Chair, Department of Medicine
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University of Colorado – School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds. CU Anschutz/CU School of Medicine The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the United States. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to CU’s health sciences schools, UCHealth University of Colorado, CU Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, employs 24,000 people, and provides 1.9 million patient visits annually. The CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive research, clinical, and educational programs, with total annual clinical and research revenue of $1.6 billion, including research awards of more than $425 million in the most recent fiscal year, $226 million of which comes from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. In 2017, the CU School of Medicine was awarded full reaccreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and sponsors 105 accredited graduate medical education programs across every major medical discipline. Through expanding clinical operations, impressive research efforts, and strong philanthropic support, the School has a profound impact on the state of Colorado and the world of bioscience and medical care. According to a recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the CU School of Medicine and its partner teaching hospitals contributed 56,056 jobs and $4.31 billion to the state economy in 2017. Mission The mission of the University of Colorado School of Medicine is to provide Colorado, the nation, and the world with programs of excellence in:
- Research - through the development of new knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences, as well as in health policy and health care education;
- Patient Care - through state-of-the-art clinical programs which reflect the unique educational environment of the University, as well as the needs of the patients we serve;
- Education - through outstanding educational programs for medical students, allied health students, graduate students and housestaff, practicing health professionals and the public at large; and
- Community Engagement - through sharing the School’s expertise and knowledge to enhance the broader community, including our affiliated institutions, other health care professionals, alumni, other colleagues, and citizens of the state.
- In collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, provides visionary and innovative leadership for the department’s next phase of growth and development.
- Define and lead the department’s research strategy together with the Dean. Support principal investigators and other faculty within the department in their efforts to secure NIH and other grant funding in support of research priorities. Ensure deliberate investment into research activities and priorities within the department to promote growth and facilitate future success.
- Provide the vision and leadership to achieve superior clinical programs within medicine and associated disciplines. Work closely and collaboratively with the leadership at clinical affiliates, particularly UCHealth, to build, grow, and integrate areas of acknowledged clinical excellence with outstanding quality and outcomes and patient satisfaction, while continuing to deliver value.
- Assure delivery of excellent clinical education and advanced training to medical students, residents, and fellows. Provide leadership and oversight to the residency and fellowship programs within the department.
- Supervise, prepare, implement, and monitor the department budget so that it encompasses all funding sources and ensures compliance with grant, legislative and institutional guidelines.
- Recruit, hire, and retain outstanding faculty from diverse backgrounds within the subspecialties of medicine. Ensure an atmosphere of professional support and development.
- Encourage ethical medical and financial practice across the department. Support and ensure compliance activities.
- Outstanding clinical outcomes for all specialties within the department resulting in a consistently excellent reputation as a leading clinical department in the region and the nation;
- Growth of the research portfolio within each division and collaboratively across the department resulting in increased extramural funding, cross-departmental initiatives, and training of future scientific leaders;
- Continued leadership and commitment to health equity through programming that supports gender and racial diversity within the department.
CANDIDATE PROFILE IDEAL EXPERIENCE Experience as a successful administrative leader at an academic institutionService as a division chief, vice chair, or chair of medicine who has developed academic leaders, mentored and developed junior faculty, and identified and recruited diverse students, trainees, staff and faculty. Understanding of the complex financial pressures facing academic medical centers and health care delivery organizations. Experience and ability to work within a complex network of facilities. Must meet the requirements for a faculty appointment at the Professor level. Growing research programsExperience leading a successful research program, either clinical or lab-based, with proven track record of significant growth in funding, publications and national or international reputation. Must be capable of defining the research vision for the entire department and providing basic research and grant mentorship. Expanding and fostering strong clinical programsExperience leading complex clinical programs focused on access, high quality, and outstanding patient satisfaction. Must have experience as a leader within a competitive clinical environment. Vision to recognize areas for growth and ability to lead and support faculty as they develop new opportunities. Experience with strategies to control and reduce cost of care (length of stay, appropriate use of facilities and resources). National reputation for personal academic accomplishmentsA record of scholarly academic accomplishments as reflected in number and impact of publications, history of successful research funding, and service in national and international societies. M.D. degree and board certification in internal medicineLicensed or eligible for medical licensing in Colorado. Continuous American Board of Medicine certification. CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIESBusiness MindsetWith healthcare reimbursement moving from a volume-based system to a value-based system and with an increasing focus on managing the health of populations, the successful candidate must understand and implement a strategy for these market expectations. Another critical factor affecting academic medicine is the downward pressures on overall research funding and the increased need for cross-disciplinary projects and programs. The successful candidate must:
- Stay current on local, regional, and national healthcare delivery policies in order to run an operationally and financially strong department;
- Maintain an understanding and be prepared to take advantage of research funding and development trends as they evolve; and
- Participate in institutional and departmental philanthropy efforts.
- Facilitate discussions that promote collaboration across multiple divisions, departments, and institutions, as well as foster communication between people to promote independent collaborations;
- Identify and meet with key stakeholders to engage in regular dialogue that reaches final conclusions through consensus, and that recognizes negotiating to reach a compromise is necessary to achieve institutional results; and
- Develop explicit understanding of relationships that are most important to the School of Medicine and its stakeholders and affiliate hospitals, and build a network around prioritizing these relationships.
- Engagement in public relations and philanthropic activities to promote and enhance the visibility of and support for the department.
- Develop strategies to build sustainable research programs and scholarly activity within the department;
- Understand and explain how changes in competitive health systems, patient demographics and needs, and payment systems affect the department;
- Translate School of Medicine strategies into clear, specific objectives and plans for divisions and individuals; and
- Create a strong and impassioned vision for building excellence in all aspects of the academic mission.
- High integrity and ethical standards
- Commitment to community engagement and partnership
- Clear, articulate communication skills
- Highly organized with strong process-management skills
- Commitment, strong work ethic, and a desire to have impact at a national or international level
Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Posting Date: Mar 3, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing