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I am pleased to share with you the 2020 Annual Report of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM). Reflecting on this past academic year, one fraught with extraordinary challenges, inspires in me a deep sense of awe and admiration for every member of our community.
Our amazing staff, faculty, trainees and students strove to make things better amid the uncertainty and devastation caused by a global pandemic and traumatic acts of racial violence, both of which exposed systemic inequities plaguing the United States. I’ve watched you respond to these crises with incredible strength and compassion, seeking opportunities to help and creating new avenues to support our local and global community.
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Looking ahead, I remain focused on six overarching goals, which you will find highlighted throughout this report:
As Dean of the DGSOM, I am focused on five overarching goals during the coming year, which I do my best to highlight throughout this report:
This July marked the completion of my first year as Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, providing an opportunity to reflect on what the school has accomplished over the past year, and to contemplate the road ahead.
For me, this past year has been mind-opening, as I have moved out of my own academic niche and landed on a vista with a spectacular, panoramic 360° view of the DGSOM community.
The diversity of disciplines and individuals, and the depth of expertise, creativity and brilliance within our community continue to inspire me daily.