In the last few years, together with wonderful staff and faculty, we’ve launched new initiatives and advanced our organizational infrastructure.
We introduced several new academic leaders, including two new senior associate deans, Mike Wacker, Ph.D., and Sara Gardner, M.D., and a new associate dean of students, Robert Riss, M.D. We also welcomed new program directors Eric Johnson, M.S., P.A.-C., and Lance Carter, M.S.A., C.A.A. in our physician assistant and anesthesia assistant programs, a new associate dean for graduate medical education, Phil Byrne, Ed.D., and a new assistant dean in career advising, Emily Montgomery, M.D.
We’ve expanded our class size with the addition of the rural medicine program at St. Joseph Mosaic Life Care location and rural clinical training sites with family medicine clerkships at Mosaic medical centers in both Albany and Maryville, Missouri, and at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillocothe, Missouri. We are working on adding additional sites as well. The rural campus cohort of students will be ready to graduate its first class in 2025.
We have grown our research discovery enterprise with an unprecedented 850% increase in funding, and appointed five new endowed chairs: Cuthbert Simpkins, M.D., the Sosland Chair of Trauma Services, Jannette Berkley Patton, Ph.D. the Merle and Muriel Hicklin Chair of Medicine, Mamta Reddy, M.D., the Vijay Babu Rayudu Chair of Patient Safety, Wendell Clarkston, M.D., the Arthur W. Robinson Chair in Internal Medicine and Rangaraj Selvarangan, Ph.D., the William R. Brown Chair in Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine.
Through our ongoing efforts, we have continued to make positive strides to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and clinical environment. These are highlighted throughout the recently published edition of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report. We have dedicated resources to improve our physical environment, added major health system partners, introduced more innovation to our curriculum and prepared to launch our new strategic plan.
In addition, we tackled the challenges of an unprecedented pandemic. All of this has been possible because of the amazing energy, hard work and resilience from our students, staff and faculty.
As the years have passed, our School of Medicine has continued to grow in stature. All of our alumni share a common bond as a diverse group of practitioners — now topping 5,500 — as we count our current students and graduates from all of our programs. Wherever you are, you represent the excellence of our medical school, and we are so proud of you.
Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78
Dean, School of Medicine