Archives for May 2016

Supporting Faculty Through Leadership Training

Dr. Linda Duska

Dr. Linda Duska

The Dean’s office provides a number of internal faculty leadership development opportunities and supports faculty participation in local, regional and national programs, such as The Darden School of Business’s Executive Program, the Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Educators in Health Professions, and the AAMC programs for the professional development of early- and mid-career faculty. Another opportunity supported by the Office of the Dean is the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a year-long, part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health. I congratulate Drs. Linda Duska and Susan Pollart on being accepted into the 2016-2017 ELAM Class.

Dr. Susan Pollart

Dr. Susan Pollart

The 2016 ELAM class has 54 fellows, and University of Virginia School of Medicine has two of those spots — this is extraordinary. Please extend your congratulations to Linda and Sue when you next see them.

Academic health centers must change in response to today’s societal, technological, and market forces, and ELAM fellows — like Linda and Sue — will play a leadership role in guiding this process. Through this program, they will develop the skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

Once again, congratulations to Drs. Duska and Pollart, and I thank their chairs for nominating them.

David Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

Right Size, Right Space

blueprints_05122016There are many problems with our space. Education space. Research space. Clinical space. Office space. This is not breaking news to anyone, especially our faculty and staff who live it every day. But we’re taking steps to fix it. We — you, me, and our colleagues throughout the University — are reviewing what we have, rethinking what we need, and determining how to convert today’s blue-sky daydream into tomorrow’s fantastic reality.

All the entities in the Health System, in partnership with colleagues across Grounds, are working together to create a comprehensive space plan for the University of Virginia Health System. This is the first time an academic medical center has performed joint space planning in this manner.

This is pretty exciting. If we do this right, it could become a national model.

This process involves many people and many moving parts. The Integrated Space Planning (ISP) team — 120 representatives from the School of Medicine, the Medical Center, the Office of the Architect, and the Provost’s office — is working with an external team of consultants to conduct this study and develop recommendations.

The ISP team has completed its first stage of assessing space and has found:

  • One-third of the space inventory has exceeded its useful life and must be removed, replaced, or renovated.
  • Effective space utilization can be achieved through an inclusive and transparent space-governance structure.
  • Future growth can be accommodated and fit in a more efficient footprint with the right investments.

By September the Health System will have a complete, 10-year road map for its capital investment strategy.

I encourage you to participate in the June 16 and 17 Town Hall meetings. (June 16: noon in the BIMS Classroom, McKim first floor, across from Sandridge; and at 5 p.m. in the Leonard Sandridge Auditorium. June 17: 7 a.m., in the Leonard Sandridge Auditorium, McKim.) For more ISP information, visit or contact Jessica Hurley Smith, Director of Capital & Facilities Planning for the School of Medicine at

Anne Kromkowski
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
University of Virginia, School of Medicine


Highlights: May MAC Meeting

Below are highlights from the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) meeting held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016:

Health System Integrated Space Planning (ISP) Study Update

  • ISP will provide a guide for capital investment in the Health System by aligning clinical/academic/research strategies with financial and physical resources.
  • By September UVAHS will have a 10-year road map for its capital investment strategy. Renovation, removal, and construction of new space are all being considered.
  • To achieve more efficient and flexible use of space and to accomplish near-term goals, a space advisory committee will be formed to guide space governance and policies.
  • Conversations will continue via town halls in June. Your feedback is encouraged.

Promotion and Tenure

  • We value our non-tenure faculty and want to help ensure their academic success. We have worked with the Provost to improve the criteria for advancement:
    • One domain of excellence
    • Scholarship (original work and/or dissemination of ideas and findings to colleagues who critically evaluate)
    • National reputation evidenced by external involvement and evaluations by external referees.
  • This is part of an ongoing conversation.