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Surveys

This page describes the surveys implemented in the making of Pressing Ahead in New Directions: Strategic Course 2007-2012.

Survey recipients were invited to respond to two surveys during the planning process. Responses to the surveys were anonymous. Web server log file data related to these surveys remains unconditionally confidential and are not connected in any way to the responses collected.

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Survey #1

Survey #1 was distributed after all one-on-one interviews of select interviewees were completed. The interviews helped form the questions posed in this survey, which was intended to further identify recurring issues and concerns and potential new directions for the School.

Themes emerged from the results of Survey #1 and all interview and secondary information gathered before it. The dean’s leadership group evaluated those themes for their immediacy, potential, and feasibility.

The survey below is reproduced as it originally appeared for historical reference only.

Please respond to this survey on or before Monday, September 6, 2004. Your response is anonymous.

  1. I am a/an:

    • Biopharmaceutical Sciences paid faculty member
    • Clinical Pharmacy paid faculty member
    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry paid faculty member
    • UCSF Medical Center staff pharmacist
    • Associate dean or assistant dean not in a category above
  2. Commendation

    If the School were to receive a commendation, it would be for…

  3. Black mark

    If the School were to receive a black mark, it would be for…

  4. Fields of pursuit currently under way

    What activities currently under way in the School do you think are especially important to pursue aggressively into the future? (Consider current activities in research, clinical programs, education and teaching, service to the immediate public and beyond.)

  5. Fields of pursuit not under way

    What activities not currently under way in the School should we be developing aggressively? (Consider new activities in research, clinical programs, education and teaching, service to the immediate public and beyond.)

  6. Outside developments

    What developments outside the School and UCSF—no matter how removed from the health sciences—do you think will influence the success of your work into the future?

  7. Things that make work difficult

    Think about those things within the School or UCSF that make it difficult for you to do your work. What are they? What could you do to change these things?

  8. Things that help work

    Think about those things within the School or UCSF that help you do your work. What are they?

  9. School barriers

    What barriers might hold the School back from developing fully into the future? Explain.

  10. School attributes or strengths

    What attributes or strengths does the School have that could help it develop fully into the future? Explain.

  11. Additional comments

    Please provide any additional comments you might have.

Thank you

Survey #2

Survey #1 themes are posed in Survey #2 to assess their degree of importance for the future. The final themes upon which the next School plan was ultimately based emerged from the results of Survey #2.

The survey below is reproduced as it originally appeared for historical reference only.

Please respond to this survey before December 15, 2004.

Listed below are current and potential strategic and operational activities for the School over the next five years. Some of these activities are under way; some are proposed. Many of these activities are related and even overlapping. By tweezing them apart in the list below, we call better attention to specific themes for the purpose of your evaluation.

The list was developed from input by faculty members during our recent faculty retreat, subsequent faculty interviews, and the web-based survey #1 sent to you all on August 24. This list has been vetted by the leadership group.

Results of this current survey will be the basis of a small strategic planning retreat being planned for January or February. Retreat attendees will include the leadership group and select younger faculty who represent the work of the School into the future.

Directions

Please rate each of the following current or potential activities for the School on a scale ranging from very important to pursue to not important to pursue. Or indicate if you have no opinion.

At the end of the survey list the top strategic and operational activities you think the School should pursue.

Consider the following before you rank each activity:

  • Situation and trends outside UCSF that could affect the activity
  • Opportunities the activity presents for the School
  • School’s ability to move aggressively in this direction
  • Competition in this area both inside and outside UCSF.

Ask yourself if the activity will:

  • Enhance the School’s strengths and position the School to take advantage of new opportunities in the future
  • Leverage real change within the School and have a national or global impact, or simply fine tune what we are doing already
  • Shore up any critical weaknesses, and position us to avoid oncoming threats.

You can:

  • Respond via email by filling out and saving this document and sending it to Associate Dean Susan Levings at [email protected]. OR
  • Respond via mail by filling out, printing out and mailing this document to Associate Dean Susan Levings at Box 0613. OR
  • Respond via mail by filling out the hard copy of the survey in your mailbox and mailing it to Associate Dean Susan Levings at Box 0613.

I am a/an:

  • Biopharmaceutical Sciences paid faculty member
  • Clinical Pharmacy paid faculty member
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry paid faculty member
  • UCSF Medical Center staff pharmacist
  • Associate Dean or Assistant Dean not in a category above.

Section 1: Strategic activities

Where will we focus our time and energy during the next five years? What activities do we want in our future?

  1. Pharmacogenomics (under way): Expanded to include the range of activities from the basic science of individual drug response to the implications for drug access, pricing, and pharmaceutical care.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  2. Self care (under way): Activities focused on helping people assume central roles in their own health care. Activities range from advocating the best way to label drugs to studying the way people take in and act on health information.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  3. Bioinformatics (under way): Development and implementation of algorithms to handle the large volume of biological data emerging from genomics, proteomics, metabolomics or any other X-omics and to search for important relationships in that data. Exploitation of that information to enhance human health is the goal.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  4. Systems biology (under way): Approach to science that considers the interactions within and among biological systems rather than individual actions in isolation. Marries biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  5. Stem cell research (proposed): Development of drug development aspect of emerging stem cell science.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  6. New models of pharmacy practice (proposed): Focused program to explore, develop, and study new venues for the practice of clinical pharmacy outside the traditional community pharmacy and hospital settings.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  7. Pharmaceutical engineering (proposed): Adaptation of research in chemistry and engineering for pharmaceutical use. Encompasses proteomics, protein and genome engineering, synthetic biology, surface chemistry, and nanochemistry for microfluids, nanodevices, and array development of drug delivery.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  8. New tools and technologies (proposed): Development of new tools, technologies, and approaches to basic science—such as single-molecule methodologies, single-cell quantitative biology, and analytical techniques—that will benefit the work of science campuswide and underscore the uniqueness of the School to campus peers.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  9. Drug discovery and drug development sciences (under way): Focused effort to study and improve the methods and techniques used to discover and develop drugs. Includes research on drug policies and regulations. Partners include other academics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, regulatory agencies. Goal is to make good drugs available to the public faster.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  10. Center for Chemical Diversity/Bay Area Screening Center (under way): Knowledge-based construction of focused libraries of compounds, rapid screening against selected targets.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  11. Drug discovery and development for orphan diseases, in particular parasitic diseases (proposed): Expansion of current activities using viable targets. Would involve pushing work through to at least preclinical development and possibly initial clinical trials.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  12. Global science and health (proposed): Purposefully expanding our sights to serve a global public in science, curriculum development, student experiences, and patient care. Partnering with existing global initiatives on campus and seeking international funding. Global approach cuts across many clinical and science programs and would be considered in the development of all activities. Not meant to be a free-standing “center” within the School. Specialized faculty and staff might need to be considered as initiatives take shape.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  13. Medication errors (proposed): Deliberate development of focused research, legislative advocacy, and practice models based upon research dedicated to decreasing medication errors nationwide.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  14. Expansion and marketing of targeted “services” (proposed): Services available to the campus and to off-campus markets, including: drug product services laboratory, analytical services, clinical PK, SNP detection, etc.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  15. Further development of PharmD curriculum to keep ahead nationwide and worldwide (proposed): Focused development of an interprofessional curriculum, requiring close collaboration with all professional schools on campus. Establishment of systems to better access and track course content against new national curriculum standards.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  16. Outcomes research (proposed): Purposeful expansion of research that measures the impact of actions and activities in pharmacy and the health care in general, i.e., pharmacoeconomics.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

Section 2: Operational activities

What must be in place if the School’s current activities and new plans for the future are to move ahead efficiently and effectively?

  1. Infrastructure and systems (proposed): Comprehensive look and “fix” of the systems required for an academic enterprise to succeed and flourish. Included are: contracts and grants management, a staffing structure that meets faculty needs and staff needs for advancement, common IT systems that still allow for individual IT freedom, etc.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  2. Academic entrepreneurism (proposed): Making available the expertise faculty members need to help them identify intellectual and resource opportunities outside UCSF that can leverage their work—while not taking faculty away from the work.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  3. Centralized education resource (proposed): Creation of centralized expertise and help for faculty teachers. Goal is to help faculty members excel in teaching. Includes basics on teaching, use of the Web in teaching, understanding of the curriculum overall.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  4. Development of leaders—faculty and staff (proposed): Systematic program for developing School and campus leaders among the faculty and staff. Important because of the numbers of aging faculty, the inevitable turnover in chairs and dean, the need to retain the best staff who have the institutional history and knowledge needed to maneuver effectively within UCSF and help carry the School forward into the future.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

  5. Development of clinical faculty (PharmDs) and professional students who conduct high-quality research (proposed): Focused program to equip PharmDs with the skills they need to conduct and publish seminal research; would provide faculty members the skills required to move ahead on many strategic initiatives.

    • Very Important
    • Important
    • Average
    • Importance
    • Slightly Important
    • Not Important
    • No opinion

    Comment:

Section 3

Are there additional operational activities you feel strongly should be added to the list above?

Please specify:

  1. Check the four strategic activities you consider to be the most important for the School to pursue:

    • Pharmacogenomics
    • Self care
    • Bioinformatics
    • Systems biology
    • Stem cell research
    • New models of pharmacy practice
    • Pharmaceutical engineering
    • New tools and technologies
    • Drug discovery and drug development sciences
    • Center for Chemical Diversity/Bay Area Screening Center
    • Drug discovery and development for orphan diseases, in particular, parasitic diseases
    • Global science and health
    • Medication errors
    • Expansion and marketing of targeted “services”
    • Further development of PharmD curriculum to keep ahead nationwide and worldwide
    • Outcomes research

    Are there additional strategic activities you feel strongly should be added to the list above?

    Please specify:

  2. Check the two operational activities you consider the most important for the School to pursue:

    • Infrastructure and systems
    • Academic entrepreneurism
    • Centralized education resource
    • Development of leaders—faculty and staff
    • Development of clinical faculty (PharmDs) and professional students who conduct high-quality research

    Are there additional operational activities you feel strongly should be added to the list above?

    Please specify:

Thank you for sharing your opinions.

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