The Feb. 3, 2011, edition of AHC News Capsules included the message below from Aaron Friedman, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School:
With the review of the Academic Health Center just getting underway, I want to give you a brief update on our work. The Executive Steering Committee that Vice President Mulcahy and I chair has met twice to review the charge given to us by President Bruininks and Provost Sullivan and to organize our work.
The committee will divide into three working subcommittees. The first will focus on the mission and value of the Academic Health Center at the University. We will be reviewing previous strategic plans, the experience of other universities, and information about the strengths and weaknesses of the current structure and delineation of the value that an Academic Health Center brings to the University. I am chairing the subcommittee; other members include Patrick Lloyd, Al Levine, and Wes Miller.
The second will focus on the AHC's administrative infrastructure. This subcommittee is chaired by Kathleen O'Brien. Other members include Carol Carrier, Gary Davis, Steve Cawley, and Connie Delaney. The third, which will be chaired by Michael Oakes, will focus on AHC centers and programs. Its other members include Jean Quam and Tim Mulcahy.
We will address what role the AHC should play and how a university can maximize the value of its AHC, and we will work to explain the role of the AHC to the broader University community. Within that broader context, we will examine the AHC's administrative services and academic programs for synergy, any potential duplication, and future needs of the University and its health sciences.
We will be reaching out broadly to AHC and University leaders, faculty, staff, students, and key stakeholders for input and discussion; and we are committed to providing regular updates to you. We will have more information about our work plans shortly. I encourage you to keep informed and look for opportunities to contribute.