Strategic Planning

As IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess begins his fifth year in his leadership role, the school is reflecting on the great strides made throughout the School. The progress realized in each of the mission areas is remarkable and is the result of the hard work and commitment of countless people across the School.

Now, IU School of Medicine is embarking on a strategic planning process to develop new priorities and goals that will harness the momentum and continue building on the quality improvements made by the current plan. With active input from faculty, staff, students and other key stakeholders who will shape the future of IU School of Medicine, the next plan will guide the school through 2022.

Watch for updates and opportunities to engage here.

Strategic Voices

Hear directly from school leaders to understand the vision and priorities in place to further improve with working and learning environment at IU School of Medicine and grow research funding and other resources to build on the institution’s world-class medical education and research programs.

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Strategic Planning Focus Areas

The school’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan focused on five core areas, which include the tripartite mission of education, research and clinical care, as well as aspects of fostering a collaborative and productive working and learning environment. Priorities include:

  • Improve the health of Indiana’s citizens.
  • Maximize success of all learners.
  • Ensure the vitality of members of the IU School of Medicine community.
  • Build on the strengths of IU School of Medicine and its health partners’ statewide footprint to advance the tripartite mission.
  • Advance science and clinical knowledge through innovative research in areas where IU School of Medicine can be distinctive and internationally recognized.
  • Translate discoveries into new diagnostics, treatments and cures.
  • Build an information and technology platform that will support the advancement of IU School of Medicine’s research, education and service missions.

The new strategic plan will address these topic areas as well.



To prepare the next generation of health care professionals and leaders, IU School of Medicine delivers a uniformly outstanding educational experience across all campuses that prepares professionals for high-value, team-based and population-focused care.


To accelerate discovery and clinical translation, IU School of Medicine builds interdisciplinary, team-based research programs in areas where the school can be a national leader with the goal of increasing the number of, and patients enrolled in, the most impactful clinical trials.
Population Health

Population Health

To improve the health and wellness of citizens of Indiana and beyond, IU School of Medicine works with clinical partners to improve population health, developing destination clinical services aligned with research priorities.
Engagement and Growth

Engagement and Growth

To increase the school’s community engagement and capacity for growth, IU School of Medicine strengthens its brand and enhances communications, reinvigorates alumni relations with a special emphasis on increasing recognition and engagement of volunteer faculty.
Working and Learning Environment

Working and Learning Environment

To foster the vitality and engagement of faculty, staff, students and partners, IU School of Medicine upholds the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation, offering professional and leadership development opportunities at all levels.
2014-2018 Strategic Plan

2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Read the current strategic plan in full.

Upcoming Events

The Strategic Planning Committee invites all IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students to provide feedback on the school’s strategic priorities and goals at the following interactive Strategic Planning Town Hall meetings:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 – 11 am via Zoom
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 – 11 am in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450C, or via Zoom

Registration is not required.


Milestone Achivements

“As I begin my fifth year as dean,” says Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, “I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the great strides – both collective and individual – we have made at Indiana University School of Medicine. The progress we have realized in all of our missions is remarkable and is the result of the hard work and commitment of countless people across the School.

These accomplishments are the result of your hard work, talent and commitment. I have never worked with a finer group of individuals. Thank you for your dedication to the School of Medicine, our learners and the people of the state of Indiana, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of all that we do.”

Milestone_Achievements 2013 2014 2015 2016 Dean Hess Arrives Continuous Quality Improvement OfficeLaunches School Implements New MD Curriculum Phase 1 School Earns National Recognition for Diversity Student Facilities Upgraded Statewide Statewide Course Leadership Structure Activated New Mentoring and Advising Program Rolls Out

Strategic Planning Committee

Visionary leaders throughout IU School of Medicine departments and program areas participate on the Strategic Planning Committee. This cross-functional team is passionate about building on the excellence of the school’s medical education and research programs to further enhance the quality of training and population health in Indiana and throughout the world.


Strategic Planning is underway at many other medical schools. Some are using innovative approaches to better engage the educators and trainees in the working and learning community. Draw inspiration from these examples and contribute others that may help advance the strategic planning process at IU School of Medicine.

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