Medicine for the Greater Good (MGG), sometimes called a “medical peace corps,” was formally established in 2013 at Johns Hopkins Bayview (JHBMC). It is a curriculum that seeks to train and educate medical residents, as well as other health care professionals, about the socioeconomic determinants of health. As physicians, these residents will be equipped to combat the barriers to healthcare faced by those in need. Residents gain firsthand experience through various projects and initiatives designed by both our organization and the residents themselves. Through these projects, MGG strives to bring the hospital to the community. Since the establishment of MGG, over 100 residents and students have been trained by nearly two dozen faculty to engage in projects that have impacted over 7,000 Baltimore city residents.
MGG volunteers and JHBMC physician residents work with schools, churches and community centers to promote good health practices and wellness. Volunteers come from many schools of discipline including Peabody Institute, JHU Homewood, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. MGG is a unique partnership between Johns Hopkins, the City of Baltimore, and its citizens.