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 Psychiatry. The new medical school is a collaboration involving Western Michigan University, a 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 medical school.
The Chair will provide academic leadership for the department of Psychiatry, and expand and build collaborative relationships and grow innovative programs. The successful Department Chair candidate will have a substantial record of leadership and achievements in academic medicine, education, and research; be board certified in psychiatry; be qualified for appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor; and be eligible for a license in the state of Michigan.
The Chair must demonstrate the ability to effectively steward department resources; understand, appreciate, and guide the development of training and research programs; establish productive working relationships with employed and community faculty, staff, residents, students, and administration; effectively support the distinct academic and clinical partnerships for the Department of Psychiatry; and be able to represent the department and medical school in various local, regional, and national venues.
The Chair will work in concert with the dean of the medical school, and must demonstrate the highest level of personal and professional commitment, enthusiasm, integrity, and support of the medical school and its mission, vision, and values. The Chair will align the department with other departments and units of the medical school, and strive to achieve excellence in all aspects of department operations.
Our full time faculty includes 13 psychiatrists, and 1 psychologist. Our psychiatrists specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Consultation Psychiatry. Our faculty is responsible for the 50-bed adult/geriatric/adolescent inpatient units (approximately 10,000 inpatient visits per year); plus, a 10-bed Adolescent Partial Program, and ECT services at Borgess Medical Center. We also do more than 1,100 hospital consultations per year at Borgess and Bronson Methodist Hospital. At WMed Psychiatry Clinic, located on the Borgess campus, residents and faculty practice side-by-side and see 5,000 visits per year. Our catchment area is Southwest Michigan which includes a population of 1 million people. Opportunities in our department are continuing to grow. At Borgess, an eight-bed dedicated Psychiatry Emergency Department was opened in 2017. The Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Project is being developed to help primary care physicians provide quality care for patients suffering from depression. This will also provide a unique training experience in integrative care.
Our general psychiatry residency program is fully accredited until 2023. Our residency training orientation is bio-psychosocial. We emphasize knowledge of the neurosciences, and human psychological development, as well as training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapies. Currently we have 21 psychiatry residents in their 1st through 4th year of training. We recruit six residents for each incoming first year class. Some of our residents leave our residency in their third year of training to fast track into a child and adolescent fellowship.
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 has 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 granddaughter of Dr. Homer Stryker, Ronda Stryker, and her husband, William Johnston.
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 nine residencies and three fellowship programs. Over 150 employed faculty and more than 600 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; be board certified in psychiatry; 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. EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.