Planning Phase

Stakeholder engagement was a critical driver in successfully developing the strategic plan. The process was overseen by a steering committee, an operations committee, and seven work groups. The larger college-wide community was also an important stakeholder group that contributed to the strategic plan. Community forums were held twice (May and September 2019) to bring together stakeholders from all campuses to reflect on the results of the strategic planning process and provide valuable feedback that directed the work groups and committees in their work to develop the final plan.

The steering committee consisted of senior-level leaders (10 individuals) who were charged with recommending a final strategic plan to executive leadership. They oversaw the vision and direction of the strategic planning process and confirmed and endorsed strategic recommendations and initiatives in collaboration with UI Hospital & Clinics and other partners and university leaders. This committee met approximately every six to eight weeks in 2019.

The operations committee (24 individuals) provided continuous review of findings and ensured the strategic planning process kept the tripartite mission in balance. They were also responsible for reviewing analytics and findings, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. They helped identify strategic areas of inquiry for the work groups and coordinated the planning process with existing strategic initiatives. To further pare down the identified strategies, the committee members engaged in a detailed prioritization process to determine the impact each goal would have on the broader college of medicine. The committee was ultimately responsible for recommending the adoption of the final strategy and goals to the steering committee. This committee met approximately every four to six weeks in 2019.

Operations Committee Chart

Each work group consisted of a small group of faculty, staff, and students best positioned to “work through” an identified focus area and to brainstorm an initial set of goals. The work groups then developed these goals into a proposed set of strategies, along with the specific tactics to achieve these strategies and the potential metrics to monitor them. During the entire process, the work groups assimilated data and gathered input from community forums and other stakeholders to inform their output.

Work Group Chart

Work Groups

*Denotes work group chair

To provide feedback to specific work groups, please contact the chairs of the respective work groups.

Beth Wrona Murphy* Senior Director of Special Projects
Tom Wyatt Director of Marketing
Leila Amiri, PhD Director of Admissions
William Walden, PhD Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Jeff Jacobson MD Professor of Medicine
Sara Rusch, MD | Meenakshy Aiyer, MD Regional Dean, Peoria | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Pauline Maki, PhD Sr. Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
Carrie Hermanson Director of Marketing, Public Relations & Business Development, Rockford
Raymond Curry, MD* Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Olga Garcia-Bedoya, MD Associate Professor of Medicine
Meenakshy Aiyer, MD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Alex Auseon, DO Associate Professor of Medicine
Mitchell King, MD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rockford
Kelvin Wynn, MD Thomas and Ellen Foster Endowed Chair, Peoria
Henry Dove, MD Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Bellur Prabhakar, PhD* Associate Dean, Technological Innovation & Training
Ron Gaba, MD Associate Professor of Radiology
Marcelo Bento Soares, PhD Senior Associate Dean for Research; Professor and CBP Department Head, Peoria
Jan Kitajewski, PhD Head, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Richard Minshall, PhD Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
Lea Smucker Dir. of Admin. Operations, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Martha Daviglus, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Gail Prins, PhD Professor of Urology and Physiology; Director, University Andrology Laboratory
Geri Donenberg, PhD Professor of Medicine and Psychology, Director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation Sci., Dir., Healthy Youths Program
Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, PhD Professor & Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
Jalees Rehman, MD Director of Research, Division of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering
Subhash C. Pandey, PhD Professor & Director, Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry
Peyton Bohnsack, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry
James Hopkins Graduate Student, Ocular Virology Lab
Kathleen Kashima, PhD* Senior Associate Dean of Students
Michele Marsicalco, MD Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Student Affairs, Chicago
Julie Mann Director, Program Administration, MSTP, Chicago
Gloria Elam, MD Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Chicago
Terri Blevins, EdD Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Academic Progress, Rockford
Tim Bruce, PhD Professor and Associate Chair, Psychiatry Clerkship Director, Peoria
Trevonne Thompson, MD Assistant Dean of Residency Preparedness, Chicago
Mrinalini Rao, PhD Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Olivia Lanser M3 student, Chicago
Saagar Palumapati M2 student, Rockford
Alex Tang M3 student, Peoria
Carlos Dostal MD/PhD student, Urbana/td>
Tara McCray PhD student, Chicago
Joshua Ames PhD student, Chicago
Jenny Baker Research Associate
Charles Ray, MD, PhD Head, Department of Radiology
Patricia Finn, MD Associate Dean for College Strategic Initiatives
Rhea Begeman, RN Director of Administration, Emergency Medicine
Marci Fanti Director of Human Resources
Barry Wenig, MD, PhD Professor and Director of the Head & Neck Cancer Surgery Center
Gillian Coombs Director, Office of Faculty Affairs
Daniela Nita Director of Administrative Operations, Cardiology, Chicago
Janet Jokela, MD Regional Dean, Urbana
Sara Smith, MD Asst. Professor, Clinical Medicine, Chicago
Michael Fischer, MD Assoc. Professor, Medicine, Chicago
Meenakshy Aiyer, MD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Peoria
Carol Schuster, MD Assistant Dean of Operations, Rockford/td>
Lisa Marie Stigger Executive Assistant to the Chair and Vice Chair of Medicine
Brett Ruiz Director of HR, Rockford
Patrick Tranmer, MD* Executive Director of Medical Service Plan
Frank Goldberg, PhD Chief Business Officer of Medical Services Plan
Heather Prendergast, MD Associate Head for Academic Affairs
Lisa Lenz President, Wolcott, Wood and Taylor, Inc.
George Kondos Professor and Vice Head of Medicine
Travis Romagnoli Director of Administrative Ops., Dept. of Surgery
Anand Kumar, MD Department Head, Psychiatry
Rhea Begeman, RN Director of Administration, Emergency Medicine
James Bui, MD Associate Professor of Radiology, Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Rachel Caskey, MD Chief of the Division of Academic Internal Medicine
Mary Lou Schmidt, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Todd Van Neck* Associate Dean for Administration
Kunal Vora Director, Administrative Operations
Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE, MHA Regional Dean, Rockford
Eric Dubrowski Executive Director for Fiscal Affairs, Peoria
Ben Van Voorhees, MD Department Head, Pediatrics
Angela Tyner, PhD Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Eliot Rapoport Rising M2 student based in Peoria

Community Forums

Engaging the community was an important element of the strategic planning process. Over 100 stakeholders were interviewed to provide input to the current and future state of UI COM. Furthermore, during the first community forum in May 2019, stakeholders across the Chicago, Peoria, Urbana, and Rockford campuses were presented with the initial findings of the SWOT, the peer analysis, and work groups outputs. The aim of this first forum was to have the community provide feedback to the work groups and challenge the results by offering specific questions for the work groups to tackle. Over 400 individuals participated in this community forum that spanned two weeks and included six town hall meetings and 19 breakout sessions. In September 2019, the each of the regional campuses again invited all students and employees to come together to review and vet the preliminary strategies.

September Community Forum Presentation