The College of Medicine and Life Sciences is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding this year. Over the last half century there have been many points of transition for the developing organization. During this time there have been five deans and several interim deans. At every point of transition the College has continued to move forward and grow while maintaining the highest degree of quality and professionalism. As I have formally assumed the role of Interim Dean, I am so appreciative of the great work that has occurred and I am energized by the new challenges that we will meet. We have so much that we owe to Dr. Jeffrey Gold and his vision of joining the “Club of 100.” He always stated that the people with whom he worked made all the accomplishments possible. The College of Medicine and Life Sciences is fortunate to have a high quality of faculty, staff and students to continue this journey. We will build on our past successes and break new paths as we start the second half century of the College. I look forward to working with all of you in our mission to “improve the human condition by providing a world-class education for the next generation of physicians and scientists, by creating new knowledge that is translated into cutting edge clinical practice, and by providing the highest level of professionalism and compassion as we deliver university quality health care”
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“This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) would like to thank the HRSA programs for all the work they have done to help train Ohio’s health care workforce, and congratulate them on their 50th anniversary.
In 1963, Congress passed the Health Professions Education Assistance Act, which created Title VII programs. In 1964, the Nurse Training Act created the Title VIII nursing workforce programs. Today, Title VII and Title VIII are the only federal programs designed to train primary care providers in interdisciplinary, community-based settings to meet the needs of the country’s underserved populations, increase minority representation in the health care workforce, and fill gaps in the supply of health professionals not met by traditional market forces.
More than 192 million Americans live in areas with a shortage of health professionals. Almost 77 percent of the rural counties in the U.S., including Ohio, suffer from a primary care health professional shortage. HRSA works to help mitigate such shortages by providing primary care education and training opportunities for providers in these communities. Ohio receives more than $11 million in federal funding for its health professions and nursing education; nearly five million of these funds are in Title VII grants, while the remaining six million represent Title VIII grants.
The University of Toledo Area Health Education Center (UT AHEC) represents one of the Title VII health care workforce development programs in Ohio. The AHEC program develops health education programs for UT’s medical students and local health care professionals, young students, and the wider community. Three regional centers are associated with UT’s program, and each offers a variety of programs in health care career education, community health education, continuing medical education, clinical education, and health manpower.
As we reflect on this milestone celebrating five decades of health professions education and training through Title VII and VIII programs, we applaud their ability to adapt to the nation’s changing health care needs, as well as their ability to advance curricular innovations on timely priorities, such as mental and behavioral health issues, geriatrics training, and cultural competency. It is important for Congress to continue to recognize the importance of investing in these critical workforce programs for the next fifty years and beyond.”
Under the guidance of James Kleshinski, M.D., DIO and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, a Housestaff Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Council (HPSQIC) has been developed.
The purpose of the HPSQIC will provide robust integration of residents and GME program in meaningful patient safety and quality initiatives at UTMC. It will also allow The University of Toledo to benefit from resident input that crosses multiple departments, with their unique perspectives on systematic safety and quality issues/process in the learning environment.
Membership of the Council will include a peer selected resident from each residency program; Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education who will serve as the Faculty Advisor; a representative from UTMC Quality Management Department; a representative from UTMC Quality & Patient Safety Council; a representative from IT; and a representative from Nursing.
George Philip, M.D., General Surgery Resident, has been selected to serve as the Chair of the Council; and Faraz Khan Luni, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident, has been selected to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Council through June 30, 2015.
Friday, March 7, 2014: Geriatric Medicine Symposium, Hilton Garden Inn Levis Commons, Perrysburg, OH.
Friday, March 28, 2014: Gastroenterology/Hepatology Update for the Primary Care Physician, The Hotel @ UTMC, Toledo, OH.
Friday, September 26, 2014: Psychopharmacology Update, The Radisson @ UTMC, Toledo, OH.
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