To the Faculty,
I am pleased to share with you a draft of the UNC School of Medicine strategic plan.
This plan is the product of over a year of work on the part of faculty and administrators across the medical school. Our consulting team interviewed over 70 leaders across the campus for their perspectives on the state of the SOM and on the key challenges and opportunities facing us. We also incorporated faculty input via a school-wide survey last March. In addition, we benchmarked UNC with leading peer institutions on a number of dimensions across our missions. Based on this information, strategic priorities were identified for the SOM and seven faculty task forces were charged with developing a set of concrete recommendations for pursuing these priorities. The task forces conducted their work during the second half of 2011. Their recommendations were reviewed by an Oversight Committee, which consisted of myself, Al Daugird, Cam Enarson, Brian Goldstein, Terry Magnuson and Warren Newton. The Oversight Committee edited the draft strategic plan in collaboration with the leaders of the task forces to clarify and expand some recommendations. The resulting set of strategic priorities and initiatives form the basis of the attached draft strategic plan, which we now present to you for your thoughtful input.
We are very interested in your feedback with a goal of finalizing the strategic plan by March 1, 2012. This date was selected so that we will be able to present our new SOM Strategic Plan to the LCME site visitors when we are reviewed in mid-March. After obtaining and in incorporating your feedback, the plan will be presented to the Dean’s Advisory Committee and ultimately to Dr. Roper for his approval.
To facilitate obtaining your input, we have scheduled six opportunities for interested faculty to meet with members of the Oversight Committee to ask questions and provide feedback. We have scheduled these meetings at different times of the day with the hope that all faculty interested in providing feedback will be able to attend one of these sessions. Recognizing that may not be the case, if you would like to share your thoughts and are unable to attend one of these meetings, we invite you to share your feedback directly with our consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org. (E-mail feedback will be shared with the Oversight Committee, but without identifying the sender’s name.)
After the plan is finalized, we will begin the action phase of the plan in which we begin to implement the initiatives outlined. During this phase, we will assign project owners to each initiative, set deadlines and more concretely determine the costs associated with each particular project. As you may recall, Dean Roper has committed $50 million dollars from SOM funds over the next five years to be used to support the implementation of the SOM Strategic Plan.
I look forward to discussing the draft strategic plan with many of you over the course of the next few weeks.