Nominations included the following statements:
Aarti is the administrative lead for the School of Medicine's LCME reaccreditation planning process. The LCME re-accreditation process is required of every U.S. medical school, and is an extremely complex institutional process requiring the involvement of multiple departments and individuals. Aarti's extraordinary strategic planning and project management skills led to new systems for executing the data collection, self-study, and site visit processes.
Stanford's site visit proved very successful, but perhaps more importantly, Aarti's leadership has resulted in continuous quality improvement as it relates to the MD program. Rather than focusing on the "once every eight years" cycle for LCME re-accreditation, the MD program is now even more focused on continuous opportunities for making a great medical school even better.
Aarti has been universally recognized by senior leadership, faculty and staff for her collaborative style. The LCME process is known among medical school leadership as an extremely stressful, demanding period, and yet Aarti never sacrificed collegiality, respect, or cooperation as she led the way through the complexity and deadlines for preparation and execution. In fact, the self-study led to an increased sense of community, collegiality, and teamwork, in large part because of Aarti.
Aarti has also been the administrative lead for the Transforming Medical Education initiative, which is in the process of generating multiple innovations to the MD curriculum. Aarti's leadership for how to execute this major undertaking has led to multiple committees and individuals collaborating on curricular change.
Aarti possesses the ability to swiftly and skillfully execute the vision of senior school leadership. She "makes big things happen," and inspires all with whom she works to seize the opportunity to create groundbreaking change.