Archives for August 2016

FY16 Research Funding Closes Strong

Everyone loves a good comeback story.

With regard to research funding, I think UVA is in the middle of a great comeback story, and I could not be more proud. Our faculty put in the heart and the hard work to make it happen — starting with the Strategic Plan — and now it is giving us a great return on investment.

The School of Medicine finished with a strong FY16 in research funding with $207.4M in total funding from all sources, including $127 million from grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These totals represent double-digit increases from FY15: a greater than 14 percent increase in UVA SOM NIH funding and a 16.4 percent increase in total funding.

These totals represent our best performance in both NIH and total grants since 2010. We have been trending up for the past three years. This growth in research funding is a testament to the hard work and creativity of our faculty, students, fellows and staff. This is really terrific news for our faculty and our school. Congratulations!

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

Highlights: August MAC Meeting

som-bldg_NEW_12122014FY16 Extramural Funding Update

  • The School of Medicine finished a strong FY16 with $207.4M in total funding from all sources, including $127M in grants from the National Institutes of Health.
  • The totals represent a greater than 14% increase in UVA SOM NIH funding, and a 16.4% increase in total funding since last fiscal year.
  • Thanks to all: This is a testament to the hard work and creativity of our faculty, students, fellows and staff.

 The Class of 2020

  • The 156 students of the Class of 2020 are now on Grounds and have been orienting for the past few days.
  • This class is one of the most diverse and academically qualified group of students we have ever had.

Chair Searches Update

  • In December of 2015, the School of Medicine engaged CBO Partners — a local firm with expertise in conducting leadership searches for schools of medicine — and launched chair searches (every other month) for Organ Transplant, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Surgery, Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, and Dermatology.
  • Searches are going well. The dean’s office and the search committees are fielding expressions of interest from candidates as well as conducting first- and second-round interviews.

U.S. News & World Report

  • The 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals” guide recognized eight UVAHS specialties and ranked UVA as the #1 hospital in Virginia.
  • Three UVA specialties ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. are Cancer, Urology, and Nephrology.
  • Five specialties honored as “high performing” (placing them among the top 10 percent in their respective specialties: Cardiology & heart surgery; Diabetes & endocrinology; Neurology & neurosurgery; Orthopedics; and Pulmonology.

Our Core Values in Action: ASPIRE

  • ASPIRE values launched on June 7 at the leadership summit. Anne discussed options and solicited feedback how to best communicate these to faculty and staff.
  • If you need assistance in talking about ASPIRE to your team, there are resources and opportunities available. Contact Anne Williams ( or visit

The next MAC meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in the BIMS classroom.

Who Will Lead?

R.J. Canterbury, MD

R.J. Canterbury, MD

I’ve been watching the news a lot lately and following the presidential election. Regardless of my (or your) political affiliation, it is probably safe to say that the 2016 election cycle is one for the history books. Whether or not your candidate wins: This is a year that we, as a nation, choose a new leader. Defining a leader’s quality and skills has been on my mind as of late, as this month we are launching the new leadership curriculum for all first-year medical and BIMS students.

It’s an exciting time as we seek to inspire the next generation of leaders in the rapidly evolving biomedical research and healthcare environments. This new curriculum — rolled out over the next four years — is designed to foster the qualities essential for our students to become leaders in biomedical research, clinical medicine, education and public policy.

This is a big deal, as we will be shaping and training these future leaders. Our working group of faculty, educators, and students — with input from a panel of UVA leaders across Grounds — identified four domains (personal, intrapersonal, systems-based, social) and 24 subdomains paramount to leadership in biomedical research and the health care environment. Fourteen subdomains will be initially prioritized and developed as part of the MD and BIMS curricula. The pre-clerkship years focus on building of the fundamentals of leadership. In the advanced years, we will develop leadership-in-practice skills and experience. Ultimately, each student will engage in a leadership capstone project as a first step to becoming a future leader in healthcare.

At the national level, there is a groundswell for leadership development. Both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) are focusing on this. UVA is now joining the forefront of educators in leadership training. We are empowering students to be active participants in the future of medicine, giving them the skillsets to be the key players, and increasing the likelihood they will end up in a leader role. But it is important to note, we’re not just training future CEOs and legislators. Being able to lead effectively and efficiently at the local level — a team, unit, or department — is just as valuable. We want our graduates to be able to represent their specialty and to be in a position to enact positive change.

Leadership is about being a role model—believing and behaving according to our ASPIRE values. And it’s not just for our students, CEOs, deans, or chairs. It is about being inspirational for your team, regardless of position.

So, the real question is: How am I inspiring others today?


R.J. Canterbury, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education