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Keck School maps its strategic vision for next five years

By Jon Nalick

To help define the Keck School of Medicine’s top priorities and objectives for the next five years, Dean Carmen A. Puliafito has convened a group to formulate a strategic plan to replace its current guiding document, which was last updated in 2000.

The planning effort is headed by Tom Buchanan, associate dean for clinical research, and Judy Garner, senior associate dean for academic affairs.

On May 9, leaders of 15 working groups met with the Dean and members of the Central Planning Committee to review recommendations for the new five-year plan, specifically designed to improve the quality, impact and reputation of the Keck School’s education, research and clinical care.

According to Buchanan, the planning process focuses on five key areas:

• Integrating research and health care to develop teams of researchers and care providers to address important health problems;

• Integrating science and medical education, training and career development;

• Creating a physical environment that promotes interaction and collaboration;

• Developing the new hospitals on campus into an outstanding academic medical center; and

• Identifying and developing novel technologies and partnerships to expand the school’s capabilities and impact in research, education and clinical care.

Buchanan pointed out that the school is already undergoing significant changes in its clinical, research and educational activities in response to initiatives from Puliafito. A major focus on strategic planning will be to integrate these activities in keeping with a growing emphasis on interdisciplinary care, research and training nationwide.

He added, “It’s really about making sure that while we’re making greater advances in all those areas, we’re coordinating to make sure that the focus is always on improving medical care.”

During the next few weeks, members of the Planning Committee will draft a plan that will be delivered to Puliafito on June 1. Public comment on the document will be solicited this summer.

Keck School maps its strategic vision for next five years

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