There’s a wonderfully evocative image on the cover of this issue of the Review: a goldfish leaping out of a little fishbowl and into a bigger one. It represents Jefferson University graduates leaving the more secure world of their alma mater and plunging into the waters of professional practice and American healthcare. The picture illustrates our feature story about alumni pathbreakers and entrepreneurs, graduates who are shaking up old models of healthcare careers, finding new solutions to new problems—and to old ones—and transforming the future of healthcare.
Our $2 trillion industry is undergoing enormous change. Jefferson is not just running to keep up with change: we’re leading the transformation. We’re out in front of it, reimagining what will be obvious to everyone in 10 years – and doing it now.
Our new Institute of Emerging Health Professions is already identifying what kind of education will be needed for rising health professions. Drawing on the resources of Jefferson’s colleges, the Institute will train professionals to carry out the tasks and roles an evolving healthcare system requires. It’s a window as well as a doorway onto the future of healthcare.
At Jefferson, we say “health is all we do” – and these days, healthcare gets “done” by interdisciplinary, inter-professional teams. Jefferson is one of the leaders in bringing together health-science disciplines and training professionals in teams that provide not only great care but, with our emphasis on listening and communication, also great caring. As an academic medical center, we drive new ideas through research and translate them into products, strategies and ventures that help patients and consumers. The Jefferson Accelerator Zone provides facilities and programming where our students and scientists team up with investors, big pharma and other partners to create and launch ventures in bio tech, medical technology, health IT and more. We’re also delivering the right level of Jefferson care anytime and anywhere to anyone who needs it through JeffConnect, our pioneering telehealth initiative.
Jefferson has been pushing boundaries, breaking paradigms and inventing better ways of training doctors and healing patients since 1824. Medical firsts are in our DNA. Our rich history of thought leadership, clinical innovation and medical discovery positions Jefferson as a leader in healthcare and health-professions education today and a pioneer of breakthroughs tomorrow. Our graduates take this DNA with them when they make the leap from Jefferson and then leap again into some new venture or innovative direction in healthcare.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of healthcare, and it’s thrilling to be involved with your alma mater, innovating and leading the way to the future of healthcare. As Jefferson alumni, you are that future, and we need you with us reimagining what can be and building a healthier tomorrow.
Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD
Executive Vice President