UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Allison Brashear met with a few dozen students Monday in the Education Building on her first afternoon on the job and expressed her desire to get to know each of them.
“My door will be open,” she said, motioning toward her office down the hall from the third-floor reception area where the welcome gathering took place for students. “You know where to find me.”
Brashear also lauded UC Davis as an “amazing research enterprise,” and said she was moved by the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Brashear has been a trailblazer in her career as a neurologist and a leader in academic medicine. She is known, among other things, for promoting and supporting women in leadership roles at her previous job as neurology chair and professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina.
Brashear extended handshakes with the mostly first-and- second-year students who made it to the reception, which featured appetizer tables with mini quesadillas, egg rolls and shrimp.
Students were impressed with what they heard.
“She’s very passionate about diversity,” said Emerald Nguyen, a second-year student.
When he introduced Brashear at the reception, Vice Dean for Medical Education Mark Servis called her “the perfect fit for us.”