The Executive Committee convened for the month of June to discuss several interesting opportunities for the department, most notably an agreement with the Robert Graham Center and an investment into the exploration of a Public Data Utility for Clinical Research. A few important administrative decisions were also made regarding DFM policies.
The Department of Family Medicine has shared a productive, collaborative relationship with the Robert Graham Center for many years. Our recent written agreement will establish a joint committee to discuss matters of policy for the future of family medicine, strengthening the common causes of both the Department and the Center. The Executive Committee also approved a consulting arrangement to explore the feasibility of creating a Public Data Utility (PDU) for clinical research that would break down several barriers to data extraction. A cloud-based PDU could provide extraction, translation, and storage for data which could easily integrate with a researcher’s analytical tool of choice. This service would reduce the amount of time spent on data issues, provide a platform for “open source” sharing of data, and be independent of 3rd party vendors’ influence.
The Executive Committee consists of the Department Chair, the 3 Vice Chairs of the department mission areas, and the Director of Finance and Administration. Management-level staff also attends. The Committee meets monthly and welcomes your feedback, questions, and comments. Feel free to contact any of its members below:
- Frank deGruy, Chair:
- Colleen, Conry, Senior Vice Chair – Clinical:
- Kent Voorhees, Vice Chair – Education:
- Don Nease, Vice Chair – Research:
- David Clute, Director of Finance and Administration: