As the end of 2010 approaches, I want to take this opportunity to write to you and express my deepest appreciation for all that you do. Looking back on the past year, it is clear that you have once again accomplished more with fewer resources. While we are all trying to adjust to the “new normal,” our faculty, staff, and students are giving true meaning to our theme of Changing What’s Possible.
On the education front, most of our programs are experiencing record numbers of applicants. The Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dental Medicine had separate accreditation reviews, each of which resulted in many commendations. Our groundbreaking efforts in interprofessional education continue to receive recognition on the national level.
In research, we again set a record for research funding at more than $230 million. Several new endowed chairs have been recruited, building strengths in areas as diverse as healthy lifestyles, brain imaging, and environment and health. The construction of the Drug Discovery and Bioengineering buildings is ahead of schedule and soon will add critical research space to campus.
In the clinical arena, we continue to see more patients on campus, as well as in our outreach facilities. In partnership with hospitals in the rural part of the state, we are bringing our expertise to the care of patients through telemedicine. Again, using telehealth technology and in conjunction with the VA, our faculty are providing award-winning behavioral health care in three states to veterans.
Our Capital Campaign was wrapped up a full year ahead of schedule, having raised nearly 20 % more than our original goal. Through the work of about 80 faculty and staff across campus, we launched a strategic plan around four themes: expanding entrepreneurial activity; increasing innovation and the development of cutting edge technology; growing our global reach, and expanding our work across professional disciplines.
As we look to 2011, we know that we will be facing many challenges. Once again, state funding is likely to be cut in our university appropriation. Now, there is the additional threat to Medicaid funding which is so critical to our hospital and physician services.
As we confront these realities, may we find resolve in the words of former Yale President Kingman Brewster, who said: “There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.” There are so many people who rely upon the Medical University, and together we will vindicate their expectations of us.
May you and your families have a happy and healthy holiday season, and may the New Year bring a spirit of renewal and rededication to our efforts.
With best wishes,
Ray Greenberg, MD, PhD