SINCE BECOMING DEAN in 2014, I have enjoyed interacting with the many fine individuals who come here every day to work and learn. Together, our efforts not only prepare some of the best physicians and health-care providers of the future, but also position the School of Medicine for continued growth and success.
We have many reasons to be proud:
- The docent system continues to be a source of pride and inspiration to all of us at the school, has been recognized as such by an external accreditation site visit team, and has been featured in several presentations and publications, nationally and internationally.
- The UMKC Health Sciences District is off to a strong start, bringing together 12 institutions on Hospital Hill to focus their collective talent on new and exciting initiatives.
- We continue to attract outstanding faculty members and offer excellent residency programs, including a recently approved neurology residency and endocrinology fellowship.
- Our faculty members are engaging more and more in competitive, externally funded, peer-reviewed research, and our graduate and certificate programs in biomedical informatics and other areas are doing very well.
The school’s efforts to ensure that patients benefit from a well- educated team of professionals continue with our excellent physician assistant and anesthesiologist assistant programs.
This issue of UMKC Medicine highlights some of this exciting work, including researchers in our new Surgilab using innovative methods to study and improve safety in the operating room, and students from our Gold 1 docent unit building skills and relationships through peer mentoring and coaching. This issue also features alumni who responded to the devastating floods in Houston and the wildfires in California — physicians who exemplify the school’s imparting of the compassion and skills needed in critical situations.
Soon — July 1, 2018 — I will be leaving the School of Medicine to take the role of president and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. But I leave knowing the school and its educational programs will remain in good hands.
My years here have been most rewarding, both professionally and personally, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as dean of this wonderful institution. Please continue to support it in every way you can.