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On the Brink of Important Genetic Discoveries at the U

We are on the brink of huge genetic discoveries that will impact the way everyone practices medicine. These discoveries will motivate research for scientists all over the world. And if we have it our way, much of this revolution will center on the resources that are uniquely Utahn-rich family genealogies, world-class genetics researchers, and critical bioinformatics expertise.

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A "Typical" Day in My Life

I'm frequently asked what a typical day is like for me. I always struggle with the answer because it feels like every day is so different. As a result, I don't ever answer this question satisfactorily. Perhaps, I can describe one day, not a "typical" day, but just one day in the life of the SVP.

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Each of Us Can Help Make a LEAN Organization

Our senior clinical leadership team is spending the day in California, speaking with three health care institutions-Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, Medical Foundation, and Stanford Hospitals and Clinics-and learning from each of their experiences over the past couple of years rolling out a LEAN management tool. LEAN is an approach that empowers all employees to identify inefficiencies in processes that don't add value to the organization. These processes can be improved with everyone's involvement using LEAN tools.

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Transported by the Passionate Voice of Terry Tempest Williams

Utah author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams recently visited the Annette Poulson Cumming College of Nursing building to give a remarkable reading from her latest book, "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice."

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New Center for Medical Innovation

I'm thrilled to work at an institution where innovation is not only prioritized, it actually seems to be a part of our faculty and students' DNA! I'm impressed by the quality and the number of innovative ideas in our system. That's why I'm so enthusiastic about announcing our new Center for Medical Innovation, for which we will be seeking formal approval in the coming weeks.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2012

Two weeks ago, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, I was honored to participate in the 68th commencement of the School of Medicine. We were there to celebrate the impressive academic achievements of the students in the Class of 2012, who had just completed some of the toughest, most intensive, and best programs the University has to offer. Collectively, they earned 50 Ph.D.s, 100 M.D.s, 121 master's degrees, and 26 bachelor's degrees.

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