HSC Weekly 2010-02-12
New Keck School strategic plan outlines ambitious goals for next 10 years
By Jon Nalick
The Keck School of Medicine has adopted a new strategic plan, outlining a bold vision for the school as a leader in the development of interdisciplinary approaches to make scientific discoveries and translate them into improved health.
Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito said the new 10-year plan commits the school to continuing a major transformation sparked by the expansion of biomedical research as a result of the Keck naming gift in 1999. The recent restructuring of the schools clinical enterprise, USCs acquisition of two new hospitals and the opening of the LAC+USC Replacement Facility have significantly spurred this ongoing transformation.
This new strategic plan represents the collective desire of the schoolits administration, its faculty and its researchersto stake out a position as one of the nations foremost academic medical institutions, Puliafito said. Its a goal that we have the talent and determination to achieve in the decade ahead.
The 10-page plan, mapped out by teams of faculty members over several months and approved by Puliafito, states that the success of the school will continue to depend on the innovation and dedication of the individuals who work and study here. Thus, the foundation of success in this era of expansion will be recruitment of the best possible basic scientists, clinicians, educators and trainees.
Tom Buchanan, associate dean for clinical research, and Judy Garner, senior associate dean for academic affairs, organized and led the planning process, which began in mid-2009.
Buchanan said the new plan reflects the great strides the school has made in recent years, as well as its ambitious plans for the future.
He said, In the decade since the Keck gift, the school has made outstanding advances in our research, education and clinical care enterprises. The new strategic plan builds on those achievements to create a single enterprise that will link scientific discovery to the creation and delivery of better health care.
Garner said working groups of faculty responded quickly and enthusiastically to help shape the plan: They really did a great job and came up with a lot of great ideas that were incorporated into the final document.
The final plan, she said, takes a strong look at our strengths and focuses them into programmatic themes.
For example, the plan cites the importance of integration among traditional scientific and medical disciplines and across areas of research, education and clinical enterprises.
It also emphasizes the need for the school to expand its reach beyond itself and USC to maximize opportunities for discovery, translation and improvement of health.
To accomplish that, the plan outlines four main strategies:
Integrating Research and Health Care: Creating teams of researchers and care providers that can identify major opportunities for health advancement, make leading edge discoveries and translate the discoveries into improved health.
Integrating Education for Science and Medicine: Developing educational programs and career paths for individuals who wish to become leaders in translational research that spans traditional biomedical disciplines and approaches.
Building an Academic Environment: Developing an outstanding academic medical center that includes hospitals emphasizing the integration of care, education and research. Transforming the built environment so that it promotes interaction and collaboration among scientists, clinicians and trainees.
Creating Partnerships: Creating new partnerships within and outside of USC to expand the schools ability to make leading edge discoveries, to train interdisciplinary teams and to translate research findings into improved health.
View the entire document online at http://tiny.cc/eXkGq.
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