Office of the Dean

Dean's Message 5.09.2012

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we have started the difficult but essential process of becoming a more efficient organization by reducing administrative duplication and unfunded research.

We are reorganizing and eliminating jobs at every level, including leadership, and by the end of May will create a shared services model for Information Technology, Human Resources, Marketing and other functions that are currently performed by multiple people in multiple departments, centers and institutes.

We deeply regret that decreases in state and NIH funding, health insurance payments, and the Annual Operating Agreement with Jackson Memorial Hospital are forcing us to reduce expenses and restructure through job eliminations. Eliminating jobs was the very last resort. We are making every effort to ensure that employees who are impacted by these reductions are treated in a respectful, dignified and compassionate manner.

Department managers, with the assistance of Human Resources experts, are speaking individually to every affected employee.

Our employees are receiving severance packages based on their tenure, continued benefits for a period of time and assistance from an outside company retained by the University to provide outplacement services. Counselors, benefits experts and recruiters are on campus and ready to help each person with his or her transition.

The University has revised its tuition remission policy to accommodate affected employees and their children who would otherwise experience disruption in their education.

Many of the impacted employees will be eligible for re-employment elsewhere in the University and will be given priority consideration for those positions, both immediately and in the months to come. We anticipate that about 250 will be rehired into restructured positions at the Miller School. Everyone will have the opportunity to apply for posted jobs.

These changes are difficult both personally and professionally, and will require adjustment, but they are necessary. To remain competitive as an academic medical center, we must be efficient in order to provide the resources that are needed to invest in and strengthen our core missions of delivering top-quality patient care, advancing research, providing an excellent medical education, and serving our community.

We understand how difficult it is to focus on your daily responsibilities when people you care about are adversely impacted, but we ask for your continued support and dedication as we strengthen our medical center for the future.

Thank you for your commitment.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
CEO, University of Miami Health System