It is with mixed emotions that I report that James “Jim” Weiss will be stepping down from his roles as associate dean for admissions and chair of the Committee on Admission for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This change will be effective July 1. Dr. Weiss will continue in his roles in the Division of Cardiology after that time.

Dr. Weiss has played a major role in the recruitment of more than 2,000 students in his 18 years in these roles. It is largely through his efforts that the school of medicine has been able to attract the best and brightest medical students in the world.

Dr. Weiss has spent more than 40 years at Johns Hopkins, arriving here in 1972 for internal medicine residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1999, he took on his roles in the Office of Admissions, continuously ensuring that our school remained true to its mission of developing future leaders in medicine and maintaining the high admission standards that have distinguished the school since its opening in 1893.

A tireless champion of diversity in the admissions process, Dr. Weiss has made certain that each applicant is carefully and thoroughly considered. He has also emphasized that reviews of each candidate go beyond GPA and MCAT scores, taking into consideration the individual’s life circumstances, community service, leadership activities and other experiences.

Dr. Weiss will still have a prominent presence in the Division of Cardiology, but his expertise will be sorely missed in the admissions office at Johns Hopkins.

-Roy Ziegelstein, Vice Dean for Education

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