What's the Buzz - November 2013

What’s on my mind this month is the State of the School Address, which I delivered on September 25th. The theme of this year’s address was “Purposeful Actions, Promising Results: Relentlessly Advancing.” Considering the myriad challenges that we as an academic medical institution faced this year—from sequestration and reduced funding for research from the National Institutes for Health, to the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission voting against increased rates and forcing hospitals to absorb the 2% cut in Medicare reimbursement—we nevertheless made considerable progress, continued with our plans to support major capital projects, and launched our new plan Shared Vision 2020 for UM Medicine.

What's the Buzz - October 2013

What’s on my mind this month is the upcoming “Festival of Science,” on November 22, 2013, which will give us an opportunity to highlight our outstanding research programs. This year, we will feature the research in three of our major academic units: the Institute for Genome Sciences, the Department of Pharmacology, and the Department of Surgery. World-renowned external scientific experts will provide constructive feedback on the direction of our pursuits.

What's the Buzz - September 2013

What’s on my mind this month is the opening this past August of the new home for many of the School of Medicine’s biomedical core facilities. These facilities position the School of Medicine to become a center of excellence for state-of-the-art technologies, equipment, and expertise that supports biomedical research, clinical practice and health care in the state and the region. Our core laboratories are critical to the success of biomedical research at the School of Medicine.

What's the Buzz - August 2013

What’s on my mind this month is the new Shared Vision 2020 plan for University of Maryland Medicine, which is aimed to accelerate the pace of discovery, collaboration, innovation and quality of patient-centered care across the Medical School and Medical System. Our new vision is meant to position us for maximum and extraordinary success in the face of the challenging times upon us. Together with our UMMS partners, we have decided to apply strategic, bold and different approaches to all our key mission areas—education, clinical care, finance and philanthropy, and research.

What's the Buzz? - April 2013

On March 15, we celebrated Match Day, the day when all fourth-year medical students across the United States discover where they will be doing their residencies. It is an auspicious occasion and marks a turning point in their training. This year, our students matched to some of the most competitive areas, including orthopedic surgery and radiology, and entered residency programs in emergency, internal and family medicine, as well as pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology.