Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is seeking an
exceptional leader to serve as the Chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
The new medical school is a collaboration involving Western Michigan University, a top 100
national public doctoral university in the U.S., and two award-winning teaching hospitals,
nationally recognized for innovation and quality. WMed is one of the few U.S. medical schools in
several decades to be built entirely from the ground up. The Chair will report directly to the Dean
of the School of Medicine and is responsible for a Department that consists of 8 faculty, an
ACGME accredited residency program that is 8X8X8 and a fellowship program in Sports
WMed is a private nonprofit medical school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMed was
established in 2012, confers the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree with the first class graduating in
2018, and is implementing additional certificate and master’s degree programs related to
healthcare. WMed is a collaboration between Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two
teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The inaugural class of 54 students
started in August 2014, with the class size increasing to reach the target of 84 students in each
class beginning in 2017. WMed is supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity,
student tuition, and endowment income. In March 2011, Western Michigan University received a
gift of $100 million for the medical school from the Stryker family.
Offering the full continuum of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education in
Southwest Michigan, the medical school has more than 200 residents and fellows in eight
residency and two fellowship programs. Over 100 employed faculty and more than 200
community physicians are involved in medical school teaching and research programs. WMed
Clinics provide more than 58,000 outpatient visits annually in primary care and subspecialty clinics
with a full range of on-site ancillary services. Opened in June 2014, the medical school's new
350,000 square foot educational building underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion
including a 24,000 square foot simulation center.
The successful Department Chair candidate will have a substantial record of leadership and
achievements in academic medicine and education; possess an MD or MD/PhD; be board
certified in Family Medicine; be qualified for appointment at the rank of associate professor or full
professor; and be eligible for a license in the state of Michigan.
WMed offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications.
About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. Planning for the new medical school began in 2008 and WMed was granted provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and candidate status by the Higher Learning Commission in 2016. The school, which welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014, is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, tuition from students, and endowment income. The home of the new medical school includes the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Clinics, a modern 60,000-square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus, and a 350,000-square foot educational building in downtown Kalamazoo located on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. The building, donated by MPI Research, underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project, including a 24,000 state-of-the-art Simulation Center. In 2016, an additional $10 million expansion created two floors supporting clinical and laboratory research, and the medical school acquired the Innovation Center, a 69,000-square foot, purpose-built incubator and co-working space, located on the Parkview Campus.
There are more than 200 residents and fellows in nine residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for continuing medical education.
Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. At the other end of the educational continuum, the Kalamazoo Ready 4s program ensures that every 4-year-old in Kalamazoo County has the opportunity to attend a high-quality pre-kindergarten program, regardless of ability to pay. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.
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