Academic Strategic Planning Presentation of June 20, 2014


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
~ Peter Drucker

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Message from Dean Dunlap:

On Friday, we celebrated the months of work that over 250 members of the School of Medicine invested in defining a strategy for achieving excellence in our three missions—research, education, and clinical care. Three Mission Groups started by assessing what would add value for our students, granting agencies, and patients. They critiqued our strengths and weaknesses, debated our opportunities and threats. Ten Tactical Groups analyzed infrastructure, partnerships, and relationships with our community. Nearly 30 centers, departments and divisions conducted SWOTs. Numerous initiatives were outlined and as the ideas were analyzed by the Steering Committee, three themes emerged that will guide our future —Collaboration, Integration, and Pioneering Innovation. These aspirations will be our “north star” as we now prioritize, plan, and resource initiatives to move the School of Medicine forward to become a better version of ourselves.

Some who heard these themes were deflated. “What is the big deal? Why did it take months of debate to come up with these themes?” The fact that these themes are not “foreign” to our thinking means we do believe that these behaviors are important. In fact, these words were prominent in the Word Cloud that 130 faculty and staff created before we started the planning process. However, if you look at our current reality, there are many barriers—policies, infrastructure, and physical obstacles—to being collaborative, integrative, and innovative. By identifying what we want to be, we can now clearly move to creating our future.

We all know why we are here. In everything we do, we strive to improve health. We change lives every day through inspired healing, deep learning, and astonishing discovery. We all want to be excellent in our missions. And now, we have defined a path by which we will work to achieve excellence—through Collaboration, Integration, and Pioneering Innovation. By examining ourselves through the lens of these themes, we can improve our programs, find better ways of working together, and thoughtfully invest. We now are ready to create our future.

Thanks to all of the members of the School of Medicine who helped to identify our strategic themes. The insightful perspectives, passion for excellence, and dedication to the school were evident throughout the process. The School of Medicine will benefit greatly from your work.  Thank you.

Nancy E. Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science


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