In our Report to the Community last year, I described how UW Medicine is creating the future of healthcare in patient care, medical education and research. I am pleased to say that this work is progressing rapidly and UW Medicine faculty, staff, students and trainees are leading positive changes in all areas of healthcare.
Patient Care: We are delivering better care and spending healthcare dollars more wisely, and we are more engaged with empowered patients at the center of their care. After several years of foundational work, we launched the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network in 2015. Our contract with The Boeing Company lowers the cost of care to the company and its employees while raising the bar on quality, service and access. The Washington State Health Care Authority is offering a similar new accountable care program in 2016. The UW Medicine Accountable Care Network is the only healthcare organization participating in both of these landmark programs.
Medical Education: In fall 2015, the UW School of Medicine implemented the most fundamental change to the medical student curriculum in the history of our school. Based on studies showing that active learning expands student knowledge and retention, the new curriculum gives students hands-on training from the beginning of their medical school experience and focuses on the lifelong learning skills physicians need to keep up-to-date throughout their careers.
Research: UW Medicine is the top public medical school in the nation for grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and number two among all medical schools according to U.S. News & World Report. Our faculty compete successfully for more than $1 billion of research funding each year. UW Medicine research also benefits from private philanthropy, as shown in this report by large gifts for stem cell therapy to repair hearts, palliative care, Alzheimer’s disease research and sports safety. From the mechanisms of disease to new clinical applications, UW Medicine researchers offer hope for better health outcomes to people around the world.
I am deeply grateful to UW Medicine’s 25,000 faculty, staff, students and trainees for your contributions to our community and for your work to improve health each and every day.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington