How and when: the strategic planning process

There are many ways you can get involved in the planning process.

  • Attend a hive (see below) 
  • Speak to leadership: discuss your thoughts with your Vice Chair, Program Director, site chief, etc who can feedback to the Steering Committee 
  • Ask a question via our online form
  • Ask Rita! Dr. Rita Kandel, Department Chair, will be available for drop-in sessions via Zoom to answer your questions. Dates will be available soon.

You can even contribute to the artwork we will use on the strategic plan document by entering our art competition.

The ‘pollination phase’: February – April 2021 

Vice chairs and program directors met in February to discuss their thoughts and ideas on: 

  • What they value about LMP 
  • What our strengths are 
  • What could make LMP better 

They were also asked to interact with their teams/areas of LMP and gather feedback on questions related to the above topics and report back to the strategic planning committee. 

We circulated a survey to all members of LMP and 126 of you responded to it. Thank you! 

Focus groups took place in April: 

  • Undergraduate student union, LMPSU (April 1st) 
  • Clinical post graduate trainees (March 29th and April 6th) 
  • Junior faculty (Apr 8th) 
  • Graduate student union, CLAMPS (April 12th) 

Mid-career and senior faculty were encouraged to give their opinions in the survey, as well as discussing with the vice chairs or leaders. 

The ‘hives’: May/June 2021 

We will host three ‘strategy hives’. 

These are 2.5-hour interactive sessions, each on a specific topic to explore emerging strategic questions (based on what we heard in the 'pollination phase'), building on each other. There will be breakout sessions and opportunities to discuss the topics in depth. 

Typically, Hives include anywhere from 10 – 50 people from the department, including key stakeholders, who are either experts in or passionate about the specific topic. These sessions will bring together a cross-section of people around three key strategic questions, to develop priorities, goals, and actions for our overall strategy. 

Everyone in LMP will be sent an invitation via email. 

You should try to attend at least one hive and bring a friend from the LMP community! 

Hive One: Shaping the Future of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology 
May 31, 4:00 – 6:30 pm 

Leading and integrating the disruptive innovations that will change the face of LMP (AI, sustainable discovery, digital pathology etc.) 

This first hive is the foundational event that will frame our strategic plan. The second and third hives will build on specific topics and what was discussed in the first hive. If you can only make one, try and make it this one.

Discover what happened in Hive One.

 

Hive Two: Orchestrating Collaborative Innovation  
June 10, 4:00 – 6:30 pm 

Creating platforms and infrastructure that promote and incentivize interdisciplinary collaboration and the fusion of ideas that push discoveries further. 

Hive Three: Nurturing a Thriving Community 
June 21, 4:00 – 6:30 pm 

Creating policies and structures that enable student and faculty connectivity and wellness in an environment committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

If you cannot attend a hive and wish to contribute your thoughts, complete our online form.

Vision and direction setting: June 2021 

The strategic planning committee and our consultancy firm will process all the information gathered and develop the formal strategic plan. 

The launch: August/September 2021 

We will communicate the plan to you and work with you on how we can implement it into our daily lives. 

This will involve setting objectives, action plans, and reporting goals. 

There will be a Townhall-style event, open to all members of LMP, where the committee will present the plan and answer questions.