Strategic planning

The LMP strategic plan 2015 - 2020 has now expired so it is time for a new plan. Rita Kandel

Not only is it a necessary function of our business administration, but this is an opportunity for us to collectively reflect, discuss and decide: what is LMP and what are our ambitions for our future? 

The world has changed due to the pandemic, but also other pressures on research, clinical care, and education. Are we equipped as a department, not only to face these challenges, but to expand our reach and impact? 

Investigating disease, Impacting health. That is our motto, but do we do it well enough? How can we improve? Where can we develop our broad range of education? How can we make more of an impact globally? 

We are a large and diverse group of people: of staff, researchers, clinicians, teachers, learners, and more. Every voice matters and it is important to make sure your voice is heard in this process so we know where we should focus the strategic efforts of the department. What is most important to you? 

Find out more about how this process will impact you, the department, how you can get involved, and keep up to date with our progress. 

Rita Kandel MD, FRCPC  

Professor and Chair 

Why should I get involved?

This is not just a box-ticking exercise. Find out how our new strategic plan might influence you, and LMP.

The how and when

See the timeline and how we’re trying to hear as many voices as possible.

Who makes the decisions?

Find out who is on the strategic planning committee and who else is shaping the process.

Ask a question

Submit any questions you have about the strategic planning process.

What have we discussed so far? 

So far, we have had discussions, conducted focus groups, and circulated a survey.

The key themes we heard in the first phase of engagement are below. 

These themes are not the strategic framework for our future but are the areas we will explore to create that framework.

In the hives, we will use these insights to create our desired future, and to decide together where to invest, to focus, and to innovate in order to bring that future to life.

  • There is a high desire for more cross-pollination – meeting people across the department, interdisciplinary research, interprofessional education, new collaborations – to learn from each other, be creative together and increase the impact of our research 
  • There is a thirst to develop a shared mission and areas of excellence around some of the profound innovations in our field – digital pathology, artificial intelligence, big data, precision health, the expansion of genomics, molecular biology and virology, non-invasive diagnostics, etc. 
  • People have a lot of energy to strengthen research infrastructure and funding to support both discovery science and translational research, and to create smoother, more integrated, and simpler processes – for collaboration, for accessing funds, for core facilities, and for harmonized connections across hospitals and university sites 
  • At this moment in history, expanding the impact of WIDE – especially crafting a truly inclusive environment that fosters the wellbeing of everyone in the community – is critical. 

Please join us in doing that creative thinking! These conversations will shape the next several years of our work, our community, and our impact.

Discover what happened in Hive One on May 31.

The hives

Hive One: Shaping the Future of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. May 31, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Hive Two: Orchestrating Collaborative Innovation. June 10, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Hive Three: Nurturing a Thriving Community. June 21, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Show us the beauty of your slides! Enter the LMP art competition

Does this plasma look like a Picasso? Does that Myofibroblastoma resemble a Magritte? Do you ever look under the microscope and enjoy the beauty of what you see? Then share it with us!

Winners could receive up to $500 cash and have their artwork hung in the Medical Sciences Building. The winning image will also be used in the new strategic plan documentation.