Fall Address to Faculty

Recently, I spoke at the Fall Faculty meeting of the UNC School of Medicine. I discussed the progress our School has made to fulfill our missions of education, research and patient care.

I am very proud to be a part of such a leading organization.

Our school is working hard to improve health around the globe. In Malawi, for example, we work to provide HIV testing and counseling, conduct research projects to reduce adult and mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and teach classes in epidemiology, pediatrics and HIV care.

Nationally, our research efforts and hard work have again enabled our school to be counted among some of the best medical schools. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 graduate school rankings placed our school 20th overall for research and second in primary care.

To meet our mission to educate the next generation of care providers, we announced the expansion of our school to Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte and Mission Hospitals in Asheville. We will be accepting more students into our program and we will send some students to spend most of their 3rd and 4th years in Charlotte and Asheville. This effort would not have been possible without the great support from our partners in these cities and our faculty and staff.

There will, no doubt, be challenges ahead. But as we enter the final months of 2010, I am pleased to look back on all we have accomplished so far and I look forward to the many future successes for our school and for our system.

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