Chair of Biomedical Informatics (Physician #)
Company: Merritt Hawkins
Posted on: September 11, 2019
Job Description & Requirements
Chair of Biomedical Informatics in Michigan
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 the
development of collaborative research and scholarly activities in
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
- A medical degree and advanced training in a domain of
biomedical informatics from an accredited program in informatics or
data science, or board certification in clinical informatics.
- Eligibility for full licensure to practice medicine in State of
Michigan; must maintain an active, unrestricted license to practice
medicine with privileges at clinical sites corresponding with
- Practical experience in the design, development, adoption, and
application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services
delivery, management, and planning.
- Work experience in a medical school setting with a working
understanding of the clinical, educational, and research
- Ability to interpret and implement accreditation criteria to
achieve program accreditation by relevant accrediting bodies.
- Track record of accomplishments in informatics, with
corresponding accomplishments in scholarship and peer-reviewed
recognition that merit faculty appointment at the rank of Associate
Professor or Full Professor.
- Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, system
implementation, and clinical operations.
- Strong record of leadership, project management, and
collaboration including the ability to work effectively with
administrators, faculty, staff, residents/fellows, and
- Experience fostering a culture of inclusiveness among diverse
faculty, staff, residents/fellows, and students.
- Demonstrated analytical and computer skills including use of
statistics, with strong problem solving, writing, and oral
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
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.
About the Company
Merritt Hawkins, an AMN Healthcare company, is a permanent
physician placement service that fills more physician jobs than any
other firm. In addition to being the nation's leader in physician
employment search and consulting services, Merritt Hawkins also
recruits and places select allied health professionals. AMN
Healthcare is an EEO/AA/Disability/Protected Veteran Employer. We
encourage minority and female applicants to apply.
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