The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is incorporating an innovative community learning initiative into their medical degree program. What is this program, and what inspired its development? How are students and faculty responding to the program, which recognizes the increasing impact of so-called ‘informal education,’ that goes beyond the didactic coursework of a traditional medical education? Host Dr. Bill Rutenberg gets the details on this endeavor from Dr. Rob Shochet, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.