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Strategic Plan Leadership Retreat Challenges Faculty and Staff Leaders to Create a Stronger Future for the School of Medicine

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 Department chairs, institute and center directors and other leadership staff at the School of Medicine gathered to brainstorm ideas on how to strengthen our school.

School of Medicine leaders gathered at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Southern Management Campus Center on November 17, 2009 for a day-long brainstorming summit. The goal was to identify opportunities and ideas to help build a strategic plan for the School of Medicine, a plan that will elevate the school to the next level of achievement in research, education, clinical care and community outreach.


“We now have a campus-wide, system and school strategic planning effort underway, which we can use to chart our collective course over the next three to five years in areas of common interest,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “It’s really a very exciting time, where we can sit together as partners with a joint vision to craft a course that will become a process by which we can achieve great things.”


Robert Chrencik, President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), joined Dean Reece for the strategic planning session, the first of its kind to be held at the School of Medicine. “It’s a privilege to be here,” Mr. Chrencik said, “Anything that brings the medical school and the medical system together to talk about the future is very important. Dr. Reece and I are huge believers in alignment and partnerships,” Mr. Chrencik adds, “so the strategic direction of the medical school is very important to the medical system.”


Dean Reece says the end result of these brainstorming sessions will be a document outlining strategy for the School of Medicine. “My hope is that department chairs, center and institute directors will look at this document when it’s done to see what we, as a school, would like to accomplish each year and use it as a guide to establish annual goals,” says Dean Reece. “Hopefully the medical system will also look at it and use it, as appropriate, as a guiding tool. Maybe we won’t accomplish 100%, but if we do 80% of it I’ll be very happy.”

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 Faculty gathered in smaller groups at tables to brainstorm ideas for the strategic plan.

 Dean Reece and UMMC CEO Chrencik stressed the importance of partnership between the school and the hospital.

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