Wilkes: School of Medicine Year in Review

Dean David Wilkes

Dear Colleagues: Cruising through the mountains on my bicycle is a great way to clear my head, slow my thinking, and contemplate how much there is to appreciate — such as the beauty of the forest and the valleys, the serenity of being in nature, and the joy that comes from doing what I am passionate about.

Something else that I’m passionate about is serving you in my role of dean. I am so proud of what our faculty and staff do each day to ensure that our patients and our learners have the best experience possible. As I begin my fourth year as dean, I am grateful for what we have accomplished together. Below are some of the highlights that come to my mind. Please remember these are some of the highlights, and is not all inclusive of the many great things that have occurred. So, I will welcome you to comment and let me know what you and your colleagues have done that’s missing from the list!

Match Day 2018

Education
We had a wildly successful Match Day, with 99% of our students matching. Students are going to Yale, Emory, Penn, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Johns Hopkins, Mass General, and other high-quality institutions. The most popular programs were internal medicine, emergency medicine, ob/gyn, pediatrics, and anesthesiology.

Thanks to the support of our alumni and donors, we are able to provide scholarships that allow our students to graduate with an average debt level that is lower than the national average. And thanks to sound fiscal stewardship, the School is entering its fourthyear of a tuition freeze. Our goal is no tuition increase through 2021.

The McIntire School of Commerce is collaborating with us on a leadership track in the medical school curriculum and has partnered with us to develop a leadership program for graduate students and faculty. These programs will differentiate us from other medical schools while helping our students and faculty learn the skills and qualities needed to flourish as leaders in the field of healthcare.

The education partnership with Inova reached another milestone when all three of the state and national oversight agencies granted formal approval to establish the UVA School of Medicine Inova Campus in Fairfax. The entering class of 2019 will be the first to have the option to complete their third and fourth years at the Inova Campus.

Our medical school class continues to be among the most diverse in the nation. For the sixth year in a row, the SOM received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine. And again, our entering class ranks in the 96th percentile academically of all medical students in the United States.

Since the inception of the graduate programs, the School of Medicine has been training the majority of PhD and Masters students in the biomedical sciences across grounds. However, this year is the first that these PhD and Masters degrees were conferred by the School of Medicine! Twenty students received their PhD, eight received their MS-Clinical Research, and 23 received their MPH.

(l-r) Dr. Gary Owens and MD/PhD student Richard Baylis

Research
I was thrilled that our own Richard Baylis, an MD-PhD student, was selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, in late June. He joined 600 young, international scientists who were able to talk with 43 Nobel Laureates and present current research for advice and feedback. He works in Gary Owens’ lab in the Cardiovascular Research Center investigating the influence of inflammation on key cell types thought to regulate the stability of high-risk atherosclerotic lesions.

The Hartwell Foundation again designated the University of Virginia as one of the Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research. This allows us to nominate researchers for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award for early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research with the potential to benefit children. Sanchita Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, was selected by the foundation as a Hartwell Investigator for 2018-2021.

This year’s U.S. News & World Reportrankings brought us good news, too. On the “2019 Best Medical Schools” list, the School of Medicine moved up one spot to #26 in Research. The rankings reflect the growing strength of our research funding as well as the continued impact of our innovative curriculum. In Primary Care, we went from #24 to #21, making us the top-ranked academic medical center in Virginia for Primary Care based on factors such as assessments by peers and residency directors and the percentage of graduates entering primary care fields.

Our research portfolio grew from $202 million in FY17 to $223 million in FY18! This increase represents hard work by all our faculty, including new recruits and strategic hires who both transferred and brought in new grants. I note that we have a record number of research proposals that include federal agencies and sources other than the NIH, and that concerted efforts are being made to submit collaborative and center proposals in addition to our historically strong individual proposals. I anticipate these will pay off in the near future.

The home of the new Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Institute, our partnership with Inova in northern Virginia, is in its final design phase. We expect to be able to occupy it in the early months of 2020. The mission of the research partnership is to improve the health and quality of life through the application of genomics and associated molecular science. To do this, we will be focusing on the thematic areas of genetics and genomics; structural and systems biology; developmental biology; computational biology, computational engineering and bioinformatics; and biomedically directed engineering.

Clinical
There are so many accolades that I can’t list all of the recognition our hospital, physicians, and specialty programs received this past year! U.S. News & World Reportdesignated UVA as the #1 Hospital in Virginia for the third year in a row, and identified five specialties in the Top 50, four High-Performing Specialties, and eight High-Performing Common Adult Procedures and Conditions. BlackDoctor.org also named the Medical Center one the 60 “Top Hospitals for Diversity.”

We were recognized with Comprehensive Stroke Center status, received Comprehensive Care Designation for the Pulmonary Hypertension Center, and 193 faculty members — almost 25% of our physicians — are on the Best Doctors in America list! Becker’s Hospital Review recognized UVA on many of its “100 Great Programs” list, including Oncology, Heart, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Spine, and Great Hospitals in America.

Seeing all of this recognition summarized — and remember, this is not a comprehensive list — really underscores that the work you are doing is being celebrated nationally for its excellence and quality. It’s exhilarating to be part of an organization that is doing such outstanding work and knowing that our teams are consistently recognized in the national arena. I’m proud of every individual who contributes!

Going forward
The members of my cabinet see their primary role as serving you. To that end, we work to create a work environment that enables excellence, improves organizational structures and processes, enhances the educational experience, and builds external relationships and strengthens development. We strive to ensure a working and learning setting where all are included, welcomed, and provided the opportunity to be their best.

The dean’s office will continue to put effort into the following priorities:

  • Operationalize the UVA Inova Genomics Institute and the regional medical school campus for UVA 3rd- and 4th-year medical students at Inova.
  • Continue an aggressive investment in research and faculty recruitment.
  • Increase our NIH portfolio to $150 million by 2020.

Thank you for pausing and reflecting with me on what we accomplished together during this past year. I also want to recognize that many of these accomplishments were made possible by the strong partnership and support from the Medical Center. I am honored to work for you — a group of capable, imaginative, inspiring, and passionate individuals who make up our faculty, staff, and students. Given your talents and drive, I know that the future of the University of Virginia School of Medicine is incredibly bright.

Sincerely,
David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

Li Appointed New Chair of Family Medicine

Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to announce that Li Li, MD, PhD, MPH, has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, effective January 1, 2019.

After receiving his MD at Tongji Medical University (1986) in Wuhan, Hubei, P.R. China, Dr. Li became a Lecturer at the Institute of Social Medicine at Tongji where he also earned his MPH (1989). He then attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angles where he earned his MS in Applied Biometry (1995) and his PhD in Preventive Medicine (1996). He then pursued his post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute (1997), and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington (2000).

In 2000, Dr. Li accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, attaining the rank of tenured full Professor of Family Medicine in 2013. He was also appointed Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Mary Ann Swetland Professor of Environmental Health Sciences. He is the founding director of the Case School of Medicine PhD program in Clinical Translational Science, the director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, and the director of the Case-China Health Initiative.

Dr. Li also serves as the Associate Director for Prevention Research at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this role he oversees population and prevention research for all aspects of translational cancer research, and has made significant contributions to many large NCI-funded multi-investigator research programs.

His research interests focus on cancer, molecular/genetic epidemiology, and disease prevention. He has a particular interest in the complex relationships among the environment, genome, behavior, lifestyle, and colon cancer etiology and prevention. He has established a number of large cancer and population health research programs including the Kentucky Colon Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Study, the Cleveland Colon Screening and Risk Factors Study, and the ‘Zhabei Health 2020’ study in China, a research collaboration with the Shanghai Zhabei Health Bureau to study lifestyle, environments, and genetic determinants of health in a community-based cohort of 48,000 people.

As Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of Population Health at the UVA Health System, Dr. Li’s charge is to develop and strengthen community engagement, further develop the department’s existing international health program, and build capacity in translational population research.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Li.

Also, please join me in thanking Dr. Susan Pollart who served as interim chair while the search was in progress. Even while she continued to carry out her full-time duties as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Dr. Pollart has been a strategic and capable leader of the department. I am very grateful for her leadership and for her willingness to remain in this role until Dr. Li arrives on January 1, 2019.

Sincerely,

David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

Highlights: September MAC Meeting

The School of Medicine’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) met on Sept. 11, 2018, 4-5 p.m., in the Medical Education Building’s Learning Studio. Here are highlights from that meeting:

Opening Comments
David S. Wilkes, MD
Dr. Wilkes recognized Dr. Frederick G. Hayden for his study showing that a single dose of a new influenza drug can shorten the duration of this illness. This has the strong potential for changing how influenza is treated. 

Dean Wilkes noted that the department/center annual reviews have begun. The goal-setting process will be different this year — there will be both institutional goals determined by the dean’s office and department goals that the chairs/directors have identified. At the end of the process, these goals will be documented and distributed to each chair/director. 

StandPoint Survey
Susan M. Pollart, MD
“Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
“The StandPoint Survey (formerly called the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey) will be open from October 2 through November 9. The survey includes custom questions that look at professionalism and unprofessional behavior and how to respond to it. Other questions will link to the recent Press Ganey survey taken by clinical faculty. Press Ganey focused on clinical services whereas StandPoint looks across all missions 

Department results and review of the dashboards will take place January 16-29, 2019. The chairs will meet with AAMC StandPoint leaders on January 30 from 7-9 AM. One of the institutional goals (as mentioned by Dean Wilkes in his opening comments) will be participation in the survey and responding to department-specific results. 

Health System Logo
Trish Cluff
Chief Strategic Relations and Marketing Officer
Ms. Cluff explained that the University has changed all brand standards (e.g., logo, colors, fonts) and, as a result, we must update all branded materials (signage, letterhead, etc.) in the Health System. The group provided feedback on two versions of the logo, and the Dean acknowledged consensus on one. 

The new Health System brand standards will be implemented in January 2019. 

Email and Records Management
Caroline J. Walters, CRM
University Records Officer
Ms. Walters gave an overview of the policy that requires us to comply with the Virginia Public Records Act for retention and disposition of public records. Both electronic and physical records must be stored in compliance with policy standards (and Ms. Walters noted that Fontana Foods and Charlottesville U-Store It are not compliant storage facilities). Before destroying records, a Certificate of Records Destruction (RM3 Form) must be completed to document approval and document destruction. 

The Act requires that records be retained for a specific period of time according to the type of record. Prior to destroying the records, confirm that the Records Officer has given approval and that there are no pending audit, legal, FOIA, or other issues. Records should be destroyed within 12 months of the expired retention period or within 6 months if the records contain personally identifiable information. 

Email retention is managed by its content and is destroyed when the reference value ends and the other conditions (e.g., time period) for destruction are met. Historical correspondence of deans, VPs, CEO is transferred to the designated archival repository and all other is destroyed after five years. The correspondence of department/unit heads is destroyed after three years and, for all other employees, after two years. Correspondence related to general office operations can be destroyed when the administrative value ends 

The Records Management office can answer questions, providing training and consultation, evaluate storage solutions, and provide other related services. More information is at www.virginia.edu/recordsmanagement, or you can direct questions to records@virginia.edu. 

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 9, 2018, in the MEB Learning Studio.

Highlights: August MAC Meeting

The School of Medicine’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) met on August 14, 2018, 4-5 p.m., in the Biomedical Sciences classroom. Here are highlights from that meeting:

Opening Comments
Randolph J. Canterbury, MD
Dr. Canterbury began by thanking the physicians, staff, and emergency management teams across the Health System, the University, and the community for their planning and preparations to keep us safe during the weekend.

He then shared highlights from the US News & World Reportrankings. Most notably, the UVA Medical Center was named Virginia’s #1 hospital for the third year in a row! Congratulations to all for their contributions toward the excellent care resulting in this recognition!

StandPoint Survey
Susan M. Pollart, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
The StandPoint Survey (formerly called the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey) will be administered this fall over a five-week period in October and November. The first survey highlighted areas of opportunity for the dean’s office in governance, explaining finances, communications, and faculty retention. Each department learned of their own areas of opportunity. Action plans were created, and examples can be found on the web here.

Department results and review of the dashboards will take place January 16-29, 2019. The chairs will meet with AAMC StandPoint leaders on January 30 from 7-9 AM.

IT Security Enhancements
Jason C. Belford, Chief Information Security Officer
Erin M. Trost, Information Security Manager
Mr. Belford noted that we are facing increasing cybersecurity threats, and gave the specific example of two Nigerians working out of Malaysia who used a sophisticated phishing scam to steal 1,400 W-2s two years ago. Passwords alone are insufficient and so, like many other organizations, we are moving to two-factor identification for Outlook web and VPN access. It is easy to learn and to use.

Ms. Trost explained that our options for dual authentication were determined to align with federal government requirements for e-prescribing.

The University enabled 2-step authentication for NetBadge login in 2017. It will be required for Outlook web access (OWA) by September 17, for Virtual Private Network (VPN) access by September 30, and for Workday by January 2019.

New ACGME Requirements
Susan Kirk, MD
Designated Institutional Officer and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
The ACGME has issued a statement that it values the strength that arises from a diverse group of residents, fellows, faculty, leaders, and others. Expectations around recruitment and retention mirror those of the LCME. Beginning next year, we will be show that we are tracking diversity GME trainees and faculty by including the percent of underrepresented minorities (URMs) we have recruited. The GME Office has already begun to do that for you, and the clinical chairs all received letters with their percentage of URM faculty and trainees in the spring. Although we will specifically track the percentage of residents and fellows who self-identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native American, we also strongly support the recruitment of any resident or fellow who helps diversify our programs, including those with diverse gender, sexual identity, country of origin, race, or ethnicity.

After August 2017, we experienced an immediate decline in the number of URM residents and fellows interested in coming to UVA. Of those who did come here, nearly all attended a diversity recruitment program. There will be a number of these again this year.

Dr. Kirk said we will hold our first-ever First Look program on Saturday, September 15th and asked that each chair encourage all of their faculty to attend. Applicants have said they recognize that the URM faculty value diversity and inclusion, and they would like to know that the majority faculty also share these values. One way to demonstrate the commitment to diversity and inclusion is by participating in the First Look and other diversity programs.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in the MED Learning Studio.

Have You Signed Up for UVA Alerts?

Dean David Wilkes

The best time to prepare for an emergency is before one occurs. In that spirit, I ask you to sign up or update your UVA Alerts account now and make certain that you are a member of the UVA Health System group. If you don’t have an account, please create one. This should not take you more than five minutes.

UVA Alerts is how we notify you in case of an emergency. With the one-year mark of last August approaching, we want to able to reach you should unplanned events take place that may affect your safety. We’ll also want to notify you throughout the year should other events occur.

To sign up, click here. After completing your preferred contact information, click on “Groups” in the upper-right corner and subscribe to “UVA Health System Emergency Notifications.” Once you create an account, you will be able to login and add an additional mobile phone numbers and up to six email addresses. This is a great way to keep non-University affiliated friends and family informed about critical events.

If you have questions about UVA Alerts, there is a robust FAQ page, which you can read here. (This includes confidentiality of your phone number, frequency of alerts, changing service provider or mobile number, a sample message, and more.)

Another great source for official emergency information is on UVA’s Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness page, found at www.virginia.edu/emergency. In the event of an emergent situation, you can find high-level details and schedule-change information on this site.

Your safety is important! Thank you for doing this.

David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

THRIV Welcomes Second Class of Scholars

New THRIV Scholars (l-r) Dr. Meghan Mattos, Dr. Nicholas Brenton, Dr. Thomas Hartka, Dr. Andrew Schomer, and Dr. Sana Syed.

The Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) began in January 2017 to promote excellence in clinical and translational research across UVA. One of its first major milestones was to create a mentored career-development program to support training for junior faculty. The THRIV Scholars Program provides innovative training for highly motivated, talented junior faculty representing the next generation of clinical and translational researchers across Grounds at UVA. Scholars are prepared to excel in a clinical translational research environment in which digital data drives healthcare hypotheses, interventions, and health quality evaluation.

The THRIV Scholars inaugural class, which we announced last July, is now entering their second year. This summer we are welcoming our newest class from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The awardees, projects, and mentors are:

Nicholas Brenton, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
Research Proposal: Application of a Ketogenic Diet in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (Primary mentor: Karen Johnston, MD)

 

 

Thomas Hartka, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Research Proposal: Predicting Injury Risk After Motor Vehicle Collisions Using Occupant and Vehicle Telemetry Data (Primary mentor: Mark Sochor, MD)

 

 

Meghan Mattos, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Acute/Specialty Care, School of Nursing
Research Proposal: Use of an Internet-Based Intervention to Prevent Cognitive Decline in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (Primary mentor: Lee Ritterband, PhD)

 

 

Sana Syed, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Research Proposal: Computational Modeling of Intestinal Mucosa: Image Analysis and Multiomics (Primary mentor: Sean Moore, MD)

 

 

The THRIV Scholars program provides support for research and career development for up to two years for the Scholars. The group is being joined this year by the NIH-funded NeuroNext Scholar, Dr. Andrew Schomer (Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine). As a NeuroNext Scholar, Dr. Schomer will participate in mentored research directed by UVA’s NeuroNEXT disease experts with the expectation that the research will result in at least one first- or second-author published manuscript.

All THRIV Scholars gather weekly to participate in a dedicated curriculum which includes integrated and interactive flipped-classroom sessions; intensive data-science training; professional, career, proposal, and promotion and tenure development opportunities; research ethics discussions; media training; and “ask me about my research” sessions. The curriculum is supported by diverse faculty from multiple schools and departments across the institution. For example, we have enlisted Michael Straightiff, Executive Director of UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, to teach THRIV Scholars how to create decks, as they work toward a Shark Tank-like pitch day. All told, these Scholars will receive a varied education.

My favorite part of this program is the relationships that have formed over the past 12 months. They are collaborative, collegial, and supportive — key ingredients in advancing biomedical discovery.

Thank you to the mentors for participating in the growth and development of colleagues, to the instructors for sharing their expertise, and to the department chairs for providing protected time for the Scholars to pursue these research projects and goals.

Please join me in congratulating the latest THRIV Scholars class!

If you have questions about THRIV, check out the website or email Jennifer Kirkham.

First-year THRIV scholars join second-year THRIV scholars and Dr. Karen Johnston.

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

 

Highlights: July MAC Meeting

The School of Medicine’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) met on July 10, 2018, 4-5 p.m., in the Biomedical Sciences classroom. Here are highlights from that meeting:

Opening Comments from the Dean David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean Wilkes offered congratulations to Dr. James Nataro and the Department of Pediatrics. The Children’s Hospital has six specialties ranked among the top 50 nationally by US News & World Report. They are:

  • Neonatology: 19th
  • Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology: 33rd
  • Pediatric Urology: tied for 38th
  • Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery: tied for 41st
  • Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery: 43rd
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: 48th

StandPoint Survey
Susan Pollart, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
The StandPoint Survey (formerly called the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey) will be administered this fall over a five-week period in October and November. The first survey highlighted areas of opportunity in governance, communications from the dean’s office, and communication within the department. Action plans were developed and implemented, and the StandPoint Survey will help us see where we have made progress and will identify new opportunities for improvement.

Each department will have a detailed dashboard to summarize their data and how it compares to the cohort of departments in our SOM and in the national cohort. As with the last survey, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will meet with each department to help them interpret the data and develop new action plans.

Emergency Management
Tom Berry, MHA, CEM Emergency Management Director
Mr. Berry gave an overview of planning for the “anniversary” of last August’s events. After last summer’s violence, the emergency management team began planning for similar events through ongoing monitoring of many sources and regular meetings with both internal and external planners and responders. The team prepares for the worst and hopes for the best with constant review and revision of its plans, and by assessing the mostly likely events and the potentially most dangerous events. Chief Medical Officer Chris Ghaemmaghami commended Mr. Berry for his excellent planning and attention to detail, and noted that because of Mr. Berry’s work, the Health System was consistently recognized for its careful planning in August 2017.

To help ensure better communication regardless of when an emergency develops or what type it is, the Incident Management Team will include members of the School of Medicine in its Administrator on Call structure. The SOM AOC will help ensure that education and research concerns are addressed during planning or an actual event.

Health System Board Update A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
Dr. Chhabra shared highlights from the June 2018 HSB meeting. The HS goals dashboard for FY18 showed strong performance with nine out of thirteen indicators green.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 14, 2018, in the BIMS Classroom.

Six UVA Children’s Hospital Specialties Nationally Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

We are pleased to share with you that six University of Virginia Children’s Hospital specialties are ranked among the top 50 nationally in the 2018-2019 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide from U.S. News & World Report, which was released this week. Our six nationally ranked specialties are more than any other hospital in Virginia.

The six ranked specialties are:

  • Neonatology: 19th
  • Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology: 33rd
  • Pediatric Urology: tied for 38th
  • Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery: tied for 41st
  • Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery: 43rd
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: 48th

According to U.S. News, the rankings are designed to identify hospitals that provide the highest quality of care for children with the most serious or complicated medical conditions. The criteria used to compile the rankings include patient outcomes; a commitment to best practices, including measures to prevent infections; the availability of specialized care and advanced technologies; support services for patients and families; and a national survey of pediatric specialists.

These honors for the Children’s Hospital are an example of our how our constant commitment to improve care through Be Safe is having a significant impact for our patients throughout Virginia and beyond. Please join us in congratulating our Children’s Hospital team for their excellent work.

Sincerely,

Richard P. Shannon, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace
Chief Executive Officer, Medical Center

David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, School of Medicine

A Special Message from Dean Wilkes

The July 4 holiday begins the most popular time for summer vacations for many of us. I wish for each of you a well-deserved rest. Prior to vacation season, I’d like to share some good news about our School.

Even though we’ve not reached the June 30 end of the current fiscal year, it’s clear that you have knocked it out of park in all areas of our School’s mission.

In education

  • The incoming class of 156 medical students has a mean GPA of 3.86 and a mean MCAT of 518.27 (the 97th percentile!). This year the class is 57% out-of-state and continues to have good diversity. The BIMS PhD programs have recruited a strong new class of graduate students.
  • 99% of our class matched in outstanding post-graduate programs.
  • Richard Baylis, MD/PhD student in the lab of Gary Owens, attended the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in June, where he and other young investigators from around the world had the opportunity to mingle with and get feedback from 43 Nobel Laureates.
  • All of the accrediting bodies that were required to approve the establishment of the School of Medicine-Inova Campus did so without stipulation. Our admissions team is getting ready to start recruiting the class of 2023, which will be the first class to have the option to do their clerkships at the Inova Campus.

In the clinical realm

  • Over 25% of our physicians are included on the 2017-18 Best Doctors in America list. This is phenomenal!
  • Becker’s Hospital Review recognized our hospital as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America in 2018.
  • Our hospital continues to be #1 in Virginia.

And in research

  • SOM funding is poised to exceed last year’s totals, thanks to the continued outstanding efforts of all of our faculty and new strategic hires.
  • We scored a 21 on our CTSA application! Although we’ll know more in August, a number of people outside of UVA have confirmed that this is an extraordinary score.
  • The Hartwell Foundation again named UVA as one of its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research.
  • The UVA IRBs received accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).
  • The U.S. News & World Report rankings were further evidence of the extraordinary work you do. Primary Care rose to 21 (from 24) and Research went to 26 (from 27).

Finally, the School is in a strong financial position with operating revenues exceeding expenditures. Year-to-date through May 2018, the School of Medicine had an operating net income of $8 million. The Dean’s Reserve funded $31 million in strategic investments in all mission areas in clinical and basic science departments, as well as in centers. In addition, with strong financial management at all levels, we are entering our fourth consecutive year of no tuition increase for medical students.

You, our faculty, are the reason we have had such a remarkable year and are in a strong position both academically and fiscally. I am deeply grateful to you for your commitment to our shared vision and for your hard work that has resulted in this banner year for our School.

With warm regards,

David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

Highlights: May MAC Meeting

The School of Medicine’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) met on May 8, 2018, 4-5 p.m., in the Biomedical Sciences classroom. Here are highlights from that meeting:

StandPoint Survey
Susan Pollart, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development

  • In 2015, the SOM had an outstanding 74% response rate to the AAMC Faculty Forward survey. (The survey is now known as StandPoint.) The survey indicated a number of things the faculty wanted from the Dean’s office:
    • more transparency regarding SOM finances;
    • more communication from the dean’s office about the medical school;
    • more opportunity for participation in SOM governance; and
    • improvement in retaining high quality faculty members.
  • Actions were taken at the dean’s office in follow up to these data.
    • In the areas of communication and governance, Dean Wilkes engaged the SOM faculty senators in regular governance discussions, a department annual review programs was implemented, the Junior Faculty Development Program was launched, and new channels of communication were established (e.g., Dean’s Office Blog, social media, senior leadership attendance at department faculty meetings.).
    • Among the actions in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion were the appointments of diversity facilitators and development of diversity plans in every department, sharing of best practices, and system-wide unconscious bias training.
    • To help bring transparency to SOM finances, the Financial Advisory Committee was created, the dean and CMO discussed finances in department faculty meetings, and departments received monthly consolidated financial reports.

3 Cavaliers Program
Melur Ramasubramanian, PhD, Vice President for Research

Ram gave an overview of the “3 Cavs,” a pilot program to stimulate new ideas and cross-discipline and cross-school collaborations. It is designed to minimize bureaucracy and maximize flexibility.

  • Research trios are formed by three faculty members who wish to collaborate on a new idea. The trio must cross at least two disparate disciplines located in different units or schools. A faculty expertise database will help researchers find collaborators.
  • Each member of the trio receives a “token” for $20,000, which provides the trio with a total of $60,000 in seed funds. At least 50% of each project must support a trainee who works with the researcher. The remaining funds may be used for non-salary items to support the project. The funds may not be used to pay faculty salaries. Mini-trios, with $5,000 tokens (total of $15,000) are also possible.
  • Projects are for one year. They are semi-randomly selected without peer review, and funding is provided immediately.
  • SOM full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty will be eligible to receive a token. The SOM funds one-third of the expense for each token and the VPR funds two-thirds.
  • The VPR’s office is still building the website with an anticipated go-live date in early July and a submission deadline in September. The SOM will send additional details at go-live.
  • Additional information, a brochure, and FAQs are on the VPR website.

2018 General Assembly Session
Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues
Carol Craig, Government Relations Specialist
Lynne Boyle, Federal Relations Professional

  • The Health System Office of State and Federal Government Relations (“Government Relations”), headed by Sally Barber, works with Health System leadership to establish legislative and regulatory priorities. It coordinates with the academic division on state and federal issues, maintains relations with government officials, and serves as a resource to leadership, faculty, and staff for state and federal governmental matters.
  • Karen Rheuban, MD, is the SOM liaison to Government Relations.
  • Key legislation of the 2018 General Assembly session included:
    • Nurse Practitioner Pathway to Independent Practice (HB 793)
    • Medicaid expansion
    • Certificate of Public Need
    • Opioid/substance abuse
    • Termination of Medically/Ethically Inappropriate Care (HB 226/SB 222)
  • Health System priorities at the federal level include:
    • Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 340B drug discount program
    • Medicare and Medicaid hospital and physician payments
    • Funding for the National Institutes of Health
    • Student loan programs
    • Regulatory relief for hospitals
    • Opioid abuse
  • State and Federal Dashboards of laws, regulations, and other activities being tracked are posted on the website,