May 8, 2018 – O’Fallon, MO-based executive recruiting firm Jordan Search Consultants has been selected to find the next chairperson for the Department of Family and Internal Medicine at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM). Reporting to the dean of the medical college, the new department chairperson will be responsible for executing functions related to the administrative, educational and clinical aspects of managing the department.
The next chairperson is expected to provide day-to-day direction of the Department of Family and Internal Medicine, including conducting monthly department meetings, attendance at monthly COM faculty meetings and the development of strategic planning within the department consistent with the COM and university plans.
The individual will also be responsible for the planning, implementation and assessment of learning for all educational opportunities provided by the department for all four years of education, including classroom lectures, small group learning, simulation lab, Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory and clinical family medicine and internal medicine rotations.
Other responsibilities of the role include: overseeing the continuous process of curricular innovation and revision, seeking methods to better integrate clinical learning throughout all the years of the curriculum; actively participating in the delivery of patient care in the Des Moines University Clinic; working as the part-time medical director to determine the clinical productivity goals of clinics and faculty members to meet the university, departmental, and student rotation goals; and providing leadership and oversight to the Family Medicine Clinic manager and staff to insure efficient and effective clinic operations, among other duties.
The role involves oversight for the Department of Family and Internal Medicine Academic and Clinical Services faculty and staff. Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing, motivating and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Candidates must have a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation accredited college of osteopathic medicine and certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice or the American Board of Family Medicine.
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Prospects should also be members of the AOA, have five years of experience teaching medical students and/or residents on clinical rotations and in a classroom setting, have five years of clinical experience in family medicine, along with leadership experience and training.
Other requirements include a valid state and federal narcotics license or be eligible to gain licensure. Candidates must also have a license to practice in Iowa or be eligible to obtain a license to practice there.
The position also calls for excellent written and verbal communications skills, interpersonal skills and/or presentation skills. Individuals must be capable of responding to common inquiries or complaints from students or patients, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. They should also have experience participating in scholarly/peer-reviewed activities that conform to the prescribed style and format. And, candidates must be capable of presenting information to management, public groups and/or boards of directors. Excellent organizational and time management skills are essential, as is a commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
Founded in 2003, Jordan Search Consultants provides healthcare, executive and higher education recruitment solutions to clients throughout the nation. It is headed by founder and president Kathy Jordan, who has won a reputation for her thorough understanding of the changing dynamics in the healthcare and higher education industries. With almost three decades of professional recruiting experience, she is nationally known for her unique recruitment and retention initiatives. By partnering with hospitals, medical groups, academic institutions and healthcare organizations to develop recruitment models designed to meet their goals, Ms. Jordan has effectively helped clients reduce time-to-hire, increase retention rates and reduce recruitment costs.
Ms. Jordan received her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. She has completed multiple hours towards a graduate degree in professional counseling and is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, American College of Medical Practice Executives, the National Association of Physician Recruiters and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She has also served on the ethics committee for the National Association of Physician Recruiters.
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