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Our overarching aspiration is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. Keeping that goal in mind, this plan was created through a thorough, year-long strategic planning process. After much input from faculty, staff, students, and other members of the School of Medicine community, the plan was launched in 2019. Six major imperatives focus our efforts to reach our goal:

Strategic Imperatives

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Research that is highly innovative and aimed towards making a difference in our patients’ lives

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Education that prepares healthcare leaders of the future – in service to our state, nation and beyond
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diverse faculty, staff and learners, embedded in a culture where all are included and can prosper

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Faculty that can thrive and make a difference in their chosen career paths

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Community service and impact at the state, national and global levels

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An administrative infrastructure and staff that is empowered to fulfill UNC’s mission

Forward Together Dashboard

The SOM Forward Together Dashboard provides the SOM community with an overview of the performance metrics selected to monitor the progress of our strategic plan initiatives across our six imperatives. This information is updated quarterly. The full dashboard view is available with Onyen access. Please use the ‘request access’ link if you are not immediately transferred to the Dashboard after signing in. View Dashboard


Forward Together Portfolio

Beginning in 2018, faculty, staff, learners and the Dean’s Office worked together to create the School of Medicine’s (SOM) 2019-2024 strategic plan, Forward Together. This portfolio, issued in 2019, outlines how the SOM will reach the desired vision of becoming the top public school of medicine in the nation. The Forward Together website was launched in tandem to provide up-to-date information as the plan is implemented. Download Strategic Plan