fessor both of epidemiology and of medicine. She cared for
patients, taught, and mentored, while pursuing her research
and serving in increasingly senior positions. She held the
William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professorship, and her lead-
ership roles included chair of the Department of Health Sci-
ences Research and a member of the Mayo Clinic Executive
Board. Her career at Mayo Medical School culminated with
her appointment, in 2012, as dean.
adding that only 12 percent of the deans of American medical
schools are women. Does that put her in the spotlight? "No--
it's more like being under a microscope. But I'm used to it;
there are no surprises," she says.
time to serve as a role model for the women coming along
behind them," she adds. And she hopes, as dean at Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School, to have that opportunity.
Health System and Medical Education
been Dr. Gabriel's passion. "It stems from my interest in the
we must change the way we educate future physicians," she says.
"I wanted to play a role in changing the health care system, by
Medical School seemed to provide that opportunity: it is in the
The recent integration with Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey, which has many professional schools, and the affiliations
Sciences created a climate of change and promise.
floor and be part of the transformation of the medical school.
If the job description required keeping everything as is, I
probably wouldn't have come," she says.
forming medical education can the nation successfully over-
haul its health care system. In New Jersey, she sees the poten-
tial for a statewide, integrated system, with health-related
schools, hospitals, and state government working together, all
with a shared focus on community and patient health.
care would be cross-disciplinary, without professional silos, insti-
tutional barriers, and bureaucratic obstacles. At this point, Dr.
Gabriel's visions for health care and medical education become
inseparable. Transformation of medical school curricula is essen-
providers in the nation's fast-changing health care system.
as practicing physicians," she says, observing that by breaking
from the traditional pyramidal model, with the physician at the
top, students will appreciate the value that each discipline
sion, to the community. "This is the direction we want to go as
at Mayo Medical School, led by Dr. Gabriel, follows this edu-
cational model. The revised curriculum is designed to prepare
making people and communities healthier, and offering more
Learning and Community Service
medical school's education team to discuss the curricu-
that promise to be the foundation of a curriculum that builds
on the school's strengths and answers its needs.
Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation
Questionnaire, the Class of 2015 reported nearly 100 percent
participation in curricular activities where the students
learned alongside peers from other health professions.
posal to the American Medical Association (AMA) that would
support embedding students in the existing teams of the Robert
Wood Johnson Medical Group's Home Visit Service. As a
Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium to help
advance the AMA's innovative work aimed at transforming
care delivery in a changing environment. "The patient's home
is a novel learning environment, a care setting that most stu-