Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the oldest and most accomplished
Caribbean-licensed and accredited, international medical schools serving students primarily from the U.S., seeks an innovative and experienced medical education leader for the newly created position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
RUSM, part of Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group), is committed to educating a diverse group of medical students. RUSM has more than 14,000 alumni practicing all over the United States and Canada. RUSM is also proud to stand out by fulfilling a societal mission of educating large numbers of doctors who principally practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas, and are demographically representative of the US.
The Associate Dean is responsible for leading the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success. The Associate Dean will provide intellectual leadership and support for all academic departments and linked multi-disciplinary programs at RUSM, and will act as the face of the RUSM academic community to internal and external constituencies. The Associate Dean will report directly to Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, RUSM’s Dean & Chancellor. Dean Owen is a globally experienced academic health system leader who is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to be a forge for pedagogical innovation, social justice in health and healthcare, and to create a medically competent and socially engaged physician workforce. The successful Associate Dean can enjoy individualized training and then consideration to serve as RUSM’s future Dean & Chancellor.
The Associate Dean is based in Miramar, FL, USA but oversees academic affairs across all of RUSM’s national locales. The Associate Dean guides medical students sequential training beginning in the basic sciences in the Caribbean (Semesters 1-5) through to their core and elective clinical rotations within a strong network of US teaching hospitals. Travel to the Caribbean campus(es) and RUSM’s US clinical sites is expected.
The successful candidate for Associate Dean will be an MD with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada; a strong academic record and reputation, as well as a positive track record as an medical school administrator; and academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within a RUSM department. It is preferred that the candidate have at least 10 years of direct participation in medical education that reflects increasing responsibility, authority, and accountability; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues especially medical education; experience in curriculum assessment and evaluation with a focus on improving measurable student outcomes; experiences with budget development, implementation, and oversight; and familiarity with medical school accreditation.
The following list represent primary areas of focus and expected impact for the Associate Dean over the first 12 to 18 months in the role and beyond (not listed in any particular order of significance):
Students’ learning experiences:
An important relationship to note is with the Board of Trustees, which is responsible for overseeing RUSM and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Exposure to RUSM’s engaged governance body is a novel added opportunity. To review the current Board of Trustees: http://medical.rossu.edu/medical-school/Board-ofTrustees1.cfm
The Associate Dean will report to Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, Dean & Chancellor. As a member of the senior administrative team and the Dean’s Cabinet, the Associate Dean works in close collaboration with the aforementioned Associate Deans, the Vice President of Operations, and other operational leaders, such as but not limited to the leaders of finance, human resources, informational technology, communications, and Chief of Staff.
• Develop and implement strategic planning for RUSM educational programs across the organization.
• Lead the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success.
• Provide oversight and leadership of curricular development (planning, revision, evaluation, and implementation) as well as instructional design and innovation.
• Establish and champion system standards for medical education and ensure accountability to set standards.
• Ensure a continuous review processes to evaluate education programs across RUSM.
• Aid in creating effective faculty development plans for medical education at all levels.
• Aid in the review of existing academic partnerships, focused arrangements, and affiliations to evaluate their effectiveness and alignment with academic goals.
• Determine priorities for medical education based on organization strategic priorities and contemporary learning needs.
• Aid in the development of recruitment and retention strategies for faculty and students.
• Contribute to successful reaccreditation.
• Champion RUSM’s academic mission and promote RUSM’s programs.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Competencies and Behaviors
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Founded in 1978, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has more than 11,000 alumni who are practicing in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and beyond. The mission of Ross University School of Medicine is to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians. We do this by focusing on imparting the knowledge, skills, and values required for our students to establish a successful and satisfying career as a physician.
RUSM students begin their journey to become physicians on the school’s campus in Dominica, located in the West Indies. Students complete a rigorous basic science curriculum, supported by cutting-edge instructional technology, including an anatomy and medical imaging laboratory and a simulation center where students begin to develop clinical skills. Students then complete their medical education by taking core and elective clinical rotations in U.S., Canada, and UK.
In 2013, RUSM achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).In 2014, RUSM graduates earned more than 800 residency positions; the largest number for any medical school in the world.