WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Faculty - Behavioral Medicine Clinician - Educator

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/1/2019 3:36 PM)
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  • Overview

    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) seeks a behavioral medicine clinician-educator who will provide clinical service in an integrated health model and behavioral medicine education.


    The behavioral medicine clinician-educator is a core faculty educator who leads the behavioral medicine curriculum for the residencies through direct observation and intensive behavioral therapy precepting and faculty development, providing a behavioral medicine perspective on the curricula, offering insight about residents’ ability to work on teams and relate to patients, and offering guidance and training to residents in a patient-centered model of care working with, and educating about working with, patients across the life spectrum (children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly). The behavioral medicine clinician-educator must be proficient and able to teach and model many modalities used in primary care behavioral medicine, including motivational interviewing, clinical orientation, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and other therapies. The behavioral medicine clinician-educator has clinical time in continuity clinics that are integrated in residency programs, and participates in resident, student and employee wellbeing programs, and scholarly activities.



    • Reviews videotapes of resident-patient encounters regularly and meets quarterly with residents to discuss specific cases of behavioral medicine relevance, identify and review areas of improvement, and address how the resident can better manage their professional role and related stress. Documents resident progress quarterly in behavioral health and physician-patient interactions. Facilitates core faculty development and participation in this process.
    • Assists learners in implementing counseling and behavioral skills to facilitate change with individuals and their families. Facilitates faculty development in implementing these skills during resident and student precepting.
    • Develops, implements, and evaluates training to improve communication skills in the areas of gender and cultural differences.
    • Develops, implements, and evaluates a longitudinal behavioral medicine curriculum (including video recording and preventative programming identifying physician impairment and physician wellbeing) for residents, and participates in the curriculum development and delivery for medical students, to provide basic knowledge and training in skills using didactic and experiential learning. Provides behavioral medicine theory and practice to assist learners.
    • Provides guidance to improve the professional relationships between health care providers and difficult patients, and patients with chronic physical, mental health, and social issues.
    • Provides feedback to learners and faculty on management of boundaries and professionalism.
    • Facilitates resident Balint groups as requested by individual program leadership.
    • Provides information on local behavioral medicine resources and system-based practice.
    • Assists with the Behavioral Medicine Case Conferences by residents.
    • Assists with the recruitment and selection of applicants to the residency programs as needed.
    • Attends morning hospital patient care rounds, grand rounds and m&m conferences periodically in coordination with individual program leadership.
    • Provides outpatient therapy to patients in conjunction with residents. Refers patients to appropriate resources as needed.
    • Participates in scholarly activities.
    • Maintains active hospital allied health staff privileges.
    • All other duties as assigned.



    • Doctorate (PhD, EdD) in clinical psychology with two years of post-doctoral work in a primary care clinical and educational environment or other behavioral medicine area related to health education are required.
    • Health care providers with clinical responsibilities must maintain the appropriate licensing for their profession, and maintain privileges at clinical sites corresponding with their clinical responsibilities.
    • Must maintain a faculty appointment at the medical school.
    • Previous faculty development/experience desirable.
    • Prior teaching experience of medical students and residents preferred.


    • Michigan Licensed Psychologist or LMSW license required.


    • Creativity, vision, and the ability to conceive the long-term implications and impact of current events and trends.
    • Ability to effectively educate and communicate (in written and oral form) with a variety of individuals and groups.
    • Ability to produce results under pressure (time deadlines and multiple projects) with minimal direction.
    • High level of interpersonal, management, and negotiating skills, as well as the ability to influence others to take appropriate action and/or reach their full potential.
    • Strong interpersonal skills that engender cooperation and collaboration among groups with diverse interests and background.
    • Analytical, conceptual, and innovative thinking with the ability to look beyond the present, and take a pragmatic approach to problem solving.

    About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)


    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.


    EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.


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