Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

Location
Augusta, Georgia
Posted
Jan 30, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Augusta University

Augusta University, home of the Medical College of Georgia, is one of four public comprehensive research institutions in Georgia. The university includes 10 colleges and schools with nearly 9,000 students, 1,000 full-time faculty members, 7,000 staff members, and 125 educational programs. In addition to housing the nation’s 13th oldest medical school, Augusta University is home to the state’s only dental school, an aligned and integrated health system, a growing intercollegiate athletics program, and the highly respected Hull College of Business.

Medical College of Georgia

The Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University’s founding school, is the only state medical school and is the leading provider of physicians, graduating the largest number of physicians of the five medical schools in Georgia. More than 51 percent of MCG graduates remain in Georgia to practice, well above the average retention rate of 39 percent. Last year, MCG graduated more than two times the physicians going into primary care and core specialties – like family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine and general surgery – than any other medical school in the state of Georgia.

Statewide growth of medical education is a priority at MCG. Expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals throughout Georgia ensures that students experience the full spectrum of medicine, from urban hospitals to small-town solo practices, with a focus on primary care and providing health care to medically underserved areas. The educational experience is anchored by MCG’s main campus in Augusta, as well as three regional clinical campuses and a four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia.

MCG offers an exceptionally rich environment to engage medical students in basic science, clinical and education research.  MCG has $99 million in total grants and contracts in FY 2017, including $52 million in National Institutes of Health funding. MCG has a strong commitment to research, built on a proud tradition that boasts achievements like laying the groundwork for fertility treatments and beta-blocking drugs for cardiac arrhythmias, which won Dr. Raymond Ahlquist MCG’s first Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Another MCG scientist, Dr. Virgil Sydenstricker, was nominated for a Nobel Prize for his research on the use of nicotinic acid in pellagra therapy.

The Community

Augusta - home of Augusta National Golf Club and the prestigious Masters Tournament - is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city.  Full of history, atmosphere, Southern charm, and activities to engage everyone's interest, Augusta is a vibrant and livable community with a cost of living that ranks among the most favorable in the United States. Sited on the Savannah River, Augusta offers convenient access to the city of Atlanta, the Georgia/Carolina Mountains, and the Georgia/Carolina/Florida coasts.

Position Summary

As the leader of the Academic Enterprise, the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education is the “go to” person at MCG for all matters related to education, and often speaks with and for the dean regarding education.  S/he oversees MCG Admissions, Student and Multicultural Affairs, Curriculum, Evaluation, Regional Campus Coordination, Faculty Development, Educational Simulation and Ultrasound, and the Education Innovation Institute.  S/he also works collaboratively with the senior associate dean for graduate medical education, the Augusta University-University of Georgia Medical Partnership campus dean, and other senior leaders across the institution. The Sr. Associate Dean for UME leads preparation for LCME accreditation and is the college’s liaison with the LCME.

Major Responsibilities

  • Curriculum: Works with the Associate Dean for Curriculum, curriculum committee members, module/clerkship directors, and Associate Dean for Evaluation, Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement to design and oversee the continued development and assessment of the educational programs including the simulation and ultrasound programs. S/he is responsible for visionary leadership and continued evolution of the MCG curriculum congruent with national trends and LCME accreditation standards.
  • Admissions: Works with the Associate Dean for Admissions and Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs to nurture, identify, recruit, and admit an academically-strong, diverse class.
  • Student Affairs: Works with the Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs to develop and maintain high quality career development, support, and educational enhancement (e.g., research opportunities) programs.
  • Faculty Development: Works with the Associate Dean for Faculty Development to ensure a wide array of high quality mechanisms to enhance faculty members’ career development, especially in the areas of teaching and educational scholarship; supports faculty development initiatives.
  • Education Innovation Institute (EDI): Serves as co-director of the EII, including overseeing its Center of Research in Education (CORE) and Center of Teaching Excellence (COTE).  The EII is a unique institute that focuses on faculty development and educational research, offering faculty fellowships in each.
  • MCG campuses: Collaborates with senior leaders and other faculty at all MCG campus locations to lead preparation for LCME reviews.
  • Evaluation: Works with the Associate Dean for Evaluation, Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement to refine, assess and continually improve all aspects of the MCG evaluation program. 

Required Experience

  • A strong track record as an educational scholar and superior clinician-educator.
  • Eligible for appointment at rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • Significant administrative and leadership experience in medical education programming and development; involvement in unique, innovative and alternative methods for teaching is also desirable. 
  • An ability to champion education within a preeminent research institution and among a wide range of external constituencies.
  • A strong commitment to students that is reflected by active and visible engagement in campus activities.
  • A recognized presence at the national level with medical education organizations.
  • Emphasis on and a commitment to increasing diversity of faculty, staff and students.
  • Experience in developing a strategic plan for medical education.
  • Fiscal experience in terms of requesting and monitoring the budget and other resources for the medical education enterprise.
  • An MD (or equivalent), PhD, EdD, with experience in medical education. 

Critical Competencies for Success

Visionary Leadership:  A demonstrated track record of establishing, implementing and maintaining innovative and creative design elements to the traditional medical school curriculum. The successful candidate will be able to work with multiple stakeholders across a dynamic academic institution to turn a vision into reality. 

Communication Skills:  S/he must be seen as the advocate for education in an environment with complex agendas and priorities. S/he must have experience advocating for education and securing creative ways to continue to advance the educational mission. The successful candidate must exhibit high energy and enthusiasm while working effectively within a broader academic environment. 

Relationship Building:  A demonstrated track record of building strong relationships at all levels and the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary systems-based environment. S/he must be able to establish relationships with students, peers, subordinates and superiors effectively and understand and appreciate the sometimes competing missions of an academic institution. The successful candidate will be seen as a collaborator and someone who can effect change through relationships.

Other Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to effectively communicate with physicians, scientists and academic leaders.
  • A commitment and passion for the advancement of education.
  • Strong organization and process-management skills.
  • High energy coupled with a strong work ethic and a desire to have impact.
  • Acts with honor and integrity in personal and professional actions.
  • Skilled at organizing and managing human resources, including resolving conflict.
  • A style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and set high standards.
  • Exhibits self-awareness, humility and empathy in his/her interactions with others.
  • Exhibits optimism and a high energy level with an orientation towards innovation and action.
  • Exhibits the values and behavior of a good citizen in his/her actions within the organization at large.
  • Encourages trust, transparency and optimism by his/her actions.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and a commitment to diversity.
  • Is a leader and has experience leading people.
  • Leads with a developmental bias
    • Focuses on developing people who will reach objectives (vs. focusing on the objectives themselves)
    • Has the ability to cultivate a culture of formation vs. achievement.
    • Is a visionary in terms of WHY we do what we do, but enables others to collaboratively and transparently work out WHAT we do and HOW we do it.
    • Articulates and demonstrates a philosophy of training that centers on students AND faculty flourishing.  They see the job of the administrator as one who ensures that both happen. 
    • Pursues progress by engendering trust and open collaboration in organizations by developing purpose and consensus versus leaning on policies and hierarchies.  
    • Recognizes true innovation—empowers local people to utilize local resources to solve local problems or capitalize on local opportunities.   
    • Articulates the intrinsic good of practicing medicine, education, and research and inspire others to pursue these. 

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Candidate materials should include a letter of interest and complete curriculum vitae. 

On behalf of the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Michelle Nuss, MD and W. Vaughn McCall, MD, applications, nominations and inquiries will be received electronically by Sharon Wingard, Executive Search Consultant, Augusta University at executivesearch@augusta.edu.

The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript. Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer.

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