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2016 School of Medicine Leadership Retreat

UCSF has traditionally thrived as a collective of independent, innovative faculty members whose individual expertise has led to breakthroughs in advancing health and health care. Many forces are threatening this model of work, including:

  • a highly competitive funding environment for research
  • an increase in faculty members with a super-specialized focus to their work
  • a need for new models of care and an organizational structure to ensure the success of the clinical mission
  • UCSF's broadening geographic footprint
  • a dynamic philanthropic environment

For UCSF to continue to lead the nation’s medical schools, we must find ways to support individual creativity and ideas while creating a synergistic impact in this dynamic environment: the whole must be greater than the sum of its parts. Our future promise will be decided on how well we can build bridges of translation and networks of relationships that allow us to work symbiotically. We need to identify different ways to work together in an aligned fashion with mutual respect and understanding of our individual work and how that work contributes to the collective. Without this understanding, supported by improved systems and enhanced personal competencies, we will not continue to remain at the top of research, education and clinical care.

The desired outcome of the 2016 retreat will be to identify actionable ideas to build a dynamic and continuously adapting network of faculty, staff and trainees across mission, geographic sites, expertise and role boundaries.

Key questions to be asked:

1. Who are the scouts and pioneers who can identify new journeys for established teams to embark upon?

2. How do we build core boundary spanning skills: influence, networking, building trust and cross-clan relationship building?

3. What are the incentives and disincentives to forging new relationships?

4. What structural elements within UCSF need to change to build these new relationships?