Congratulations on the completion of another successful year. This academic year was an important one for our school, and it would not have been possible without your hard work.
We recently celebrated 98 graduates, including nine graduates from our Springfield Clinical Campus. With a 99 percent match rate, their successes are a direct reflection of the time and instruction that you have given them.
Congratulations to the many faculty and staff featured in this month’s newsletter. Your accomplishments in your fields and in the community help elevate our health system as a premier destination for patient care, education and research.
While the end of an academic year is a time for celebration, I would also ask that you keep the Bryant family in your thoughts and prayers. With the passing of Dean Emeritus Lester R. Bryant at the age of 87, I would like to recognize his lasting contributions to the success of our medical school and the field of medicine as a whole.
Though I did not have the honor of personally working alongside Dr. Bryant, through others at our school, I have heard humbling and inspiring stories of the kind of man and leader he was. Condolences to his family can be made online at www.dillow-taylor.com. Donations to our local animal welfare associations in his honor are also welcomed.
As we look ahead to the summer break and next semester, I hope you are able to enjoy some time with your loved ones over the next few months.
Patrick Delafontaine, MD
Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean
University of Missouri School of Medicine