Our medical school has a long history of producing exceptional graduates. We were honored to host more than 250 of these outstanding physicians during our recent Physicians Alumni Weekend. It was a privilege to connect with alumni of our school, and especially members of our class of 1968, who celebrated their 50-year reunion. It was a pleasure to meet them and hear their unique perspectives on the state of medical education.
Last month, we highlighted another important initiative: the University of Missouri Coulter Translational Partnership Program awards ceremony. The awards help provide much-needed funding to support innovations that have the potential to transition from laboratory research to commercial investment. Congratulations to this year’s winners. It is my hope that this funding will help you bridge the gap between academia and industry, and ultimately, improve patient care.
Initiatives such as the Coulter Translational Partnership Program help elevate the reputation of our university. I would encourage you to help improve not only our health system’s standing, but also yours individually, by joining the online physician network Doximity.
Board-certified clinicians who claim their Doximity profiles by Nov. 15 will eligible to vote in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Hospitals and Specialties. As you know, these rankings can help our health system thrive by attracting patients, medical students, residents, and faculty and staff. In addition, joining Doximity enables you to engage with current and former colleagues and classmates. It is also a valuable resource for sharing information about your publications, awards and accomplishments with your peers.
I know that each of us has accomplishments that are worthy of attention, and I would encourage you to share them on Doximity. To our alumni, I would encourage you to share your personal and professional achievements by submitting a class note. We have many reasons to be proud, and it is important that others know the extraordinary work taking place at our medical school and by our alumni.
Patrick Delafontaine, MD
Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean
University of Missouri School of Medicine