P&S Journal: Fall 1994, Vol.14, No.3
Alumni Association Activities
Hosting the annual Dean's Dinner on Feb. 23, Dr. Pardes, also the evening's speaker, discussed developments at the Health Sciences campus. He announced the appointment of Thomas Q. Morris'58 as deputy dean and Dr. Fred Kass as senior associate dean for clinical affairs. He also announced the creation of an Office of Clinical Trials under the direction of Michael Leahey and an advisory committee chaired by Drs. Edward Miller and Lewis Rowland. Reviewing developments in health care reform and the resulting pressures on academic medical centers, Dr. Pardes spoke of his joint efforts, with the deans of other major medical schools, to protect the future strength of medical education and research.
The guest speaker at the April 13 Council Dinner, held in the Clark Conference Center, was Dr. Herbert Chase, associate professor of clinical medicine at P&S, who spoke about recent changes in the medical school curriculum. Recognizing that the volume of information medical students need to absorb is enormous, course directors created a new class called "Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine," which integrates the subjects of anatomy, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. The goal of the course, Dr. Chase explained, is to provide students with an essential core vocabulary of science as a foundation for active medical thinking, enabling them to learn on their own using new computer technology.