When we created the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health Sciences, we knew we needed a chair that not only shared our vision for the future but had the energy and expertise to make it a reality.
One of the most delightful and important responsibilities of any leader is the recruitment and retention of super stars. This spring, we welcomed a bright star to the University of Utah Health Sciences—an outstanding oncologist and scientist who takes the helm of the School of Medicine’s largest department, Internal Medicine.
Listening to the voice of Garrison Keillor describe Lake Wobegon, "where everyone is above average," reminds me of our exceptional patient journey at the University of Utah health system.
Many U. alumni contribute meaningfully to their communities outside of their clinical practices. They perform research and train tomorrow’s health professionals. They offer their services free of charge at pro bono clinics or in global health settings. And a number have left a lasting mark on history with innovations to advance science, medicine and learning.
What does excellent health care look like? It’s a question on the mind of every health industry leader in this country, and it’s a question of value. For all that we spend on health care in the U.S., what do we get in return? Are we getting our money’s worth? At University of Utah Health Sciences, I’m proud to say, the answer is yes.
Few of us have as much of a passion for sharing the best life has to offer, as Reed Brinton did. For more than 100 years he shared his joie de vivre with all those around him.
Diversity fuels innovation. I’ve written about this before—about how creative solutions to big problems requires a diversity of thought and perspective. Today, I’ve invited our associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs Carrie Byington, M.D., to explain a mentoring program that is making campus a better, more inclusive place to learn, work and innovate while helping to solve the physician-scientist shortage.
No one wants to admit their biases. We’d all like to believe that we’re blind to gender, race and ethnicity. I challenge you, though, to look at these photos and then ask yourself: Are these the images that first come to mind when you hear the words “CEO,” “surgeon,” or “scientist?”
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