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MUSC Strategic Plan 2010-2015


MUSC will be a leader in interprofessional/ interdisciplinary practices by building on existing activities and fostering an environment that rewards innovative and integrated education, research, and
patient care.

   “MUSC has a strong and  consistent commitment to interprofessional and interdisciplinary activities. As a nationally recognized leader in interprofessional activities for education, the strategic plan focuses on our best practices in this area,  while further expanding activities to include patient care and research.”

 - Judy Dubno, PhD and Philip Hall, PharmD, Co-Chairs


MUSC has been at the forefront of the national and international efforts to institutionalize Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary (IP/ID) education, research, and clinical care. In 2007, our leadership in this effort was enhanced by our 10-year educational Quality Enhancement Plan, Creating Collaborative Care (C3).  Its guiding statement — Learning Together; Transforming Health — expresses an ambitious agenda to be reached through collaborative means.

The University’s goal is straightforward: to be a national and international leader in IP/ID education, research, and clinical care, and thereby transform health. Among other benefits, IP/ID efforts will better prepare the future workforce of South Carolina. The objectives and strategies emphasize a three-stage process of assessment, implementation, and evaluation of IP/ID initiatives. While implementing this process and as a consequence of it, we also aim to create long-lasting IP/ID resources within MUSC, across our mission. Health care and biomedical research will be more effective when we work together, open to each other’s perspectives, eager to look for solutions we could not find on our own. We want MUSC faculty, staff, and students to serve as exemplary collaborators when working with patients and colleagues.


Foster existing initiatives and develop new opportunities that encourage interprofessional/interdisciplinary integration and experiences.


    Identify, assess, and analyze models
  • Evaluate existing campus and community models of IP/ID collaboration and disseminate successful program elements through education and publication across the University, state, and nation.
  • Determine the beneficial and constraining impacts of infrastructure on IP/ID effectiveness.
  • Create a framework of success criteria to assess current  IP/ID programs and initiatives.

   Implement and Disseminate
  • Ensure that systems of evaluation, including promotion and tenure, reward IP/ID collaboration. 
  • Facilitate acquisition of IP/ID skills through continuing education opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. 
  • Create new models and expand shared clinical and research resources for IP/ID education, practice, and research.
  • Improve the quality and safety of patient care through the development of IP/ID teams.
  • Increase the frequency of and venues for communication about  IP/ID collaboration.
  • Create a University-wide educational database to maximize efficiencies and increase IP/ID opportunities.

    Evaluate outcomes
  • Use predetermined metrics, such as course evaluations, satisfaction surveys, clinical outcomes, publications, grants, and financial contributions, both qualitative and quantitative.


Develop opportunities within and outside the institution and create partnerships with others to establish IP/ID collaboration as an ongoing University commitment.

  • Secure private and public sources of funding.
  • Encourage the development of Centers of Excellence that promote IP/ID activities.
  • Develop and launch new degree programs that promote or require IP/ID collaboration for best outcomes, which include cross-college and cross-university courses and research opportunities.
  • Unify the leadership of IP/ID initiatives within central administration.
  • Seek funding to create endowed chairs for programs that promote or require IP/ID collaboration for best outcomes.