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Work Meets Play

Work Meets PlayTuftsSchool of Medicine Dean Michael Rosenblatt, M.D., is excited about the changes slated for the school in the months to come.

Boston [02.19.08] With a schedule that could possibly be tighter than Fort Knox, Michael Rosenblatt, M.D., considers himself "lucky" to be able to devote much of his time and effort to his work as the dean of Tufts School of Medicine. In a recent profile by the Boston Business Journal, 2008 is noted to be a big year for Rosenblatt as the medical school continues to evolve.

Though Rosenblatt's work schedule can sometimes overlap with his home life, he considers his work a vacation in itself.

"I am so lucky," he told the publication. "I get to think about how you produce a better doctor, what you can do to make bone health better, and what you can do to stop bad complications of cancer. Work is fun."

Aside from a $2 million promotional effort looking to reshape the school's identity, the medical school is currently looking at a series of other top-level projects this year, including a new partnership with the Maine Medical Center and a planned redesign of its curriculum.

As part of the Maine partnership, students will start their medical school career with two years at Tufts, before moving on to the Maine Medical Center for a year's clerkship, followed by monthly rotations in their fourth year at MMC.

"Although this is a new agreement, our affiliation with Maine Medical Center began in the 1930's and 1940's when Tufts students, funded by the Bingham Program, rotated to Maine hospitals," Rosenblatt commented in a recent statement. "We are excited to re-establish and revitalize this important relationship."

The new curriculum, projected to start in 2010, is a more long-term project as the school seeks to collaborate with more doctors, find the best practices and be open to emerging technology.

"We have spent a lot of time on it," Rosenblatt told the Journal. "I think it is one of the most exciting curriculums for the future and we've got some things in it that are really neat."

Rosenblatt has been dean of the medical school since 2003. He also runs a lab focusing on the study of bone biology in connection to breast cancer metastasis.

The Journal highlighted Rosenblatt's extensive career background, including his work during the 1980s with pharmaceutical giant Merck. In that time, he played a large role in the development of Fosamax, the company's well-known osteoporosis medication.

Rosenblatt later served as the president of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center during a period of struggle for the hospital from 1999 to 2001, followed by a research sabbatical at MIT.

Rosenblatt graduated from Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, in 1973, and is a founder of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A year after coming to Tufts, Rosenblatt held an exhibit at the Tufts-New England Medical Center of pictures he had taken during a trip to Antarctica, welcoming faculty and the community into his longtime passion for photography while also donating the proceeds from picture sales to the Tufts-New England Medical Center.

"One of the top five pleasures I have had in this job is working with him," Tufts-New England Medical Center CEO Ellen Zane told the Journal in reference to her experiences with Rosenblatt. "He is in the right job for his academic background and his skill set. He is beloved by his team at the university and has hired really good people.

"I am very much here to realize the potential of this jewel of a medical school," Rosenblatt said.

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