When it comes to outlining his goals for the School of Medicine, Dr. Lee Hamm is clear on his first challenge as dean: positioning the school's clinical programs within the region's changing healthcare market.
|Dr. Lee Hamm
The city's largest healthcare organizations – HCA, the nonprofit that runs Children's Hospital, and Ochsner – are vying to run two major public hospitals in Jefferson Parish. At the same time, the new University Medical Center and Veteran Affairs hospital are under construction downtown. All have the potential to bring new training opportunities for Tulane students, residents and fellows, Hamm says.
"The School of Medicine has to develop strategies regarding how Tulane fits within the realignment of hospitals that is currently going on within New Orleans," says Hamm, senior vice president and dean. "Our alignment with these hospitals has important implications for our long-term future and has to be well thought out."
Hamm recently outlined his goals for the year at his first school town hall. In many ways, he wants to get back to basics by improving the school’s clinical enterprises, growing its research portfolio and enhancing the “excellent quality and innovation of our education programs.”
He also wants to re-engage the faculty at large in a strategic planning process to bring the school to the next level. Those efforts will include increased fundraising and additional outreach to alumni.
"I am very excited to be leading the school at the present time," Hamm says. "It is a time of a number of challenges, but just like things that have happened in the recent past, a time of challenge is also a time to really build for the future and make major strides."
You can read more about Hamm's vision for the School of Medicine in the Fall 2013 issue of Tulane Medicine magazine, out late October.
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