Dear Colleagues,

The UNC School of Medicine’s new strategic plan – Forward Together – represents the very best of our institution. The development of the plan, the ideas it contains, and its ongoing implementation are a testament to the collaborative culture and ambitious vision of our campus community.
We aspire to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. This plan’s investment in education, research, faculty, diversity and inclusion, and service to the state and nation will help us get there. We have a lot to be proud of: award-winning faculty, groundbreaking research, an innovative approach to medical education. Our partnerships around campus, around the state, and around the world are making an impact on the care of patients and the understanding of disease from Eastern North Carolina to Sub- Saharan Africa. We answer big questions, and we don’t back away from challenges. The challenge we face now is evolving in a way that builds on our strengths, creates new ones, and anticipates the areas we need to grow in order to become the institution we want to be in the next five years. Forward Together meets each of those criteria.
We are thankful to the faculty, staff, and students who contributed their insights during the development of this plan. As you review Forward Together, please consider the ways that you can become involved and how the specific focus areas will make an impact on the work that you do. We all have a part to play in helping to achieve our goals. If you have ideas for enhancing the plan’s implementation, or anything that will help us achieve our mission, we want to hear from you. Thank you for all you do each day.

-Wesley Burks, MD and Cristy Page, MD, MPH

Dean, UNC School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
CEO, UNC Health Care
Executive Dean, UNC School of Medicine