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Dugoni School Strategic Plan Implementation Moves Forward

January  23, 2014

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Strategic Plan implementation has taken a major step forward thanks to the collective input of students, faculty, staff, alumni and others who are part of the school community. 

Representatives from nearly 30 academic and administrative units have submitted plans for how they will help the school achieve the objectives identified in the school's Strategic Plan. More than 100 different objectives have been identified by the units, tied to virtually every strategic goal in the plan.

The process is being overseen by the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee (SPOC), which has been meeting monthly to help organize the implementation and track its success. The eight-member group is chaired by Dr. Mark Abzug, Group IV Practice Leader and assistant professor in the Department of Dental Practice. Other members of the committee are Brian Baliwas, Class of 2014 representative; Dr. Mark Booth, Group Practice Leader and Assistant Professor of Dental Practice; Dr. Stephen Highsmith, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Dr. Pat King, Director, International Dental Studies Program; Dr. Gene LaBarre, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Reconstructive Sciences, Ines Fuentes, Receptionist, Department of Orthodontics, Roy Bergstrom, Director of Planning (ex officio) and Dan Soine, Director of Marketing & Communications (ex officio). 

"In addition to the implementation plans, we've received excellent input regarding our strategic direction from the school community," said Abzug. "Participation so far has been broadly based and it's good to see the innovative ideas submitted by the school's departments and units."

The implementation of the Strategic Plan comes during an exciting period of change, as the school prepares to move to its new San Francisco campus in July 2014. Departments were advised to take into account how the move to the new facility will impact school operations, goals and implementation action steps over the coming year.

Objectives submitted by departments span a wide range of ways to support student learning, improve experiences for patients and support the Pacific Dugoni family. They cover topics including interprofessional learning opportunities, practice management strategies and clinic protocol, calibration of faculty, local community/campus partnerships, collaborative research projects, support of faculty and staff training, and managing the opening of the new campus facility.

In early 2012 the dental school community was engaged in formulating an update to the Strategic Plan, originally developed in 2008. Through a series of surveys, town hall meetings, informal discussions, open commentary periods and feedback the writing group developed the 2012 Strategic Plan Update: Building Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy. The goal of the update was to gain an understanding of where the dental school would like to go as an institution and to lay the foundation for its growth. The plan update's overriding theme builds upon the school's distinctive core competencies; its vision of "Leading the improvement of health by advancing oral health"; and support for its upcoming move to a new campus.

The six strategic directions identified in the plan are:

  • Prepare Oral Healthcare Providers for Scientifically Based Practice
  • Define New Standards in Education
  • Provide Patient-Centered Care
  • Discover and Disseminate Knowledge
  • Actualize Individual Potential
  • Develop and Promote Policies Addressing the Needs of Society

The first outcomes report will be due from school departments on March 31, 2014. This report will allow the SPOC to track the progress that departments are making on achieving objectives. The outcomes report will be due on an annual basis thereafter.

For more information and background, visit the Strategic Plan section of the school web site or contact Dr. Mark Abzug at

To view a one-page infographic of the Strategic Plan, click here.

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