourself so many can enjoy this space.

GSA Supply Rentals

If you want to borrow some supplies for an event your hosting, the GSA is happy to help. We have supplies such as lawn games, tables, drink coolers and more! Contact our VP of Events for more information!

Contact Us!

E: gsa@jhmi.edu

JHSOM Graduate Student Association

1915 E Madison St
Baltimore MD 21205


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Created by: Juliane Liberto. Page last updated: 12/23