We in medicine talk a lot about teams: specialists who come together to tackle a complex case, researchers whose diverse expertise leads to the latest groundbreaking discovery, students who pull together to prepare for boards and big research projects.
We appreciate partnership. We are, after all, a place that has formal ties to every major hospital in greater Cleveland, and connections with universities and humanitarian organizations across the globe.
At Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we have a long tradition of excellence and innovation in medical education and biomedical research. In August 2012, we celebrated the renewal of our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), a $64.6 million grant that represents the single largest the National Institutes of Health has ever made in Northeast Ohio (the previous record was for our first CTSA, at $64 million). This partnership involves Cleveland Clinic, the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. More recently our CTSA has expanded its influence to forge relationships with our counterparts at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.
In short, we're showing just how powerful cooperation can be.
Fast forward to June 2013 and our ongoing relationships yield another extraordinary outcome: a joint effort to create a state-of-the-art medical education building with Cleveland Clinic. This project will provide a unified home for the medical school's two tracks: the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the University Program. We will combine the best technology, the most innovative design, and our extraordinary students and faculty to create an environment that truly builds the future of medicine.
Most importantly, the school's greatest asset is our dedicated faculty who continuously evaluates and improves our curriculum. Beyond their skilled teaching abilities, our professors excel in biomedical research and offer students the chance to work side by side with them. Their goal is to develop our students into colleagues, and we are proud of our current students and of our graduates who now are practicing medicine.
When we come together, we don't simply add to our strengths - we increase them exponentially. At the School of Medicine, our mission is to educate future physicians who will care for patients with competence, creativity and compassion, in a setting that fosters collegiality, leadership, and excellence in scholarship and research. Ultimately, we aim to improve human health and alleviate disease at the individual, community and international level.
Medical education is a never-ending, marvelous adventure, and we hope you will share it with us.
Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs,
Case Western Reserve University