Message from the Dean
Message from the Dean
To: All School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and alumni
From: Dean Ganzel
As we gratefully greet spring and warmer weather, I’m reminded that this is a season of renewal, milestones and passages. Amid abundant spring blooms, we will soon graduate and congratulate our students as they finish medical school and launch into residency, and congratulate our residents as they enter fellowship or practice. Spring quickly passes, summer ensues and we once again start a new academic year by welcoming our new faculty, new residents and new students. The educational cycle begins again and our legacy of learning continues.
Seasons change, but the mission of the School of Medicine is timeless – to improve the health of our patients and our communities. We dutifully carry out our mission through excellence and leadership in education, research, patient care and community engagement. By all counts, this has been a challenging and transformative academic year! We’ve made a difference in the lives of our learners as we prepare them for 21st Century challenges, brought life-changing new research discoveries to light, provided remarkable patient care, and forged new connections and partnerships both locally and globally.
To continue and enhance this mission, we have adapted our organizational structure and strategic plan to strengthen the undergraduate educational infrastructure under the leadership of a senior associate dean with a direct reporting line to the dean, and to appoint a vice dean for clinical affairs to more formally connect the faculty practice structure with the academic mission. We also made changes to streamline and better align the dean’s organizational units with the strategic priorities and core elements of the school’s four pillars of education, research, patient care and community engagement.
Now, more than ever, we depend on alumni to continue our legacy through new learning space and new curriculum. Our mission is timeless and we hope our former students will see us as a resource for lifelong learning.
I would like to thank each and every one of our amazing faculty, staff and students, without whom we could not carry out our mission.