UCSF School of Medicine Reports on Retreat

March 04, 2010

Sam Hawgood

About 140 of the medical school’s chairs and directors, key faculty and staff, students and campus leaders gathered on Feb. 19 to discuss five essential and complex issues facing UCSF.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs, thanked those who attended the retreat for their participation in an email sent to the campus community.

Topics discussed at the retreat were:

  • Allocating and governing space
  • Developing sustainable economic models for medical and graduate education
  • Designing infrastructure and management services for optimal functioning
  • Securing the future with the retention of faculty
  • Achieving diversity to promote excellence

A full report from the retreat, including summaries of conclusions, is available on School of Medicine website.

Here is Hawgood’s entire email to the campus community.

Dear Colleagues,

Last Friday, February 19, the leadership of the School of Medicine gathered for our annual retreat, spending a day together to focus on the crucial next steps to advance the school in these challenging times. As you know, we are confronting a difficult economic landscape, with significant changes in both our resources and the demands placed on them. At the same time, we must not lose sight of our tremendous strengths: our outstanding faculty, staff and students and our superior educational, research and clinical programs. We can be justly proud of our achievements and confident that they give us a strong base from which to move forward.

Around 140 of the school’s chairs and directors, key faculty and staff, students and campus leadership gathered in plenary sessions and breakout groups to tackle five essential and complex issues:

  • Allocating and governing space
  • Developing sustainable economic models for medical and graduate education
  • Designing our infrastructure and management services for optimal functioning
  • Securing the future with the retention of faculty
  • Achieving diversity to promote excellence

It is always impressive for me to see the engagement and focus brought to these discussions, and I would like to thank everyone who participated for their hard work, thoughtful input and openness to new ideas and shared commitment to the excellence of our institution.

A full report from the retreat, including summaries of the conclusions reached for each of the topics above, is available on our website.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments.

Photo by Susan Merrell