Department of Psychiatry
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is a private nonprofit medical school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMed was established in 2012, confers the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree with the first class graduating in 2018, and is implementing additional certificate and master's degree programs related to healthcare. WMed is a collaboration involving Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is incorporated as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The board of directors comprises representatives from Western Michigan University, Borgess Health, Bronson Healthcare, the faculty of the medical school, and the community. The medical school is supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, tuition from students, and endowment income.
The medical school is approved by the State of Michigan as a nonpublic university with authority to grant the MD degree and other healthcare related degrees. The medical school is a Candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States that accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions. The medical school has been granted Accreditation, Provisional Status, by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the educational program leading to the MD degree. The medical school is the sponsoring institution for graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and for continuing medical education accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan has a history of excellence in education, health care, research and life science exploration – all of which are assets for the development of a new medical school. These assets combined with a nationally recognized research university (Western Michigan University), nationally recognized hospitals (Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare), a history of more than 50 years in medical education, multiple outpatient facilities, a strong base of physicians, a century-long heritage of drug discovery and medical device development, a strong base of community philanthropy, and a vibrant, committed, and supportive community set the stage for what is now WMed.
Hal Jenson, MD, MBA, who specialized in infectious diseases and molecular virology, was named founding dean in 2011. He has a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital at Case Western University, and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. In 2003, he graduated with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Jenson has been professor of pediatrics and microbiology and chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas; professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Center for Pediatric Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia; and professor of pediatrics and dean of the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.
In 2011, Bill Johnston and Ronda Stryker announced a gift that, at the time, was the largest cash gift ever made to a Michigan college or university, among the nine largest cash gifts ever made to an American public university, and the 15th largest cash gift in the history of American higher education. The $100 Million gift served as foundational funding for WMed. This historic and transformational gift represents a significant first step, and a robust fund raising effort will leverage this foundational gift.
Medical student education is based in a spectacular 330,000 square foot building in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. The building was a gift from William U. Parfet, the great-grandson of W.E. Upjohn and is on the original plot of land acquired by W.E. Upjohn to begin the Upjohn Company in 1886. The building was renovated at a cost of $68 million and was officially re-dedicated in 2014 as the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. The building has won numerous architectural and design awards and is a striking and fitting tribute to the prominent role this medical school plays in the community. An additional $10 million renovation of two floors for research was completed in 2016.
The medical school encompasses programs in medical education, patient care, laboratory research, clinical and translational research, community-based research, and community service. It includes 117 employed faculty as well as 565 faculty throughout the community, 438 staff, and 210 residents and fellows in graduate medical education residencies in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, along with fellowships in Sports Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Additional residencies and fellowships are in development. The medical school has a state-of-the-art Simulation Center for both resident and medical student training.
The inaugural medical school class of 54 students arrived in August of 2014, and began the CLEAR curriculum to train the Clinicians, Leaders, Educators, Advocates, and Researchers (CLEAR) for the future. The second medical school class of 60 began in 2015, the third of 72 began in August 2016, and in 2017 the class grows to 84 and remains at that number. The number of applicants has grown each year, with more than 4,500 applicants for the class entering in 2016.
A new Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences program, a pipeline program for individuals in groups under-represented in medicine, started in August 2016. Planning for additional programs is underway including a certificate and Master's degree program in Medical Engineering; and a certificate and Master's degree program in Clinical Informatics.
WMed is a collaboration involving Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare.
Nationally Recognized University
Western Michigan University (WMU), founded in 1903, rapidly grew from a regional teacher's college to an internationally regarded institution of higher education. WMU is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000 students. The university's mission statement defines its purpose: “Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, research university, building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.” The University vision defines its future direction: “Nationally and internationally recognized, the University aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged.” The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among just 139 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities and only one of five in Michigan (WMU, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Michigan Technological University). U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of American colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation's top-100 public universities. WMU is Michigan's fourth largest research university, attracting a diverse and culturally rich student body from across the United States and 1,400 students from 92 countries throughout the world. Its nearly 900 full-time faculty members have been educated at some of the world's finest institutions, bringing to the University a global perspective that enhances the learning environment.
Nationally Recognized Hospitals
Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare are both nationally recognized health care organizations that provide a wide spectrum of sophisticated inpatient and outpatient services.
Borgess Health (Borgess) is a health care organization located in southwest Michigan and is part of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health care system in the United States. Borgess operates more than 120 sites of care in 15 southern Michigan cities, as well as five owned or affiliated hospitals, a nursing home, ambulatory care facilities, home health care, and physician practices. The Borgess flagship hospital, Borgess Medical Center is a 424-bed tertiary care hospital offering more than 40 clinical specialties. Borgess is a national leader in cardiovascular care. The health ministry was a very early adopter of balloon angioplasty and open-heart surgery. Additional information about Borgess Health may be found at www.borgess.com.
Bronson Healthcare (Bronson) is a not-for-profit, community-governed health care system headquartered in Kalamazoo. With 6600 employees, Bronson is the largest employer in southwest Michigan. Bronson offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations. The flagship of the Bronson system, Bronson Methodist Hospital with 405 beds, is the only hospital in the nation to have achieved all three of these honors: the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, selection in 2009 as the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize recipient, and designation as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Additional information about Bronson Healthcare may be found at www.bronsonhealth.com.
The Department of Psychiatry is seeking a board-certified or board-eligible psychiatrist to join our team as a full time academic faculty member. Our residency program is fully accredited by the ACGME for six residents per year, and we also instruct medical students in both preclinical and clinical years.
The ideal candidate will work in our outpatient clinic where he/she will see their own caseload of “private” patients and help supervise residents in the outpatient clinic. Our ambulatory psychiatrists are scheduled to see patients for 25 or 50 minute sessions and do psychotherapy as well as medication management. For interested individuals, there are also opportunities to provide psychiatric services in our new Borgess Hospital Psychiatry Emergency Department or to provide assistance to our primary care colleagues via our new Kalamazoo Collaborative Care Program on a part-time basis. Faculty are assigned at-home call about twice per month and do weekend hospital rounds on average one-in-six weekends.
We pride ourselves in having an excellent teaching faculty, so the applicant for this position should like to teach, be good at it, and committed to improving his/her skills. Since we are committed to providing psychotherapy training for our residents, it is important that this individual be capable of providing psychotherapy supervision. Teaching activities include supervision of residents in the clinic and hospital; weekly individual supervision with residents, didactic instruction for residents and students, and administering clinical skills exams. Attendance is expected for Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Case Conference and various faculty meetings. It is also expected that faculty will engage in faculty development, meaningful scholarly activities, and participate in various administrative roles for the medical school and psychiatry residency program.
The ideal candidate should have strong interest and passion for medical student and resident education and scholarship. Active and engaged participation in medical school and residency administration are expected. Leadership and organizational skills are desirable attributes. The M.D. or D.O. must be eligible for full licensure to practice in Michigan. WMed offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Kalamazoo and West Michigan
Kalamazoo is one of the 25 best cities in the country for young college graduates, according to a 2011 national study that looked at relative affordability, housing and employment opportunities, and size of the age 22-24 population. That was one more acknowledgement of one of WMed's greatest assets—Kalamazoo and West Michigan. Even if you haven't been to Kalamazoo, you've probably heard a lot about it.
It's the home of the Kalamazoo Promise that guarantees college tuition to graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools—the largest program of its kind anywhere. At the other end of the educational continuum, the community-supported Kalamazoo County Ready 4's Program provides quality preschool and kindergarten programs to all 4 year-old children in Kalamazoo County regardless of parent ability to pay.
Well-known professional athletes, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, are both graduates of Kalamazoo Central High School. Jennings is also a proud WMU graduate. Kevin VanDam, all-time money winner in professional bass fishing is also a Kalamazoo native and current resident.
In 2010, President Obama spoke in WMU's University Arena at the commencement ceremony for Kalamazoo Central after he selected the school from more than 1,000 entries as the winner in the first Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.
Kalamazoo is famous for a lot of things. It's a major international pharmaceutical and life sciences center; it's the original home of the Upjohn Company, Stryker Corporation, Gibson Guitars, Checker Motors, and Bell's Brewery, among many others; the Kalamazoo Gazette is the second oldest newspaper in Michigan; and a century ago, Kalamazoo was so famous for one crop, it was known throughout the country as the Celery City.
Abraham Lincoln spoke in the village of Kalamazoo in 1856, four years before he was elected president, his only public address in Michigan.
Kalamazoo is a center of higher education. In addition to WMU, it is home to Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The three institutions collaborate on a variety of fronts and add significantly to the cultural and educational opportunities and economic development of the region.
With a population of more than 325,000, Kalamazoo is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan and among the 150 largest in the country. It's large enough to support all the amenities and entertainment found in larger cities; and yet, you can be in the heart of farm country in 20 minutes, and Kalamazoo supports a thriving Farmers Market downtown May through November.
Kalamazoo is midway between Chicago and Detroit on I-94 and offers commercial transportation by train, bus and major airline at the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport.
Day or weekend trips by train to Chicago, the nation's third largest city, are popular and even more convenient with the continuing development of high-speed rail connecting the two cities.
Kalamazoo is a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan beaches at South Haven and slightly farther from beaches at St. Joseph and Saugatuck.
Michigan's ski country, considered the best skiing in the Midwest is three to four hours north, and excellent local skiing is only 30 minutes away.
Nearby rivers, lakes, streams, woods and fields provide excellent fishing and hunting.
Originally a railroad line connecting Kalamazoo and South Haven, the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail is popular for bicycle riding, hiking and cross country skiing. In 2008, the eastern end of the trail was extended into Kalamazoo as part of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. When completed, the two trails will create a 70-mile bike path from South Haven to Battle Creek.
Kalamazoo Arts and Entertainment
Local festivals—featuring live music, arts and crafts, food and drinks—many of which are held at Arcadia Creek Festival Place downtown—attract crowds in the tens of thousands. The Kalamazoo Art Fair, held annually on the first weekend in June, is the second oldest community art fair in America and attracts 60,000 visitors over two days.
WMU's Miller Auditorium, the historic State Theater and a variety of local clubs offer a complete array of concerts featuring every kind of music and popular entertainment. Kalamazoo is a frequent stop for many of today's top comedians, musicians and other entertainers.
WMU's Little Theatre by the Kalamazoo Film Society and student-run Western Film Society.
A few of the many cultural opportunities:
- Fontana Chamber Arts
- Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
- Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
- Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
- Kalamazoo Public Library
- Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
- Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Places to visit while you're in town include the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, an air and space museum with amusement park-style rides, full-motion flight simulators, 3D Missions Theater, educational activities and more than 30 aircraft on display, from World War II bombers to an SR-71B Blackbird. The Gilmore Car Museum is one of the top five car museums in the nation, according to Antique Automobile magazine, with nearly 400 automobiles situated on a 90 acre park-like setting.
More information can be found at https://wmich.edu/about/kalamazoo.
Position questions and inquiries can be directed to Dr. Robert Strung, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, email@example.com. Interested and qualified applicants should send a letter of interest and CV through www.med.wmich.edu (open positions).
Apply directly: https://careers-wmich.icims.com/jobs/1194/faculty---outpatient-psychiatrist/job
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug-and tobacco-free workplace.
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