What Have You Done Lately That Made You Proud?

The School of Medicine has so many talented people that make a difference everyday. When we asked the question, “What have you done lately that made you proud?” we got some interesting answers: Mohan Nadkarni, MD: “We just finished some strategic planning with the Free Clinic, filling in gaps in care in the community to […]

Diversity and Inclusion in the Academic Strategic Planning

We cannot reach excellence in our three missions without diversity of thought, ethnicity, perspective, and gender. Promoting diversity will have a lasting and positive effect on our School. Read/Download/Print a PDF copy of the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan here. Or you can read the full text on the Academic Strategic Planning website >

Viva el VIVO & Other Great Ideas

Much of the planning process includes sharing ideas and innovative ways to solve the challenges set before us. The Health Sciences Library proposed a novel idea of using an online system, VIVO, to identify connections and enhance networking among UVA faculty. The University has agreed to support the implementation of this system. In VIVO’s own […]

Emerging Themes & Forward Momentum

Thank you to all who came out to the recent Town Hall meeting. If you were unable to attend, we discussed some of the emerging themes that the Steering Committee has identified based on the plenary retreat and your SWOT analyses. These include: • Collaboration: How do we make it more of a reality, whether […]

Where are “U”?

We are engaged in a strategic planning process that is as much about change as it is strategy. A diagram that I particularly like depicts change along a “U”-shaped curve on a temporal and internal/external perspective axes. (See image above) Before change begins we are operating at the status quo and using automatic ways of […]

Stop. Look Around. Cheer.

Change is everywhere. And for most of us, change can be unsettling. The planning process itself we are now conducting spurs uncertainty. As an organization we are asking questions that, as of yet, don’t have answers. This week, I’d like you to reflect on uncertainty and how to maintain confidence in the face of the […]

Retreat – March 7, 2014

Press play and turn your volume up! Enjoy a vimeo film with short video clips and photos from the Retreat at the Omni Hotel. Song featured: “The Times They Are a-Changin” Bob Dylan Click the links below to open Strategic Planning templates from Retreat: SOM ASP WorkSheets Retreat PowerPoint & Quiz Questions w/Results Harvard Business […]

Rankings: U.S. News & Strategic Planning

Today, U.S. News and World Report published its rankings for medical schools across the country. The University of Virginia School of Medicine remains highly rated again this year, ranking 26 in research and 29 in primary care. Last year we were listed at 26 and 18, respectively. You can see the full list of U.S. […]

Springing into Action

As winter (hopefully) subsides, our Academic Strategic Planning is springing into action. Our Mission groups are starting to meet and our Tactical group discussions are underway. As departments and centers are beginning to submit their SWOT analyses, commonalities and trends are beginning to emerge that will help us plan where our efforts need to be […]

We Need Your SWOT

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 […]