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TEAM Update: About 700 Attend Town Halls


I enjoyed seeing many of you at our recent town hall meetings about the TEAM project, where we saw great engagement, with more than 700 members of our community attending in person or remotely. 

We answered as many questions as time allowed, and will address others on our website in the coming weeks and as details become available.

For those who could not attend in person or through our online portal, here is a link to a recording of the session and the slides that I presented.

At our town halls, we discussed our shared vision of leadership for our School of Medicine, which can be accomplished by working together. While attending to our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity of service to others, we will:

  • Set the standard for quality patient-centric care and academic excellence
  • Become the desired destination for faculty, staff, and students by ensuring they are developed and empowered
  • Grow to achieve leading financial results and a leadership position in the market, benefiting our mission, faculty and staff

Those who attended heard about the new institute model. We are in the process of determining those institutes, which are organized around the conditions of the patient. We will continue to have departments, which means faculty and staff will teach, research, and provide healthcare services through an institute while maintaining their academic affiliation to a department. Within the next month or two, we plan to determine how clinical and research services best align in an institute model. Please direct your attention to slide 7 for the guiding principles that we are using to shape those plans.

We talked about the LCME probation remediation, which is our top priority. We are correcting the issues identified by the LCME. We know what needs to be done, have a plan in place, and already are making changes to improve our medical school. We remain committed to having our probationary status lifted as soon as possible, which could be as early as next fall and no later than February 2019. In the end, we will emerge as a stronger and more innovative School of Medicine.

We also discussed our strategy to ensure we stay on track with our ambitious TEAM project, which includes 22 initiatives focused on growth and quality. Robert Heaney and I will be the program sponsors and ultimate decision makers, in consultation with Fred Pestello. Ali Kosydor and Gary Whitworth are the executive business leads, who are responsible for keeping our community moving forward. Reporting to Bob and me, Ali and Gary will work closely with faculty advisors and update the Medical Advisory Council. Ali and Gary will oversee the work of initiative owners – typically one faculty and one staff – who will drive day-to-day execution of the each of the 22 initiatives. They bring great knowledge and energy to the job, and I am certain they will lead us to success.

In closing, I am confident that through the hard work, commitment and creativity of all of us pulling together, we will lead in education, patient care and research. Look for more town hall meetings in the future as well as other opportunities to engage because dialogue is critical for us to achieve our vision.

Kevin E. Behrns, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Blvd M268
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-977-9801