(November 2013) Throughout this past year’s strategic-planning process, we have looked at ways to build on our successes and position the School of Medicine to remain healthy for years to come. I have been impressed by and grateful for our faculty and staff commitment to this process.
We start strong.
We have a practice plan, University Physicians, Inc. (UPI), that supports the clinical practice of our School of Medicine faculty and has contributed greatly to our ability to care for patients. It provides a solid foundation of funding for the school.
We have an excellent partnership with a vital and growing health care organization, the University of Colorado Health System. Along with Children’s Hospital of Colorado, it provides crucial support for our efforts to expand our clinical breadth, learning opportunities for our students, and teaching and research opportunities for our faculty.
We are the guardians of an education program that ranks among the best in the country and attracts high-achieving students. This year’s matriculating class of 160 students pursuing MDs brought an average GPA of 3.88 and an average MCAT score of 32.
So where do we go from here?
We will always look for ways to use the resources we have wisely. We are reviewing the departmental structure of our basic science programs to assure we are set up to achieve our highly competitive goals in the future and that we have the optimal support for the dedicated scientists working here. We also must have a governing structure for UPI that is prepared for the changes in health care reimbursement.
Everything we do must protect the school, which is an invaluable resource to our community, and we will continue to make remarkable progress even while facing unexpected challenges.
This past summer, the top two leaders of the University of Colorado Health System announced that they will be leaving. CEO Bruce Schroffel and President Rulon Stacey helped create the vibrant hospital system that is our partner in providing excellent clinical care and educational opportunity. We thank them for their enduring contribution to the health and welfare of our school and our state.
The School of Medicine has experienced uncommon growth during trying economic times. I am confident that we will continue our progress with small steps and big leaps. We hope that those of you who graduated in classes ending in years with a 4 or a 9 will celebrate our progress by joining us on campus for reunions next May. It is not too soon to plan a visit during the extended Memorial Day weekend.
With warm regards,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Colorado