Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education

Established in 2016 and identified as one of the central pillars of the medical school’s current strategic priorities, the Department of Medical Education serves as the foundation of The Geisel School of Medicine’s dynamic MD curriculum and dual degree programs (MD/PhD, MD/MBA, and MD/MPH) and as a catalyst for pedagogical innovation.  The Chair will report to the Dean with respect to oversight of department faculty and staff and to the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education with respect to the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program.


The Chair is expected to function as a leader, both by example and personal engagement, in driving the educational and research functions of the department and will have primary responsibility for the overall direction, operation, and management of the department.  The Chair will guide the academic advancement of department faculty and the professional development of department staff.  The Chair will be committed to the principle that a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff, and faculty enhances our mission in providing exceptional education, advancing biomedical discovery, and fostering innovation to help tackle the most vexing challenges in health care.


Successful candidates shall demonstrate strong skills in team building, written and oral communication, leadership, management, and strategic thinking. Successful candidates must have demonstrated the ability to work effectively within a decentralized organization and have the capacity to build relationships among diverse constituencies; an ability to foster cohesive, consistent practices amongst diverse research, clinical, and teaching constituencies; an excellent record of scholarship in areas of medical education; a demonstrated ability to promote scholarship and academic achievement in others; and the ability to secure resources required to meet the academic goals of the department either through her/his own work or in successful leadership of others.


Geisel has been at the forefront of innovation in medical education, including establishment of early clinical involvement for students, interactive learning modules with a core of dedicated teaching faculty, and the integration of health care delivery science into the MD curriculum.  As part of ongoing major initiatives, including Geisel’s standing as a partner in the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, the Chair will work closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and educational bodies of the school to revise and implement an innovative UME curriculum for the 21st century physician that will both build on and advance the strong foundation of our medical education.  This evolving curriculum is committed to creating physicians with an integrated and complete foundation of the scientific basis of medicine who can also communicate effectively with broad audiences, and expertly navigate the cultural, social, political, and economic contexts that influence science and health.  In keeping with this directive, the curriculum will reflect comprehensive input from not only foundational science and clinical disciplines, but also on health policy and implementation from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


As the fourth oldest medical school in the nation, Geisel has a long history of innovation in the science underlying medicine and systems of care.  In collaboration with our nearby clinical partners, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Geisel conducts top-tier research and provides patient-centric medicine within a diverse and close-knit community where students and faculty engage as partners in learning and discovery.  Our school’s intimate scale and proximity to others on the Dartmouth campus allow for the free flow of ideas and easy collaborations across disciplines with colleagues in the liberal arts, engineering, and business.  This community also forms the basis by which the school consistently attracts a highly diverse and talented class of medical students who are fully engaged and committed to becoming complete physicians.


Successful candidates must have a terminal degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) and meet the criteria for appointment/promotion to the rank of Professor at Geisel.  Successful candidates are expected to have acknowledged excellence as a scholar in medical education/pedagogy and as an educator; to possess a strong track record of leadership, program development, and personnel management; and a strong and sustained track record of excellence in disseminated scholarship and in securing sponsored support for relevant programmatic endeavors. Candidates should have at least five years of leadership experience at the departmental, institutional, and/or national levels in organizations with programmatic relevance to this role as Chair of the Department of Medical Education, e.g., national educational, medical or scientific organizations, professional societies and/or private/governmental advisory committees.


Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the White River Junction VA Medical Center are located in the picturesque Upper Connecticut River Valley on the NH and VT border, surrounded by a vibrant, academic and professional community which offers 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.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr. Harold Manning, MD); curriculum vitae; statement of research/scholarly accomplishments and interests; statement of philosophy of teaching/medical pedagogy; statement of past and proposed efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion; and names of 3 individuals who will be contacted, with permission of the candidate, following initial evaluations by the search committee.  Initial evaluation will begin August 10, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

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