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Advancing GSM in the New Year
This New Year brings us two new Chairs – Dr. Lisa Duncan in the Department of Pathology and Dr. Rajiv Dhand in the Department of Medicine. Both new chairs were selected after national searches. Each of them is fortunate to take the helm of a department that was left in excellent condition by their predecessors – Dr. Stuart Van Meter and Dr. Tim Panella for Pathology and Medicine, respectively. Please give them hearty congratulations! Also in line for congratulations are Drs. Boyd, Daley, Kim, Lewis, and McKinney being recognized as outstanding faculty.
The GSM is in the midst of completing its Strategic Plan, which will be integrated with the UHS Strategic Plan for an overall University of Tennessee Medical Center Strategic Plan. On the 24th of this month each academic department will present their plan to an audience of chairs and program directors as well as UHS and UPA leadership. Also represented in that audience will be the private practices involved in each department/program. This is the first time we will have had such a grassroots approach to developing our strategic plan, and I have no doubt we will benefit greatly from it.
On February 16, the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation will host an open house for all employees of the Medical Center. As you may know, this has been "in the works" for quite some time, and I encourage you to visit during the open house (hours to be announced). The Center for Advanced Medical Simulation will work with physicians, nurses, students, residents, fellows, dentists, oral surgeons, EMTs and other healthcare professionals in-house and throughout the region. Thanks to everyone who has played a role in this two-year evolution.
Also, the GSM is working with a consulting firm (ECG) to review and possibly modify our flow of graduate medical education dollars to the departments. Simultaneously, the same firm is consulting with the Department of Family Medicine in both the academic and clinical spheres. In so far as the departments, all chairs are fully engaged in the process and will continue to do so as we work toward a model that supports our goals and ambitions.
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