Sam Hawgood, MB, BS, interim dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the UCSF School of Medicine and physician in chief of UCSF Children’s Hospital, issued message on January 23 about the economic crisis. Hawgood reported that he formed an ad hoc budget work group (pdf) that will work with him to ensure that the school makes the decisions necessary to preserve the financial stability to balance its budgets, implement its plans and realize its common objectives. Here is Hawgood’s entire message: Dear Colleagues, As we navigate the current economic turmoil, I want to share with you some thoughts about where we stand, how we are positioned for the future, and what steps we are taking in the School to confront and manage the challenges before us. UCSF’s stature as one of the most outstanding medical schools in the world gives us considerable advantages in these challenging times, but only if we remain cognizant of our strengths – and act with willingness to address our vulnerabilities. As you know, the School of Medicine depends on varied revenue sources: clinical income; sponsored research; gifts and endowments; and federal, state and city funding. Each of these revenue sources has been negatively affected by the economic downturn, and these impacts will affect what we do, how we do it and when we do it. However, we can and will manage these economic effects in a manner that both maintains our momentum and establishes a foundation for future success in education, research and patient care at all of our sites. In recent weeks, I have met with the leadership of the School and have been heartened by the commitment of the chairs and program directors to work cooperatively and collaboratively within departments and across the School to enhance our future. We will have to make difficult decisions about resource allocation, and I ask all of you to support your department chairs or unit directors as they make tough decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. The School is fortunate to have outstanding individuals in these leadership positions, and I know they will make these difficult decisions thoughtfully and in the best interests of our programs, faculty, staff, and students. They have my full support, and I ask that you support them as well. You have already heard directly from University President Yudof, Chancellor Bishop and Medical Center CEO Mark Laret about measures being taken system wide, at the campus level and in the Medical Center. SOM faculty and staff will play active roles in campus-wide task forces being formed. I encourage you to read the materials posted at http://budget.ucsf.edu for more details and updates on the campus budget situation. Within the School of Medicine, I have formed an ad hoc budget work group (pdf) that will work with me to ensure that the School makes the decisions necessary to preserve the financial stability to balance our budgets, implement our plans and realize our common objectives. This group will meet regularly with these goals:
- supporting our departments, institutes, and programs in their financial projections, planning, and decision making;
- developing school-wide responses to the challenges we face; and
- coordinating our responses with the campus, other schools, and the medical center.