Last week I made a few remarks at a reception for all the new house staff of the Brown teaching hospitals who began Monday. It was a great event organized by Dr. Shelley Cyr and sponsored by the Brown Medical Alumni Association, among others. The Brown house staff is a talented, enthusiastic, somewhat anxious group who come from many of the best medical schools in the country. They are attracted by the quality of the training programs, our teaching hospitals, Providence, and our great Medical School and University.
The new dean of BioMed will have exciting initiatives to undertake in the future, such as the development of a faculty practice plan, the Primary Care-Population Health Program, and the recruitment of chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Dermatology.
The planning for the Primary Care-Population Health Program is progressing very well. There have been productive meetings between leaders of the Medical School and the School of Public Health, designing the curriculum and planning out the clinical rotations. Our teaching hospitals have been supportive of the program—an important factor in our LCME accreditation application, which is being prepared now. In an exciting development, Alpert Medical School was awarded a $1 million grant over five years from the American Medical Association to help us plan the program. Only 11 schools in the country out of 119 who applied received the award. Phil Gruppuso, Paul George, and Jeff Borkan deserve the credit. Dr. Gruppuso’ s replacement, Dr. Alan Tunkle, arrives July 15 to pick up the reins of the Medical Education Office and will supervise the planning and initiation of this program.
As mentioned in my last newsletter, planning for physician alignment, particularly the joining of the independent faculty foundations into a single employment model or practice plan is progressing. An important meeting between Brown, Lifespan administration, the clinical department chairs, and foundation presidents on June 11 was quite productive. The new dean will represent Brown at future meetings.
All in all there is tremendous forward momentum at the School and Brown at the moment. I know that the new dean will find Brown to be an exceptional institution, and that the Medical School, the School of Public Health, and the Program in Biology have bright, exciting futures.
This will be my last newsletter and it is with very bittersweet feelings that I step down. I have loved the job and feel honored to have had the opportunity to move BioMed forward. After 22 years of administrative work, however, it is time to move back to my life’s calling: patient care, teaching, and research.