March 31, 2006

Faculty Meeting to chart Medical School’s course

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Faculty Meeting to chart Medical School’s course

The annual Spring Faculty Meeting with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Dean Steven Gabbe, M.D., is 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in 208 Light Hall.

Gabbe, who is celebrating his fifth anniversary at Vanderbilt, said he wants to recognize exceptional medical school accomplishments from the past five years but is just as eager to discuss what the future holds for the School of Medicine.

“We all are working very hard and things are happening very quickly and sometimes we don't take the time to recognize the exceptional accomplishments from our medical school,” he said.

“But I am much more about looking at what the future holds for us than I am about looking back over our shoulders.”

The Medical Center's new strategic plan to strengthen its research enterprise will be a major area of focus during the next six months and in years to come, Gabbe said.

The product of a year's worth of meetings with faculty, students and staff, the plan is designed to help Vanderbilt continue to compete successfully for research funding, and to help place it among an “elite group” of academic medical centers.

Gabbe will also address topics including faculty recruitment, research accomplishments, curriculum changes, achievements in graduate student and postdoctoral training, and successes in clinical medicine.

The School of Medicine and School of Nursing 2006 Faculty Awards for Teaching and Research will be presented following the meeting.