Setting our sights high: creating a new strategic plan
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
Shortly after my arrival at Queen’s just over five years ago, we developed a strategic plan for the School of Medicine. This plan has served as a fundamental guide to monitor our accomplishments, and measure our progress against stated goals and targets.
We are all very proud of the accomplishments to date, many of which were guided by our last strategic plan. Some of these successes include:
- We created a new entry stream to medical school for high school students
- We have approval to implement an accelerated transformation of all of our 29 Royal College programs to a competency-based educational framework
- We established several new programs including an honours bachelor degree in health sciences, an MD/PhD program, and a Clinical Investigation program
- We strengthened our research focus with new clinician scientists, new partnerships with industry and increased medical research funding
The volume and breadth of our accomplishments are directly related to the quality of our students, staff and faculty members; they have been on the ground, moving these initiatives forward. But I also credit the process itself. Had we not set our sights high and articulated our goals, we would not be where we are today.
As our 2012-2016 strategic plan draws to a close, it is time to create a new plan; one that will guide us through 2021. With a steering committee made up of over 20 individuals who represent various interests across the School of Medicine, Jen Valberg as our Administrative Lead, and the guidance of a team from Deloitte, we will once again set our sights high and create a renewed set of goals.
This strategic planning process will involve reevaluating our mission as a school to ensure that our areas of focus remain relevant. We will seek input from our students, trainees, staff, faculty members and our partners both here in Kingston and across the province. And we will look at the current research and healthcare landscapes to understand the opportunities and threats that lay before us. With this information comes the most important part: finding the balance between creativity and risk by setting bold deliverables that will drive us in to the future.
At the same time, we will use Deloitte’s expertise to renew the ties that bind the three schools in our faculty. In partnership with Dr. Jennifer Medves, Director of the School of Nursing and Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, we will evaluate and refresh the Faculty of Health Sciences Strategic Framework and ensure that it aligns with and supports our schools’ directions going forward.
If you have any ideas for our plan, this blog can serve as a vehicle for incorporating your input into the process, or better yet…please stop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.