The rest of the world tends to count down to the end of the year. We in academic medicine have just reached our stride by now and are accelerating.

There is a constant flow of good news that permeates our school at this time of the year. Here are the elements of just a couple of communications that came across my view this week:

–Dr. Pete Pancoast of the Department of Internal Medicine was just informed that the pulmonary disease and critical care medicine program was fully accredited for five years. The review committee provided commendation for the program and found no citations. None! This is quite remarkable.

–Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood was informed that one of our medical students, Amber Melvin, was selected as one of 20 – from 100 applicants – to receive a 2012 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship.

This may seem to you as two minor announcements. On their own merit, they are not trivial by any means. In full context, this dean’s mailbox is privileged to receive 20 or more of these sorts of positive messages of accomplishment every month.

As I have repeated in the past, we live in a miraculous environment with the opportunity to positively affect the lives of all of the citizens in eastern North Carolina. That is a privilege that is truly humbling.

May we reflect on all of the opportunities that we have been given over the last year and look forward to our continued individual and collective successes.

Thank you for all that you do for the citizens of our region on behalf of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.


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