Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the founding chair of the department of Biomedical Informatics. The department will provide education to medical and graduate students and also lead development of collaborative research and scholarly activities in biomedical informatics.
The medical school is a collaboration involving Western Michigan University, a national public doctoral university, and two award-winning teaching hospitals that are nationally recognized for innovation and quality. The primary outpatient site for the medical school is a modern 60,000 square foot building on the Oakland Drive Campus. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies.
Reporting to the Dean of the medical school, the chair will provide visionary and leadership for the educational and research goals of the department. Candidates should have clinical training and experience across the full range of domains from bioinformatics to genomics to population health, with special expertise in clinical informatics and the emerging field of health data science. Candidates should demonstrate skills in and dedication to: improving patient care and building a learning health care system; faculty career development and the training of future scholars; securing external research funding in a collaborative research environment; the ability to foster a supportive, collaborative, creative, and innovative workplace; and a proven record of scholarship, leadership and management in a diverse and complex environment. The department will also play a central role in the development of a new practice-based research network for faculty across the medical school and the Kalamazoo area.
The medical school currently operates a 1-year certificate and 2-year Master’s degree program in clinical informatics with two faculty. Faculty provide instruction to medical students throughout the 4 years of their education. The new chair will recruit additional faculty and grow offerings to include graduate programs in health data science, a 5-year combined MD/MS in clinical informatics, and an expanded, integrated, intensive informatics track for medical students. Additionally, an ACGME-accredited fellowship leading to board certification in Clinical Informatics is planned with department and medical school faculty already in place.
This position includes a full-time faculty appointment. The medical school offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience.
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, Ascension 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. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). 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 the 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 $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.
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. 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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