Letter from Dean Liang
Dear Medical Alums,
The School of Medicine has reached another milestone with several noteworthy accomplishments this year. On March 16, 2018, we had another successful MATCH of the graduating class. Nearly 50% of the students got their top choice and 85% were matched to their top 3 choices. Nearly 49% of them are entering training in the much needed primary care specialties. Our GME programs (training residents and fellows) successfully matched medical students seeking their postgraduate training. Overall, the GME programs have no citations, a commendable and impressive accomplishment. The MATCH was followed by a successful Commencement on May 7, 2018 when medical students, dental students, master degree and PhD degree students received their diplomas. It was a joyous and an emotional day for the students and their loves ones.
U.S. News & World Report released its new 2019 Best Graduate Schools Rankings. Good news, UConn School of Medicine is remaining competitive nationally. Of the nation’s 177 medical schools, UConn remains in the top 50 nationally for primary care excellence. We now rank #46 in primary care and for medical research, we are staying steady at #57, co-ranked with Tufts and Temple. While we remain positively viewed among all medical schools, we are committed to advancing the SOM further in this ranking and in other important priorities. We are thankful of the effort by our faculty and staff for the School of Medicine’s persistent competitive edge. Thank you for keeping us striving for greater excellence each day. We look forward to welcoming the largest entering class in August of 2018 when we expect to matriculate 110 medical students.
I wish all of you a wonderful, peaceful and fun summer. It is time to experience quality moments with your families and friends. Talk to you again in the fall!
Bruce T. Liang, MD | Dean, School of Medicine
Director of Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiovascular Center
Ray Neag Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine
Letter from Dean MacNeil
June 30 will mark my last day as dean of the School, and I have to say it’s been a wonderful experience. The last twelve years really seem more like twelve months, which I’ll interpret as a good thing! We have accomplished a lot together since 2006, including particularly notable success in developing a new curriculum shared with our medical school to a new inter-campus department, a major national award and a $90 million renovation and construction project. While these are great achievements, I am most proud of another – the re-establishment of an active alumni association that has revitalized alumni interest in and support for the School. Thank you, each and every one of you, for your part in this and the loyalty you have shown to me and the School over these years. The School is definitely poised for continued advancement in the future in large part because of you.
Many of you know that my favorite sport is hockey. I can now confess that is why so many of our alumni sports outings involved an ice rink! I’ve become a fan of our UConn Huskies who are still novice participants in the best college hockey conference in the country, Hockey East. Over the past several years, I’ve noticed some interesting things about this team. First, they seem totally at ease playing against schools with a much longer history in the game, some with four, or five or even more generations of alumni. It’s a team comprised of people of different backgrounds and interests, bonded tightly by one common experience. My goodness, they even let Canadians on the team! Each year, our Huskies are getting stronger, more cohesive, and proving that they’re ready for even greater success. This team reminds me a lot of our Alumni Association. We started out modestly surrounded by schools with much longer track records, but have grown each year under the steady leadership of our captains, first Bill Gagnon, then Mike D’Occhio, followed by Barry Rosenberg, Tris Carta and Joe Gargano. You have all played great supporting roles around them and we have raised some eyebrows with our spirit and drive.
I’m looking forward to playing a different role on our team – hopefully not relegated as a duster on the bench – and I will continue to enjoy promoting our wonderful academic home.
All the best,
Dean, School of Dental Medicine