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Dr. Fred Sanfilippo
Fall 2008  
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This dramatically different approach to medical education features interactive small-group learning, mentoring, and clinical experience integrated early into the curriculum.

  From the Executive VP
The goal-brick road

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If you’re a regular reader of Emory Health, you may already be familiar with the Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s vision—transforming health and healing . . . together. What may be new to you are the overarching goals recently defined by broad input from faculty and staff to help us achieve that vision. Simply put, we want to be the model academic health sciences and services center for the 21st century. We want to set the highest quality as the hallmark of all that we do. And we want to be a terrific place to work. I hope you’ll read my “on point” column to learn more about our goals and what they mean to the community we serve.
     As you look through this issue, you’ll see outstanding progress toward these goals in a series of innovations we’re pioneering to save and improve lives, not only here in Atlanta but also around the country and the world. You’ll meet four Emory medical students, two of whom are completing their training this year under our traditional curriculum and two who recently completed the first full year of a groundbreaking new curriculum. This dramatically different approach to medical education features interactive small-group learning, mentoring, and clinical experiences integrated early and often into the curriculum. And you’ll meet a patient who was so transformed by his experience at Emory Crawford Long Hospital that he returned to nursing school at Emory and now works in the unit where he underwent lifesaving surgery eight years before.
     Read on, and you’ll discover how an Emory geneticist is fighting to make screening for genetic metabolic disorders available to all newborns throughout the region and to ensure that consistent, high-quality care is available to them throughout their lifetime—regardless of insurance status. And you’ll learn about a vaccine being tested at Emory that holds the potential to prevent the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s by slowing the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain.
     These and the other breakthroughs you’ll read about in this issue of Emory Health result from a common set of goals among our service missions in research, education, and patient care—and from the determination of our faculty and staff to achieve them. These goals and the people who are making them a reality distinguish the Woodruff Health Sciences Center among academic health centers nationwide, making us a recognized leader in health innovation. They serve as the cornerstone of our ability to continue transforming health and healing … together.

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

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