How UT Southwestern Medical Center Nurtures Next-Gen Health Care Leaders

As one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers, nurturing employees for management and leadership roles is mission critical. The medical center, with its workforce of nearly 23,000, received the 2022 BOLD award for its leadership development.

“As we do with our scientific, medical, and training missions, we apply data-driven strategies to nurture leaders who contribute to our institution’s culture of integrity, inclusiveness, and collaboration, and extend those qualities throughout the organization,” Holly Crawford said.

UT Southwestern has a workforce of nearly 23,000 with a full-time faculty of more than 2,900. And its physicians, who care for over 100,000 hospitalized patients and 360,000 emergency room cases, oversee nearly 4 million outpatient visits a year.

As one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers, nurturing employees for management and leadership roles is mission-critical. 

The medical center is one of seven health systems in the country being recognized this year for its leadership development initiatives with the Best Organizations for Leadership Development (BOLD) Award. Three of those health systems being honored are in Texas: UT Southwestern joins Dallas-based Children’s Health System of Texas and Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Developing the next generation of leaders

UT Southwestern is committed to developing the next generation of healthcare leaders, along with top scientists, physicians, and others in the field, according to Holly G. Crawford, UTSW’s EVP for Business Affairs.

UTSW has a high talent bar: Its faculty has received six Nobel Prizes. That faculty includes 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 18 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Its full-time faculty is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and translates science-driven research to new clinical treatments.

Healthcare leaders with backgrounds from administrative to clinical to research make decisions that can have impact for decades to come. UT Southwestern, which works at the forefront of innovation, wants to give its aspiring and emerging leaders the technical skills to master new technologies and software—and successfully navigate stress and finances.

“As we do with our scientific, medical, and training missions, we apply data-driven strategies to nurture leaders who contribute to our institution’s culture of integrity, inclusiveness, and collaboration, and extend those qualities throughout the organization,” Holly G. Crawford, Executive Vice President for Business Affairs at UT Southwestern, said in a statement.

A BOLD commitment to leadership and culture

UT Southwestern’s Clements University Hospital [Photo: UTSW]

The 2022 BOLD award is the latest in a string of national and regional employer honors—and a further demonstration of the commitment to its leaders and culture, Crawford notes.

The National Center for Healthcare Leadership, or NCHL, honors a select number of healthcare systems nationwide for evidence-based leadership practices that drive quality care and improved outcomes with its BOLD award. The award honors strength in leadership development programming, as well as diversity and inclusion, performance management, coaching programs, program monitoring, and recruitment.

UT Southwestern, which has an operating budget of some $4 billion, has developed a broad spectrum of programming to help develop employees of all types, the organization says.

That includes top minds in a broad range of fields, according to Jeremy Falke, UT Southwestern’s human resources chief. UTSW experts help forge a pipeline of “exceptionally trained, diverse talent” who can create and initiate innovative solutions for the numerous challenges facing health care today, he says. 

UT Southwestern talent and leadership programs

UTSW offers aspiring and emerging leaders’ programs and new leader onboarding, in addition to education options such as a Master of Science in Management program, and online and app-based learning and leadership opportunities. Plus, UTSW provides a myriad of business resource groups that help foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging.

Per the organization, its program offerings include:

  • Leadership programs for new and recently promoted leaders
  • Core leadership training for all people-managers, as well as targeted programs for nurse leaders, administrators, and aspiring leaders
  • An M.B.A. program in collaboration with UT Dallas specifically targeted to the healthcare industry
  • Interactive programs to hone scientific leadership and management skills for junior faculty
  • A departmental diversity leaders’ group that shares ideas, expertise, and promotion of best practices to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Implicit bias training
  • Executive leadership training for senior women faculty members
  • Programs to develop success in obtaining research and community grants

A string of accolades

Among its honors this year, UTSW was named one of the 10 best large employers in the United States and a top five healthcare employer on the America’s Best Employers 2022 list compiled by Forbes and Statista. It also ranked No. 3 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates, which puts UTSW in the top 1%—and the highest among academic medical centers, the organization reports.

UT Southwestern got top marks as a healthcare employer for diversity in the U.S. as the only healthcare institution listed among the top 20 employers nationally. And it ranked among 40 institutions honored by Forbes as Best Employers for Women 2021 as well.

And for the sixth consecutive year, UT Southwestern Medical Center was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth. It ranks among the top hospitals nationally in nine specialties from brain to heart to cancer care, per the U.S. News & World Report list.

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  • The Perot family’s support will expand the number of students admitted to UT Southwestern's dual-degree program as well as research disciplines in which they study, to include biomedical engineering, computational biology, bioinformatics, and data science. The funding will enhance the curriculum and experiences of Medical Scientist Training Program students and increase efforts to recruit students from elite U.S. colleges, including top international students who want to stay in the U.S. for their careers.

  • Over 150 scientists across dozens of departments will be part of the elite National Institutes of Health-funded, university-wide interdisciplinary research center. Dallas' UT Southwestern Medical Center is the only institution in Texas to be selected for the NIH initiative. UTSW wants to translate scientific discoveries into new therapeutic strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity, which it describes as a chronic disease affecting more than 40% of the U.S. population, with medical costs nearing $175 billion.

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center at RedBird is a new, 150,000-square-foot hospital that instantly becomes a core feature of the redeveloped Redbird Mall. Located in a former Sears store, the new hospital marks the first time UTSW has transformed a former retail space into a regional medical center. “In RedBird, we recognized an opportunity to expand our footprint in Dallas and to have a vital presence in a community that has traditionally been underserved by the health care industry," said UTSW's Dr. Marc Nivet.

  • The University’s newest school in more than 50 years will be named after Peter O’Donnell Jr., the late local investor and visionary philanthropist. The School of Public Health will be "research-intensive,' says Interim Dean Celette Sugg Skinner. The school plans to welcome its first class of Master of Public Health students in the fall of 2023, followed by classes for Ph.D. students in the fall of 2024.

  • The $120 million Texas Instruments Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Building, supported by a gift from Dallas-based Texas Instruments, will focus on advancing transformational bioengineering research that can find solutions to unmet medical needs. It's set to open in 2023.