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MUSC Excellence at the College of Medicine/UMA

Quality of faculty, ideas help to boost funding

by Jerry Reves, M.D.
Dean, College of Medicine and Vice President, Medical Affairs
As a university, MUSC has achieved a landmark in research funding. The university reached the $100 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) mark with $101 million and a total research award amount of $202 million during fiscal year 2008. This, better than any other way, demonstrates that we  are a true “research university” that is able to compete nationally with the best, larger and more diverse universities.
The College of Medicine faculty received the bulk of the MUSC NIH awards—$89 million in NIH ($110 million in total federal). Our MUSC Excellence pillar goal for quality is to improve steadily in NIH awards. One of the goals is to be among the upper quartiles in NIH funding among peer (free-standing academic health center medical schools) institutions and we ultimately want to be in the upper quartile among all university schools of medicine. We can and will get there by improving steadily each year as we have done. We have been able to continue to improve our NIH awards despite the flat NIH budget, and this speaks volumes about the quality of our faculty and their ideas and work. The NIH award is our quality goal, because it is the best measure we have of the competitiveness of our faculty since all of these awards must be better than 85 percent of other applications as judged by peer scientists.
Despite the many financial hurdles that keep getting in our way, we have continued to improve in the research arena, and this has permitted us to continue to invest in the people and buildings and other infrastructure that allow this academic pursuit of excellence. In the end, the reason I am so gratified to see these successes in research is that it means in our college and university. It is not just the students who continue to learn, but the faculty, too, who are on the frontiers generating new knowledge. This makes for an exciting environment where everyone is learning.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

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