A message from the president on synergy

Dear Members of the University Community,

By now you may have seen some references on campus to "synergy."

UTMB is accredited to provide education in the health professions by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS COC). This accreditation is vital to our role as a university, and work has been taking place for several years in anticipation of an ongoing review and an upcoming site visit by a SACS review committee (visit is slated for Feb. 26-28).

As part of the re-affirmation process, UTMB addressed a critical SACS COC requirement and developed a quality enhancement plan aimed at the learning environment. After much university-wide input and deliberation, a focus on interprofessional education was chosen, and a plan--synergy--was developed to refine and enhance existing UTMB strengths in interprofessional education.

"synergy" is designed to provide collaborative educational experiences for students in all our schools. These experiences will help our students develop the necessary culturally competent skills to work collaboratively with patients, their families, other healthcare professionals, and community-based providers to enhance health care and wellness. synergy seeks to make UTMB graduates leaders and innovators, advancing collaborative interprofessional teamwork across every area of health care.

The five goals of the plan center around acquiring knowledge, learning through observation, learning through participation, innovation and leadership.

I'd like to thank the many students, faculty members and staff from across the institution who have contributed ideas and worked tirelessly to prepare for the SACS review and to implement synergy. The effort, led by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Pamela Watson, will have a positive impact on the future of care and make UTMB even stronger and more attractive to many of the nation’s brightest students.

Whether you are directly or indirectly involved in education at UTMB, there is a role for everyone in synergy, and a need for all of us to have a basic understanding of the plan and its primary goals. I encourage you to explore this web site to learn more.

Sincerely,

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President

Jan. 24, 2008