Strategic Plan Overview

Evolving the Mission

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

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Evolving the Mission

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

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Introduction

In January 2020, Peter Bates, MD, Dean ad interim of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), charged a Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) to develop a School of Medicine Strategic Plan. The SPSC has been chaired by Karen Freund, MD, MPH, Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine and the TUSM Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Quality Improvement, and Joyce Sackey, MD, FACP, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor of Medicine and TUSM Dean for Multicultural Affairs & Global Health. The SPSC, appointed by Dean Bates, was comprised of 22 medical and graduate students, staff, administrators and faculty representing TUSM, Tufts University and TUSM's academic partners. When the committee was charged, the current anti-racist movement and COVID-19 pandemic were not evident; the effect of these forces on the TUSM strategic plan has been significant.

The committee was charged with developing a strategic plan to guide TUSM for 3-5 years, beginning in 2021; the strategic plan goals are to align with the TUSM Mission, Vision and Values and provide the foundation for operational and financial planning to implement the strategic priorities. Dean Bates encouraged the SPSC to think broadly of societal needs, envision aspirational goals, the role of TUSM and its academic partners in achieving the strategic goals, and to not dwell on perceived implementation barriers early in the planning process. The Quadruple Aim — improving the health of populations, enhancing the experience of individual care, reducing the per capita cost of health care, and improving the work life of those providing health care — was a guiding set of planning principles. The SPSC was not charged with developing an implementation plan for the strategic goals developed by the committee. There were four phases to the TUSM strategic planning process: Discovery, Design, Testing, and Approval and Implementation.

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The Context for the Strategic Plan

When the SPSC began its work, it carefully reviewed the existing Tufts University School of Medicine Mission and Values. The SPSC affirmed the continued foundational importance of education, research and clinical care embodied in the Mission and the Values of excellence, humanism, social responsibility and professionalism.

Mission

To educate a diverse body of students and advance medical knowledge in a dynamic and collaborative environment. We seek to foster the development of dedicated clinicians, scientists, public health professionals, and educators who will have a sustained positive impact on the health of individuals, communities, and the world.

Values

Commitment to Excellence

To cultivate a perpetual spirit of inquiry and creativity, leading to outstanding evidence-based health care, rigorous research and scholarship, and inspired teaching.

Commitment to Humanism

To relieve suffering and improve quality of life. To treat all people with compassion, respecting human dignity and autonomy.

Commitment to Social Responsibility

To serve and advocate for all people, especially underserved and vulnerable patients and populations, by addressing social determinants of health, health equity, social justice, and stewardship of social resources.

Commitment to Professionalism

To act in accordance with the highest standards of integrity, demonstrating personal accountability and resilience, collegiality and teamwork, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Building on our Mission and Values

TUSM six values: Commitment to Excellence; Commitment to Humanism; Commitment to Professionalism; Commitment to Community Partnership, Commitment to Anti-Racism & Culture of inclusion; Commitment to Health Justice.  TUSM four mission pillars: Advancing the health of populations; Clinical care of individuals and families; Research; Education
TUSM six values: Commitment to Excellence; Commitment to Humanism; Commitment to Professionalism; Commitment to Community Partnership, Commitment to Anti-Racism & Culture of inclusion; Commitment to Health Justice.

TUSM four mission pillars: Advancing the health of populations; Clinical care of individuals and families; Research; Education
While the SPSC recommended maintaining the core pillars of education, research, clinical care of individuals and families, it added a fourth pillar — advancing the health of populations. The Values were expanded to include explicit commitments to anti-racism and a culture of inclusion, health justice and community partnership. All of the six TUSM Values, old and new, are intended to be cross-cutting across the Mission pillars to foster integration, synergy, collaboration, cooperation, and opportunity.

Engaging Stakeholders

The SPSC took a broad stakeholder–engaged approach, surveying faculty, students, staff and alumni at the beginning of the process and as the strategic goals were drafted. The committee reviewed the results of their survey, which was sent to all TUSM students, faculty and staff eliciting ideas about the collective future of the School of Medicine; there were 484 survey responses.

SPSC members conducted 28 presentations to various constituencies across TUSM and its academic partners, eliciting comment on draft versions of the goals and sub-goals before developing the final strategic plan.

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TUSM Strategic Goals and Sub-goals 2021-2025

Tufts University School of Medicine aspires to respond to new and emerging challenges and opportunities, and to continue to be a top-tier medical school.

The TUSM 2021–2025 strategic goals, each with a set of sub-goals, and aligned with the TUSM Mission and Values are to:

These six goals preserve and build upon the current TUSM Mission of clinical excellence, education and research and the core TUSM Values of excellence, humanism, social responsibility and professionalism.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee

  • Karen Freund, MD, MPH, Sheldon M. Wolff Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Professor and Chair of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Joyce Sackey, MD, FACP, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Dean for Multicultural Affairs & Global Health, Tufts University School of Medicine; Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Tufts University Health Sciences Schools

  • Kristin Lindquist, MSc, SPSC Project Manager; Communications Manager

  • Faiz Jaspar Abu, Maine Track MD/MPH Candidate
    Mary Brown, MD, MS, Pediatrician; Director; Pediatrics Clerkship, TUSM; Director of Continuity Clinics, Pediatric Residency Program; Assistant Professor
    Stacie Clark, PhD Candidate
    Kevin Dunn, PhD, Vice Provost, Associate Professor, Tufts University
    Signe Flieger, PhD, Tufts Health Plan Professor of Health Care Policy Research; Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
    Paula Gagnon, Associate Director of Student Affairs
    John Ibekwe, MD Candidate
    Nathanaelle Onyinyechi Ibeziako, MD Candidate
    Iris Jaffe, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Cardiologist; Director, Vascular Biology Research Center within the MCRI; Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Cardiology
    Amy Lee, MD, Family Physician in Clinical Practice at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center; Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    John Leong, MD, PhD, Chair of Molecular Biology & Microbiology
    Jamie Maguire, PhD, Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Professor; Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    Christina McCormack, Department Manager for Public Health and Community Medicine
    Erin Morgan, Director of Medical Development for Alumni Giving and Relations
    Elizabeth Moss, MD/PhD Candidate
    Anne Mosenthal, MD, Lahey Chief Academic Officer
    Keith Nokes, MD, MPH, Director, Ho Health Justice Scholars Program; Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Lawrence General Hospital
    Douglas Sawyer, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Research Lab; Chief Academic Officer, Maine Medical Center; Interim Director, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
    Anthony Schlaff, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health Program, Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine
    Mike Tarnoff, MD, Chair and Surgeon-in-Chief, TMC; Associate Professor of Surgery
    Dominic Voehler, MPH Candidate
    Clara Williamson, MD Candidate

  • Scott Epstein, MD, Dean of Educational Affairs
    Caitlin Fai, MD, MD Candidate
    Rubeen Guardado, DrPH Candidate
    Aviva Must, PhD, Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs

Approval Process

January 4, 2021 (for Vote)
Executive Council

January 4, 2021 (for Vote)
General Faculty

January 8, 2021
President and Provost

January 12, 2021 (for Endorsement)
Board of Advisors

1st week of February 2021 (at President’s discretion)
Tufts BOT and/or TAAC

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Tufts University School of Medicine
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111
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617.636.7000

Tufts University School of Medicine
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111
medicine.tufts.edu
617.636.7000