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Culture Transformation Initiative

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for your active interest and participation in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Culture Transformation Initiative (CTI).

Dean Reece has launched this new initiative with an unwavering commitment to ensure that we have a safe respectful, and inclusive work environment for everyone. We know that if we are to be successful, we must engage in continuous, active listening and provide ongoing opportunities for feedback at each step of the change process.

We have already made tremendous strides. This school-wide publication is an initial resource guide for the CTI–describing the wide range of activities, programs and committees that are dedicated to making both short-term and long-term changes in critical areas. We are proud to say that many of these have been initiated by members of our community, working collaboratively with UMSOM leadership. Importantly, this publication also highlights key steps being taken in policy enactment, professional development, equity in faculty promotions and compensation, and culture/climate research.

CTI cannot exist in the School of Medicine alone. We know that collaboration and coordination between the UMSOM, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the UMSOM and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will be essential to affecting the real change that we desire. We greatly appreciate their support in this endeavor.

We also know that this initiative cannot occur without your help and dedication. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already been involved and who will become involved in the future. In many ways, this is the ultimate long-term community undertaking. Each of us shares in the responsibility to make this the best possible environment for all of us to work and study.

We are a strong community that often takes on the toughest challenges in our daily work. We know that with the relentless spirit of our people, and the tireless commitment and support of our leadership, we will be successful in transforming our culture to be the safe, respectful, inclusive and diverse environment that will support our best work and studies.


Dean’s Culture Transformation Advisory Committee (CTAC)


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