Dear College of Human Medicine Community,
It is difficult to find words adequate to capture how saddened I am by the tragic events that occurred at our university. The survivor impact stories, so courageously shared, are beyond devastating. Horrific acts occurred to individuals who came to Michigan State University. They were vulnerable and in search of healing. We failed them.
We are disheartened. Ours is a profession defined by accountability and responsibility. Our core value is caring. Our students come to us knowing that they will graduate as physicians uniquely prepared to protect the dignity of those they serve and to heal those in greatest need. As individuals, we begin and end each day inspired to lessen the struggles of those in need.
These tragic events do not and cannot define us. As a community, we stand united in support of those who spoke out and for those whose stories remain untold. We have a responsibility to the victims to be propelled by their courage, strength and resolve. As caregivers, students, staff and faculty, we will hold each other accountable to a culture of responsibility.
We will be tireless in our commitment to safety for our patients, students, staff, faculty and our community partners. We will be resolute in guarding against future abuse. We will be vigilant in hearing the concerns of all those we serve. We will ensure a more just and responsive community.
My commitment to you is to listen, to support and to advocate through the challenges we will face. As part of this commitment, I invite you to share your concerns confidentially to me via our college’s Culture of Safety email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I want to assure all of you, that together, we will emerge stronger and more determined in our mission to heal and serve. We will be defined by continuing to graduate world class physicians, making discoveries that transform health care and improving lives in our communities and beyond. Our important work must continue…now more than ever.
Norman J. Beauchamp Jr.
Dean, College of Human Medicine