|Jan. 9, 2009 | from the Office of Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo
Distributed on Fridays via e-mail to all Medical School employees, students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, UT 2 Me is Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo's weekly update of news and items of interest. He also welcomes feedback through this two-way communication.
Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for a great new year. I know you have probably made your New Year’s resolutions, and so have I – for each area of our mission:
- Continue the scrutiny of our curriculum, reviewing how and what we teach so that we may best prepare our students to become the caring, knowledgeable physicians we expect.
- Finalize guidelines and criteria for our new scholarly concentrations and preceptorship programs. I anticipate much progress to be made in these areas this year.
- Fairly recognize, compensate, and incentivize those involved with our teaching mission.
- Focus on technology in education, which will be supported by a new position in Dr. Patricia Butler’s office for technical development as it relates to education.
- Seek funding for scholarships for deserving students. Indeed, robust philanthropic efforts are key for the growth of all areas of our mission.
- Assess the needs and growth of our residency programs as we look to help alleviate physician specialty shortages.
- Address resident issues, especially duty-hour violations, which appeared in the recent ACGME site visit report.
- Evaluate the possibility of collaborative educational programs with UTMB due to the affects of Hurricane Ike.
- Improve communication between the student body and the Dean’s Office through the housestaff senate.
- Work to continue recruiting talented and innovative investigators in our new research building. This successful process already has resulted in $60M in new NIH-funded research for the Medical School.
- Continue supporting bridging grants funds, just-missed grants, and collaborative grants, including program project grants.
- Increase our research expenditures to $200M/year in the next 3-5 years through a controlled growth of both our clinical and basic science departments. We are currently at $120M per year.
- Encourage the career development of our faculty and post-docs.
- Determine how much we can grow in research – which is set by financial resources and infrastructure limitations. I am in discussions with President Larry Kaiser to seek access to established or new space for research in the Texas Medical Center and/or on the South Campus once our new building is completely occupied.
- Continue to support the growth of the group practice, UT Physicians – this is critical for the success of our mission.
- Recruit strong leaders for the remaining three clinical chair positions – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
- Continue to align our strategic and financial agenda with Memorial Hermann and the Harris County Hospital District.
- Engage UT faculty in the decision-making process at our two clinical partner institutions.
- Aggressively seek opportunities for clinical growth and explore the expansion of a primary care network in the city.
- Support the chairs in their roles to be leaders in strategic and quality initiatives and driving the professional development of their faculty.
- Acknowledge and value the role of housestaff – encourage their involvement in decision-making.
- Create a change in leadership structure by establishing a newly developed physician division.
- Evaluate the anticipated recommendation from the revenue cycle committee regarding a new clinical billing structure. The recommendation, to be submitted by Kevin Dillon and Andrew Casas to McKesson, will involve all facets of the billing procedure.
- Improve patient access to UT Physicians through a new patient navigation structure. This special program will soon be announced and be available to all employees.
- Establish a new marketing team to tell the story of our strong clinical programs.
- Encourage all employees to be responsible for the patient experience and create new initiatives to improve our clinical services.
If I missed anything, don’t worry, we’re probably working on it! I am thankful to you and all of the terrific teams whose hard work has gotten us to where we are today. I have complete faith and trust in the future of our school, we have an outstanding team of administrators who care about the school and a new strong leader in our president. We are very fortunate to be in a stable, growing institution. I am certain together we will make it a fantastic 2009!
Have a great weekend,
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