As we continue to expand and refine communication efforts in the department, it is clear that all of us appreciate receiving and consuming information in different formats. The revised website has been well received and is now an important source of regularly updated content describing the many activities happening across our three mission areas of clinical care, research, and education. It’s been fun (and informative) to follow the Twitter feed on our homepage and great to see additional faculty joining the ranks of Tweeps or Twitterers. In an effort to keep faculty, staff, and trainees current with department activities, I will contribute an occasional “Chair’s Notes” where I will reflect on things that strike me as important, interesting, or maybe even both.
Three recent events struck me as worthy of comment as they all reflect the excellence of the department’s faculty, staff, and trainees.
First, I attended the annual primary care retreat this past Saturday. Kudos to Sang Chang for putting together an outstanding program for the day. SHC’s COO, James Hereford, provided the keynote address and reminded all of us of the importance of team care in modern health care delivery. It was inspiring to see such a large group of engaged department members brainstorming on a Saturday as to how best to deliver a variety of models of primary care to our patients. I was especially pleased to see both residents and medical students participating in the retreat activities.
On Friday March 20, Sam Gambhir, Chair of the Department of Radiology, and Medicine’s Ken Mahaffey, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, hosted a School of Medicine Town Hall on a new collaborative research project among Stanford, Duke University, and Google, called the Baseline Study. This is a groundbreaking project that will attempt to reclassify health and disease, specifically cancer and cardiovascular disease, among 10,000 participants who will be enrolled into a longitudinal research study ( http://medicine.stanford.edu/news/current-news/standard-news/baseline-study-town-hall-meeting.html ). Opportunities abound for Stanford investigators to participate in the study, including in project committees and in requesting access to data once the study is underway. Lots more to come on this project!
Finally, Friday March 20 also marked the day of the annual residency Match (“Match Day”). We have a fantastic housestaff training program directed by Ron Witteles and supported by an outstanding group of associate program directors. Once again, Ron and his team successfully recruited a truly superb group of 50 interns into our training program, with 35 being in the categorical medicine training program, 2 in the global health track, 3 in the combined medicine-anesthesia program, and 10 in the preliminary intern programs (2 in neurology and 8 in anesthesia). They represent top medical schools from across all regions of the country and were the very best at those medical schools. They have diverse interests, and more than 20% have earned another advanced degree beyond their expected MD. Four of them prospectively entered our clinician investigator program. Special thanks to all the faculty core interviewers who handled more than 44% of the student interviews during a very busy series of interview days. The success of our residency program is directly attributable to all of our dedicated and committed faculty, staff, and trainees. Thanks to all for the work on this. We now look forward to welcoming the next class of Stanford medicine residents!