from Dr. Byington
January 2017: Welcome from the Dean
I hope your spring semester is off to a great start and that the holiday break left you feeling refreshed personally and professionally. Today, I officially start in my leadership roles for Texas A&M, and I could not be more excited to get to work. The start of the year is a great time to look forward to the progress we will make together in 2017, specifically advancements in our clinical, education and research enterprises to better serve the people of Texas and beyond.
As I’ve alluded to previously, one of the things that drew me to Aggieland was the chance to guide and mentor a new generation of health professionals at a time when the health care landscape continues to evolve. As we leave the century of the physician and enter the century of the patient, there will be a monumental shift in the way health care is delivered. This will also necessitate transformations in health education. I look forward to the advances and opportunities that interprofessional education will mean for learners and more importantly for patients. And who better to rise to the challenge than a comprehensive health science center comprised of all the major disciplines—biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health?
With colleges and centers across the state, there is also a tremendous opportunity for Texas A&M to lead the way in a new model of team-based health care delivery. We will build a clinical environment of the future that is patient-centered, science-based and technology-enabled. I envision a clinical practice with an emphasis on population health management, tackling important regional issues—including primary care and mental health—as well as innovative transitional care allowing patients to move from the hospital and back into their communities and homes.
Finally, as a physician scientist myself, I look forward to advancing the Texas A&M research enterprise. Utilizing the unique expertise across both the health science center and greater A&M community, our possibilities in innovation are endless. A great example of this can be seen in the EnMed program, a partnership with the College of Engineering to educate a new kind of physician who will have both the clinical skills to diagnose symptoms and treat patients and the engineering mindset to tackle the most complex problems in medicine and health care.
While these ideas will inevitably take great commitment, I welcome the challenge of taking Texas A&M to the next level as a comprehensive and innovative academic health center.
In closing, I want to sincerely thank you for the meaningful work you perform every day. I look forward to engaging with each of you, fine-tuning my vision and strategic approach along the way. As we look ahead in 2017, I know that together, we have an unprecedented opportunity to lead the way.
With warmest wishes,
Carrie L. Byington, MD