Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

To: All School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and alumni
From: Dean Toni M. Ganzel

Fall 2015

What a difference two years makes! We have worked diligently to reform our preclinical curriculum from a discipline-based model to an integrated model with more active learning and engaged pedagogies. We have transformed our governance and organizational structure, completed a major renovation of our instructional building, implemented new educational technologies, and in October, we received confirmation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that the Committee has voted to lift our probationary status and our school is in compliance with all LCME accreditation standards! This is the outcome we hoped for and expected and we are very pleased with the news. We continue our efforts to assure ongoing success.

The mission of our school is, "To improve the health of our patients and our communities through excellence and leadership in education, patient care, research and community engagement." To meet this mission, we have adopted an organizational structure and strategic plan to strengthen the undergraduate educational infrastructure and to formally connect the faculty practice structure with the academic mission. We also aligned the Dean’s organizational units with the strategic priorities and core elements of the four mission areas of education, research, patient care and community engagement (see organizational chart).

I attended the 2015 Kentucky Medical Association’s Annual Meeting and was glad to see so many School of Medicine graduates in attendance. A highlight of the meeting was the recognition of our own Ann Shaw, M.D., M.A., who received the 2015 Kentucky Medical Association Educational Achievement Award. The faculty, students and staff of our school continue to distinguish themselves at the local, state, and national levels.

I am pleased with the progress occurring in our research enterprise. The HSC Clinical Trials Office is up and running and we have increased our grant support infrastructure. Our faculty continue to contribute discoveries which will enhance the scientific knowledge base of medicine and translate to improved patient health.

We are implementing our new strategic plan that links the individual goals of SOM leadership with the SOM strategic priorities, the provost’s 21st Century University initiatives and the president’s scorecard.

I am committed to actively engaging our graduates in the continued success of our medical school. To this end, a new Alumni Advisory Board will be created and we welcome participation of all of those interested. Please join our effort by contacting Anna Chalfant in the Office of the Dean for further information.

The University of Louisville School of Medicine is a premier learning and training institution where patient care and the promotion of research to improve patient health and medical outcomes are our daily driving forces. We continue to set the bar for excellence as we meet the challenges of 21st century medicine.