Head, Department of Emergency Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC. This position is for a five (5) year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University who is currently in a tenure stream faculty appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will also hold the position of Medical Director, Research, Analytics and Evaluation within Emergency Care BC (ECBC). The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 to be provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is committed to fostering excellence in education, research, and service that contributes to the health of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The Faculty of Medicine, together with its partners including B.C.’s health authorities, provides innovative programs in the areas of health and life sciences through a province-wide delivery model. The Faculty teaches students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels and generates more than $350 million in research funding each year. The Department Head will provide leadership by creating and advancing a provincial departmental mission, strategic plan and goals that align with the Faculty and the University. The Head will create an environment that promotes the Faculty’s values of excellence, mutual respect, caring, and integrity where civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusion are valued and central to all encounters across the Faculty, the University, and the communities.

The UBC Department of Emergency Medicine is a provincially integrated department committed to clinical and academic leadership in the creation and exchange of knowledge to promote excellence in emergency care, with 700 clinical faculty members, 9 academic faculty members, and 75 staff members and a close collaborative relationship with the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. The Department is home to the largest Royal College Emergency Medicine program in Canada, with 60 residents across four distributed residency sites. There is a close collaborative relationship with the CCFP(EM) residency leadership. The undergraduate medical education experience in emergency medicine is the most popular component of third year. Emergency Medicine sits at a unique position in our health care system, between community care and EMS prehospital care and in-hospital care. It offers a 24/7 site for resuscitative care and comprehensive acute care and more. The role of the academic department of Emergency Medicine is to discover new and better ways to manage patients presenting to emergency departments and to share the knowledge of best practices with all emergency medicine practitioners and postgraduate and undergraduate learners. The Department’s faculty members have an impressive record of research and discovery.

In alignment with the priority functions of PHSA’s Health Improvement Networks, the Medical Director, Research, Analytics and Evaluation will lead the Research, Analytics and Evaluation Science portfolio and play a key role within ECBC as leader in emergency care research, analytics, health system improvement, and innovation. In the medical director capacity, they will report to the ECBC Provincial Medical Director (PMD), and work in close partnership with the ECBC leadership team, providing leadership and oversight for the work of the Research and Analytics committee(s), working with its members to inform, develop, and execute a provincial emergency care health services research, analytics strategy for improving health outcomes for patients and families accessing emergency care. This will also include guiding health systems level research and analytics impacting emergency care. The medical director will also represent ECBC by engaging regularly with the Scientific Director of Michael Smith Health Research BC and the BC SUPPORT Unit and other key research and analytics units within the stakeholder group developed by ECBC to ensure alignment of priority strategies and to optimize efficiencies in building a true Learning Health System.

The successful candidate will bring a proven track record in academic and/or administrative leadership roles, demonstrated success in supporting the career development and mentorship of faculty members, demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education, and demonstrated excellence in research and/or educational scholarship in an area related to Emergency Medicine. The candidate will also have demonstrated experience in team building, fostering engagement and promoting inclusivity across the working and learning environment. The successful candidate will also have experience to create academic integration of teaching and research into clinical service delivery and health human resource planning, particularly in areas of academic expertise. In addition, the successful candidate should have the ability and skills to work with leadership of health authority and other institutional partners. The successful applicant will show evidence of building, managing and maintaining high-quality and productive relationships across cultural differences, and having the ability to communicate and interact with empathy, understanding, and respect of diverse perspectives and behaviours.

A more detailed job description is available in the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine for those who wish to review it. Please inquire at the email address below.

An application package should include a letter of application that addresses scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching, administrative service and experience in fostering collaboration, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, and names of four references. Please also provide a brief statement (1-2 pages) that describes any current or planned engagements and contributions made to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic (research/scholarship, teaching/learning), professional (non-academic or clinical work), or community (local, national, international community-based) contexts. Applications should be directed to:

Dermot Kelleher, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice President, Health, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
c/o Yichen Zhang, Assistant Manager, Searches and Reviews
Email: fom.searches@ubc.ca
Subject Line: Head, Department of Emergency Medicine

Review of applications will begin July 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. Please contact Yichen Zhang via email at fom.searches@ubc.ca.

To learn more about UBC’s Center for Workplace Accessibility, visit the website here https://hr.ubc.ca/CWA.

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