A message to alumni from Dean Allison Brashear, MD
The UC Davis School of Medicine gives us so many reasons to be proud, and our continuing upward trajectory is filled with even greater possibilities. As alumni, you are a big part of what we are, and I hope you will continue to be part of where we are headed.
I hope you know how much we appreciate what you do for our students and residents and why it is so valuable to them and the School of Medicine for alumni to stay connected and involved. You inspire our students as examples of leadership and show them the many paths their medical education can take. Your hard-won experience in the real world has enormous value to our future health care leaders—and to us as the school’s faculty and administration as we continue to grow and evolve with the modern needs of health care.
The School of Medicine is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in academic medicine, ranked by US News & World Report as 9th in the nation for primary care—one of our priorities—and in the top 20 percent for medical research.
Our excellence in training primary care physicians coupled with our attention to creating a diverse health care workforce helps fulfill one of our key missions—eliminating disparities in access and quality of care, in both rural and urban areas, among all underserved communities.
As an academic medical center, we have both a responsibility and an opportunity to address current health disparities as well as future workforce shortages. We're addressing this by training people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented minority groups to better match our community's providers with the community's own demographics. We are among the most diverse medical schools in America, with 65 percent of our latest class qualifying for financial assistance and women making up nearly two-thirds of our last three classes.
It's also our goal to make sure that every patient—particularly in underserved communities—has access to clinical trials. This is a crucial health initiative and it bolsters our missions to improve medical science, patient care and the education and experiences we offer our future health leaders.
Our students are already extraordinary people, and we are training them to be extraordinary physicians, to continue learning as science and technology evolve rapidly, and to work inter-professionally with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the School of Veterinary Medicine and many other UC Davis schools and colleges.
We're counting on you, our impressive alumni, to help us achieve our missions. I sincerely hope you will continue to remain as engaged as possible in the School of Medicine in every way. We will be much better for it.
I hope to meet many of you when possible, especially at events like the Alumni Weekend.
Allison Brashear, M.D., M.B.A. Dean, School of Medicine