Sunita Mutha, MD FACP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director of the Center for the Health Professions
University of California, San Francisco
The Oxford dictionary defines leverage as a verb that means to use (something) to its maximum advantage. Who doesn’t like the notion of using something you already have to achieve something new or better? Our recent internal conversations at the Center have focused on how we leverage the things we already have, our assets, to increase our contributions and to identify new areas of work. Our assets include our expertise in workforce research, our experience in leadership training for health professionals, the many alumni from those training programs, our UCSF identity, and our own staff. Is this a conversation you’ve been a part of at your own organization? If not, imagine how that level of discussion might affect or engage people and move your organization forward.
Over the years, we’ve identified the need for a unique combination approach to improving and shaping health care delivery and our own strengths as an organization to affect this at both the local and national levels. We focus on improving the understanding of the health care workforce--and on training leaders who are shaping health care delivery systems. This month’s Center news is a great reflection of recent work in both arenas. Add to this that we have a home in a world-class health sciences university, and we move into a category of our own. Real assets. Real opportunities to add and create value.
So what have our internal conversations identified for the new year? Our work in the coming year is to create new synergies between our research and training programs in order to identify new approaches that can help solve the big problems in health care. Both–creating synergies and new approaches—are equally important.
A critical part of this undertaking is hearing from our partners, alumni, and stakeholders. We want to hear your ideas about how the Center can leverage its unique assets to support you in your work. What are ways that we might help you navigate the changes in today’s health care environment? What are the big problems you are trying to solve? What issues would you like to see us address? What tools and trainings would add value to your work? I encourage you to share your ideas
—big or small—to help inform and shape our work.