Flywheels, Planning & You

February 10, 2014 by School of Medicine Webmaster   |   Leave a Comment

Dean Nancy DunlapBefore we go any further, I wanted to say thank you. In response to last week’s missive, “What can you stop doing?” we received many wonderful and thoughtful responses about the work we do here at the School of Medicine and how we go about doing it. (Or in this case, how we should stop doing some of it.) We are distributing your responses to the Operational Efficiency committee for evaluation to determine what work can be adjusted or phased out.

Speaking of our Academic Strategic Planning groups, many of you have expressed interest in becoming involved in the process. We have a number of working groups. In addition to our three mission-focused groups, there are several other workgroups that can be seen here.

Workgroups, committees, websites, weekly emails … this all sounds like we are talking about strategic planning. Of course we are. Of course we’re not. What we are really talking about is creating the School of Medicine flywheel. We’re talking about priming for self-sustained processes that require elbow grease to get started but, once going, will be a dynamic and efficient system. We are talking about change, about continual self-evaluation, about developing the ability to be nimble and agile when confronting challenges. We’re talking about learning how to do our work better, and how to do it together.


Nancy E. Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

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