Dear School of Medicine faculty, staff and students,
I know each one of you is being pulled in many different directions with limited time, so if you read only this first sentence I want to leave you with this simple but very important message: Thank you.
Thank you to our incredible School of Medicine community who has risen to this enormous challenge and demonstrated commitment, innovation, flexibility, tenacity and leadership as we continue to prioritize delivering excellent patient care no matter what the circumstance; pivot our training, education and support for our students using new tools; and transition our research to virtual as we continue to make transformative progress in important and life-changing research– much of which is now focused on addressing the COVID 19 challenge.
You know better than any that the long hours you are working and the sacrifices you are making are not in vain. You are making a real difference in our community and in our world through your work and actions.
Thank you for working together, for your compassion toward one another, your patience, and your willingness to give of yourself to help others. A reminder that there are a number of volunteer opportunities for those who wish and are able to help. Visit this site to learn more: https://sites.duke.edu/covidcommununityresources/
I know this road is a difficult one to travel, but we are in this together. We expect that life as we knew it will continue to change over time, and we must be ready for the long haul. Take care of yourselves and pace yourselves. There are resources available for those who need them:
I am committed to communicating regularly and effectively to you, as I know the situation is evolving and changes are occurring rapidly. Please look out for emails from me personally and from the Duke University School of Medicine email account. As well, we have launched a School of Medicine intranet which houses messages that have been sent out from School of Medicine leadership about research and education activities.
Visit the School of Medicine intranet regularly: https://covid19.medschool.duke.edu
I see and hear daily examples of extraordinary efforts by all of you. I am so grateful for the team around me that has been working non-stop to transition life as we know it into a new reality. Thank you again for all you do. I have never been more proud to be a part of the Duke community.
Dean Mary E. Klotman