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Brown University announces new investments in biological sciences,
new partnership agreements with affiliated hospitals
As part of the Plan for Academic Enrichment, the Corporation of Brown University has approved proposals that will bring significant new investments to the Division of Biology and Medicine. New laboratories and an expanded faculty are already under way in the basic biological sciences. The University is committed to expanding its Program in Public Health and providing it a new home. The Medical School and its hospital partners will be working under new agreements.
At its winter meeting on Feb. 28, 2004, the Corporation of Brown University approved a set of proposals to enhance Brown Medical School’s capacity for strategic planning and decision making with its affiliated hospitals and to set the stage for expansion of the University’s Program in Public Health.
The initiatives approved by the Corporation will allow the dean of medicine and biological sciences, for whom a national search is underway, to exercise strategic leadership in matters related to faculty appointment and deployment in clinical departments and to work in closer collaboration with clinical department chairs and hospital leadership.
The Academic Medical Center
From its beginning in the early 1970s, Brown Medical School has built its programs of clinical instruction and research in partnership with affiliated local hospitals. These institutional relationships – the Academic Medical Center – have been mutually dependent and beneficial, supporting both care delivery and clinical medical education.
The Plan for Academic Enrichment incorporates proposals for enhanced individual partnerships between Brown and Lifespan, Care New England, the V.A. Medical Center and Memorial Hospital. Those new partnerships would give the Academic Medical Center greater capacity for strategic planning, an enhanced ability to integrate clinical and academic programs, and greater control and accountability for program quality across all departments. Proposed changes in the partnerships include:
The proposed changes in the Academic Medical Center will set the stage for growth and program enhancements within the Medical School and will strengthen the University’s hand as it recruits a new dean of medicine and biological sciences.
Basic Biological Sciences
The University’s first effort, already underway as part of the Plan for Academic Enrichment, is to invest significantly in basic biological sciences. These investments include:
Brown’s nationally prominent Program in Public Health is one of the fastest growing areas in the Division of Biology and Medicine. The Plan for Academic Enrichment and the Division’s own strategic plan call for investments that will solidify the program’s growth to date and position it for significant growth in the next five to seven years.
At its meeting on Saturday, Feb. 28, the Brown University Corporation endorsed developments already underway in the basic biological sciences and authorized the administration to move forward with planning for investments and changes in the Medical School and the Program in Public Health. The Corporation also approved a new set of strategic goals, including:
During the next five years, the dean of medicine and biological sciences will be provided with an additional $12.5 million for academic purposes, in addition to more than $130 million in capital investments already underway.
History of biological and biomedical research at Brown
Brown Medical School, which graduated its first class in 1975, is well known for its Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), an innovative program combining college and medical education in an eight-year continuum leading to both the bachelor degree and the M.D. degree. It is different from most medical schools in that the majority of openings for the first-year class are reserved for students who are enrolled in the PLME. Brown awards approximately 80 Doctor of Medicine degrees each year.
Brown has created an administrative structure – the Division of Biology and Medicine – that promotes the intellectual integration of the biological and medical sciences and offers students opportunities to develop flexible, individualized studies. The basic science curriculum is taught on the University campus, where basic science departments are housed; the basic science faculty are actively involved in the academic and research activities of the University. The majority of the clinical departments are housed in the seven affiliated hospitals; most clinical teaching is hospital- or community-based.
The Division of Biology and Medicine comprises Program in Biology (five basic science departments) and the Medical School (13 clinical departments). There are currently 161 campus-based faculty, 481 full-time faculty in the clinical departments, and 217 adjunct, emeritus or visiting faculty. There are also 1,362 clinical voluntary faculty.
Basic Science Departments
Brown-affiliated teaching hospitals