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Committee Charter


The VTCSOM Strategic Plan will guide our medical school into a vibrant future.  In collaboration with our parent university (Virginia Tech), our health system partner (Carilion Clinic) and other community stakeholders, we will understand the challenges and opportunities we face as a medical school and respond with a comprehensive plan to achieve feasible, sustainable and measurable objectives.

Project Scope

The Strategic Planning Committee will consist of members from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic. The responsibility and focus of the committee will be to develop our strategic plan within the context of the following priorities of the university’s strategic plan:

  • Advance Regional, National, and Global Impact
  • Elevate the Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) Difference
  • Be a Destination for Talent
  • Ensure Institutional Excellence

Further, we anticipate that our medical school’s specific plan will address the following goals, which relate directly to the university’s priorities:

  • Improve human health through discovery and implementation science
  • Create a systems-oriented and scientifically-minded physician workforce
  • Foster diversity and inclusion to better represent and serve the population
  • Be a destination for innovators in medical education
  • Create equitable access to medical education for top talent
  • Create self-sustaining funding to support medical student scholarships


The goals of our strategic planning process are to address the following general areas:

  • VTCSOM Vision Statement
  • VTCSOM Mission Statement
  • VTCSOM Values 
  • Opportunities for VTCSOM to: 
    • Advance the local, regional, national and global impact of our school
    • Elevate the Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) Difference made by our school in our community and beyond
    • Be a destination for biomedical sciences and medical education talent
    • Ensure institutional excellence in all areas of VTCSOM

We will create a process for ensuring input from a variety of internal and external stakeholder groups.  Our final committee report will reflect specific and measurable objectives and success metrics, including recommendations concerning workflows and estimated costs. This process will encourage feedback on the above general areas, including opportunities to improve areas or outcomes which may not currently ideally reflect our vision, mission, or values in the most productive manner.

Strategic Planning Committee


  • David Musick, PhD, Senior Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Rebecca Pauly, MD, Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine

Committee Members

  • Dani Backus, MS, PMP, SSGB, Senior Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation
  • Paul Davenport, Vice President for Emergency Services and Care Management, Carilion Clinic
  • Joshua Eikenberg, MD ‘15, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Dermatology)
  • Casey Engel, Class of 2024 President
  • Daniel Harrington, MD, Vice Dean VTCSOM and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Carilion Clinic
  • Heidi Lane, EdD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Assessment and Education
  • Eduardo Lara-Torre, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Giovanni Malaty, Class of 2021 President
  • Sahana Nazeer, Class of 2023 President
  • William Reis, Class of 2022 President

Virginia Tech Strategic Affairs Liaisons

  • Lauren Henson, Program Manager
  • Erin McCann, Director of Strategic Planning

Reporting Hierarchy and Committee Workflow

The Strategic Planning Committee will report to the VTCSOM Dean. The committee will work collaboratively with the InclusiveVTCSOM Task Force in developing strategic planning recommendations for diversity, equity and inclusion.

The committee will accomplish its work through both meetings of the entire group and via 2-3 work groups/subcommittees that will be assigned specific responsibilities and asked to report back to the larger committee on a scheduled basis. We will use a variety of methods (e.g., surveys, focus groups, email access) to gather input from our constituent groups. We expect to submit a complete and edited draft to the Dean no later than March 31, 2021.

The work of the committee will be supported by the VTCSOM Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, and by the Virginia Tech Office for Strategic Affairs. The final report of the committee will include recommendations currently being formulated by the VTCSOM Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.


September 25

Email Announcement to VTCSOM Community

October 13

Virtual Town Hall: 6pm - 7pm

Late October

Distribute Strategic Planning Survey


Office for Strategic Affairs synthesizes and analyzes survey responses and shares results

Mid-to Late January

Feedback/engagement sessions

February  - March

Draft VTCSOM strategic plan

April - May

Complete edits, communication formats

By June 1

Announce VTCSOM strategic plan including implementation steps via email and possible town hall