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University at COM/UMA

Charting medicine's future course

by Jerry Reves, M.D.
Dean, College of Medicine and Vice President, Medical Affairs
Though we are still in the midst of the financial “perfect storm,” which brought unwelcome tidings to the close of 2008, we must enter the new year with a sense of hope and determination to maintain our commitment to excellence.
Through hard work and ingenuity, many outstanding achievements took place last year campuswide. It is clear that the foundation upon which we are building our future together is solid, despite recent fiscal erosion. 
The launch of MUSC’s capital campaign, “A Partnership of Promise,”  a visionary effort to raise $300 million to enhance our educational, clinical, and research environments. Proceeds go to endowed chairs and professorships; student scholarships and fellowships; academic centers and program endowments; and patient care, academic and research facilities.
The college is central to this partnership of promise. Our missions are to educate the next generation of physicians and scientists, care for the sick and injured, and lead in the discovery of new treatments. We are passionate about making sure the promise is kept.
The partnership is defined as the state of associating with another in some action or endeavor. The medical college certainly is a partnership. Our students work with each other and our faculty and residents work with each other in teaching, learning and caring for the sick. Although we develop our students and residents to be self-sufficient, independent-thinking professionals, if we do our work properly we also instill in them the sense of awareness for the partners who will help them be outstanding physicians and scientists. 
We have many other partners as well—our patients, colleagues, and countless employees and volunteers who help us in reaching our many critical goals. We are grateful to our alumni and friends for their ongoing support of our missions.
Everything that we do holds promise for a better tomorrow. Whether it is the education of our students, the scientific work in our laboratories and at the bedside, the care of our patients or the philanthropic support generously given to assist us in all these endeavors, in all there is the fervent belief that our work will make for a better world, one success at a time. 
At the start of each year, we pause to formally reflect on our progress through two channels: the college’s annual report and the annual State of the College address. This year’s report is titled “A Partnership of Promise,” to demonstrate our commitment to fulfilling the vital missions we have accepted, individually and as a college, to shape the future of medicine: . We hope that you will be inspired when you see the many reasons why the College of Medicine remains strong.
This is a remarkable era for the medical college. We will all continue to rely on our many partnerships in these troubling financial times, keeping our eyes focused on the promise of our work: creating a better tomorrow for our students, faculty, patients, alumni, friends and society. The very meaning of the word college invokes our inviolate, collective sense of self: an organized association of persons having certain powers and rights, performing essential duties or engaged in a particular pursuit. Despite considerable adversity, our pursuit remains excellence.
“MUSC’s accomplishment with the Get With The Guidelines program is an example of our commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patients with cardiovascular disease. We realize that by working together as a team we can improve patient outcomes and save lives,” said Peter Zwerner, M.D., MUSC cardiologist and co-director of the MUSC Chest Pain Center.
The need for quality improvement programs is well established, with more than eight million adult Americans having had a heart attack and more than 900,000 developing new or recurrent heart attacks each year. At age 40 or older, 18 percent of men and 23 percent of women will die within a year after their first heart attack.


Friday, Feb. 13, 2009

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