Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Moving Forward in 2017

Below is my monthly message for the January 2017 Focus. You can view the new version of Focus at MedStarResearch.org/FOCUS.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

"If you don’t move forward, you begin to move backward."
- Mikhail Gorbachev at Harvard University, December 2007

Given the pace of change, maintaining the status quo is not ‘a static position’; it actually results in losing your standing while impeding progress.

But change is hard, especially when:
  1. Things are good enough as they are;
  2. There is inadequate time to take on something new; and
  3. We’ve waited this long, so what’s another few more months?

For several years on the first Sunday of each month, I have faithfully sent out this newsletter sharing with you the achievements of MedStar researchers, clinicians, and associates to advance health. While a newsletter provides only a small sample, it does serve as a view into the  investigational world at MedStar. As such, it’s important to make sure the newsletter also represents our continually changing environment and desire to move forward. And what better time to launch the new format than on the first of the year!

The new look for Focus is being rolled out with new, interactive functionality, creating a library of research stories now available to the public (directly at www.medstarhealth.org/mhri/focusblog or via links on the banner at the top of our website www.MedStarResearch.org). The goal remains the same: to showcase how MedStar researchers and associates are advancing health through research.
The new look for the Focus
monthly email message

For those of you who like the traditional format of Focus, you are able to see the "table of contents" below, with links to read more on each story. For those who want to try something new, above this message are links to each section of FOCUS so you can view all stories in a category and also view the archives in that category. And yes, no need to worry - you will still get this monthly email from me and I will try to keep you entertained with stories that touch my life and relate to the great work we are doing at MedStar!

While the new look is a lot to take in, there is also a new feature that I would like to mention. As many of you know, MedStar Health investigators and associates publish approximately 1,000 peer review manuscripts in medical journals each year. At the end of the advancement section each month, you will be able to see a selected list of publications and a link to PubMed to see all the work (pulling from everyone who uses the name ‘MedStar’ in their author affiliation) from that month.

The research being conducted by our investigators, the multi-disciplinary research teams created and the SPIRIT shown by our associates- this is what makes us so successful and all of us so proud. I look forward to working with you in 2017!

Now, go enjoy the new issue of FOCUS and have a great year!


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