Chair, Department of Primary Care Medicine

Chair, Department of Primary Care Medicine

Sam Houston State University invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Primary Care Medicine in the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, to be located in Conroe, Texas.   

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved SHSU’s doctorate in osteopathic medicine on August 14, 2018. The proposed college is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Collaborating with hospitals in the eastern region of Texas to establish medical student rotations and residency-training programs that will benefit the people living in those areas, the proposed college has affiliation agreements with regional and rural hospitals and clinics. The college will focus on primary care and other specialties identified as a physician workforce shortage in Texas and has developed an integrated curriculum merging basic science instruction with clinical learning including an osteopathic emphasis. The College of Osteopathic Medicine expects to admit their first class of students in fall 2020.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs of the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chair will be the leader in driving the educational and scholarly activities 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 is responsible for the leadership and oversight of primary care faculty, clinical content for systems courses, fostering scholarship and research in the department, assuring quality patient care and fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary learning. Members of the Department of Primary Care will be expected to participate in teaching in the systems courses, physical exam course, case-based learning sessions, preparation for clerkships, procedural skills training, OSCE’s and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Laboratory.  The members of the department will also participate in the SHSU practice plan. The individual selected as Chair should be comfortable working in preclinical and clinical education, as well as evaluation of curriculum and students through various learning and assessment methods.

The ideal candidate will have a DO degree from an accredited college of osteopathic medicine with residency training leading to board certified in Family Medicine, current AOBFP or ABFM board certification and eligibility for, or a current license to practice in Texas.  The ideal candidate should also have strong clinical acumen and skills in osteopathic manipulative medicine. A strong background in medical education is preferred, as is experience in pre-doctoral teaching, well-developed communication skills and knowledge of budgeting and administration.  Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and training.

A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae; and the names of three references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting Sam Houston State University in the search.  

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:
Joe Stanley, Team Leader and Managing Consultant or

Julie Holley, Senior Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206 

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272




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