As we move closer to 2020, I want to wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday and to reflect upon the last year. Thank you to each and every student, staff and faculty member for your work to ensure we are true to our School of Medicine vision to develop the people who will be our health care workforce of the future who support the health and wellbeing of our community and beyond.
In 2019, we welcomed new faculty leaders who enhanced our diversity and brought energy and extraordinary expertise. We are grateful for our interprofessional partners at the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing and Dentistry in the Health Sciences District, at the University Volker campus and throughout the community. Our graduate medical education programs remain strong; we now have more than 400 residents and fellows training at our six health care affiliates – all who are integral to our mission. Our translational research initiatives that focus on informatics, health outcomes, patients safety, community engagement and population health are stronger than ever, and our research efforts have paid off with current total extramural funding now at $25 million annually and growing. Reflecting on the nearly 50 years our School has been in existence, I am proud that our students continue to benefit from early and continuous clinical experiences, and that our humanities curriculum continues to be woven throughout the curriculum. Thank you to our docents – the docent system remains a key contributor to our success and small learning group communities like ours are being replicated at medical schools across the country. In the end, our success is all about our culture – one where we care for each other and support each other.
I wish you the very best this holiday season and look forward to the New Year 2020!
Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D.
UMKC School of Medicine