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Mission, Vision and Values

Strategic Plan for the UM School of Medicine

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The University of Maryland School of Medicine is dedicated to providing excellence in biomedical education, basic and clinical research, quality patient care and service to improve the health of the citizens of Maryland and beyond. The School is committed to the education and training of medical, MD/PhD, graduate, physical therapy and medical and research technology students. We will recruit and develop faculty to serve as exemplary role models for our students.


The University of Maryland School of Medicine will achieve international eminence as an academic institution in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing professional education; basic and clinical research; clinical practice and service; public health and prevention; and responsiveness to its community.

The School of Medicine, in an environment with both rapid scientific and technological advances and economic changes, will be recognized for its excellence and innovation in:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Patient Care
  • Community Service

We will accomplish this through the recruitment, development and retention and of talented, culturally diverse faculty, staff, trainees and students utilizing:

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches
  • Inter-professional Relationships
  • Partnerships with our Local and Regional communities
  • Collaboration with Industry


These values will serve as the basis for the School of Medicine’s efforts to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision for the future in teaching, research, clinical practice and service:


The School, its faculty, trainees, staff and students will strive for advancement and excellence in all endeavors and reward such efforts.


The School will assume a leadership role in issues of importance to the state of Maryland, the region, the nation and the world.


The School will ensure diversity of faculty, trainees, staff and students.

Social and Public Health Responsibility

The School recognizes that its responsibilities include the disease prevention and health care needs of its West Baltimore community and the state of Maryland. The School will serve as a significant resource for addressing local, state, national and international health and public policy issues.

Collaboration and Communication

The School will actively communicate and collaborate wherever this will facilitate fulfillment of its mission and vision.

Respect, Ethical Behavior and Professionalism

The School will encourage mutual respect among faculty, trainees, staff, students and patients and demand the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability

The School will manage its resources in a fiscally responsible and highly accountable manner.

Social Justice Compact

There is a clarion call for the promotion of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in our society.  We concur with this well-known statement: If not us, who?  If not now, when?

We will engage in ongoing strategic and intentional actions to advance in a measurable way our vision for social justice, civil rights and civil liberties for all members of our School of Medicine, University and their communities across the United States.  Together,  we will continuously listen and educate ourselves about systemic racism and structural barriers to success for all, legislative and policy matters, economic inequalities, health care access, and all forms of bias that contribute further to cumulative disadvantages for marginalized groups.

We will undertake these actions, with cultural humility, in all school missions to include education, research, clinical care and community engagement.

We have committed ourselves to be an organization that embodies diversity, equity, inclusion and in which all members of our community are encouraged to respectfully and empathically voice their opinions while embracing and supporting the diversity in background and thought of the entire community.

In these ways, we will work to create safety and build trust across our community and prepare to face all future challenges with socially just solutions.

Learn More

UMSOM Diversity & Inclusion Website

Diversity Dashboard

UMSOM Diversity Advisory Council

“Celebrating Diversity” Dinner Supports Funding for Minority Student Scholarships (News Release)