Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the oldest, largest, and most accomplished Caribbean-licensed and accredited, international medical schools serving students primarily from the US, seeks an innovative and experienced leader in medical education for the newly created position of Assistant Dean of Clinical Faculty Affairs and Development.
RUSM, part of Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group), is committed to meeting a societal mission in medicine by educating large numbers of medical students who will go on to practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas, and are demographically representative of the US. RUSM has more than 16,000 alumni in practice throughout the US and Canada and is proud of its extraordinary record.
The full time international faculty of approximately 200 people at RUSM are dedicated teaching professionals whose primary focus is the preparation of talented medical students for postgraduate training in the US and Canada, aka residency. The Assistant Dean will develop and provide oversight of programs that support clinical faculty in their various academic roles and foster high standards for teaching and scholarly activity during the 3rd & 4th year of RUSM. RUSM is seeking a mid to late career academic physician with experience in faculty affairs to create a structured set of programs to nurture the professional development of the clinical faculty and affiliated hospital staff; decrease the variability of the students’ instructional experience arising from non-uniform training and oversight of instructors at RUSM’s nineteen clinical sites; revise the staffing model and faculty training to support the implementation of a new 4-year curriculum that better integrates basic medical and clinical sciences; and enliven the rewards and recognition programs for clinical faculty so as to promulgate teaching excellence across years, programs, and venues of teaching.
Therefore over the first 12-18 months (not listed in any particular order of significance), the Assistant Dean is expected to:
The successful candidate for Assistant 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 at least Associate Professor within a RUSM department. It is preferred that the candidate have at least 5 years of direct participation in clinical medical education that reflects increasing responsibility, authority, and accountability; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues especially in clinical medical education; experience in clinical faculty professional development and performance assessment with a focus on improving clinical teaching skills; experiences with budget development, implementation, and oversight; and familiarity with medical school accreditation.
The Assistant Dean will report directly to the soon to be named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who in turn will be supervised by Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, Dean and Chancellor of RUSM for approximately 1 year. 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. Within a strong culture of succession planning, the successful Assistant Dean will benefit from training and mentoring to serve as RUSM’s future Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Assistant Dean will be based in Miramar, FL, USA but oversee clinical faculty affairs across all of RUSM’s US locales. Travel to RUSM’s US clinical sites is expected with infrequent travel to the Caribbean campus. As a member of the senior administrative team of the Dean and Chancellor, the Assistant Dean works in close collaboration with the aforementioned Associate Deans, Assistant 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 Academic Chief of Staff. Direct reports to the Assistant Dean will be determined based on the candidate’s experience and needs for success.
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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.