Post-election Message from the Dean

Dr. George E. Kikano, M.D., dean of the Central Michigan University College of MedicineFor months, I have been thinking about what to say on this early November morning. I pondered what words would heal raw wounds and soothe battered souls, and I could find few that were suitable for everyone in our diverse community in the context of a polarized country. That is why I prepared this message in October, weeks before the last day of voting in the 2020 election, because regardless of the outcome, our work must continue. 

As physicians and educators, we dedicate our lives to the service of humanity. Whether our society is torn apart by racial injustice or deep political divides; whether we are in the midst of a global pandemic or decisions that will determine the future of health care in our country, we practice our profession with conscience and dignity. We honor our noble traditions to do no harm and do not permit age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factors to intervene between our duty and our patients. 



As educators at the College of Medicine, our mission is clear ― to educate diverse students and train culturally competent physicians to provide comprehensive health care and services to underserved populations in Michigan and beyond. Our mission will continue, regardless of the political climate or the results of any election.

We are resilient, we are creative, we are flexible, and we are needed ― by our patients, our communities and our nation. Yes, we have room to grow, to improve, and opportunities to challenge each other in positive and productive ways. And today, regardless of political leaning, we must commit to staying united and moving forward ― together. 

Lebanese author Khalil Gibran wrote, “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” 

Be kind to one another. 

George E. Kikano, MD
CMU Vice President of Health Affairs
Dean, CMU College of Medicine