November 10, 2016
I am writing this week in response to concerns that have been raised by some of our students and faculty about the effect of this week’s elections on our academic community.
Despite the divisiveness of our national election, the mission of McGovern Medical School remains the same. We are dedicated to patient care, education, research, and advocacy. We are here to care for and advocate for patients and families, to provide an outstanding education and supportive learning environment for our students, and to advocate for and conduct research that matters. We take pride in being a diverse community that respects and embraces the richness of diversity to promote excellence and innovation.
This is an ideal time to share with you our recently revised mission statement and core values.
To educate a diverse body of future physicians and biomedical scientists for a career dedicated to the highest ideals of their profession; to provide outstanding patient-centered care; and to conduct innovative research that benefits the health and well-being of the population of Texas and beyond.
- Deliver compassionate patient care focusing on effectiveness, quality, safety, and service
- Provide a competency-based curriculum emphasizing integrity and professionalism
- Embrace a culture of lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, open inquiry, and scholarship
- Cultivate professional and respectful communication
- Foster a diverse and inclusive learning community
- Support the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff
- Promote interprofessional collaboration
- Support leadership and innovation in teaching, research, and service
- Advocate for excellent care for the underserved and for the reduction of health care disparities
And as we approach Veteran’s Day tomorrow, let’s take time to remember those who have served our country. Dr. John Holcomb recently sent me a report on civilian and military trauma put together by a National Academy of Medicine committee, of which he was a member. Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate veterans with a lecture given by veteran and associate professor of surgery, Dr. Joseph Love.