Social accountability is one of the college’s 7 strategic directions. Under this area the college aims to address the priority health concerns of the communities the college is mandated to serve, incorporating authentic community engagement and mutually beneficial partnerships, with a focus on equity and community engagement by interweaving social accountability throughout the college’s operations.

College of Medicine Social Accountability 2016-2020 Strategic Plan
The College of Medicine Social Accountability 2016-2020 Strategic Plan was developed through consultation with faculty, students, and staff and guides the work of the Division of Social Accountability, the Social Accountability Committee and the CoM in its social accountability mandate. The plan is a living document and has grown and changed as appropriate strategies are identified and progress is made.

4 Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Integrate social accountability into learning at the College of Medicine.
Education and training at the college models and teaches professionalism and community-responsiveness, provides meaningful opportunities for community service-learning, and incorporates social accountability into practical training and continuing education throughout the life of a physician’s practice.

Goal 2: Integrate social accountability into research and scholarship at the College of Medicine.
The drivers for research/scholarship are balanced between discovery-driven research and research directed towards meeting the needs of the local and global community. The research conducted contributes to evidence-based practice, quality care, and greater health equity.

Goal 3: The College of Medicine engages authentically with the community to anticipate and respond to emerging community health needs.
We partner with patients and families, the community and health sector to design activities that address the priority health needs of the communities we serve. Our partnerships reflect a genuine commitment to meaningful collaboration. Community inclusion in the CoM’s activities grounds clinical, advocacy, education, and research activity in priority problems and changing community health needs.

Goal 4: Commit to social accountability within our institutional structures and internal operations. We demonstrate leadership in social accountability through excellence in health advocacy.
We are recognized agents of positive change.  We speak out on behalf of underserved populations or neglected conditions and work with partners and policy makers to translate a vision of a patient-centered health care system.