Strategic Planning

A Letter from Howard Federoff, M.D., Ph.D.

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) began its Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI) in March 2008. The goal of the SPI process was to build a comprehensive plan that would advance GUMC’s education, research, patient care, and community outreach missions. More than 120 faculty and staff members throughout GUMC were involved in developing the SPI. Steps to create the SPI were an environmental assessment; identification of crucial operational, governance, and strategic questions that are critical to GUMC’s success; and design of implementation strategies and priorities.

GUMC issued its SPI report in December 2009. This report identified four strategic priorities driven by GUMC’s mission and vision:

  1. Ensemble science
  2. Faculty performance and compensation
  3. Education
  4. Systems medicine

The recommendations in the SPI have provided a strong framework for GUMC’s research, education, and clinical care activities. GUMC has taken full advantage of this framework, making tremendous strides in achieving the SPI recommendations. GUMC has leveraged the SPI framework to target several new opportunities in ensemble science and to support this expanded activity, appointed new leaders, established new policies, and launched new technologies.

GUMC has also addressed the SPI recommendations related to faculty performance and compensation, implementing the merit-based GUMC Faculty Compensation Plan and Operating Procedures—the outcome of a faculty–driven process—in 2012.

GUMC has made great strides in the education-related recommendations of the SPI. Several new graduate programs have been launched in systems medicine, clinical and translational research, and regulatory sciences, and new programs are in the pipeline.

The SPI called on GUMC to embrace a systems medicine approach and we are already realizing a strengthened research position in response to this effort. A great example is the newly created Georgetown Database of Cancer (GDOC), available to researchers around the globe, and the launching of an M.D./M.S. program in systems medicine.

As we move forward, support and participation continues to remain vital to the success of these initiatives. We invite the entire GUMC community to continue to engage and invest in our vision as we begin to address our planning efforts ahead.

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions, comments, or ideas.

Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D. 

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and 
Executive Dean of the School of Medicine