The Advanced Management Program
Biomedical research must keep pace with scientific opportunity despite challenging funding environments. Cost-efficiency is crucial, and sharing “core” resources –often state-of-the-art instrumentation and tools otherwise difficult to find or afford – is one way to achieve this goal. To address this challenge, we established an Advanced Management Plan (AMP) to monitor the current use of research facilities at the Medical Sciences Campus that are supported or overseen by the RCMI Program and help identify and implement ways to improve access, administrative management, training, utilization and quality assurance at these facilities.
The main goal of the AMP is to improve management process and maximize the effectiveness of the personnel providing administrative and technical services to RCMI and MSC investigators. This is accomplished by conducting, with professional assistance, a comprehensive assessment of (1) RCMI-supported facilities and (2) administrative processes in place to manage and maximize their utilization by investigators.
The specific objectives include:
- Conducting one-on-one individualized meetings with the personnel working at the research facilities and the administration office.
- Evaluating recommendations made by the External Evaluator regarding research facilities and administrative procedures
- Providing recommendations to the Director on how to improve administrative processes to maximize the use and efficiency of the research facilities
- Developing methods to measure and improve the quality of services
- Identifying the skills and training required for providing quality services
- Setting S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, realistic and time-based) objectives
- Implementing objectives and evaluating their outcome
The AMP focuses on the RCMI Program Administration Office and the five core facilities proposed in the renewal application, as well as the three institutional facilities overseen by the RCMI Program.