University of Alberta

Academic Position for Internal Medicine Core Residency Program Director and Assistant Chair, Postgraduate Medical Education (PME)

MED Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    A100633921
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Medicine (DoM) at the University of Alberta invites internal applications for the position of Internal Medicine Core Residency Program Director and Assistant Chair, Postgraduate Medical Education (PME). 

This key educational leadership and administrative position is a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate Professor without tenure.

Applicants must be an MD and should possess qualifications commensurate with their discipline. They should have a demonstrated commitment to fostering excellent teaching and learning, educational contributions, and scholarship in the Core residency program. Knowledge of the principles of adult education is essential as is a familiarity with the culture of health care and clinical education. Prior experience with leadership and administration of a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons residency training program is also desirable.

Key roles and responsibilities span departmental, university and national domains, and are enacted as Program Director for the internal medicine residency program, and as Assistant Chair for PME in the DoM. The term of appointment is for 5 years, with potential for renewal after leadership review and discussion with the Chair of the DoM. The position is designated as a 0.60 FTE. 

In the primary role of Internal Medicine Core Residency Program Director, the successful applicant will directly report to the Chair of the DoM and the Associate Dean, PME. A close daily working relationship with the team lead, Medical Education is also essential.

The Program Director (PD) chairs the Residency Program Committee (RPC), and aided by delegates, has a leadership role in developing and implementing overall goals, objectives, and educational plans of the program, and conducts regular program reviews to ensure program excellence and compliance with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) standards of accreditation and Competency by Design (CBD). The PD has a leadership role in the selection of residents for admission into the program, ensures appropriate and timely resident assessment and program teacher evaluations, and is a strong advocate for resident education (including scholarship and research activities). The PD actively promotes resident well-being, and enables DoM members’ engagement in resident education. 

The position requires a collaborative working relationship at the University level, with the Office of PME, and full participation in all activities of the Postgraduate Executive Committee (PEC) to help communicate, and implement decisions, guidelines, and policies taken in relation to PME, as well as bring forward issues to the PEC. This includes regular communication and collaboration with the DoM Chair and Division Directors (where applicable), with leaders responsible for DoM undergraduate and continuing professional development, as well with directors of other programs regarding the provision of training for their residents whilst rotating on internal medicine services. The PD may participate in the review process of the Internal Reviews Committee, or as requested for selected individual program reviews. The PD has a leadership role for onsite RCPSC surveys of the Internal Medicine residency program, and, nationally, participates actively as a corresponding member of the RCPSC Specialty Committee.   

In the role of Assistant Chair, PME, the successful candidate is charged to create a collaborative environment for all residency program directors in the DoM. While each of these PDs has an independent and direct reporting relationship to their academic division and Associate Dean, PME, the Assistant Chair can enhance their effectiveness through mentoring and department level coordination. 

Interested candidates must currently be part of the Academic Medicine and Health Service program (AMHSP) and have an established clinical practice within the DoM. 

All qualified candidates from within DoM are encouraged to apply should submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), brief description of pertinent education experiences, interests, and scholarships, along with the names of three references (including addresses, phone/fax and e-mail addresses to:

Bruce Fisher
Associate Chair, Medical Education

Applications will begin being reviewed on September 29, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.