Recognizing, and thanking, our administrators

A common stereotype heard when discussing academic medicine or even academia in general is that there are far too many administrators. The attitude says they don’t understand what it really takes to practice medicine effectively and efficiently or that they are only interested in profit. I think we all know that this is a largely […]

Work smarter, not harder

Welcome to the new year! In December, in preparation for the State of the Department address, I reviewed oodles of tables and numbers and pie charts. And it became immediately clear that despite many surprises and challenges we faced together, we did really well in 2022 in meeting the department’s mission: to provide superior health […]

As the year ends

This was certainly a year like no other. It may seem like we can say that every year, especially since 2020, but this year brought enormous challenges that our department, our institution, and indeed the entire health care system, have never faced all at once. A stubbornly persistent coronavirus, leadership changes, supply chain issues, inflation, […]

State of the Department, 2022

The following is an abridged and edited transcript of yesterday’s State of the Department address. To view the entire presentation, click here (hawkid login required). Thank you very much for coming today for yet another holiday tradition, which is the annual State of the Department presentation for Internal Medicine. It’s been my privilege to serve […]

Leadership here, there, and everywhere

It is still thrilling to be able to reunite with friends and colleagues in person at conferences again. The time spent in in-person conferences and council meetings feels to many of us like a distant and treasured memory. Not surprisingly, getting “back to normal” feels like something worth celebrating and not taking for granted. In […]

Finding the joy

Last week’s news that the search for a new VPMA/Dean would have to be paused was disappointing. There is no other way to put it, and it would be a disservice to you if I did not use this space to say a few words about it, especially as it has an impact on the […]

Emphasizing our unique community

My deep thanks to the eight women faculty members who took the time to write such thoughtful and personal responses a couple weeks ago for “Women in Medicine” month. Reading them again, I am struck by how important mentorship and community have been to each of them, a common thread that appears in each response. […]

In Her Words: Women in Medicine Month

This week’s Views from the Chair is the last post in September, which is Women in Medicine month. For this column, Dr. Grumbach asked a number of women faculty members for their thoughts on the subject without any other prompt or guidance. We are grateful for these contributions. Saima Sharif, MD, MS Clinical Associate Professor […]

Alternative fuels

Federal funds allocated for biomedical research when adjusted for inflation have not significantly increased over the last 10 years. Nonetheless, the NIH has increased the number of research project grant awards in recent years, despite increases in nominal costs. Moreover, the distribution of research project grant costs is shifting toward both the high and low […]