Chicago Medical School

Chicago Medical School at

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Strategic Plan:  2011-2012 Refresh



Strategies and Goals


Strategy 1: Creating a medical school of “choice” that attracts outstanding students and faculty.


Goal 1: Increase the number of applications and matriculation of highly qualified applicants.


A.  Recruitment Process: Promote, market, and personally connect with local and national applicants to ultimately recruit highly qualified students to our school with emphasis on our interprofessional educational environment. Continue to seek out qualified second career applicants.


B.   Interview Process: Enhance the quality of the interview experience at CMS through implementation of an engaged and interactive process which includes both basic and clinical science faculty for every candidate.


C.   
Acceptance Process: Continue to transform the acceptance process to increase the number of students who choose to come to CMS for medical school through personally directed and technologically competitive means.

D.   Financial Aid: Consistently research and increase scholarship opportunities for all CMS students.


Goal 2: Develop distinctive educational experiences that prepare students to be successful in the evolving healthcare environment and meet the needs of the citizens of Illinois.


A.      Curriculum: Building on the current foundation, develop a comprehensive Curriculum Strategic Plan for the medical school with new emphasis on problem based learning and longitudinal clinical experiences beginning in the M-1 year.

 B.      Alignment: Assess and improve the consistency of the core competencies and learning objectives across the four-year curriculum, seeking clarity in departmental practices amongst all clinical sites.

C.      Communication: Create and adhere to a frequent communication dissemination strategy to enhance dialogue about the medical education program with administration, faculty and students in didactics and clinical training to include students, residents and clerkship directors.

D.      Mentoring: Develop and improve the M1-M4 counseling and guidance mentoring program through the implementation of a class specific college mentoring system.

E.       Resources: Optimize the availability and utilization of resources to support student learning (e.g. technology, space), individualized achievement of learning goals, interprofessional collaboration and effective teaching (e.g. M3-M4 electronic course enhancements) to actively improve USMLE Step 2 scores.

F.       Facilitation: Appoint hospital site specific assistant deans to ensure the timely completion of evaluations and medical student specific communication needs.

 Goal 3: Continue to recruit and retain basic science and clinical science faculty through an environment that is conducive to professional growth, presents options for personal goals, rewards and professional activities.

A.      Workforce Evaluation: Conduct a workforce evaluation process to quantify the future needs of the medical school.

B.      Leadership Team: Restructure the CMS leadership team to enhance medical school operations.

C.      Recruitment and Retention of Clinical Chairs: Identify, recruit and retain clinical chair leaders and clinical faculty. Strategically place and develop CMS clinical chairs across the diverse clinical enterprise.

D.      Rewards: Continue to recognize faculty through a reward program for excellence and innovation in teaching, research, clinical care and administration.

E.       Mentoring: Continue to grow and evaluate the current faculty mentoring program in teaching, scholarship and clinical care.

F.       Faculty Development: Enhance faculty career development opportunities for clinical affiliate faculty and residents that enhance their educational skills to benefit our students.

 Goal 4: Continue to partner with the Office of Advancement at RFUMS to engage and increase active participation by the Chicago Medical School Alumni as well as increase philanthropic support.

A.      Marketing: Enhance the plan for the dean of the medical school to strengthen the relationships with alumni.

B.      Student Involvement: Develop and implement a proactive plan to allow students to be engaged in fundraising from alumni.

C.      Communications: Create and implement a CMS Dean communication plan for alumni distribution.

D.      National Chapter Development: Engage current alumni base on opportunities to develop new chapters in high concentration areas with CMS Alumni.

Strategy 2: Strengthening our clinical capabilities and partnerships with the creation of a single faculty.


Goal 1: Reach out to our current clinical faculty and affiliates to recognize and reward their teaching commitment.

A.      Linking through Mission, Vision and Technology. Maintain 100% accountability of all clinical chairs, clerkship directors, site directors and other key clinical faculty to demonstrate application of the CMS core competencies and learning objectives in their teaching; demonstrate key technologies that CMS finds necessary for the position, to enhance students and resident education.

B.      Linking through Common Curriculum: Establish affiliate curriculum subcommittees at each major site to evaluate practice methodology and maintain parity of training across sites.

 Goal 2: Encourage academic advancement for volunteer clinical faculty.

A.      Provide opportunities for faculty development programs for clinical faculty at affiliate sites.

B.      Continue to have volunteer clinical faculty mentored by their clinical chair to identify and increase opportunities for academic advancement.

 Goal 3: Encourage support for the educational components of our dispersed clinical departments.

A.      Develop core clinical faculty with dedicated administrative support and resources.

B.      Continuously assess the clinical operational dashboard on parameters and outcomes as related to the medical school’s program and activities at affiliate sites.

C.      Assess, recognize and reward clinical affiliates where students achieve or exceed the national means on standardized testing and whose performance on clinical clerkships is outstanding.

D.      Identify and recruit a clinical faculty development associate dean to create and support a new clinical faculty model which supports continued faculty development and scholarship.

 Goal 4: Continue to work to improve the educational quality at current training sites through structured short term feedback by students, residents and faculty members.

A.      Identify new training sites that offer excellent student experiences as determined by students, faculty and administration.

B.      Continue ongoing environmental assessments of potential clinical affiliate partners and models utilized nationally for clinical relationships.

Strategy 3: Building upon our foundation of excellence in research by strengthening our clinical and translational research activities through new collaborations with our clinical partners.

Goal 1: Facilitate CMS faculty’s current efforts through new opportunities to secure grant funding in translational and clinical research.

A.      Evaluate the RFUMS Research Consortium results and prioritize strategies to integrate into the CMS research infrastructure.

B.      Identify, establish and implement research collaborations among physicians, physician scientists, basic scientists, translational researchers, students, postgraduate research fellows and community based resources.

C.      Provide personnel to support biomedical statistics, research compliance and regulation, and grant management for clinical and translational research initiatives.

 Goal 2: Enhance research collaboration among CMS faculty, faculty within other RFUMS colleges, and our external partners.

A.      Continue to expand the RFUMS web database for research at CMS by including CMS research projects being conducted by clinical investigators at affiliate sites and/or postgraduate research fellows.

B.      Promote CMS to clinical affiliates to foster translational research initiatives.

 Goal 3: Attract and prepare future physicians to participate in biomedical research.

A.      Continue to enhance the on-line research methods course for medical students and residents, which would enable them to prepare, conduct and critically evaluate research studies.

B.      Increase the research exposure of medical students and residents through research oriented electives, summer research projects and the MD with Distinction in Research.

 Goal 4: Continue development of resources and mechanisms to assist CMS researchers in maintaining cutting-edge programs necessary to remain competitive for extramural funding.

A.      Enhance the recruitment of medical student applicants interested in biomedical research.

B.      Actively collaborate and partner with the RFUMS Research Consortium activities.

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