Welcome to a new communication. Termed “UT To Me,” this e-mail will be one in which I will let you know what is going on during my week, and I welcome your feedback.
It has been a whirlwind first 28 days since I became dean of the UT Medical School at Houston, and I have never been busier. It has been an exciting time, and I am enjoying meeting so many of you.
This week, I had my first meeting with the chairs of the departments. We are fortunate to have such a strong, well motivated, and experienced group of leaders. Our clinical chairs drive our clinical practice, and they are passionate about being involved. We as administrators have to know and understand their priorities and challenges. Some departments have created best practices, and these must be recognized and shared among all of the departments so that we can learn and employ what works. Just as we put our patients first in the clinic, our chairs must be put first in the practice plan.
This past week I also have been busy addressing faculty recruitment issues in the departments of neurosurgery and otolaryngology as well as the state of anesthesia and the operating room. We have some very tough challenges that we must work together on to solve. Residents also are a part of the solution, and I saw firsthand their dedication to help find the answers.
For our students, we want to help them achieve and will put measures in place so that they excel on the national licensing exams.
Of course a big Texas-sized thank-you goes out to Dr. Jim Willerson, who this week announced plans to move on to the Texas Heart Institute. His leadership and skills have done so much for the Medical School, and we are grateful to continue to benefit from his direction until a new president for the health science center is named. Our extraordinary “doctor, teacher, researcher, and President” will continue to influence our vision for many years to come.
I thank you for your continued dedication to our mission, and I invite you to join me for my first town hall at noon, Oct. 9 in MSB 3.001.
Have a great weekend,