On the fourth floor of the Given Building at the Larner College of Medicine, Adam Atherly, Ph.D., surveys the space outside of his newly-painted office. Two adjacent doors open into rooms with empty desks. A common area includes space for a few more cubicles with top-notch views of the Green Mountains. In one corner, a coat rack hangs on otherwise empty walls. Outside the glass door, a sign reads: UVM Center for Health Services Research. Although the offices may be a work-in-progress, the mission for the new center is clear: Foster cutting-edge research that improves the delivery of healthcare, leading to better population health in Vermont and across the country.
As the first director of the Center for Health Services Research just a few months into the job, Atherly sees the space as brimming with possibility. Soon enough, the cubicles and offices will be filled with analysts and researchers. Faculty from across the university will be stopping in for statistics support and consultation on their work. Brown bag lunches hosted by the center will allow faculty from across disciplines to get to know each other and find new collaborators from across the university
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