Department of Surgery Faculty – General Surgery Position

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. Sch
Date Posted: May 16, 2019

Department of Surgery – Faculty - General Surgery Position
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

The Department of Surgery at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) seeks a full-time, board-certified or board eligible general surgery faculty to expand and enhance clinical services, research, and both medical student and resident training in general surgery. The program has a strong diversity of community faculty as well as faculty employed by the medical school. The general surgery residency program is a fully accredited program with all subspecialty care and tertiary care capabilities. The residency program has 19 residents and was recently approved to increase the number of finishing chief residents from three to four. Applicants with the appropriate background and interest will be encouraged to complete a six-month fellowship in medical simulation at WMed.

Faculty in this position lead the development and expansion of clinical services on the general surgery services at WMed. The clinical service is supported by full time physician assistants, medical social workers, dieticians, and dedicated nursing staff.

In addition, the faculty in this position will lead the development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of general surgery residents. All faculty are expected to participate in the education of medical students and residents, and in ongoing scholarly activities.

Additional responsibilities:
  • Participating in the systems of quality improvement, utilization review, and outcomes management.
  • Managing the simulation-based educational experiences for general surgery residents and medical students rotating on the general surgery services
  • Working closely with the department chair for:
    • Recruitment, selection, supervision, education, and evaluation of resident physicians.
    • Strategic planning.
    • Regular participation in department and medical school meetings.
    • Providing high-quality instruction for medical education to students and didactics and education to the residency program as determined by the Program Director or Department Chair.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair or Program Director

The ideal candidate should have strong interest and passion for medical student and resident education and scholarship. Active and engaged participation in medical school and residency administration are expected. Leadership and organizational skills are desirable attributes. The candidate must be Board certified or Board eligible by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board and be eligible for full licensure to practice in 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. 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.

How To Apply

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Dr. Robert G. Sawyer, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair of Surgery, Department of Surgery, at 269.337.6256; qualified applicants should apply online at (click on employment) or directly at

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