(November 2014) When a book ends, we don’t stop
reading; we reach for something new. And so the time has come for me to
pursue my next chapter, too. Since 1990, I have had the privilege of
leading this wonderful School of Medicine, and together we have
accomplished many great things.
We updated the curriculum to
improve the quality of education our student body receives. Students
today receive a competency-based, integrated four-year curriculum that
better prepares them to improve the quality of health of their patients
We moved to the 217-acre Anschutz Medical Campus
from 44 acres on the Ninth Avenue Campus, establishing one of the best
centers for medical knowledge, discovery and patient care in the
country, and we are poised for achievements that were unimaginable just a
We established higher standards for treating one
another with respect. The superior quality of care we give our patients
should be reflected in the daily interactions we have with one another,
and we have made great strides in creating such an environment.
trying economic times, we have secured our future with a
high-performing clinical practice and with strong, abiding partnerships
with our affiliated providers who are invested in our education and
We have improved alumni and philanthropic
support. We are grateful for the gifts bestowed on the school by those
who have depended on us.
In January, I announced plans to step
down as dean of the School of Medicine when a new dean is hired. That
process has been moving along this year and should soon be completed.
plan to return to the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of
Child Abuse and Neglect. I’m told they have a nice office with a prime
view of a nearby parking garage. That’s OK. I’ll be working on a
research project in Belgium that I’ve wanted to do since before becoming
interim dean in 1990, and I have children and grandchildren to visit
across the country and in Japan; I expect I’ll be traveling a bit.
message should be my final one for this magazine as your dean, and it
is my opportunity to say thank you for your advice, your dedication and
your financial support over the years. We have had many colleagues on
this journey who will continue to guide the school, and they will
continue to make this a great place for learning and caring.
I also have had the privilege of working with other leaders, some who are gone too soon.
friend Chip Ridgway, MD, MACP, distinguished professor of the
university and senior associate dean for academic affairs, is chief
among them. Chip died this summer after a sudden illness. His
willingness to take on challenging projects and his steady, thoughtful
analysis were a constant source of strength and inspiration. Look around
this campus and you’ll see his works living here.
In his modest
way, Chip would want to share credit and to respect the contributions of
others. And with good reason: None of the school’s achievements could
be done without you. Together we teach and learn, investigate and
discover, cure and care.
Our greatest achievement is to build a
school that endures, that serves the people of Colorado and that makes
our world a better place. I am grateful that we have made this journey
together, and I look forward to the many great things you will continue
With warm regards,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Colorado