Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Here are a few stories that remind me of the value of philanthropy, mentorship and service to our profession:

• We’ve hit an important mark in the Make It Real Campaign for VCU, with the university having raised $613.5 million toward its $750 million goal. In addition, the medical school is at nearly 75 percent of its $300 million campaign goal, paving the way for a strong finish in 2020. I could not be more grateful for the generous support of our alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have helped us reach this milestone. You are leading the way in defining the future of medicine on the MCV Campus.

• We’re proud of the medical school’s reputation for great mentors, and especially proud of how biostatistician Al Best, Ph.D., inspired alumna Stacey Cofield, Ph.D. As his teaching assistant for three years, Cofield watched in amazement as students who resented having to take a statistics class were transformed into engaged learners. It changed her career’s trajectory, and now she’s been honored for her own teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

• The medical school has a longstanding commitment to serving our academic medicine colleagues and mission. Darrell Griffith, M.P.H., CMPE, the school’s senior associate dean of finance and administration and executive director of MCV Physicians, exemplifies that spirit of service. He has been appointed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to the steering committee of the Group on Business Affairs that advances administrative and fiscal management in academic medical institutions.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading these stories.

With every good wish,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System