Research Strategy: People
Jan 15, 2021 3:30 PM
This is the second in a series of blogs about the Research Strategy Refresh, intended to communicate major priorities and goals. This post relates to objectives in the Research Strategy that are people-focused. To learn more about the Research Strategy Refresh or to review the 2021 Action Plan, visit this website. Or click here to view our first, third and fourth posts.
At University of Utah Health, we truly believe that our people are our greatest assets. This central tenet is a thread that runs throughout the U of U Health Research Strategy Refresh. Our ability to build upon our successful research endeavor depends on our ability to provide a supportive learning environment in which our research faculty and trainees can continually grow by gaining new technical, academic, and professional skills that enhance career advancement and leadership development and improve retention. We seek to provide outstanding research training that is multidisciplinary and innovative and that prepares our diverse cadre of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to become successful scientists in a rapidly evolving and complex research enterprise. And importantly, we are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community of trainees, staff, and faculty in order to broaden our scope of biomedical inquiry.
These people-focused objectives encompass the breadth of our research strategy, with related goals interwoven throughout. Specifically, the Research Education and Training, Career Development, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy sections address these important objectives.
Research Education and Training prioritized goals:
- Maximize external training support for PhD trainees, MD-PhD trainees, and postdocs.
- Develop systems to support appropriate growth and excellence of graduate programs.
- Train the next generation of clinician scientists.
- Increase diversity of graduate students and success of diverse students.
- Strengthen postdoctoral support and mentoring.
Career Development prioritized goals:
- Improve quantity, quality and consistency of mentorship for early career, mid-career, and senior faculty, considering differing needs for career and scientific mentorship, and specific mentoring strategies for faculty from underrepresented groups.
- Proactively retain highly successful research faculty.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion prioritized goals:
- Foster a culture in which equity, diversity, and inclusion is valued and continually advanced.
- Promote scholarship on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Enhance recruitment, retention, and success of trainees, staff and faculty.
- Optimize faculty recruitment.