• Chair, Department of Surgery

    Location US-Remote | US-FL-Miramar
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Medicine
    Employment Type
    Regular Part-Time
    FLSA Status
    U.S. - Exempt
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the largest accredited medical schools training physicians in North America, is seeking a part-time remote physician skilled clinical educator to serve as Chair of the Department of Surgery.  The Chairperson provides guidance and oversight of an aligned, integrated, and uniform educational experience in surgery for medical students across 19 of clinical sites. The Chairperson is the senior academic and administrative officer for clinical faculty in surgery distributed among 19 hospitals throughout the United States.  The successful candidate is responsible for ensuring academic excellence and high student performance in surgery by driving instructional excellence among the surgery faculty at the clinical sites. The Chairperson is expected to establish, monitor, and as necessary refresh key performance indicators for students and faculty in surgery. The Chairperson will serves as the respected spokesperson for RUSM’s Department of Surgery among internal and external stakeholders. Because this is 0.5 full-time equivalent position, the successful candidate can work remotely.


    • Monitors and assures adherence with core curriculum requirements in Surgery at each clinical site so that a uniform student experience is achieved comparability.
    • Conducts site visits at least every 2 years to review the performance and student outcomes in Surgery at every core clinical site.
    • Based on information gathered during site visits, provides timely summary reports and makes recommendations to the Clinical Sub Committee of the Curriculum Committee following the RUSM Clinical Site Visit report guidelines.
    • With the Clinical Sub Committee of the Curriculum Committee, provides feedback and recommendations for improvement to under-performing sites to correct deficiencies.
    • Works closely with the Director of Medical Education at each site and other relevant clinical leaders to identify faculty for appointment in Surgery.
    • Provides content expertise in Surgery assessing new sites for possible clinical engagement with RUSM.
    • Participates in RUSM clinical faculty development programs.
    • Assesses and makes recommendations to the Clinical Faculty Advancement and Promotions Committee regarding faculty rank / promotions.
    • At the behest of the Clinical Sub Committee of the Curriculum Committee, establishes and updates instructional program goals and tactics in surgery consistent with the discipline and other board standards.
    • Ensures the academic department is in compliance with current developments in medicine as they will be reflected is the USMLE Step 2 examinations.
    • Works within her/his discipline to help guarantee the highest possible performance by RUSM students on Step 2 USMLE.
    • Reviews and approves any changes to the specialty curriculum (in collaboration with the Curriculum Committee Clinical Sub Committee).
    • Serves on appropriate bodies to assure accreditations are maintained.
    • Participates in program evaluations and assessments to assure appropriate outcomes are achieved for the specialty.
    • Leads on career and residency match advising within his/her specialty.
    • Reaches out to and counsels students in academic difficulty (e.g. those who have failed the core clerkship NBME examination).
    • Remains current on developments in the field, research, and best practices. Researches emerging industry trends, new technologies, concepts and techniques and works with the appropriate personnel to integrate these items into the department goals.
    • Promotes the use of technology, including the effective application and review the on-line clinical curriculum, throughout the clinical rotations.
    • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.

    Key Relationships:


    Reports to RUSM Assistant Dean, Clinical Sciences



    To perform this job successfully, each essential duty must be performed satisfactorily.  The minimum requirements for the education, experience, knowledge, and skills required to competently perform in this position are listed below.  Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills

    • M.D. or equivalent terminal medical degree from an accredited US, Canadian, or UK school of medicine
    • Active license to practice surgery in the US, Canada, or UK
    • Active Board certification in Surgery
    • Minimum of ten years of experience teaching medical students and /or residents in Surgery
    • Demonstrated record of achievement in medical administration within a hospital, clinic, medical school, clinical practice, or health setting
    • Experience advising students for the NRMP match preferred
    • Knowledge of contemporary advances and clinical issues in surgery
    • Eligible for rank of Professor at RUSM
    • Able to meet domestic and international requirements for travel


    RUSM is an EEO employer M/F/D/V. RUSM maintains a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment testing for the use of illegal substances.



    Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP is the new Dean and Chancellor of RUSM. A globally experienced academic health system leader, he is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to a forge for pedagogical innovation to create a medically competent and socially aware physician workforce. 


    Mission: RUSM’s mission is to prepare highly motivated students to become effective and successful physicians. The RUSM focus is to impart knowledge, skills, and values required for students to establish a successful and satisfying career as a physician. RUSM proudly fulfills a social mission by educating doctors who practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas and are more representative overall of the communities in which they serve.


    RUSM is a major educational component of the Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group). Since 1931, Adtalem Global Education empowers its students to achieve their educational and career goals. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Education of Brazil, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.


    Adtalem Global Education has recently re-organized into three organizational and operational verticals with the following areas of focus: Medical and Healthcare, Business Technology, and Professional Education. RUSM is a prominent member of the Medical and Healthcare vertical. The leaders of each of these verticals reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Adtalem Global Education, Lisa Wardell.


    The culture of Adtalem Global Education is best described in the TEACH Values:

    • Teamwork

    We put the team first, appreciate diverse points of view, assume positive intent, collaborate and communicate openly.

    • Energy

    We move quickly, learn from mistakes, build positive spirit and always look for a better way.


    • Accountability

    We take ownership and initiative, demonstrate courage as we speak up, and act with integrity in all that we do.

    • Community

    We operate with a shared sense of responsibility and purpose, and enrich colleagues, students and the broader community we serve.

    • Heart

    We serve students and each other with passion, respect and care.

    Additional information about RUSM and Adtalem can be found here:




    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Medicine is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization's purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1978, Ross is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the U.S. healthcare system. With more than 12,000 alumni, Ross is an important contributor to healthcare in North America. Students complete their foundational studies in Bridgetown, Barbados before completing their clinical training in one of Ross’s affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States.


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