Greetings from the Chair - Faculty Newsletter, Feb. 2017
January 30, 2017
Most certainly, 2017 is starting off as an interesting year on many fronts. In the Department of Pediatrics, we continue to be amazed at the many accomplishments of our faculty as we work together to achieve our vision for the department. That vision is to improve the health of the children we serve in our local, national, and international communities through our programs in clinical care, education, research, and advocacy.
We are fortunate to be a part of an outstanding academic medical center, where we can leverage VUMC's strengths to find our unique niche in children's health and garner national recognition for our work. All of our faculty, whether they serve on the main campus, at our satellite sites, as well as our community faculty partners in local practices, play a key role in helping us achieve our vision.
We've recently launched a strategic planning process to help us find where we might best focus our efforts over the next three to five years in support of the department's vision. We'll be looking to each of you for your thoughts and aspirations for how we might continue to do our work in a way that makes a difference for children every day.
Look for more information in the future about our planning process. One of the focus areas for our strategic plan is to ensure we communicate effectively with our diverse and talented faculty. This newsletter and other efforts to enhance our two-way conversations, represent ongoing efforts to communicate effectively with our ever-expanding departmental faculty and staff.
In our newsletter, you will see highlights of our efforts across all of our domains, including unique interdisciplinary clinical programs, innovative educational efforts, and research programs with an emphasis on training the next generation of child health scientists and making new discoveries to advance the science in critical areas of health.
As always, our greatest strength in the department is the amazing people. I look forward to hearing from you as we continue to move the department forward. Thanks for your continued commitment to children and the department.
- Steven A. Webber, M.B.Ch.B., MRCP