The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the Nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. USU serves the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation. USU uniquely relates these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness.
The School of Medicine (SOM) is seeking a Chairperson for the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB).The incumbent serves as the Chairperson of the Department and is responsible for providing leadership for departmental activities, administration of department programs, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and students to ensure program quality.
The Department of PMB is one of the largest departments within the SOM, and its standing reflects the prominence of public health in the missions of the Department of Defense (DoD), United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). PMB is responsible for enhancing health in human populations through medical education, research, and service that support and improve programs of preventive medicine, community health, and health promotion in the uniformed services.
The Department engages in teaching preventive medicine and public health, occupational and environmental health, health administration and policy, global health and social and behavioral sciences to medical students. PMB offers eight accredited graduate degree programs in various aspects of public health, and supports accredited residency programs in two preventive medicine specialty areas. The Department of PMB also offers continuing medical education and conducts specialized training programs in tropical medicine in collaboration with the renowned Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Program. Faculty members in the Department of PMB are actively engaged in diverse research activities, and are responsible for the professional exchange of their findings through presentations at national and international meetings and the publication of manuscripts.
Duties: The incumbent serves as the Chairperson of PMB and chief executive of a combined clinical medicine and basic science department, and as such is responsible for both its operation and the quality of its activities and products. In coordination with other faculty members of the SOM, and with the approval of the Dean SOM, plans, develops, and executes relevant elements of the medical school curriculum germane to the disciplines encompassed in the Department.
The incumbent will be responsible for providing a productive and meaningful learning environment for the students by continually evaluating and revising the curriculum as needed. He/she will coordinate with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Medical Education, and the Chairs of other clinical and basic science departments of the SOM to determine the variety and scope of instructional techniques to be used such as lectures, discussions, laboratory exercises, seminars, conferences, audio-visual media, and computer-assisted problems appropriate to accomplish learning objectives.
The successful candidate will develop and organize specific courses of study for the department, which provide practical experiences in learning fundamentals of preventive medicine and diagnosis, and understanding of the interrelationships between patient and disease, exposure to public health hazards, community and military medicine, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, and computer applications of research data. In coordination with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, responsible for the development and maintenance of the SOM's graduate programs in public health and related disciplines leading to eight graduate/doctoral degrees and two postgraduate specialty/subspecialty qualifications. He/she will plan and direct the organization and operation of departmental laboratories, and oversee and evaluate all departmental research activities.
The incumbent will also be responsible for patient/clinical care activities and be available to assist the Commanders of USUHS-affiliated teaching hospitals regarding the quality of patient/clinical care on medical and surgical services. Additionally, he/she will provide consultative services for military teaching hospitals throughout the country in preventive medicine, public health, and epidemiology, and determine and provide justification for operational and research budget requirements for PMB.
Qualification Requirements: The incumbent must bring to this position a minimum of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) or an earned doctorate degree in public health. If the candidate is a physician, he or she must also have a valid unrestricted state medical license, and current board certification in a medical specialty relevant to the field of preventive medicine. If the candidate holds a doctorate degree in public health, he or she must have relevant career experience in public health practice.
The position requires: substantial experience and national recognition in a public health/preventive medicine discipline or related medical/scientific field such as epidemiology, community medicine, biometrics, biostatistics, etc.; substantial experience in medical school, GME or graduate/postgraduate level teaching, educational administration, personnel management and supervision, research and development; demonstrated leadership skills; analytical skill in evaluating and developing organizational policies, programs, and objectives; exceptional written and oral communication skills to provide presentations in a public forum as well as, the ability to develop consensus decisions; expertise and experience as reflected by a significant number of scientific publications in critically reviewed scientific journals appropriate to his/her research and Preventive Medicine; and active membership in scholarly societies appropriate to the Department of PMB. The successful candidate must be academically qualified for a faculty appointment at the Professor level in accordance with USUHS academic policies.
Experience or knowledge of federal or military health care organizations, educational programs, or health care systems is highly desirable.
This appointment shall be as Professor and as the Chairperson in PMB. The appointment as Professor shall be tenured.
Assignment as Chairperson is an administrator position assignment and is without tenure. The initial assignment as Chairperson will be for a term of up to five years and may be renewed with no limit on the number of renewals. Assignment as Chairperson is not a continuous appointment, and as such, the incumbent serves at the pleasure of his or her immediate supervisor(s) and may be relieved as Chairperson at any time.
If the incumbent performs patient care activities, he or she will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing under the USUHS Drug-Free Workplace Program. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the withdrawal of the position offer or removal from the position.
Nominees for this position shall be required to successfully complete a security background investigation. Failure to meet the background investigation requirements will result in the withdrawal of the position offer or removal from the position.
Relocation expenses i.e. PCS or relocation incentives as described on 5 U.S.C 5733 may be authorized in accordance with applicable travel regulations, command policy and available command funding.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Instructions to Candidates: Review of Application will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, a two page outline of their scholarly work, and the names of eight to ten individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of evaluation to:
COL Patrick Hickey Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 4301 Jones Bridge Rd. Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
Internal Number: 176896977
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