The University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham (UAB) is one of the premier research-intensive schools in the nation, ranked No. 22 in NIH funding by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research for 2019, and currently in a strong era of major investment and growth. Key leaders at UAB, namely the Joint Operating Leadership group (Dean Selwyn Vickers, COO Reid Jones, Dr. Keith A. (Tony) Jones, Dr. Seth Landefeld, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Cheri Canon, and Dr. David Standaert), are strategically focused on the goal of becoming the Preferred Academic Medical Center of the 21st Century. In 2017, the three entities that comprise UAB Medicine—UAB School of Medicine, UAB Health System, and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF) physician practice plan—launched a reorganization aimed at improving alignment and integration in order to achieve this strategic goal.
UAB has undergone staggering transformation in the past 5 years, strengthening their status and reputation as a leader in medical training, bio-medical discovery and innovation, and patient care. As part of an elite group of eight academic medical centers that has attained more than $100 million in net NIH funding growth over the past five years, UAB has the second-highest percentage of growth at 75 percent. A testament to the success of these endeavors is the recent two-day visit from the Director of the NIH, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., which culminated in a keynote address highlighting areas of promise in biomedical research and the important contributions UAB has made in this field.
UAB's aspirations include a forthcoming strategic alliance with Ascension St. Vincent. This ambitious and innovative collaboration will improve access to high-quality patient care and address Alabama's most challenging health threats. The new alliance will be both programmatic and operational to ensure that UAB is the provider of choice in Alabama, with an emphasis on expanding access for poor, vulnerable, and rural populations.
UAB also continues to implement programs aimed at making UAB Medicine a place where everyone—students, residents, faculty, and staff—feels welcomed, valued, and empowered to make a difference in their workplace and in their community.
Integral to the success of the strategic transformation of UAB, will be the appointment of a new Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Korn Ferry is working with UAB to conduct a national search for a new Chair who will be recruited with an opportunity to guide the Department through this period of change.
The Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine will be an outstanding leader and skilled physician, widely recognized in the field with a strong track record of program building and innovation. The Chair will be responsible for clinical, academic, and administrative activities of the Department and therefore they must have a deep knowledge of clinical practice; a strong commitment to training and career development in research and clinical care; and demonstrated leadership and administrative ability in complex clinical enterprise.
The Chair will bring vision to the task of drafting the Department's future, coupled with an ability to communicate in a fashion that inspires others to follow. They must be a consensus builder, while also capable of serving as an agent for change. The Chair will evaluate the current strengths of the Department, and identify areas for productive growth in clinical, educational, and research programs. From that assessment, the Chair will establish a strategic overarching long-term plan for the Department.
The Chair must demonstrate a passion for mentoring and development of faculty and fellows, including interpersonal skills that will assure successful relationship building with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. The Chair will be charged with fostering an environment of collaboration, integrity, trust, and transparency between the Department and UAB Medicine at large. They will work to create a stronger collective culture within the Department, bringing together the multidisciplinary people and programs with a shared vision and purpose, and thereby enhancing faculty engagement and development.
There are other specific areas of focus that give the Chair an opportunity to bring change to the Department. The following are of particular importance.
Provide vision, inspiration, and mission-driven guidance to faculty, trainees, and staff, engaging and energizing the team for future goals.
Operationalize a new Professional Services Agreement (PSA) which will enable the incoming Chair the opportunity to improve the productivity of the Department and support sustainable growth.
Address boarding issues and patient flow in general.
Ensure effective use of Advanced Practice Providers to maximize clinical efficiency.
Improve patient satisfaction, provider wellness, patient care quality and safety, and nursing turnover.
Grow the research enterprise of the Department, including the recruitment of additional extramurally funded Emergency Medicine investigators.
Explore opportunities to expand clinical services across the health care system.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Department: Emergency Medicine
Assignment Category: Full-Time
Tenure Status: Open Tenure
The search committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that highlight the applicant's personal vision and relevant leadership experience.
Pre-Employment Background Check:
A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.
Internal Number: 7003
About University of Alabama Birmingham
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.