Serving as the chief architect, executive, and intellectual leader of the School of Medicine and CAO of a robust health system, the Founding Dean/CAO will be responsible for building and ensuring excellence in medical education and research along the full continuum of professional learning. As a jointly appointed leader, the Dean/CAO will be a key player in managing the partnerships between Marist College and Nuvance Health, as well as with other key stakeholders.
The Founding Dean/CAO will report (50% effort) and be accountable to the Marist President for all educational and operational matters relating to the School of Medicine. In the capacity as Nuvance CAO, he/she will report (50% effort) and be accountable to the Nuvance CEO. The Dean/CAO is appointed by both the College and health system boards. This appointment will be enacted based upon the recommendation of the School of Medicine’s Joint Board of Overseers (the JBO). The Dean/CAO is a non-voting member of the JBO.
The Founding Dean/CAO will be responsible for all components of the School of Medicine in line with applicable requirements of the LCME and other accrediting bodies as well as all Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), previously known as “Continuing Medical Education,” in the health system.
KEY OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
The JBO has identified the following immediate goals and objectives for the Founding Dean/CAO:
Build the school and achieve successful accreditation
The Founding Dean/CAO will lead the establishment of a new organization with a strong reputation for excellence and innovation in medical education and discovery—with a special focus on integrating emerging technology and artificial intelligence into high-quality, patient-focused clinical training and service. Because opening the new School of Medicine will rely upon LCME, Middle States, and New York State Education Department accreditation and approvals, the Dean/CAO must immediately ensure that accreditation plans are underway on an appropriate timeline for review and approval. In support of this task, Marist and Nuvance are currently recruiting an Executive Director who will be responsible, along with the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, for driving the development of documents that address LCME requirements as well as supporting faculty in building the curriculum necessary before the admission of the School of Medicine’s first class.
Create an undergraduate medical education curriculum that redefines medical practice
The Founding Dean/CAO will have considerable flexibility in developing from the ground up a curriculum that incorporates best practices in line with ACGME and Institute of Medicine (IOM) competencies. It will include a specific focus on using information technology and artificial intelligence to provide graduates with a distinctive degree in medicine that integrates the healthcare technologies of tomorrow with advances in the biological and clinical sciences so they can deliver cutting-edge care to diverse patient populations well into the next century.
Develop and expand GME and CPD
The Founding Dean/CAO will oversee GME residencies and fellowship programs at Nuvance Health. In addition, Nuvance has a history of excellent CPD offerings which will be expanded and enhanced as the system grows and further needs are identified. The Founding Dean/CAO will bring both a vision and a set of best practices to support continuous learning, attract and retain talent, and improve health care outcomes. Specifically, technological innovations should be encouraged to make the current CPD offerings and all new educational programming available to a wide audience in both a real time and asynchronous manner.
Support a learner-centered approach to education
Students and learners will be at the center of this enterprise. The Founding Dean/CAO will ensure that the educational experiences are designed to offer a personalized, hands-on, and interactive approach to learning. In addition, the Founding Dean/CAO will lead a program that focuses on improving the practice of medicine in a way that considers the well-being of students, faculty, and clinician educators and reduces the troubling rates of physician burnout.
Lead the operation of education programs
Once fully operational, the School of Medicine’s Department Chairs and leadership team (Associate Deans, Senior Deans, etc.) will report to the Founding Dean/CAO with respect to their academic duties and responsibilities. This leader will oversee a period of major growth and significant hiring. The Founding Dean/CAO must create an outstanding team to ensure excellence in the financial, curricular, and administrative responsibility for the school.
Establish key relationships and partnerships
As the champion of this new school, the Founding Dean/CAO will be expected to reach out proactively to a broad range of constituents, not only to educate them about the school’s potential, but also to enlist them in joint initiatives. The Founding Dean/CAO should focus on learning about Marist’s and Nuvance’s programs and capabilities and build relationships to leverage their collective strengths in support of the new School of Medicine. Additionally, the Founding Dean/CAO should proactively engage the vibrant technology ecosystem in the mid-Hudson Valley and New York/New Jersey/Connecticut regions and foster partnerships and collaborations essential for the success of the school in its aspirations to be a leader in technology-enhanced medical education with a special focus on artificial intelligence.
Secure and steward resources
The School of Medicine has been enabled through significant financial commitments from both Marist and Nuvance. The school’s business plan calls for additional private resources to be raised through philanthropic activities, including the opportunity for a naming gift. As the chief ambassador for the school, the Founding Dean/CAO will be the point person in presenting a compelling case statement to prospective donors and securing their long-term financial commitments. Both partners have significant networks and expertise that will help the dean endow the future of the school.
Work collaboratively to build a diverse community of students and practitioners
The Founding Dean/CAO will be responsible for the recruitment and development of a group of leaders who are highly skilled, adventurous, and passionate about defining the next generation of medical education. Advancing the careers of these clinicians, faculty, and researchers; fostering professional growth opportunities; and inspiring them to a standard of excellence are important objectives. As successful innovation derives from bringing individuals from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints together, the Founding Dean/CAO will prioritize building a diverse student body, faculty, and administration, while also nurturing a culture of social equity and inclusion.
Build and enhance the research enterprise infrastructure
Nuvance Health is involved with numerous clinical research trials as well as investigator-initiated trials. It is home to the Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute, which focuses on translational research. In addition, Marist’s research portfolio continues to grow. The new School of Medicine expands the academic footprint of both institutions, and this will require the development of expanded research capabilities, especially in the applied and translational arenas. The Founding Dean/CAO will lead the strategic positioning, budgeting, and execution of these new capabilities, including driving growth in funding through grants, philanthropy, and other means. The Dean/CAO will be responsible for blending the educational and research efforts of Nuvance Health with its clinical expertise and will play a vital role in linking clinicians, including students and residents with physician-scientists. The health system fosters an environment of continuous learning for the advancement of patient care and professional satisfaction and the Dean/CAO will be at the center of these efforts.
Specific Responsibilities for the Founding Dean/CAO
- Developing and implementing the School of Medicine’s curriculum
- Overseeing the clinical training activities of medical students at Nuvance Health and assigning clinical faculty members to various teaching roles as well as the operation of GME programs at Nuvance Health facilities
Admissions and Student Affairs:
- Establishing criteria, standards, and policies/procedures for the application and admission of students
- Establishing and applying policies relating to student affairs and the provision of student services
- Appointing the faculty of the School of Medicine
- Administering the hiring, dismissal, development, and promotion of education personnel within the school and in the health system
- With the delegated authority from the Marist President, leading efforts to appoint Vice Deans, Associate Deans, and other senior officials of the School of Medicine as necessary to operate the school
- Guiding all research activities of the School of Medicine and Nuvance Health
- Encouraging and increasing, clinical, investigator-initiated and translational research activities across the enterprise
Resource Management and Development:
- Conferring with and advising the Marist President and the Nuvance CEO – in conjunction with the JBO as appropriate – on significant matters relating to the School of Medicine and its finances and operations
- Leading efforts to ensure that the School of Medicine has sufficient resources to meet accreditation requirements and to provide a robust learning environment for undergraduate medical education
- Working with college and health system advancement staff and other leadership to continue the capital campaign for the operation of the School of Medicine.