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Dean Hawgood’s Holiday Message 2013

Following is the text of the message Dean Hawgood sent to the school community today:

Dear colleagues,

The wonderful talent and passionate commitment of the UCSF community has made 2013 an eventful and richly rewarding year.

  • Many of you devoted your expertise to helping us develop a visionary strategic plan for our health system, which will be implemented starting in 2014.
  • New hospitals are nearing completion at Mission Bay and San Francisco General Hospital, and we are close to finalizing plans for the clinical space that will be freed up on the Parnassus and Mt. Zion campuses.
  • Our educators, including many of our students, have been hard at work on the Bridges curriculum, which will align our medical education with the needs of 21st century healthcare and be a model for the country.
  • Our research efforts are thriving. Though disappointed at the reductions in overall federal support, we are proud to be the top recipient of federal research funding among all schools of medicine in the country.
  • Once again, our faculty have been recognized with numerous awards and honors for their work.
  • The transformative gift establishing the Discovery Fellows Program was one of many notable donations to the campus recognizing the excellence of our programs and reflecting our community’s confidence in our future.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the new UC President, Janet Napolitano, when she visited the campus to learn about our singular place in the great public university she now leads. One memorable session was her meeting with a delegation of our students. While they acknowledged the stress of high tuition and student loans, the central message I heard them voice again and again was their happiness to be here. “Hearing that I was accepted at UCSF was the best moment of my life,” they told the President.

This week, we learned that our Chancellor will be leaving to lead the world’s largest foundation, a position of tremendous global importance and impact. We should all take great pride that one of our own has been chosen to take on this challenge. It has and will continue to be a privilege to work with Susan Desmond-Hellmann, and I am humbled yet excited about the responsibility of leading the campus during the transition, beginning in April next year.

I end the year with great optimism, confidence in our ability to thrive in dynamic times, and deep personal gratitude for the contributions that each and every one of you make on a daily basis to ensure the success of our community.  I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season.