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School of Medicine strategic plan review gains momentum

With two long sessions with clinical chairs already under their belts, leaders of the effort to update the School of Medicine’s strategic plan intend to meet Oct. 13, with chairs of five basic science departments.

The sessions will take place from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The three-hour long sessions on Oct. 3, and Oct. 6, were characterized by one of the leaders as constructive.

“The sessions were cooperative,” said Ed Crandall, chair of medicine, who is the leader of the group evaluating the school’s development effort. “There was earnest interest on the part of the chairs to help evaluate where we have been and where we are now – to set the stage for where we are going.”

Last Saturday, six clinical department chairs were interviewed individually by the leaders of four of the five area review leaders and their staff support, Vaughn Starnes and Jeff Huffman, patient care; Peter Jones and Richard Lolley, research; Crandall and Bill Stone, development, and Leslie Bernstein and Fermin Vigil, organization. Department chairs taking part were Michael Patzakis, orthopaedics; Tom DeMeester, surgery; Ricardo Hahn, family medicine; Dan Mishell, Ob/Gyn; Ron Smith, ophthalmology, and Zbigniew Petrovich, radiation oncology.

On Tuesday, the leaders met with Dale Rice, chair of otolaryngology; Gail Anderson, emergency medicine; George Simpson, psychiatry; Leslie Weiner, neurology, and Don Skinner, urology. Participating were Starnes with Huffman, Jones with Lolley, Bernstein and Crandall with Stone.

Separately, an education team of Donna Elliott, leader, and Clive Taylor, staff, is also taking part in the evaluation phase, which is the first part of the replanning effort: tracking how the school is doing to meet the strategic plan developed five years ago.

After next Tuesday’s meetings, report cards will be prepared for each area of evaluation, education, research, patient care, organization and development.

School of Medicine strategic plan review gains momentum

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