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Standing together through COVID-19

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Dear colleagues –

Members of the leadership team here at IU School of Medicine are in constant contact with university officials and our clinical partners, to navigate a situation that is changing by the hour.

As we enter a new week, most of us are facing landscapes both at work and at home that are dramatically altered. Many of you are now working remotely for the next few weeks. Others are working on the front lines in our hospitals and clinics and are bracing for the days ahead.

COVID-19 has undoubtedly created stress and sacrifice for all of you in different ways … stress about your education and your career … economic uncertainty … the demands of your residencies … the patients requiring your care … the research you have devoted your careers to … the strain of keeping up on work while also caring for children who are out of school and at home … and above all, for the safety and health of yourself and loved ones.

In these unprecedented times, I thank you for your dedication and resiliency. The people of IU School of Medicine have always stepped up to face big challenges. Together as a school, I am confident we will continue that proud tradition once again. That responsibility is now more important than ever.

With gratitude,

Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA
Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs
Dean of the School of Medicine
Indiana University


I want to hear from you. I know our community answers the call in times of need. I would like to hear how you and your colleagues are demonstrating our values in these challenging times. Share your story. 

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Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA

Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs

Jay L. Hess MD, PhD, MHSA became Dean of the School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs at Indiana University in September 2013. Read his full bio.