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Vice Chair for Education, Clinical Teaching Faculty (NTE)

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Position Information

Title Vice Chair for Education, Clinical Teaching Faculty (NTE)
Department Family and Community Medicine (0704)
Medical Sub-Speciality Community Health
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, AZ seeks an experienced family physician educational leader to serve as Vice Chair for Education. DFCM is internationally known for its excellence, innovation, and leadership in GME, medical student education, and faculty development. The Department is growing across all mission areas, building on a new UA College of Medicine academic partnership with Banner Health, the fourth largest non-profit healthcare system in the US.

This position will have high-level responsibility for strategic oversight and direction of a broad range of DFCM educational programs, including: residency, medical student, fellowship, and faculty development. It is pivotal to the transformation of DFCM’s teaching clinics into model primary care practices where learners experience advanced primary care and population health management. The DFCM also seeks to expand its educational programs to address the challenges of rural primary care, community health, diverse learners and providers, underserved populations, and primary care innovation and research.

Academic family physicians with a record of successful leadership of educational programs, particularly GME, are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with medical student, fellowship, undergraduate and graduate student training is also highly desirable. The Vice Chair for Education is expected to mentor junior teaching faculty and remain engaged in educational scholarship. The UA is an EEO/AA – M/W/D/V Employer.

FTE requirements for Career-Track Faculty: Must maintain at least .30 clinical FTE. Of this, a minimum of 0.20 FTE must be dedicated to providing direct patient care in ambulatory family medicine. Must maintain a minimum of 0.20 FTE GME and/or UME teaching (in addition to administrative FTE as Vice Chair for Education). Remainder of clinical and non-clinical workload assignment to be determined based on departmental need and with mutual agreement between candidate and Department Chair.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Serve as the representative and champion of the mission, vision and values of DFCM’s educational activities. Demonstrate a clear understanding and commitment to supporting excellence in DFCM’s clinical practice as the foundation and embodiment of excellent family medicine clinical education programs. Responsible for ensuring that clinical education programs are well integrated and coordinated with clinical services to achieve a highly desired learner environment across all clinical service lines.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership within, and external to, DFCM in order to drive, support and model high quality, and nationally/internationally recognized DFCM educational programs. Maintain strong, credible, positive relationships with other members of DFCM executive leadership team, DFCM faculty, staff and learners. Build connections with other academic and clinical units relevant to the DFCM educational mission.
  • Serve as direct supervisor for the educational roles/activities of directors of DFCM’s educational programs with high-level responsibility for education programs. Work with education program directors to set annual program performance goals and program director’s performance goals for leadership of the program. Provide Department Chair with performance evaluation feedback on directors of educational programs.
  • Ensure and foster a high level of collaboration within a highly matrixed team environment in order to coordinate activities, review work, exchange information, and resolve problems. Champion, model, and promote educational excellence in philosophies and behaviors to enhance the overall learner experience and outcomes.
  • Maintain an active clinical practice in family medicine providing direct patient care and exhibit the value of continuous learning. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in family medicine graduate and undergraduate medical education, and primary care physician workforce needs. Establish and enhance a culture of professionalism, evidence-based decision making, and financial stewardship in all educational program initiatives. Articulate, and model through their own teaching, an emphasis on quality, efficiency and competency-based outcomes of learner experience.
  • Work closely with the DFCM Chair, executive leadership team and education program directors to monitor quality and quantity of faculty teaching, scholarly productivity and other metrics related to educational programs. Share decision-making with DFCM Chair, executive leadership team, and relevant clinical service chiefs and/or educational program directors to determine faculty workload assignments impacting educational programs.
  • Promote sustainable growth, financial stewardship, and educational excellence for DFCM educational programs. Ensure effective integration and collaboration of education programs with other DFCM mission areas. Actively seek and promote opportunities to grow new resources to support DFCM educational programs. Work with DFCM executive leadership to recruit new faculty for educational programs and develop succession plans for education program leadership. Work with DFCM executive leadership to allocate resources (i.e. financial, information, and human capital) for educational improvement activities, including formal approval of new educational programs or activities requiring allocation of resources.
  • Collaborate with program directors and executive leadership to establish performance measures evaluating DFCM educational programs and ensuring efficient and effective program delivery. Develop and implement faculty development activities/programs to improve the teaching quality and educational program leadership of DFCM faculty.
  • When necessary and appropriate, assist educational program leaders in responding to learner, faculty and/or other stakeholder concerns or complaints. Support the specific educational program in developing appropriate root-cause analysis and programmatic improvement projects. Assist education program directors and/or DFCM executive leadership in the development of corrective action/performance improvement plans for faculty and learners, and implementation of those plans if necessary. Perform all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards.
  • Represent the needs and perspectives of DFCM’s educational activities in various governance, strategic planning, financial and operational committees and groups within DFCM, College of Medicine, the UA, and Banner Health. Coordinate and collaborate with the other members of DFCM executive leadership team to support the Department’s overall clinical, research and outreach missions. Work with DFCM senior leadership team and UAHS, COM, UA, and Banner Health development offices to grow philanthropic gifts to support DFCM education programs.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • MD/DO, Board Certified in Family Medicine.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in leadership positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education, education program leadership and administration (financial and personnel) and program/curriculum development, serving as a mentor and attending, supervising faculty.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Family medicine program director or associate director.
  • Director of major undergraduate medicine student course.
  • Formal training in education or instructional design.
  • Current medical practice in 2 or more family medicine primary care services lines: ambulatory direct patient care, in-patient care, maternal child health care and delivery.
Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Career-Track (NTE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Medical / Health Professions
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F20595
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Victoria E. Murrain
Associate Professor, FCM
Assistant Dean for GME and Designated Institutional Official
(520) 874-2995

Dr. Tejal Parikh
Assistant Professor, FCM
(520) 621-7428

Open Date 11/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 12/08/2017
Special Instructions Summary
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

The department is seeking an individual who is able to work with diverse students, trainees and colleagues, and who has experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. Established expertise in working with diverse patient populations.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have an MD or DO degree and Certification in Family and Community Medicine?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have at least five years experience in leadership positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education, education program leadership and administration (financial and personnel) and program/curriculum development, serving as a mentor and attending, supervising faculty?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents