A mission-based reporting system applied to an academic pathology department

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We report how data from the University of California (UC) Davis mission-based reporting system (MBR) can be used to define contributions for each division within a Department of Pathology based on faculty rank and series, and to evaluate whether these contributions are in alignment with the missions of the department and the goals of the school's leadership. MBR summary reports were generated for each division within the Department of Pathology; these reports illustrated the average contribution for each faculty rank and series in each of the following missions: investigative/creative work (research), teaching, clinical service, and administrative/community service. All divisions contributed equally to the teaching mission, averaging approximately 1/3 of a faculty member's time. Research was the primary mission for faculty in both the Research and the Clinical Pathology divisions, whereas clinical service was the primary mission for Anatomic Pathology. Both Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology also played a large role in the administration/community service mission. These roles were appropriate based on the division's distribution of faculty in each of the faculty series. The average contribution to both the research and administrative/community service missions were larger for the Department of Pathology than it was for the school as a whole. The Department of Pathology's average contribution to both the teaching and clinical service missions was less than the school's average. We conclude that MBR data creates unique profiles for divisions and the department and enables inter-departmental comparisons that would not be possible by other means. Within the context of our school, the present analysis illustrates that the Department of Pathology is fulfilling the expectations of the school's leadership. In a more general sense, these profiles allow appropriate monitoring of the workforce, funds flow analysis, allocation of resources, and strategic planning in an academic medical center.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003


  • Academic pathology
  • Department management
  • Mission-based management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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