UT College of Medicine Academic Affiliation

Letter from Dr. Gaber

August 2015

 

President Sharon L. GaberDear Faculty, Staff and Students,

While it’s only been a few weeks since I started, the transition into the presidency has been easier thanks to the periodic visits I was able to make to UT since March.

During those visits I began to engage with the work underway to develop a long-term academic affiliation between UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica.

With greater access to more patients for our learners and faculty, opportunities to greatly advance and increase our research efforts, and significant resources to upgrade facilities and recruit top faculty to the region, the benefits of an affiliation are as clear as they are transformational.

These benefits also are in line with my and the Board of Trustees’ vision for a highly regarded medical school and academic medial center, as part of The University of Toledo, focused on high-quality, efficient and cost-effective education, research and clinical care.

In recent weeks, Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Dave Morlock, CEO of the UT Medical Center, have been making great strides.

As you may remember, a letter of intent to enter an affiliation with ProMedica was approved by the Board of Trustees and signed in May. Thanks to the ongoing hard work of Chris, Dave and a great many people at both organizations, I believe we may have a final agreement before the end of August.

But in many ways, this definitive agreement represents the starting line. We are looking at a multi-year timeline to transition College of Medicine and Life Sciences academic programs to ProMedica facilities and timelines will vary from department to department. The Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Sciences are having additional conversations with ProMedica to address the needs of their learners.

As this transition takes place, UTMC will begin its transition as well. High-quality patient care will continue to be provided at the hospital and UT will continue to evaluate the health care needs of the communities we serve.

With your help and support, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica have an incredible opportunity to create together an academic medical center that can provide outstanding medical care and teaching opportunities, achieve a national stature, and further elevate this community.

Sincerely,
Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.
President

Last Updated: 9/1/16