The Associate Dean of Health Systems Science will be a senior faculty member with an exemplary reputation as an academic leader in medical education and medical education administration. This position will report to the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and be a member of the medical school leadership team. The Associate Dean will play a pivotal role in aligning academic and operational processes within the School of Medicine and have a primary responsibility for development, maintenance and evaluation of the health sciences curriculum. The Associate Dean will also provide leadership in educational innovation and promote medical education scholarship.
It is expected that the selected candidate will advance appropriately through the faculty ranks by his/her scholarly activities, teaching, university, and public service.
The time requirements for this position are estimated at 0.6 FTE.
Minimum qualifications include the completion of a PhD, MD or DO degree. If an MD/DO, the individual should have board certification in an appropriate medical specialty, and good standing with state and local licensing and credentialing boards. All candidates should have a minimum of 7 years of experience in medical education. Rank of Associate Professor and Professor preferred (tenure or non-tenure track).
Additional qualifications include:
1. Serve as a senior advisor to the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and as a member of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLU SOM) leadership team.
2. Collaborate with key faculty leaders, curriculum committees and curriculum stakeholders to ensure that programs, resources, and services are prioritized and tailored appropriately to meet the needs of both learners and SLU SOM educational mission.
3. Assume oversight of the health systems science curriculum of the medical school, in partnership with the Senior Associate Dean for UME.
4. Serve as chair of the health systems science subcommittee that reports directly to the curriculum committee.
5. Attend committee meetings related to the health systems science curriculum
6. Act, on behalf of Senior Associate Dean of UME, at appropriate curriculum committee and other educational meetings.
7. Explore and implement high-impact, evidence-based curricular changes, interfacing with course directors and other faculty to restructure portions of the current health systems science curriculum as necessary, and respond to concerns or suggestions from students and faculty.
8. Work with institutional offices to review trends in curriculum evaluation and highlight opportunities to improve performance and implement related change to the health systems science curriculum.
9. Ensure the health systems science curriculum meets all applicable accreditation standards, and aid in the drafting of summary reports on curriculum and medical education.
10. Partner with faculty to assist with revisions/updates to current health systems science courses and the development of new courses.
11. Develop innovative approaches to teaching.
12. Schedule curriculum to maximize efficiency and longitudinal growth in knowledge and skills
13. Aid in the recruitment of faculty or other professionals to participate as lecturers, small group leaders, and course directors.
14. Assist in planning and implementing the Medical Education Curriculum Retreat.
15. Establish effective and collaborative working relationships with SLU SOM faculty and course directors.
17. Collaborate with other members of the offices of curricular and student affairs to provide continuity in programming and student support.
18. Collaborate with students and student leaders on curricular matters.
19. Design course remediation in conjunction with course directors and Office of Student Affairs.
20. Develop and implement policies and procedures that are aligned with accreditation standards, guidelines and educational outcomes in collaboration with Assistant Deans/Associate Deans and faculty.
21. Use appropriate technology in all functions.
22. Other duties as assigned by Senior Associate Dean of UME or Dean of SLU SOM.
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SSM Health has announced that it is joining with the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) in a new initiative to confront racism by achieving health equity. SSM Health joins 22 of the nation’s largest Catholic health care systems committed to confronting systemic racism by prioritizing equity in response to COVID-19; enacting change across their own health care systems by examining and changing hiring, promotion and retention practices to ensure diversity and inclusion; forming stronger partnerships with communities of color to improve health outcomes; and leveraging their united and powerful voice to advocate for policy changes that address the root causes of racism and social injustice.
“This past year has further demonstrated the important and influential role that health care systems can and should play in shaping local communities and society at large,” Joe Hodges, Regional President, SSM Health in Oklahoma. “SSM Health is proud to join this pledge and will continue taking bold steps to ensure better health for all – particularly those who are economically, physically and socially marginalized.”
Collectively, SSM Health and the other Catholic health organizations that have signed the pledge employ nearly a half million people across 46 states and the District of Columbia, and care for almost four million patients annually.
Recognizing that racism is an affront to the core values of Catholic social teaching, CHA members joined in solidarity to promote the common good and seek justice by being actively anti-racist and accountable in effecting positive change in the communities we serve.
Four focus areas
Act for COVID-19 equity: Members commit to ensuring that testing for COVID-19 is available and accessible in minority communities and that new treatments are distributed and used equitably as they become available. Members will also work for prioritization of vaccinations for those individuals and families at higher risk — elder populations and communities of color, including Native American communities.
Enact change across our own health systems: Members are examining how their organizations recruit, hire, promote and retain employees; how they conduct business operations, including visible diversity and inclusivity at the decision, leadership and governance levels; and how they incentivize and hold our leaders accountable.
Advocate for improved health outcomes for minority communities and populations: Members agree to promote and improve the delivery of culturally competent care and oppose policies that exacerbate or perpetuate economic and social inequities, including such issues as education, housing and criminal justice reform.
Strengthen trust with minority communities: Members will continue to foster, strengthen and sustain authentic relationships based on mutually agreed goals to better understand the unique needs of their communities.
Kaiser and other Catholic health care leaders who have signed the pledge recognize that collectively they are in a unique position to bring about overdue change to policies and practices that have allowed systemic racism and health disparities to continue in the United States.
To hold itself and its members accountable, CHA intends to provide updates on the commitment progress annually.