Message from the Dean

Michael E. Cain, MD

We celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at a time when many situations urgently demand our attention and energy. We are in the throes of the worst pandemic in over a century, which in turn is highlighting health care disparities in our country that are grounded in deeply rooted social injustices. These realities are necessitating conversations about the need to more effectively address issues of racial diversity and inclusion in medical education and academic medicine. Similar conversations are taking place around gender disparities.

As difficult as these issues are, however, they also make this an opportune time to shine a spotlight on the Jacobs School as both an agent of positive change in our community, and a vast resource that has yet to realize its full potential.

On the following pages, you will read about both aspects of the Jacobs School—its positive impact on our community since its founding in 1846, and its aspiration to have an even more positive impact in the future.

This aspiration—which I know our faculty, staff, students and medical residents share—will require much listening and learning as a foundation for action, and is something that cannot be done in a silo. We must work in full partnership with our community, locally and globally, to serve it in ways that impact health care in a positive, sustained way.

This is how we will best honor the legacy of those who came before us, and best educate and train those who will be tasked with improving upon it.

Michael E. Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences