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Executive Updates

Executive Updates from
Dr. Byington

July 2018: Welcome Back Message

Dear faculty, staff and students,

I always find the start of the academic year to be exciting and full of potential for the future. The enthusiasm of new students, classes and activities brings a fresh energy to our campuses that, for many of us, is as exciting now as it was during our own time in medical school.

I'd like to take this opportunity to reflect on accomplishments of the last academic year, and look to the year ahead. When I began my tenure as dean in January 2017, it was my goal to recommit to our charter by focusing on three priority areas: rural population health, military medicine and engineering medicine. I am pleased to say that-thanks to the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff-these priority areas are thriving:

  • Last semester, we expanded our partnership with CHI St. Joseph Health, creating a co-branded primary care network aimed at improving access to health care for the Brazos Valley community while also training future clinicians. This aligns with our rural population health priority and will provide an invaluable education platform for our students and greater access to health services for the rural counties of the Brazos Valley.
  • We forged a new relationship with the U.S. Air Force's 59 th Medical Wing as another clinical training and research site for students and faculty. This collaboration will ultimately lead to even better care for the nation's military and military families. It also provides additional platforms for training and serves as a vital step forward for our military medicine
  • We also expanded our reach within the Texas Medical Center. In April, we became a founding partner in the forward-thinking TMC 3 initiative, an unprecedented research campus that will house thousands of national leaders in discovery and innovation. This transformational endeavor offers us a platform for research and commercial pursuits and will be an important resource for our engineering medicine

Looking to the 2018-2019 academic year, there are many opportunities on the horizon:

  • On the clinical side, we are moving forward on development of our interprofessional faculty practice plan, we will welcome a new leader for our mental health practice on August 1, and we are building our capacity to support student and employee health.
  • On the education front, we are deeply engaged in preparing for our LCME accreditation visit and had a successful kickoff event. We are working to strengthen our graduate programs, and we are recruiting for our inaugural class of EnMed students set to matriculate in July 2019.
  • From a research standpoint, our investigators are also busy with a number of new grants, plans to create a new core resource to support research reproducibility and rigor, and opportunities to move our X-grant teams forward.

I look forward to sharing additional details on these exciting developments in the coming months.

For those of you returning, welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the break and took some time to rest and rejuvenate with friends and family. To the Class of 2022, welcome to Texas A&M. We are happy you are here and look forward to getting to know each of you.

I am committed to communication. Throughout the year, I will be sending regular updates through email. For more news, follow me on Twitter @carrie_byington, visit my blog for our students (watch for a new post later today) or view the Vital Record news site.

With warmest wishes,
Carrie L. Byington, MD