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Highlights on Report from the School of Medicine Leadership Retreat 2018

Jacque Duncan, MD; Photo by Elisabeth FallThe 2018 School of Medicine Strategic Planning Retreat brought together leaders and key stakeholders to discuss and prioritize areas of strategic attention for the School of Medicine.

Dean Talmadge King interviewed University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano to kick off the retreat. Their conversation covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of national leadership on UC through decisions about DACA, climate change, sexual harassment, and diversity. President Napolitano emphasized that members of the UC community have a moral obligation to confront forces that interfere with the goal of pursuing a healthy and equitable society, and that UC has an important role to play in educating the public about real science, fact-based information, academic freedom, and evidence-based, data-driven decision-making.

The retreat evaluated, prioritized, and refined 11 proposals created by 7 working groups designed to implement bold, broad-reaching ideas for the School of Medicine. Participants worked in teams to prioritize, evaluate, and refine the proposals from the working groups. For example, the Education working group proposed an Education and Learning Institute to provide foundational support for the professional development of the UCSF education community. Other examples of proposals included creating a data science, technology and engineering core; redesigning promotion and tenure to support 21rst century work and engineering equity to achieve institutional excellence. 

At the end of the day, the groups discussed enablers that could facilitate and increase the likelihood of success of the proposals. Enablers included factors such as having an environment that supports creativity, social and family stability, partnerships with community stakeholders, effective communications, efficient operations, and a re-engineered workforce that exemplifies diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The retreat participants, who represented a wide range of experience and perspective, engaged in interactive, meaningful, and democratic discussions to shape strategic plans. The proposals will shape the future areas of strategic attention for the School of Medicine with continued input from the working groups, steering committee members, and retreat participants.

By Jacque Duncan, MD