Academic Position for Division Director, General Internal Medicine

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Academic Position for Division Director, General Internal Medicine
MED Medicine Department

Competition No: A104447759
Closing Date: Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

Alberta Health Services in Partnership with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is inviting applications for the position of Division Director & Section Chief, General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Faculty is internationally recognized among the world’s top 100 medical schools, and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. The University is home to 38,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff. The University has an annual budget in excess of $1.4 billion and attracts $536 million in sponsored research revenue.

The Division/Section of General Internal Medicine is leading the way in enhancing patient-centered care, driving frontline engagement, and the development of meaningful metrics in support of team performance. The Division now meets or exceeds national benchmarks in health system performance and educational outcomes.

The Division consists of 13 full-time academic and 75 clinical track faculty, representing a blend of senior, internationally recognized expertise and youthful, emerging talent. The Division is uniquely situated to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of General Internal Medicine in Canada. The Division’s unique integration of community and academia embraces the mission of balancing the Faculty’s education, research and clinical pillars.

The scholarship of about one-third of our full-time academic faculty is focused on education, and just over one-third devote 50% or greater effort to research. Among the research-focused faculty members, most hold peer-reviewed salary awards or endowed chairs and are recognized internationally, they collectively hold substantial tri-council and other peer-reviewed funding, and all are engaged in supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

With a strong commitment to education, the Division supports one of the most highly ranked General Internal Medicine sub-specialty residency training programs in Canada and is internationally known for its strength in clinical and pharmaco-epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and health outcomes research. It offers a two-year subspecialty training program that is tailored to the individual resident career goals and practice settings in either Community or Academic General Internal Medicine. Core objectives are common to all.

The position of academic Division Director and AHS Edmonton Zone Section Chief is usually, but not necessarily combined. Reporting to the Chair, Department of Medicine, the Division Director will harness the existing strength of the Division in clinical care delivery, education and research in order to further the overall success and recognition of excellence for the Division. Working through the Zone Clinical Department Head, the successful candidate may also be appointed to the position of Section Chief, General Internal Medicine, Alberta Health Services.

The successful candidate for each role is expected to be a leader who will further develop the Division and the clinical Section to rival the best GIM Groups worldwide. We value, above all, strong, effective leadership and outstanding collaborative skills. Individuals who can skillfully combine the clinical and academic missions will be given preference. The incumbent will build relationships with other subspecialty groups to advance areas of successful collaboration and will have the influence to bring about meaningful change where necessary in patient-care, research, education and administration. Leadership will be a key attribute, and the candidate must have outstanding people skills to build a vision for growth and development within GIM over the next 5-10 years.

The successful candidate must be a respected General Internist holding an MD or equivalent, be eligible for licensure in Alberta, and be a Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent. They will be recognized internationally through scholarly accomplishment in research and teaching. Preference will be given to individuals with administrative experience in an academic setting.

The successful candidate will be offered a contingent tenured or tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, which is in accordance with the University of Alberta Faculty Agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Remuneration for this position is based on the Academic Medicine & Health services Program (AMHSP) with a very competitive remuneration package and comprehensive benefits. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Interested candidates are asked to submit online a letter of intent and, curriculum vitae outlining their education, qualifications, and experience along with three letters of reference to:

Narmin Kassam, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Alberta


Applications will begin being reviewed on May 13, 2022. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

As the capital of Alberta, Edmonton is a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre of over one million residents. Edmonton features an abundance of community activities, services, attractions, welcoming neighborhoods, parks and river valley activities – a city that truly offers something for everyone (www.edmonton.ca).

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Department of General Internal Medicine can be found at www.ualberta.ca.

Details about Alberta Health Services can be found at www.albertahealthservices.ca.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.