Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the oldest and most accomplished Caribbean-based medical schools serving students primarily from the U.S. and Canada, seeks an innovative and experienced medical education leader for their newly created position of Chief Academic Officer (CAO).
RUSM, part of Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group), is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians. It has more than 12,000 alumni practicing all over the United States, Canada, and beyond. RUSM is also proud to stand out by fulfilling a societal mission by educating large numbers of doctors who principally practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas, and are more representative overall of the communities in which they serve.
The CAO 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 CAO is responsible for leading the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success. The CAO will report directly to Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, RUSM’s new Dean & Chancellor. Dean Owen is a globally experienced academic health system leader who is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to forge for pedagogical innovation to create a medically competent and socially engaged physician workforce.
The position is based in Miramar, FL, USA and serves medical students sequentially studying basic sciences on the island of Dominica, West Indies, internal medicine foundations in Miramar, FL, and their core and elective clinical rotations in a strong network of US teaching hospitals across the country. Travel to Dominica and the current and future clinical sites domestically and globally is expected.
The successful candidate will be an MD with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada (non-MDs with exceptional experience in medical education may be considered); a strong academic record and reputation, as well as a proven track record as an administrator; and academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within a RUSM department. It is preferred that the candidate will have at least 15 years of direct participation in medical education; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues involving medical education; experience in curriculum assessment and evaluation with a focus on improving measurable student outcomes; familiarity with budget development, capital planning, and fiscal oversight; and an understanding of medical school accreditation.
Expectations of Leadership
The following represent primary areas of focus and expected impact of the CAO over the first 12 to 18 months in the role and beyond (not listed in any particular order of significance):
Lead the advancement of medical education at RUSM 2
Recruitment, retention and development
Ensure excellent academic outcomes
Develop personal and professional credibility, gain respect, and build trust internally and externally
The CAO 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 CAO works in close partnership with the Chief Operating Officer and collaboratively with RUSM leaders in finance, human resources, medical pedagogy, admissions, and residency placement.
Reporting to the CAO are the Associate Dean of Student Services, Senior Associate Dean (Dominica campus), Director of Internal Medicine Foundations, Associate Dean of Clinical Services, Associate Dean of Simulation, and the Director of the Health Clinic and Counseling.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Competencies and Characteristics
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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.