Overview

The College of Medicine has embarked upon a new stage in its history. The college’s third integrated plan was interrupted by a change initiative that resulted in the creation of  The Way Forward , our primary strategic document since 2013. Having accomplished many of the objectives listed in this document, the college initiated a strategic planning process in August 2016.

The college’s strategic planning process is well on track. The assessment phase is complete and most consultation and decision-making events are coming to a close. A draft strategic plan will be released to the college community for review in January 2017.

Updates

As of December 14, 2016

Progress Report

Next Steps

- Kick-Off Meetings: held for college leadership and students in August and September 2016.

- Administration & Infrastructure Meeting: working group discussed strategies to support the strategic plan.

- Clinical Care a Forum: held in Saskatoon and Regina. Read the Summary Report.

- Teaching & Learning Working Group: completed its work on October 25. Read the Summary Report.

- Research & Innovation Working Group: completed its work on November 23. Read the Summary Report.

- Student Focus Groups: held in Saskatoon and Regina. Read the Summary Report.

- Provincial Advisory Meeting: held in Regina on November 21.

- Visioning Meeting: held in Saskatoon on November 25.

- Town Hall Events: held in Saskatoon and Regina between November 29 and December 6.

-  Strategic Planning Survey: completed on December 9. Total of 236 responses received.

- Prioritization Meeting: held in Saskatoon on December 13. Read the Summary Report.

- Staff Focus Groups: will be held in Saskatoon and Regina (date TBD). 

- Draft Strategic Plan Released: tentative date is January 31, 2017.

- Strategic Planning Town Halls: used to discuss the strategic plan. Tentative dates in February 2017.

- Faculty Council Review: to be tabled at Faculty Council in March 2017.

-  Faculty Council Approval: to be approved by Faculty Council in May 2017.

Process

The College of Medicine’s strategic planning framework includes broad awareness, assessment, and consultation with various stakeholders. Initial decision-making is made using a bottom-up approach involving all college leadership. The purpose of the strategic planning process is to produce a renewed vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities for the next five years.

A variety of forums were used to promote the strategic planning process and increase awareness of it across the College of Medicine. Examples include: a leadership and student kick-off meeting, departmental presentations, weekly eNews publications, social media postings, monthly update newsletters, as well as other communication tools.

Renewing our organization’s vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities requires a thorough understanding of our current operating environment. An in depth assessment was conducted by the following stakeholders:

Consultants: Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) was contracted to conduct market research and facilitate components of our strategic planning process.

Administration & Infrastructure Working Group: a working group assigned to assess college administration and discuss ways to support a future strategic plan.

Teaching & Learning Working Group: a working group tasked with assessing our college’s academic mission and recommending potential areas of focus for the future. Read the Terms of Reference.

Research & Innovation Working Group: a working group tasked with assessing the college’s research portfolio and recommending potential areas of focus for the future. Read the Terms of Reference.

A variety of consultations were held with college stakeholders to inform the strategic planning process.

Clinical Care Forum: a discussion with clinical associates to discuss the value created by the interface of the college and the provincial health system.

Provincial Advisory Meeting: a discussion with provincial partners on potential areas of focus and expectations for the province’s only medical school.

Student Focus Groups: a forum for medical students and residents in Saskatoon and Regina to share their thoughts on how the college’s teaching and learning mission is performing and can be improved.

Staff Focus Groups: a forum for college staff in Saskatoon and Regina to reflect on the renewed strategic plan and discuss its implications for their daily work.

Town Halls: a series of town halls for faculty, staff, and students to learn about the findings of the various working groups, consultations and to share their thoughts on what the college should focus on. These events will be held on November 29, November 30, and December 1.

Visioning Meeting: an event  focused on reviewing the findings of the strategic planning working groups and discussing a renewed vision, mission, and values for our college.

Prioritization Meeting: an event focused on discussing and prioritizing key focus areas for the next five years and how the college will measure success.

Draft Plan Release: a draft strategic plan will be released to the college community by January 31, 2017. Town hall events will be held to discuss the findings of the strategic plan.

Faculty Council: the final strategic plan will be tabled at Faculty Council in March 2017 and a motion for adoption brought forth in May 2017.

Strategic Focus Areas

Timelines

There are many strategic planning events planned each month. Please see events Calendar to RSVP.

August 29 Strategic Planning Leadership Kick-Off Meeting
September 15 Strategic Planning Student Kick-Off Meeting
September 21
Teaching and Learning Working Group Meeting
September 23
Teaching and Learning Working Group Meeting
September 27
Presentation at Dean’s Luncheon

October 3 Teaching and Learning Working Group Meeting
October 6
Teaching and Learning Working Group Meeting
October 12
Teaching and Learning Working Group Meeting
October 12
Administration and Infrastructure Working Group Meeting
October 17
Clinical Care Service and Community Engagement Forum
November 3 Student Focus Group (Saskatoon)
November 4
Research and Innovation Working Group Meeting
November 7
Research and Innovation Working Group Meeting
November 10
Research and Innovation Working Group Meeting
November 15
Research and Innovation Working Group Meeting
November 16
Student Focus Group (Regina)
November 18
Research and Innovation Working Group Meeting
November 21
Provincial Advisory Meeting
November 23 Research and Innovation Working Group Meeting
November 25
Visioning Meeting
November 28
Combined Town Halls (Regina, Virtual)
November 30
Teaching and Learning Town Halls (Saskatoon)
December 6 Research and Innovation Town Hall
December 13 Prioritization Meeting
January 31
Draft Strategic Plan Released
TBA

Strategic Plan Town Halls

March 29 Draft Strategic Plan Tabled at Faculty Council
May 31

Motion for adoption of Strategic Plan at Faculty Council

School of Physical Therapy

The School of Physical Therapy is carrying our strategic planning process in parallel with the College of Medicine. As a unit within the college, many school priorities directly link to or intersect with the work of the college. Therefore, school faculty, staff, and students are engaged in some areas of the college’s planning processes. The intent is to produce a five-year strategic plan that aligns with the College of Medicine and University of Saskatchewan integrated planning processes.

The Program Planning and Resource Advisory Committee within the School of Physical Therapy will be responsible for directing the work and finalizing submissions to the school’s and college’s Faculty Council. The school’s strategic planning processes will occur between January 2016 and April 2017.

Contact

College of Medicine School of Physical Therapy

Ms. Sinead McGartland
Senior Projects Leader
Phone: 306-966-4352

Dr. Liz Harrison
Associate Dean
Phone: 306-966-6579