October 23, 2017
A new leader and good LCME visit
University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld’s choice of Brooks Jackson to be the next leader for UI Health Care serves us all well.
Dr. Jackson has been quite successful at the University of Minnesota, and I am confident that he is coming to an institution where he will have the opportunity to achieve his vision and seek new levels of excellence.
Among other things, I believe he will foster the kind of open collaboration and strong partnership we need with the rest of the university. We are one university and UI Health Care will continue to thrive and succeed alongside the University of Iowa.
In our conversations, Dr. Jackson impressed me as someone who will be dedicated to the success of this enterprise and the faculty, staff and students, just as he was in Minnesota.
These are challenging times in health care, and I am convinced that we have the right leader, in the right place, at the right time. Dr. Jackson will need the support of everyone in UI Health Care. I have assured him that he will find what I did when I came—a welcoming community, a collaborative environment, and many, many great educators, scientists, physicians, students, and staff who are committed to changing medicine and changing lives, in Iowa and beyond.
On another note, I want to extend a BIG thank you to all the faculty, staff and students who worked so long and hard preparing for our application to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for reaccreditation of the Carver College of Medicine.
I am especially grateful to Senior Associate Dean Chris Cooper for providing such tremendous leadership to this massive undertaking, which included more than a year and a half preparing the self-study report; developing and implementing new systems and procedures; and hosting the onsite visit of the LCME survey team last week.
The site visit team noted no significant problems with the curriculum, learning environment, facilities, or finances! The team identified some areas for continued monitoring (progress reports) and relatively minor corrections needed in other areas. While we won’t receive the final decision until early March at best, we anticipate good news and we can all be proud of this review of our medical educational program.
I am very grateful for everyone who does their best every day to carry out our tripartite mission. Many thanks to you all.