WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Faculty - Wellness

2 months ago(11/6/2017 8:35 AM)
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Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (WMed) seeks qualified candidates for an institutional leader with programmatic and academic responsibilities focused on faculty, student, resident/fellow, and staff wellness. The title of this leadership position is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.


The faculty leader for wellness is charged with developing and implementing programs that improve wellness and champion a healthy environment for all members of the WMed community. This includes facilitating development of lifelong skills for achieving and maintaining optimal physical and mental health. The leader provides guidance and support to identify needs for program development, and also serves as a liaison to standing committees, organizations, and affiliates. The academic appointment is full-time faculty in the program in Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law. The leader will work collaboratively with faculty and associate dean for Faculty Affairs, associate dean for Student Affairs, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, and the director of Human Resources.

This leadership position has a unique scope of responsibilities that include education, program development, assessment, intervention, scholarship, peer support, stress management, and implementing methodologies to cultivate compassion and resilience across the institution. Working closely throughout the entire WMed community, and in close partnership with healthcare providers across Southwest Michigan, this position provides leadership to improve the well-being of all members of the WMed community.


Examples of duties include the following: 

  • Assess the current institutional resources, needs, and opportunities for improvement regarding wellness for the entire WMed community
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of faculty, resident/fellow, student, and staff wellness programs
  • Coordinate wellness education and activities throughout the WMed community
  • Develop a national presence for the School of Medicine wellness program by participating on key regional and national committees, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at regional, national, and international meetings 
  • Serve as a liaison with and resource to the Fetzer Institute to collaborate on programs which include spirituality, inner-development, whole-person health, resiliency, and holistic approaches to wellness
  • Serve as a liaison between the School of Medicine and community health care providers for wellness
  • Collaborate with existing and/or develop preventative programs to decrease the frequency of burnout while enhancing the mental, physical, psycho-social health of the WMed community
  • Support all members of the WMed community to develop lifelong skills to achieve and maintain physical and mental health throughout their careers
  • Collaborate with existing programs and initiatives to promote wellness
  • Lead an advisory council for health and wellness 
  • Provide training for faculty, residents/fellows, students, and staff, including to students and residents/fellows at orientation
  • Facilitate all members of the WMed community’s awareness and access to medical and mental health services 
  • Participate on appropriate medical school committees to ensure that the faculty, resident/fellow, student, and staff wellness perspective is represented



Candidate must meet the qualifications for faculty appointment in the medical school, including an advanced terminal degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PsyD, EdD, etc.) in a relevant field. Preference will be given to candidates with at least five years of experience in health promotion, evidence of scholarship in the area of student and/or health professional wellness, demonstrated experience in program development at a university or academic medical center, success as an advocate for faculty and learners, and experience with innovative curriculum development including evidence-based decision making and program evaluation. The optimal candidate will bring a broad and inclusive commitment to health and wellness that includes the biopsychosocial and spiritual domains.

Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.


About WMU Homer Stryker MD 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, which ranks among the 50 largest colleges and universities and among the top 100 national public doctoral universities in the US, and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. The program leading to the MD degree was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2012, and the inaugural class began in 2014. The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project including a state-of-the-art Simulation Center. In 2016, an additional $10 million expansion created two floors supporting clinical and laboratory research, and the Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus became part of the medical school. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in eight residencies and two 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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