At the David Geffen School of Medicine, we believe that a positive, team-oriented culture is not only critical to our ability to achieve our mission, but also vital to our well-being and cohesion as a community.
To enhance our existing culture and improve our strategic impact, the Dean’s Office launched a year-long culture audit in 2017. More than 1,000 DGSOM staff, faculty, trainees and students participated in a school-wide survey, focus groups and one-on-one interviews, sharing valuable insights into the strengths of our current culture, as well as key priorities moving forward.
The culture audit revealed three consistent themes:
These themes led to the development of the Cultural North Star, three pillars and 12 purpose statements that unite us in our shared mission; set clear and high expectations for our actions and interactions; and help facilitate problem-solving, decision-making and collaboration.
Together, these core principles represent our collective commitment to our mission and each other, serving as a daily guide for the decisions we make, the goals we set and the work we do.