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Background and Overview

LobbyThe Department of Pediatrics has a proud history of serving the state’s children and families through clinical care, education of future physicians, engaging in cutting-edge research and producing leaders in the field of pediatrics.

The Department of Pediatrics resides within the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and plays an integral role in North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Following the recent completion of a UNC School of Medicine strategic plan, the parallel strategic planning effort by North Carolina Children’s Hospital and new departmental leadership under Dr. Wesley Burks, the time was ideal for a renewed departmental strategic plan.

Approach to Strategic Planning

The Department of Pediatrics Strategic Planning Steering Committee was led by consultants AltshulerGray. The Committee met from January through November 2012, and four subgroups within the Committee met on numerous occasions during the same time period.

The Committee undertook a three-step process:

1. Review and affirm the department’s vision and mission.

The Committee considered faculty input and evaluated the department’s current mission statement in light of the School of Medicine and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital vision statements, both of which received attention during their own recent strategic planning efforts. The new vision and mission statement can be found on the Mission and Vision page.

2. Assess the current state of the department vis-à-vis its vision and mission.

The Steering Committee reviewed the following data:

  • Approximately 40 one-on-one interviews, including UNC Department of Pediatrics faculty and School of Medicine leadership
  • Interviews with four national leaders in pediatrics
  • A survey of all MD and PhD departmental faculty, with a 72 percent response rate
  • An analysis of recent UNC Department of Pediatrics National Institutes of Health funding, including comparison to benchmark departments
  • Amount and mix of faculty effort, and research and clinical productivity
  • Education program survey data

3. Define strategic priorities and initiatives to execute its mission/realize its vision.

From the new departmental mission statement and the assessment of the current state of the department, the Committee drafted a set of strategic priorities and initiatives. These were shared with department faculty at department-wide meetings and feedback sessions. Feedback from faculty and staff was incorporated into the set of strategic priorities and initiatives presented in this plan.

The following recommendations are the output of the initial phase of strategic planning. More work is required to detail the recommendations, including to confirm that they are operationally and financially feasible, and then to plan for implementation.

After a thoughtful and thorough strategic planning process, the Department of Pediatrics is well positioned to achieve great success in each core mission area. These initiatives will serve as a roadmap for future planning, and a detailed timeframe and set of metrics will serve to measure its progress.

Vision and Mission

The 2011-12 School of Medicine strategic plan reaffirmed the school’s vision established earlier, namely “To be the nation’s leading public school of medicine.” In 2012, North Carolina Children’s Hospital stated its vision is “To be the leading Children’s Hospital in the Southeast.”

The new vision of the Department of Pediatrics aligns well with both the School of Medicine and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital’s visions:

“To be the leading department of pediatrics in the southeast,
within the nation’s leading public medical school.”

The Committee also revised the departmental mission statement:

“The Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to improve the health of children in North Carolina and beyond through excellence in the care of patients and families, in research, and in the education of clinicians and scientists.”

This mission emphasizes several key themes that emerged during the strategic planning effort:

  • Excellence
  • The importance of all three academic missions
  • Commitment to state service
  • Broad aspirations