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Our collaborative learning environment ensures that we remain nimble and distinctive as a national leader in biomedical discovery, health care, and education. As we create new research capabilities and innovate systems of learning we will make discoveries of value and develop the people to lead transformation of health care.  We will connect our academic medical center seamlessly to the world to benefit our patients, the communities we serve and the health ecosystem.


Statement of Importance:

Vanderbilt is leading the charge in ushering in a new era of health and prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. Progress we could not have imagined a decade ago is now being realized with our research and made a reality for patients both within and beyond our catchment area. We are transforming interventions away from a model in which we see people for the first time when they begin experiencing symptoms to one that detects, manages and perhaps eradicates disease before individuals even know they have them. The pace of innovation and the volume of data and information necessitate shifts in professional norms and learning approaches.  Vanderbilt is leading in developing innovative and effective education and training programs for learners across the continuum of educational phases and across health professions to catalyze servant leadership and lifelong learning.  Building better connectivity from all our programs to government and industry can create effective vehicles for societal change and allow our people, discoveries and innovations to have far more significant impact.  We will look at everything we do well and identify the best ways to make them generalizable and useful outside our walls.

  • Our collaborative, inclusive and trans-disciplinary culture to convert ideas, discoveries and services into meaningful innovation
    • Advancing trans-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations to catalyze new directions and accelerate our ability to deliver our mission, including partnerships with GE Healthcare, Incyte Corp, Bayer, IBM Watson and Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
    • Launching drug discovery company, Ancora Innovation, in partnership with Deerfield Management (more).
    • Investing capital in nPhase and IDBiologics .
    • Collaborating with Ology Bioservices to develop and manufacture the monoclonal antibody to treat & prevent COVID-19 infection for Department of Defense (more).
  • Programs and tools to advance learning opportunities and workforce engagement
  • Efficiency of the overall research enterprise through improved and nimble capture and exchange of expertise, reagents, and technologies as well as expansion of institutionally-supported research cores, facilities, and tools; as exemplified by our rapid pivot of basic/translational, clinical/interventional and population health research programs and core facilities to research focused on the causes, treatment and prevention of COVID-19
    • Image of Covid-19 Virus Development of web-based resources to keep the research community up to date on the continuum of COVID-19 research activities across the enterprise (more) .
    • Creation of a REDCap survey for faculty to rapidly share new COVID-19 and related research projects and initiatives with the community.
    • Development of COVID-19 research committees to review and propel interventional and non-interventional human participant investigations.
    • Providing practical guidance for researchers to support safe conduct of activities on VUMC campus (more).
    • Further development of core educational programming within Office of Student Research and enhancement of the Immersion Research Experience for medical students.
  • Transparency of datasets and methods; reproducible research
    • Developed guidelines and recommendations for Vanderbilt research rigor, reproducibility and transparency toolkit.
    • Developed SPI-Hub™ to provide indicators of journal scholarship expressed through metadata in 25 fields (e.g., indexing status in biomedical databases, stated adherence to publishing policies/best practices, reporting of open access policies such as fees and licensing options), which can be viewed throughout SPI-Hub™ by simply selecting a journal title.
  • Footprint and functionality of research space
    • Developed the “Research Enterprise Space Dashboard” to track research space and associated extramural support.
  • Continued growth of neuroscience and behavioral health research and translation
  • Personalized/precision medicine
    • Broadening the Medical Center’s precision medicine strategy with a goal of implementing a system-wide approach to identifying and appropriately managing subsets of patients with distinct genetic causes for common disease and/or adverse drug reactions; and offering Genomic Medicine Training Program in pharmacogenomics, precision phenotyping, medical informatics, and disease-based genomics.
    • Opened a Clinical Genomics Laboratory providing whole-exome sequencing enabling germline genetic testing for inherited mutations in genes associated with cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia, epilepsy and intellectual disability.
    • Expanded the PREDICT program and opened the Genomics and Therapeutics Clinic.
    • Launched a Master of Genetics Counseling Degree Program with five matriculates in the first year.
    • Integrated and deployed unified genomics services (gene panel, RNA-seq & germline) as the platform for oncology; and, launched the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Hereditary and Oncologic Personalized Evaluation Molecular Tumor Board (VICC-HOPE MTB).
    • Continuing discovery and translation enabled by BioVU, Center for Precision Medicine and Vanderbilt Genetics Institute.
  • Office of Health EquityFocus on health equity, outcomes and implementation research
    • Creation of new programs through the Office of Health Equity spanning research, education and community and population health.
    • Launched the Health Equity Graduate Certificate for medical students.
  • Our influence on health policy locally, nationally and globally
    • Launched a Ph.D. in Health Policy program.
    • Civic service to Nashville and Tennessee – Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, Chair of Metropolitan Board of Health and Metro Coronavirus Task Force (more); COVID-19 Advisory Memos and Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 Modeling for Tennessee (more).
    • Medical Center faculty and staff assuming prominent government roles - Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, Chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County (more) and Josh Denny, MD, MS, CEO of Federal All of Us program (more).
    • Media communication skills to provide a vital voice that engenders public trust - Exemplars include William Schaffner, MD, C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH and David Aronoff, MD (more).

  • Dynamic process to develop, share and recognize the contributions of individuals and teams to discovery and learning
    • New metrics that align and connect people to our mission including changes in practice, policy and paradigms.
    • Recognizing high impact publications and national awards monthly through “Celebrate” presentations at VUSM Executive Faculty meetings.
    • Recognizing Strategic Direction advances monthly through Strategy Spotlight Share presentation at VUSM Executive Faculty meetings and Reporter articles.
    • Increased deployment of the  Office of Research social media via twitter @VUMCResearch.
    • Continued enhancement of StrategyShare features and events.
    • 40th Annual GME Research Forum highlighting the research activities of our house staff and medical students.  
  • Mentoring and training programs that enable on-going career progression & transitions
    • Developing approach to competency-based progression from UME to GME using multi-source assessment data.
    • Obtaining AMA Re-imagining Residency grant (1 of 8 nationally).
    • MIDP Logo Developing the Medical Innovators Development Program (MIDP).  The 1st class of medical students graduate in 2020 (more) and MIDP students participated in Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Design Challenge after developing proposal that would extend life of N95 respirators five-fold through use of readily available hospital resources (more).
    • Launching Discovery Scholars Program in Fall 2020.
    • Developing integrated interdisciplinary experiences for post-graduate trainees.
    • Expanding our MSTP training program.
  • Support for transdisciplinary teams to innovate learning, research and health care
    • Opening The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE), a dedicated lab space in Medical Center North, equipped with mock operating rooms, surgical robots, imaging devices, and tracking and surgical guidance systems, to foster trans-institutional interactions designed to result in new ideas and technologies to advance health care (more).
    • IdeaShare Logo Launching IdeaShare to crowdsource ideas.  Campaigns have included: ways to address common challenges at the Medical Center (more); use of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to transform health care (more); a test of patient-driven steering of the vision and roadmap for patient-facing HealthIT.
    • Launching Health Equity Innovation Awards that support innovative ideas and solutions among faculty, staff, students and others at VUMC to advance health equity, ultimately improving health outcomes.
    • Establishing the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration to address medical, societal and interpersonal effects of COVID-19 (more) and collaborating with Vanderbilt University engineers to design a fabricated, open-source ventilator to address the shortage of ventilators during COVID-19 (more)
  • Platforms for innovation incubators and accelerators
    • Launching RadX (more), the Department of Radiology’s health care innovation and entrepreneurship incubator. The inaugural RadX Innovation Challenge pitch event awarded three teams $10,000 each to design and implementation of their ideas (more). One of the presenting teams subsequently started up a new global health non-profit, Rayos Contra Cancer.
    • The Wondry Logo Launching the Wond’ry’ peer-to-peer Innovation Consulting Program, led by Vanderbilt PhD and MD candidates, for graduate students interested in business strategy and management consulting (more)
  • Systems to support learning-working teams
    • Implementation of a novel interprofessional working-learning student team model at Mercury Courts.
    • Phones showing use of Quiztime Integrating QuizTime, a smartphone application developed at the Medical Center, to provide continuing medical education to physicians. QuizTime developers launched a new quiz covering important aspects of prevention, transmission and treatment of COVID-19 (more). The Medical Center partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health to roll out workplace-based education using QuizTime to health care providers across the state for proper utilization of opioid and non-opioid therapies in managing pain (more).
    • Development of a set of tools to assist hospitals and healthcare institutions in projecting frontline workforce needs, redeploying clinical teams and protecting the health and well-being of providers, through a collaborative effort between University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University Medical Center – COVID Staffing Project
  • Systems to access and leverage clinical specimens at scale with appropriate database capabilities and specimens representative of a diverse population
    • Increasing scope of biospecimen and image research use in Consent-to-Treat.
  • Systems that enable co-registration and bioinformatics mining of all forms of data across the research and clinical enterprise, including VICTR data resources
  • Plan for computational science, information technology, and data storage to meet the demands and advance basic, clinical, and population research
    • Coordinating the Medical Center’s Data Science strategy and programs with the Vanderbilt Data Science Institute.
    • Further developing the HEAlth Data Science (HEADS) Center and clinical data science approaches for health care delivery.
    • Developing a deep-learning algorithm for artificial intelligence-assisted calcium scoring that determines cardiovascular risk across range of computed tomography scans and in racially diverse populations (more).
    • Receiving a $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to study use of artificial intelligence to predict suicide risk (more).
    • Acquiring the data and coordinating center for All of Us in the Center of Precision Medicine and providing chief executive officer leadership to the federal All of Us Research Program.
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation Logo The Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation (VI4), the Vanderbilt Center for Immunobiology, and infrastructure, facilities and expertise to study infectious disease and immunology
  • The Learning Healthcare Platform employing pragmatic trials embedded in clinical operations and leveraging the electronic health record
  • Poster from advancing smoking cessation Population and public health discovery platforms enabling research, community engagement and collaborative partnerships
  • Health forecasting system; knowledge engine
    • Pioneering Phenotype Risk Scores.
    • Developing the concept of ‘The Vanderbilt Inventory’ to identify all of the data sets to aggregate to inform “whole person” visualization of risk.
  • Rapid transformation of medical school curriculum into a virtual, adaptive delivery model
    • Creation of a Pandemic Integrated Science Course for 200 medical students within two weeks that incorporated both didactic and experiential learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Conversion of all medical school didactics into an alternative delivery model during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Innovative business models leveraging our leading business services thereby growing our impact and financial flexibility to support education and research
    • Forming Vanderbilt Health Professional Solutions (VHPS) to incubate and scale companies providing commercial business-to-business services to the health care and life sciences industries.  The first businesses launched in 2018 and are on track to achieve $100M in revenues in FY25. 
    • VHPS creating a family of pharmacy companies (Vanderbilt Health Rx Solutions for medication therapy management and consulting services & Vanderbilt Health Pharmacy Group to provide specialty pharmacy for non-VUMC patients and contract pharmacy services to 340B-eligible institutions) and supply chain companies (Vanderbilt Health Supply Chain Solutions for consulting services, Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative for group purchasing & Carefluent Connect to provide durable medical equipment for VUMC patients.  Anchor clients include Ohio State, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Dartmouth and University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC).
    • Nashville Biosciences Logo VHPS creating Nashville Biosciences (NashBio) to perform clinical/genomic research using BioVU for life sciences companies (more)
    • Exploring business models to attract life science companies to co-invest with VUMC and NashBio to increase the scope and scale of BioVU substantially.