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Chair, Department of Surgery - Remote

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the largest accredited medical schools training physicians in North America, is seeking a skilled clinical educator in surgery to serve as Chair of the Department of Surgery. The Chairperson provides guidance and oversight of an aligned, integrated, and uniform educational experience in surgery for medical students across 25 of clinical sites. The Chairperson is the senior academic and administrative officer for clinical faculty in surgery distributed among 25 hospitals throughout the United States. The successful candidate is responsible for ensuring academic excellence and high student performance in surgery by driving instructional excellence among the surgery faculty at the clinical sites. The Chairperson is expected to establish, monitor, and as necessary refresh key performance indicators for students and faculty in surgery. The Chairperson will serves as the respected spokesperson for RUSM's Department of Surgery among internal and external stakeholders. Part-time position and successful candidate can work remotely.

  • Monitors and assures adherence with core curriculum requirements in Surgery at each clinical site so that a uniform student experience is achieved comparability.
  • Conducts site visits at least every 2 years to review the performance and student outcomes in Surgery at every core clinical site.
  • Based on information gathered during site visits, provides timely summary reports and makes recommendations to the Clinical Sub Committee of the Curriculum Committee following the RUSM Clinical Site Visit report guidelines.
  • With the Clinical Sub Committee of the Curriculum Committee, provides feedback and recommendations for improvement to under-performing sites to correct deficiencies.
  • Works closely with the Director of Medical Education at each site and other relevant clinical leaders to identify faculty for appointment in Surgery.
  • Provides content expertise in Surgery assessing new sites for possible clinical engagement with RUSM.
  • Participates in RUSM clinical faculty development programs.
  • Assesses and makes recommendations to the Clinical Faculty Advancement and Promotions Committee regarding faculty rank / promotions.
  • At the behest of the Clinical Sub Committee of the Curriculum Committee, establishes and updates instructional program goals and tactics in surgery consistent with the discipline and other board standards.
  • Ensures the academic department is in compliance with current developments in medicine as they will be reflected is the USMLE Step 2 examinations.
  • Works within her/his discipline to help guarantee the highest possible performance by RUSM students on Step 2 USMLE.
  • Reviews and approves any changes to the specialty curriculum (in collaboration with the Curriculum Committee Clinical Sub Committee).
  • Serves on appropriate bodies to assure accreditations are maintained.
  • Participates in program evaluations and assessments to assure appropriate outcomes are achieved for the specialty.
  • Leads on career and residency match advising within his/her specialty.
  • Reaches out to and counsels students in academic difficulty (e.g. those who have failed the core clerkship NBME examination).
  • Remains current on developments in the field, research, and best practices. Researches emerging industry trends, new technologies, concepts and techniques and works with the appropriate personnel to integrate these items into the department goals.
  • Promotes the use of technology, including the effective application and review the on-line clinical curriculum, throughout the clinical rotations.
  • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.

Key Relationships:

Reports to RUSM Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences

To perform this job successfully, each essential duty must be performed satisfactorily. The minimum requirements for the education, experience, knowledge, and skills required to competently perform in this position are listed below. Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • M.D. or equivalent terminal medical degree from an accredited US, Canadian, or UK school of medicine
  • Active license to practice surgery in the US, Canada, or UK
  • Active Board certification in Surgery
  • Minimum of ten years of experience teaching medical students and /or residents in Surgery
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in medical administration within a hospital, clinic, medical school, clinical practice, or health setting
  • Experience advising students for the NRMP match preferred
  • Knowledge of contemporary advances and clinical issues in surgery
  • Eligible for rank of Professor at RUSM
  • Able to meet domestic and international requirements for travel

RUSM is an EEO employer M/F/D/V. RUSM maintains a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment testing for the use of illegal substances.

Ross University School of Medicine:

Founded in 1978 on Dominica, West Indies by entrepreneur Robert Ross, is one of the oldest and most accomplished Caribbean-based medical schools serving students primarily from the U.S. and Canada. Students complete four or five semesters of basic sciences in Portsmouth depending on the choice of curriculum track, and then complete their clinical rotations primarily at teaching hospitals and clinics in the United States. Ross students sit for all steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) and are eligible to pursue residency training and licensure in the United States and Canada.

The Dominica campus is on approximately 36 acres with strong local security and emergency support services. Ross features exceptional medical instruction facilities with high-tech classrooms, hands-on laboratories with multimedia, closed-circuit television and audiovisual instructional technology throughout the campus. Ross students also practice diagnostic and basic treatment skills in an internationally accredited, highly advanced patient simulation center. Clinical training occurs in an extensive national network of teaching hospitals whose instructional programs are overseen by RUSM.

Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP is the new Dean and Chancellor of RUSM. A globally experienced academic health system leader, he is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to a forge for pedagogical innovation to create a medically competent and socially aware physician workforce.

Mission: RUSM's mission is to prepare highly motivated students to become effective and successful physicians. The RUSM focus is to impart knowledge, skills, and values required for students to establish a successful and satisfying career as a physician. RUSM proudly fulfills a social mission by educating doctors who practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas and are more representative overall of the communities in which they serve.

RUSM Facts and Figures:

  • Ross has more than 12,000 alumni who are practicing throughout the United States, Canada, and beyond.
  • The 2016 residency attainment rate for first-time eligible graduates was 86%.
  • More than two-thirds of Ross graduates enter residency programs in primary care (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, etc.).
  • After completing the first semester, students can select one of two curriculum tracks - one traditional, one accelerated - to complete the pre-clinical program in Dominica in either 16 or 20 months, respectively.
  • Afterwards through a strong network of 25 US teaching hospitals, students complete their core clinical rotations at single hospital sites.
  • Approval and Accreditation
    • Accreditation: RUSM is accredited by the Dominican Medical Board (DMB) and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).
    • Title IV eligibility: The US Department of Education has certified RUSM as an eligible institution for Title IV Federal Direct Student Loans. Students who qualify are eligible to receive US student loans in order to attend RUSM.
    • State approvals: New Jersey, New York, California, and Florida uniquely require approval for international medical students to rotate at healthcare facilities in those states. RUSM is approved in each of these states.
    • International recognition: The World Health Organization (WHO) includes RUSM in it's listing of medical schools approved by recognized national authorities.
    • Technology distinction: The Simulation Institute on the Dominica campus earned accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an organization that seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Interprofessional simulation education is taught on the Miramar campus.

RUSM is a major educational component of the Adtalem Education Group (formerly known as DeVry Education Group). Since 1931, Adtalem Education Group empowers its students to achieve their educational and career goals. Adtalem Education Group Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Education of Brazil, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Adtalem Educational Group has recently re-organized into three organizational and operational verticals with the following areas of focus: Medical and Healthcare, Business Technology, and Professional Education. RUSM is a prominent member of the Medical and Healthcare vertical. The leaders of each of these verticals reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Adtalem Education Group, Lisa Wardell.

The culture of Adtalem Education Group is best described in the TEACH Values:

  • Teamwork

We put the team first, appreciate diverse points of view, assume positive intent, collaborate and communicate openly.

  • Energy

We move quickly, learn from mistakes, build positive spirit and always look for a better way.

  • Accountability

We take ownership and initiative, demonstrate courage as we speak up, and act with integrity in all that we do.

  • Community

We operate with a shared sense of responsibility and purpose, and enrich colleagues, students and the broader community we serve.

  • Heart

We serve students and each other with passion, respect and care.

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