Letter from the dean
It’s just the right time to be at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. We are busy, innovative and rapidly growing — and large — with 2,500 students (850 in medicine) and 2,100 faculty, including 1,600 physicians and scientists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and 500 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We are the only academic medical center in central Ohio and beyond, serving a population of more than 2 million.
As I reflect on our accomplishments this past year, I’m in awe. We are growing at an unprecedented rate. I credit our talented physicians, scientists, staff and students for their aspiration to be one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. The work they do every day — to provide high-quality differentiated clinical care, educate the next generation of physicians and healthcare providers, and produce the innovation that will inform the future care of our patients — is inspiring.
Distinctive clinical care
Our faculty at the College of Medicine deliver high-value care with unparalleled patient experience and access — treating the most complex patients in our region and the nation. This means our patients are the first to benefit from the discoveries that are happening right here, every day. Perhaps this would be our solid organ transplant program which has doubled in volume over the past four years and is now in the nation’s top 10, or our innovative treatments for leukemia that draw patients from across the globe. These and so many similar programs are what differentiate our faculty at Ohio State. Every time we care for a patient at Ohio State, it’s a reminder of our responsibility to improve people’s lives.
Over the past three years, growing innovation has been a major focus of the college, with strategies that include enhancing research infrastructure, developing a positive research culture and recruitment. The 2018-2019 fiscal year set a record for the College of Medicine’s research funding; we received nearly $270 million in extramural funding (up 28% over the previous year). We received more than $164 million in contracts and subcontracts from the National Institutes of Health this past fiscal year (up almost 40%). As you’ll learn, this valuable support allows our scientists to address the world’s most pressing health issues, from cardiovascular disease to addiction to autoimmune disease to cancer.
Ohio State is one of two universities in North America with seven health sciences colleges, all in close proximity. Our focus is interdisciplinary education, with the goal of creating a learning environment that prepares students across the health disciplines to provide team care. Ohio State trainees are among the best in the country. For example, our incoming medical student class has an average 3.8 GPA and a 514 MCAT score. Moreover, we’re proud of our diversity. For the past six years, a majority of the incoming medical school class has been women, and recently we were ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Medical Schools with the highest percentage of African American students outside of historical black colleges and universities.
We are growing rapidly. Over the past three years, we’ve added 415 new faculty to the College of Medicine, increasing our number from 1,690 to over 2,100. If that’s not enough, we plan to grow by an additional 500 faculty over the next five years to meet our expanding clinical and research needs. We have some of the most brilliant physicians, teachers and researchers in the nation and have recruited over the last three years 14 new department chairs from a variety of top institutions. Two of our most recent appointments include J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, from UCSF, chair of Family and Community Medicine, who’s an innovative leader in transforming primary care delivery through the integration of high-value technology, and Benjamin Segal, MD, from Michigan, chair of the Department of Neurology, who is internationally recognized for his work in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. We are proud that our four most recent chairs have been women.
With this tremendous growth, we need new facilities. We are investing over $3 billion in capital improvements to create the campus of the future, shaping the best possible environment for clinical care, learning and research. These facilities include a new 840-bed inpatient hospital, four large outpatient care centers, an interdisciplinary research facility and a new College of Medicine that will be part of an interdisciplinary health sciences center.
I am thrilled with everything we’ve accomplished and am excited about the years ahead. I truly believe the future of medicine is here at Ohio State. There will not be a more exciting place to be over the next 10 years than THE Ohio State University College of Medicine.
K. Craig Kent, MD
Dean, College of Medicine
Vice President for Health Sciences
Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine