Dartmouth College — Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

Key Accountabilities
The Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education (SADME), reporting to the Dean of Geisel, provides oversight for the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program at the medical school, including oversight of the UME Affairs Office, UME admissions, UME administration, financial aid, student affairs and student services, dual degree programs, anatomical gift program, and the biomedical libraries. The SADME has primary responsibility for the development, planning, coordination, administration, budgeting, evaluation, and continual improvement of all UME programs at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Geisel). The SADME has further responsibility for the coordination of those activities and the UME program with the Medical Education Committee (MEC), the standing committee of the faculty at Geisel that provides oversight to the structure and quality of the curriculum; with the Chair of the Department of Medical Education, graduate medical education (GME), continuing medical education (CME), and continuing nursing education (CNE) programs across Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H); as well as for other dual degree and certificate programs that intersect with Geisel’s UME program.  The SADME is designated as the Faculty Accreditation Lead (FAL) to the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) and is responsible for overseeing all efforts to achieve and maintain compliance with LCME accreditation standards.

The Opportunity
Founded in 1797 on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth Medical School (now the Geisel School of Medicine) strives to improve the lives of the communities it serves through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The Geisel School of Medicine is renowned for its leadership in medical education, biomedical research, healthcare policy, and delivery science, and in creating innovations that improve lives worldwide. As one of America’s leading research-intensive medical schools, Geisel is committed to training new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in healthcare. The Medical School began granting MD degrees in 1811, just the second school in the United States to do so. For over 30 years in the mid-20th century, it was a two-year medical school, with most students obtaining their clinical training at Harvard Medical School. Beginning in the late 1960s it returned to providing a full four-year curriculum. Today Geisel is the academic foundation of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), which comprises the Medical School, and its primary clinical affiliates of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health on the campus in Lebanon, NH, The Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (VA) in nearby White River Junction, Vermont; both only a few miles away from the historic Dartmouth campus in Hanover. For its program in undergraduate medical education (UME), Geisel also  partners with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, as well as ~50 other affiliated clinical practices across the country.

Every year, Geisel welcomes about 90 new medical students into its MD program and more than 100 graduate students into its basic, translational, and health-policy degree programs. The relatively small size of Geisel’s student body fosters a close-knit community among faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Geisel boasts significant diversity: in 2019, 61% of the incoming medical students were women, 28% were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, 3% were first generation, and 4% were veterans; they represented 58 undergraduate institutions, 28 states, and 7 countries.

Degree programs include:

  • MD, MD-MBA, MD-MPH or MD-MS (through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (“TDI”) at Geisel), and MD/PhD (with doctoral work available in biomedical science, engineering, or any other graduate discipline offered at Dartmouth College)

Geisel has entering an exciting phase of institutional transformation with respect to its UME Program including the establishment of a new Department of Medical Education, concomitant evolution of the UME curriculum, restructuring of the Office Student Affairs, and the establishment of innovative support infrastructures to better meet the needs of today’s medical students.

  • The Department of Medical Education:  Established in 2016 and headed by newly appointed Chair, Dr. Nicole Borges, who has over 20 years of experience in medical education scholarship, the Department of Medical Education includes foundational scientists, academic clinicians, and educational staff dedicated to pedagogical innovation and the delivery of undergraduate medical education.
  • Evolution of the UME Curriculum: Beginning with the academic year 2019, students now matriculate into Geisel’s new curriculum that will better prepare them to become complete physicians through a highly integrated four-year experienceThe new curriculum prepares for future careers across the entire spectrum of medical practice, including all clinical specialties and subspecialties, research in academic health centers, rural and urban settings, and for diverse patient populations. At Geisel, students are embedded within a world-class research setting that provides opportunities to develop scholarly work in basic and translational sciences, health care delivery sciences, and scholarly quality improvement. Geisel’s new curriculum keeps pace with medicine’s rapid advances and complexities and ensures that students develop competencies in eight broad areas: medical science; clinical care; population health; communications skills; personal, professional and leadership development; evaluation and improvement in medicine; professionalism; and collaboration and teamwork. When students leave Dartmouth, they will have the knowledge and skills necessary for a lifetime of learning—one of the realities and rewards of practicing medicine in the 21st century. The curriculum also fully integrates the knowledge and skills of the social determinants of health and healthcare disparities connected to the clinical quality improvement and system analysis skills that are needed to address these issues.
  • Reconfiguration of UME Office of Student Affairs, New Student Support Networks, and Renovated Facilities: In concert with curricular innovations and the establishment of the Department of Medical Education, Geisel has reconfigured many aspects of the Office of Student Affairs, including expanding the role of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to oversee students across all years, creation of a new Dean for Basic Science Integration to work in concert with Associate Deans for Preclinical and Clinical Education, creation of a new Dean for Assessment and Evaluation to provide administrative oversight for assessment/evaluation and to facilitate medical education research and scholarship; appointment of a Senior Director of Administration and Finance to facilitate coordination of administration and financial functions across UME Student Programs and the Department of Medical Education; and centralization of initiatives/programs related to diversity & inclusion within the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE).

In addition to improvements arising from reorganization in administrative support for the UME Program, Geisel has made significant investments in programs that support student health and well-being, as well as newly upgraded teaching facilities (renovation of major classroom space; new gym facilities for students). In particular, students now benefit from a comprehensive and longitudinal coaching program established under the auspices of the Kern Institute’s National Transformation Network and from a newly established program to provide integrated mental health services across all years of the curriculum.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth is located in the neighboring towns of Hanover and Lebanon in the picturesque Upper Connecticut River Valley on the NH and VT border. Dartmouth is surrounded by a vibrant, academic and professional community offering excellent schools, lively arts, and an unmatched quality of life in a beautiful, rural setting. Amenities associated with urban areas in Boston MA, Burlington VT, and Montreal, QC are all within a few hours’ drive.

Candidates will be expected to hold MD/DO or equivalent, be a visionary and strategic leader with specific knowledge and experience working within academic institutions, health centers, and/or teaching hospitals (educational institution or large department).  Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate expertise and/or commitment to

  • scholarly accomplishment in the field of medical education
  • oversight of curricular reform, implementation and/or pedagogical innovation, inclusive of curricular assessment, use of the assessment process to provide feedback, and quality improvement of the curriculum
  • fiscal management and oversight of complex programs and budgets
  • optimization of faculty and staff performance to maximize the learning potential of medical students
  • supporting the successful reaccreditation by the LCME and providing oversight for any programmatic initiatives as mandated by the LCME during reaccreditation processes
  • implementation/understanding of other mandates of complex education institutions (e.g., Title IX, Title VII, ADA, FERPA)
  • commitment to advancing diversity and building an inclusive environment across the medical school and its academic partners
  • ability to work with leadership of hospitals, faculty practice organizations, research institutes, or other mission critical institutions as appropriate
  • ability to build productive relationships with alumni, donors, government leaders, and related external stakeholders
  • ability to communicate effectively and to encourage/moderate constructive debate from all aspects of the school, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff
  • organization and management of human resource issues, including resolving conflict among varying constituencies when necessary
  • ability to work effectively as part of the senior leadership team of the medical school and academic health system

Application Instructions

Dartmouth is highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including but not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify with LGBTQ+ communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first-generation college graduates. Applicants should state in their cover letter how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement on administrative, programmatic, teaching, scholarship and leadership accomplishments relevant to the position (not to exceed 3 pages) to: https://apply.interfolio.com/74993, and ask three referees to provide letters of recommendation. Candidates should not include impact factors in their CV bibliographies.

The cover letter should provide:

  • a summary of the impact and importance of their past work;
  • a statement on how their efforts in all areas (scholarship, teaching, clinical practice, engagement) will be of benefit to the Geisel community;
  • a statement of how Dartmouth/Geisel’s programs will be of benefit to their academic program/aspirations;
  • statement of how their teaching, research, service, clinical and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application review will be ongoing and continue until the position is filled.

For additional information and to apply, please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/74993

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.