We Need Your SWOT

March 8, 2014 by School of Medicine Webmaster   |   Leave a Comment

A week and a half ago at the Academic Strategic Planning Retreat, we discussed how developing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis is used as a tool to jumpstart strategy formulation. The exercise helps us think about internal and external environments in an organized way. Doing this at the retreat was incredibly helpful, as the myriad perspectives made for wonderful group discussion.

I would like you to spend some time thinking about the four areas in SWOT as it relates to your department/division within the School of Medicine. Conducting SWOT analyses at the local level will help us in giving form to our strategic planning. Discuss SWOTs in your department staff and faculty meetings and with your Chair. I would like you to pay special attention to your (or our) internal strengths and external opportunities, as our planning priorities will build upon these. Consider your strengths and ask whether these support any opportunities. Alternatively, ask whether you could create more opportunities by eliminating any weaknesses.

If you would like assistance or need a facilitator, please contact a Steering Committee member, listed here: https://med.virginia.edu/asp/committee-members/

If you missed either session, we have posted —
• Plenary videos: https://med.virginia.edu/asp/uvasomrestriction/public/plenary-march-6-2014/

• Retreat background articles, forces analysis, and slides on the broad charges for the mission and tactical groups: https://med.virginia.edu/asp/uvasomrestriction/public/retreat-march-7-2014/

Also, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the word cloud survey! We had 321 people respond, collecting over 1,600 words. To view the final image, click here: https://med.virginia.edu/asp/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2014/03/wordcloud1.png


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

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