Yesterday, I had the opportunity to be inspired by an extraordinary group of people — students from our schools of health. Over lunch, 6 medical students, 2 School of Nursing students, 3 Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant students, 3 Health Informatics students and 1 Public Health Master’s student discussed several topics.

In light of our ongoing need to be transparent, we discussed the rising cost of fees particularly in the School of Medicine and the Informatics program. I promised to present an overview of how finances work to them at a future date; this presentation will be open to all students.

The students gave great input on our growing interprofessional needs and offered suggestions that I will explore. I liked hearing how our student run clinics, which are typically led by medical students, could collaborate with the informatics students to implement electronic medical records and work with other students for much-needed resources to improve the quality of care.

It was the kind of meeting of the minds that continues my faith that we at UC Davis are better together and that 1 + 1 = 4.