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 […]


If you are like me, you have been thinking about what qualities make someone a good leader this week, or maybe just more than usual. On Monday and yesterday, we had the opportunity to hear from two of the finalists who may become the next vice president for medical affairs and the dean of the […]

Caring in the delivery

In my last post, I wrote about our focus on quality, on the quest for excellence. But whether it is a cutting-edge therapeutic or a process designed to minimize the risk of error, how we deliver that care—what happens outside of the clinics and procedure rooms—is just as critical. When things run smoothly outside, physicians, […]

Quality is a verb

“Excellence every time” was the rallying phrase of a new employee training that many of you may recall. Although those sessions have since been discontinued, the idea at the heart of them is one we can all agree has value. Because what else is excellence but quality? And how else do we achieve excellence every […]

Planning during the downtime

Although we are now past the academic-year calendar turn and the 4th of July holiday, there is still plenty of summer left. We are fortunate to live somewhere surrounded by so much open space with plenty of running and biking trails throughout the community and lakes and rivers nearby for recreation. Add in the weekend […]

A new year, a new phase

Clearing a path for clinicians, researchers, and educators all to perform as effectively and efficiently as possible and to be appropriately recognized for their efforts are foundational goals for me as a department leader. This first day of a new fiscal year represents the next phase in an ongoing effort to make sure that your […]


It is a busy time for us all as we close the books on one academic and fiscal year and ready ourselves to write new chapters in the next. As good as it can feel to wipe slates and start fresh, we are saying good-bye to more than just sets of numbers. Residents, fellows, and […]

Lessons from an ongoing pandemic

The beginning of June represents the home stretch for the academic year. This month will be filled with a number of transitions, most notably our residency and fellowship graduations. At the end of this month we will begin the welcoming and onboarding of a new class of interns and more than a few new faculty […]

Commitment to community

Being a member of a community comes with a lot of benefits. You have people around you who give you encouragement, who invest in your growth, who value your wellbeing, who celebrate your successes and commiserate with you over your setbacks. But membership in a community places certain obligations on you as well. First, you […]