As dean, I am honored to lead Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine through its next phase of growth − especially at this pivotal juncture in health care. Our primary mission is to educate and nurture future generations of diverse, compassionate, and humanistic physicians who promote wellness and patient-centered care for all members of society. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic underscores the critical importance of this mission.
Our school’s commitment to fostering humanism in medicine is rooted in the art of our namesake, Frank H. Netter, MD. His renowned anatomical illustrations and paintings were crafted with a striking level of empathy and humanity and have inspired generations of healthcare professionals.
Dr. Netter humanely illustrated disease processes as life challenges faced by individual patients. As his art pays respect to the complexity and diversity of patients, so, too, does our innovative medical education curriculum, with its emphasis on patient-centered care. This model of care is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values.
Our focus on humanistic medicine also challenges us to think more broadly about the health and well-being of patients and their communities, especially those who are most vulnerable. Thus, we are committed to addressing the social determinants of health and to fostering equitable health care for all communities.
This tremendous undertaking cannot be accomplished alone. Indeed, health care is a “team sport” that requires collaboration across multiple disciplines. At Netter, this interprofessional philosophy is seamlessly woven into our curriculum.
Housed inside the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, our collaborative learning environment fosters interprofessional health care education and team-based practice. Through hallways lined with Dr. Netter’s drawings, our medical students walk alongside future nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, social workers, medical imaging specialists and our other colleagues in the health professions.
We also understand that the quality of care we provide to our patients is linked to the health and well-being of the providers. As such, Netter provides a student-centered medical education program in which learners develop the skills and habits of practice that promote their own well-being.
Ours is a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff and clinical partners united by our collective passion for advancing the health and well-being of local and global communities. Together, in the spirit of innovation and humanism, we are reimagining medical education in pursuit of painting a brighter health care future for all. I hope that you will join us in this exciting endeavor!
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