Plans for the department include initiatives in the clinical, research, and teaching areas of our mission. The department continues to expand, with resultant improvement in clinical patient diagnosis and treatment activities. In patient care, a major goal is to continue the improvement of patient access to our services. A centralized patient appointment scheduling office manages faculty clinical schedules. Scheduling policies are adjusted to match appointment time by appointment type. Thus, patient access to care improved by increasing the number of appointment slots per faculty per day. This initiative required improvements in support staff activities and clinical areas to enable the faculty member to adhere to these new appointment times. The department plans to expand the clinical practice by implementing other initiatives.
A major initiative is recruitment of several physicians in both general and several subspecialty areas. The sub-specialty areas of Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology and Vascular Neurology will receive particular emphasis to provide the most comprehensive outpatient neurology services and respond to referrals from other physicians. The UPMC Headache Center has expanded services by adding faculty physicians and establishing a new clinical location in the North Hills and we are expanding other neurology services there.
Neurology’s research program continues to grow every year. Our researchers have specific plans to increase funding for basic, clinical and translational research. The goal of moving the department into the top 10 nationwide for research funding has been reached and the department will strive to achieve more funding. The firm establishment and expansion of the clinical and translational research programs in neurodegenerative disease will receive increasing attention and resources.
Education of medical students, residents, and fellows will continue to be a priority. The department will continue to improve and develop course work for neurology residents. Fellowships will be organized and utilized in Vascular Neurology, Movement Disorders, Neurobehavior, Epilepsy and Neuromuscular sub-specialty areas.
The administrative functions of the department are continuously reviewed and improvements will be made whenever necessary. The roles of our division chiefs have been expanded to support department administrative efforts. The executive committee consists of the eight division chiefs and the vice chairs for clinical affairs, research and VA affairs. The executive committee will continue to regularly review department operations and initiate improvements, modify policy, and advise expansion of clinical, research and teaching programs as appropriate