Henri Ford: Dean seeks big gains at UM’s Miller School of Medicine
As new dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Henri Ford has many goals for its campus, faculty and school. The Haitian-American general pediatric surgeon, who left his job as vice dean, professor and vice chair of clinical affairs at Southern California’s Kreck School of Medicine, said he wants to inspire and motivate faculty and students and further develop the school into a world leader in scientific excellence.
“We teachers have to recognize our tremendous impact on learners,” he said. “We have to play an activist role in the lives of learners to help them achieve their fullest potential.”
The school, which has about 800 students, doesn’t need to add more than the 200 admitted per year, Dr. Ford said. But with hope of a new medical education building on the horizon and a focus on attracting the county’s finest academic minds to attend and possibly staff the school in its future, he said there remains great room for growth.
“We’re looking to initiate some curricula reforms that will put us at the cutting edge of medical education,” he said. “We want to be innovators, to train future physicians with the best pedagogy that exists. By attracting the best people, we have the right substrate to become one of the preeminent research medical schools in the world.”
Dr. Ford sat down with Miami Today reporter Jesse Scheckner at the UM Miller School of Medicine at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex.
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