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2013 School of Medicine Leadership Retreat

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Faculty in schools of medicine are committed to advancing, applying, and disseminating new knowledge and to training the next generation of scientists and health care professionals. The evolving models of care delivery, regional network development, biomedical discovery, education and work-life balance are challenging our traditional roles, responsibilities and relationships. In contrast to decades past, individual faculty members often feel compelled to focus their contributions in a single mission area, an approach that may improve individual effectiveness while diminishing faculty unity and community purpose. UCSF, with a long history of successful innovation in science, education, and clinical care, is perfectly situated to experiment with innovative models of faculty work and collaboration. This year’s School of Medicine Leadership Retreat will start this experiment with your help.

A strong faculty is our most important resource. The questions we tackle at this retreat will help us explore strategies to maintain a vibrant and collaborative faculty that can adapt to an evolving environment while maintaining its commitment to our core values of scholarship and excellence.

Questions include:

1.       What defines a faculty member? How is a faculty member different from a biotech scientist, a private practice clinician, a web-based educator?

2.       What models of work will allow faculty to achieve personal success while simultaneously advancing the goals of the institution?

3.       Do we need to develop new measures of impact and success to address emerging roles of faculty? Will these new measures fit in with or be at odds with traditional models of faculty success?

4.       How can we measure the impact of a single faculty member in an era of team-based science and collaborative practice?

5.       What structures can be designed to facilitate community building and learning across areas of mission focus?

6.       What organizational structures will best support new models of faculty engagement and productivity?

7.       How will models of faculty work, support, recognition and reward in the School of Medicine align with broader University views?