Vice Chair of Education
The UAB Department of Surgery is a growing, dynamic department within the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine. The Department of Surgery is dedicated to outstanding service and compassionate care for all people through discovery and innovation, while educating future surgical leaders. The Department offers competitive educational programs that identify and train the next generation of surgical leaders through the General Surgery Residency Program, Integrated Plastics and Vascular Residencies, Advanced Cardiothoracic and Vascular Residencies, or one of our 10 subspecialty fellowship programs.
Overview: The primary responsibility of the Vice Chair for Education is to oversee the educational mission of the Department, including the coordination of faculty and trainees involved in that mission. This oversight includes educational initiatives across the spectrum of activities related to undergraduate medical education (UME), graduate medical education (GME) at both residency and fellowship levels, and professional development such as continuing medical education (CME).
Eligibility: Full-time faculty at the rank of Associate Professor or above
Reporting structure: The Vice Chair for Education reports to the Chair of the Department of Surgery and serves on the Executive Leadership Council. They work closely with other vice chairs, division chiefs, and educational program directors.
Areas of Responsibility:
1. Assist the Chair in fostering an environment that values and promotes educational programs, serving as the chief departmental advocate for investment and improvement in these programs.
2. Provide oversight, support, direction, coaching, development, and empowerment to a diverse cadre of leaders across our education programs.
3. Advise the Chair on educational priorities, funding needs, recruitment, and infrastructure support for these programs.
4. Work with Executive Administrator to develop and maintain annual operating budgets for all educational programs.
5. Develop and maintain processes for evaluating and reporting trainee and faculty performance.
6. Oversee educational program evaluation processes and metrics for the purposes of assessment, improvement, and planning.
7. Ensure that all educational programs meet or exceed all compliance standards and policies that govern them, including regulatory and accreditation requirements.
8. Ensure that our educational programs function consistently with department values.
9. Oversee educational research activities in coordination with the Associate DIO and Associate Professor of Surgery Brenessa Lindeman.
10. Orient new faculty members, residents, and fellows to roles and responsibilities in education and teaching; foster a culture of faculty involvement in the Department’s educational programs; and provide support and mentoring to faculty who have a specific interest in education.
11.Monitor and evaluate the educational contributions of individual faculty members, ensuring fulfillment of the Department’s educational mandate; encourage all faculty members to maintain an ongoing portfolio of educational contributions (e.g., teaching portfolio) for promotion and tenure purposes; and work with division chiefs and educational program leadership to recognize outstanding teaching performance.
12. Oversee faculty-development activities related to education, including training faculty members how to teach effectively, how to effectively evaluate trainees, and how to give appropriate and meaningful feedback. Promote faculty awareness of institutional and national opportunities for the development of educational leadership and expertise.
13. Convene regular meetings of the Department’s educational community through an educational leadership group to ensure the best possible planning, innovation, integration, and communication across programs.
The effort to fulfill the requirements will range from 25-35% with the first two years anticipated to be at 35% level. A reassessment of effort needs will occur thereafter. Administrative staff from the Department will support work in this role.
How To Apply
To apply, submit the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org: Letter of intent describing your interest in the role and qualifications for this leadership position, including experience in education roles; current CV. This search is co-chaired by Brenessa Lindeman, MD MEHP (email@example.com) and Britney Corey, MD MACM (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions or interest.
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