In April 2018, the governing body for the School of Medicine approved its strategic plan after a year of collaboration and dialogue between many faculty members and the hard work of four dedicated planning groups.
The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is undertaking a strategic planning process, the goals of which are to:
This process is being facilitated by Brian Hayden and Jason Growe of Collaborative Strategies, Inc. and is being overseen by Kevin Behrns, M.D., dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
The strategic planning process will occur in three phases. The initial diagnostic phase consisted of data collection, including focus groups and leadership interviews and concluded in the spring of 2017.
In the second phase, the strategic planning team will articulate the vision and values for the School of Medicine, review the data collected during the diagnostic phase, and develop strategic goals and measurable outcomes. Faculty representatives with demonstrated expertise in research, clinical care, education and service will populate this team, which will be led by Behrns.
The third phase, action planning, will be shared with participants from the first phase to develop a work plan with tactics, accountability, timelines and key performance metrics. A planning process for organizational capacity will also be included.
Members of the Planning Team were selected by Behrns and Angela Sharkey, M.D., associate dean of faculty affairs and development.
Focus group sessions were designed to gather information about the current and future states regarding the School of Medicine. Jason Growe facilitated each focus group. They included the:
Fifteen individuals, selected by Behrns and the Dean's Cabinet, participated in a one-hour, one-on-one interview session with a consultant from Collaborative Strategies, Inc. During these interviews, the consultant gathered input on the strengths and opportunities at the School of Medicine, the University and of our partnership with SSM Health-St. Louis.
Collaborative Strategies, Inc. (CSI) is an entrepreneurial firm dedicated to serving entrepreneurial leaders in both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. CSI helps clients improve organizational performance by guiding the strategic planning process, so the right people are inspired to align vision, detail goals and then attain them in the context of the “big picture.”