Message from Dean Richardson: Summer snapshot

Dean Richardson07/11/12  Portland, OR

Dear School of Medicine Community:

Happy summer everyone; it's good to see the sunshine and enjoy a break from the rain. The academic year has moved by quickly, and the summer months give us a moment to reflect on the year, to mark milestones and transitions, and to take a well-deserved break.

This past year was feverish in its pace of new developments affecting our school, from the groundbreaking for the Collaborative Life Sciences Building to the establishment of the Tri-County Medicaid Collaborative. We kicked off the MD Curriculum Transformation initiative, made substantial progress meeting the goals of our Research Roadmap and established the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. These items represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we accomplished – did I mention we also graduated the biggest class in our history and recruited our new Senior Associate Dean for Education George Mejicano?

This year, the School of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program also underwent a full-scale accreditation site visit and review by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in January – the school's first full-scale review since 2004. The self-study associated with the LCME process provided an important opportunity to review our program. The LCME presented their findings to President Robertson recently, including identifying areas that need more focus. You can read about that here in the latest LCME update.

This month, I appointed John Kaufman as the new Director of the Dotter Interventional Institute. After 19 years, Frederick Keller will step down as Director. Fred has provided visionary leadership to the Institute and we are all grateful for his service and dedication, and I look forward to an exciting new era for the Institute under John's leadership.

We also have a new Chairman. Christopher Amling is the first Chairman of the new Department of Urology. Chris has successfully led the division, meeting all the milestones and growth goals necessary to establish a successful new department. This brings our total number of departments to 27 – 20 clinical departments and 7 basic science departments.

This great summer weather is a perfect welcome to our newest residents. In July, more than 250 new residents and fellows in 76 ACGME programs arrived at OHSU to become part of our community. Our Graduate Medical Education continues to be among the most competitive in the nation with thousands of applications for the training slots that fill each year.

No doubt it will continue to be a busy and exciting summer, and I hope all of you have the opportunity to spend some of this wonderful Oregon summer with friends, family and colleagues.

As always, thank you for everything you do for the School of Medicine.

Best regards,




Mark Richardson, MD, MBA
Dean, OHSU School of Medicine
President, Faculty Practice Plan