Our Department of Medicine is facing the same strong headwinds challenging the integrity of all academic clinical programs (impact of a depressed economy and uncertainty of healthcare financing), educational programs (new duty hour requirements for housestaff) and research programs (declining NIH support). Despite this perfect storm of pressure on the tripartite mission, our Department had an outstanding year.
Our clinical programs experienced a brisk increase in overall inpatient, procedural and ambulatory volume which resulted in a robust increase in combined net revenue and met our budgeted targets. Our faculty are seeing patients in 35 practice sites and 56 of them were cited in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and/or National “Top doc” listings. We were successfully represented in the top 1% in six subspecialties in the 2011 Annual U.S. News & World Report Ranking. The Division of Hematology/Oncology has a major presence in our newly opened Seidman Cancer Hospital. Multiple Divisions have developed strong programs in our newly opened Ahuja Community Hospital.
Our educational programs remain exceptionally strong highlighted by one of our strongest Internal Medicine Residency matches which included 5 MSTP students, 10 students from CWRU and an overall diverse, outstanding group. Our faculty have a strong presence in the four years of undergraduate medical student education and in our MSTP Program.
We are especially proud of the continued increase in the quality and quantity of basic, translational and clinical research programs. Direct cost research expenditures increased by 10% in AY 2010-2011. This included several new program project/SPOR and training grants. Our young investigator transition from mentored awards to independent NIH R01 funding substantially exceeds the national average. Exceptional extramural award contributions were made by Mukesh Jain (Cardiovascular Medicine), Fabio Cominelli and Amitabh Chak (Digestive Disease), David Aaron (Endocrinology), Sanford Markowitz (Hematology/Oncology) and Jonathan Stamler (Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine) among others. Our Annual Research Day attracted over 100 posters and oral presentations from our housestaff, fellows and junior faculty.
This year we were delighted to welcome Robert Bonomo and Thomas Hostetter in their new leadership roles as Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs and Vice Chair for Research respectively.