University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
Location: Tampa, Florida
Associate Dean for Student Affairs University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
The Opportunity Position: Associate Dean for Student Affairs Location: Tampa, Florida Reporting Relationship: The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will report directly to the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs USF Health, Morsani College of Medicine, Dr. Bryan A. Bognar
Position Summary The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida (MCOM) has initiated a nationwide search for an innovative and visionary leader to serve as its Associate Dean for Student Affairs. In collaboration with the leadership team, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (Associate Dean) provides overall leadership and direct management of programs and staff that support students and enhance their educational experience. The Associate Dean ensures that the identified goals and objectives of the Office of Student Affairs are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, standards of quality, and all requirements and expectations of accrediting bodies.
Over the past 50 years, MCOM has played a leading role in the health and well-being of their region, serving as Tampa Bay’s champion in academic medicine. Their faculty, staff, and students push the boundaries of academic medicine so they can make life better today and beyond.
Through the half century since the MD charter class began classes, MCOM has increasingly prided itself on forging innovative research across disciplines, bringing together scientific research and outstanding clinicians to translate ideas from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside. MCOM is anchored by the nation’s fastest-rising public urban-research university, The University of South Florida (USF), and by USF Health and Tampa General Hospital (TGH), which are together the first and only academic medical center on Florida’s West Coast. The medical school fosters discovery and innovation university-wide by attracting record-breaking research awards; recruiting top-tier faculty and students; and driving economic growth in downtown Tampa’s bustling urban core – one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.
In partnership with their primary teaching hospital TGH, MCOM advances the standard of patient care in Tampa Bay through the power of academic medicine. Their physicians, allied health professionals, and students help drive the frontiers of knowledge and innovation with breakthroughs in education, research, and clinical practice, from pioneering medical discoveries to new specialized treatments and better health outcomes.
The mission of MCOM is to provide for the education of students and professionals of the health and biomedical sciences through the creation of a scholarly environment that fosters excellence in the lifelong goals of education, research activity, and compassionate patient care. MCOM is the fastest-rising medical school in the country, climbing over the last decade from No. 80 to No. 46 in U.S. News & World Report rankings for medical schools in research. By educating the next generation of physician leaders, driving scientific innovation and discovery, and providing exceptional care to more than 1,000,000 patients annually, MCOM harnesses the power of academic medicine to fuel transformative health advancements in Tampa Bay and beyond.
Integral to the success of MCOM and its students is the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), which provides support, service, and experiences that assist medical students and physical therapy students through their educational journey in partnership with the Department of Medical Education. The goal of the OSA is to enhance student life by providing a supportive environment and resources that can assist students in balancing their career goals while maintaining holistic well-being.
OSA takes pride in providing students with opportunities to grow professionally both inside and outside of the classroom environment via:
Career advising that connects medical students with career advisors through the Career Advising office starting in year 1 and spanning all 4 years, to help students with their career planning.
Oversight, management, and execution of the processes needed to support students with accessibility needs. This includes the oversight of coordination between Student Accessibility Services and Curricular Affairs.
Oversight, management, and execution of the processes used to identify and address incidents of mistreatment of students and student violations of professionalism standards.
Oversight, management, and execution of the processes needed to do programmatic evaluation of OSA programs.
A comprehensive resilience and wellness program that offers wellness coaching and professional development workshops.
Support for students’ varied interests in student government, community service, and understanding of health care specialties and issues by helping them navigate USF’s student government and organization system.
The office has the pleasure to plan and coordinate the major events medical students participate in, including White Coat Ceremony, Match Day, and Commencement.
OSA has a mission to enhance student life and learning and pledges to:
Operate with personal integrity and responsibility
Respect the needs of others and approach each person with open-mindedness
Work with utmost competence, striving to be helpful to all of our stakeholders
Embrace creativity when collaborating with others to accomplish goals and plan activities
Promote health and personal development for each other and for students
MCOM is actively seeking an accomplished leader for the role of Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Reporting to the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, the Associate Dean will be a strategic thinker who is dedicated to student success and is equipped with strong management skills. The Associate Dean will play a pivotal leadership role and will serve as a role model, exemplifying the core values of MCOM and bringing them to life for students. This role requires a proven track record in leadership within student affairs, an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by medical and allied health students, and exceptional communication and organizational abilities. The Associate Dean must be able to oversee the creation and execution of programmatic evaluation of OSA programs.
The Associate Dean will support and lead a capable and newly formed OSA team. An excellent team builder and mentor, the Associate Dean will foster collaborative partnerships and be skilled in developing data-driven processes and procedures for the OSA. The role will require the emotional intelligence to deftly navigate complex systems while balancing the needs of many internal and external stakeholders. Addressing and supporting the diverse needs of the student body will be essential. Above all, the Associate Dean will serve as an unwavering advocate for student resiliency and success.
Immediate goals for the new Associate Dean include:
Establish immediate credibility and rapport with a broad group of stakeholders. Build trusting relationships and a reputation as “a key leader” within the organization.
Develop a strategic vision and implementation plan for all student affairs related programs and infrastructure in order to sustain a strong, student-centered learning environment that engages students and reinforces MCOM’s academic philosophy.
Contribute leadership in establishing a culture of alignment, accountability, and continuous quality improvement.
Key Responsibilities Specific responsibilities of the Associate Dean include:
Work collaboratively with the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs and the other MCOM associate and assistant deans to improve the student experience, learning environment and the students’ ability to be resilient through the rigors of medical school and beyond.
Lead the efforts to create an inclusive, supportive learning environment that builds community among the student body and faculty.
Supervise assistant dean for student affairs, Lehigh Valley campus, director of student affairs, assistant director of wellness, and assistant dean for career advising, in addition to the Office of Student Affairs staff.
Serve as the primary contact for students needing personal, financial, or academic advising and support, triaging students to appropriate services as needed.
Develop, implement, and evaluate the student wellness programs and coordinate support with student mental health programs.
Organize, facilitate, and evaluate the scholarship awards selection process, and serve on the student Financial Performance Review Committee.
Work collaboratively with the assistant dean for career advising to develop, implement, and evaluate a high quality general and specialty career advising program for MCOM UME students.
Serve as the primary student advocate in promotion and disciplinary processes.
Provide support for medical student government, student interest groups, and student extra-curricular activities.
Monitor and maintain all aspects of student affairs in compliance with relevant LCME standards/elements.
Develop and maintain an effective system for provision of student health services including immunizations and post-exposure prophylaxis, in collaboration with Medical Health Administration.
Organize and oversee all major student events including White Coat, graduation, and Match/SOAP week.
MCOM had a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) site visit in April of 2023 and the Associate Dean will have oversight of the activities that maintain LCME accreditation.
The Candidate Experience and Professional Qualifications The ideal candidate for the Associate Dean for Student Affairs role will possess the following background, experience, and skills:
DO, MD, or PhD degree and academic credentials for faculty appointment at level of associate or full professor.
Experience in undergraduate medical education with at least five years of experience in an administrative role.
Demonstrated ability to develop and complete long-range strategic goals and priorities, with excellent planning and organizational skills.
Demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to collaboration, with the ability to influence and motivate constituencies.
Ability to be proactive, take ownership of assigned responsibilities, work with little supervision, and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to implement effective policies, processes, and procedures, and to evaluate their effectiveness with a goal of continuous improvement.
Evidence of successful mentoring of students and/or trainees.
Experience with diverse stakeholders and student populations.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions using good judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving.
Compensation Compensation arrangements are competitive and commensurate with both experience and achievement. USF is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.
Procedure for Candidacy The search committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that highlight the applicant’s personal vision and relevant leadership experience. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically in confidence, to email@example.com
USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace. The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.
The Organization Morsani College of Medicine The University of South Florida has transformed from a community medical school, established by the Florida Legislature in 1965, into a major research-intensive academic medical center known statewide and nationally for its innovative curriculum with an emphasis on improving health through interprofessional education, research and clinical activities.
The USF College of Medicine, which enrolled its charter class in 1971, was re-named the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) in 2011, signifying its leading role in changing how medical schools teach physicians of the future. Across the nearly five decades since the charter class began, MCOM has graduated 4,710 physicians and trained over 7,000 resident physicians. The School of Biomedical Sciences, within MCOM, has awarded 414 PhD degrees and over 4,000 master’s degrees.
MCOM Mission, Vision & Goals:
Mission: The mission of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) at the University of South Florida is to provide for the education of students and professionals of the health and biomedical sciences through the creation of a scholarly environment that fosters excellence in the lifelong goals of education, research activity and compassionate patient care.
Vision: The Morsani College of Medicine will become a top quartile U.S. medical school by fostering excellence among its current faculty and recruiting creative physician scientists, innovative clinicians and master educators to continue to attract academically qualified, intellectually curious and compassionate students while embracing diversity, high-value patient care, and industry partnerships that enable strategic growth.
Goals: The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine will:
Deliver creative and innovative education that produces “practice ready” physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, physician assistants and other health and biomedical sciences professionals, and instill within them the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the real-world challenges of contemporary medicine.
Advance collaborative learning and discovery through significantly expanded basic, translational, and clinical research that contributes to improved preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes.
Continue to achieve fiscal sustainability through the establishment of entrepreneurial research and clinical programs. MCOM will be the keystone in a network of institutions, programs and individuals that collaborate to provide innovative, high-quality, compassionate, accessible health care.
Fully accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the college awards doctorates in Medicine (MD) and, through its School of Biomedical Sciences, PhD and MS degrees in Medical Sciences. MCOM offers two parallel curricular MD programs that provide different areas of career emphasis and geographical focus:
The CORE program is based in Tampa for four years and features a strong preclinical integrated curriculum with an emphasis on biomedical research, small group and engaged learning activities, integrated year 3 clerkships, and year 4 career tracks that prepare students for the residency of their choice. There are 120 CORE students per year. The Scholarly Concentration option allows students to focus and develop in an area of interest outside the CORE curriculum in fields such as health care disparities, engineering, business, and medical education.
The SELECT program is based in both Tampa (two preclinical years) and Lehigh Valley Health Network, headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania (two clinical years). It has the same integrated medical education curriculum focus as the CORE program, but also offers additional training in leadership, health systems, and values-based patient-centered care, all-important domains for developing medical leadership. This increased emphasis on leadership (via one-on-one coaching, small groups, and seminars) is designed for students who want to focus on developing their medical leadership skills. The SELECT program admits up to 56 students annually.
The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, established in 1998, offers Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and transitional DPT degrees. Additionally, the college’s Athletic Training Education Program offers MS degrees. Specially designed programs are available, including combined MD/MBA, MD/MPH, MD/JD, and DPT/MPH programs and an Honors Research program. To meet the growing demand for a workforce skilled in science and technology, the college provides a wide range of master’s degrees and graduate certificates in emerging fields, such as biotechnology and bioinformatics.
The University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) is a state-of-the art health care simulation and training center housed in an impressive three-story 90,000 square foot facility located in Downtown Tampa. CAMLS provides world-class health education and professional development by combining cutting-edge medical and surgical simulation, training, research, education, and innovation. CAMLS provides ample space for every possible form of health care education under one roof. Components of the year 3 and 4 UME program occur within CAMLS. Located on the first floor, CAMLS 30,000-square-foot Surgical Skills Lab features leading-edge, clinical-grade technology that, in combination with hands-on training, provides a realistic and totally immersive environment. As one of the largest surgical theaters in the world, CAMLS offers 31 fully equipped surgical stations, including all the power, gases and suction for any specialty. The instrumentation and technology are mirrored throughout a 19 station lab, two five station labs that can be combined into 10 total stations, a trauma OR, a smaller one-station lab and a two- station microsurgery suite that can be converted to add one additional surgical skills station. Each lab is fully equipped, complete with patient-grade anesthesia capabilities, laparoscopic high-definition towers, and a proctor skills station from which procedural demonstration and instruction can be broadcast. The CAMLS surgical skills suite features on-site availability of animate and inanimate tissue models, including an accredited vivarium and tissue bank, and has a large-scale washer located within the lab. There are classrooms located within the area, which provide live video feeds from the ORs internally or globally for debriefing and post-assessment for learners. This unique surgical training center is scalable, can be customized and is an American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute.
Research: The MCOM advances outstanding translation science and clinical research. Together with faculty based at the Moffitt Cancer Center, MCOM faculty generated $ 310 M in research awards in AY 2023. The college has led USF’s distinction of having the fastest growth of federally sponsored research in the nation, and MCOM research helped drive the university to its recently acquired membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). Interdisciplinary programs in neuro- and cardiovascular sciences are investigating genetic pathways that may provide individualized treatment and are helping reframe how science improves human health. The continual expansion of focused areas of research remains a top MCOM priority. Institutional and faculty direction-setting processes have identified the following areas of research emphasis as part of the MCOM’s strategic plan: neurosciences, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, diabetes and autoimmune disorders, health informatics, cancer, and infectious diseases, as well as structural biology and drug discovery.
The MCOM has experienced pronounced growth of its clinical trial-related revenue over the past five years, nearly tripling revenue from industry-sponsored trials between FY14-23 to $20 million. As the clinical research portfolio has grown, space, services and resources dedicated to clinical trials have also expanded, with the 4500 SF clinical research center (CRC) located in the Morsani center and 1000 SF CRC located in the South Tampa Center.
Research at USF-Lehigh Valley (USF-LV) supports the institutional goals and priorities of delivering evidence-based quality care to patients and the surrounding communities. The research portfolio consists of an array of Phase II- IV sponsored clinical and observational trials, NCI supported trials in adult and pediatric oncology, as well as investigator-initiated research projects. The Network Office of Research and Innovation (NORI) is the central setting that provides research support and opportunities to all investigators and medical staff at three USF-LV campus sites. It consists of over 25 research coordinators and supporting office staff; a pre-award office, post award office and a dedicated billing coordinator for research; bio-statistical/research design support; medical editing services, dedicated laboratory personnel and an AHHRRP accredited IRB.
Over 95% of medical students participate in a formal research experience while at MCOM, which can be arranged as a mentored summer research project after year one or during the fourth year, or as part a structured experience in the Scholarly Concentration (SC) programs. Most CORE students participate in the SC Program in one of ten different concentration areas.
Community Impact: The Tampa Bay region has been enriched by the medical students and residents who have graduated from USF, many of whom remain in the state to practice, as well as the health and economic benefits derived from the major academic medical center’s discoveries and creative entrepreneurial endeavors. The CAMLS facility in downtown Tampa draws physicians and other health professionals from across the country to learn advanced surgical techniques using the latest robotic and medical devices in an environment that emphasizes team training and patient safety. Our scholars and researchers focus on developing transformative solutions to complex issues facing society. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, USF Health was at the forefront of the Tampa Bay region’s response. Efforts included working on the frontlines, developing and producing a patented 3D-printed nasal swab that has now been reproduced more than 150 million times worldwide; creating face shields for health care workers; developing campus-wide viral surveillance using PCR devices in our research labs; conducting over 50 clinical trials; and assisting the Florida Department of Health with contact tracing. The university also has awarded funding through a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program under the auspices of the USF Pandemic Response Research Network™ — a transdisciplinary initiative organized by university leadership and faculty researchers to quickly respond to current and future pandemics.
Patient Care: The College is creating a model where prevention, diagnosis and treatment will be personalized, with an emphasis on health care that puts patients at the center of the clinical experience. MCOM has two large, multi-specialty outpatient medical centers, the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare and the South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare, that offer comprehensive patient care services coordinated onsite. These facilities integrate the latest information technology, including electronic health records, and offer students the opportunity to create a true partnership with patients in an interdisciplinary learning environment. The College’s multispecialty group practice is the largest in West Florida, with over 1.2 million ambulatory patient care visits per year. USF Health physicians are among the top 10 percent of physicians in the country according to the Top Doctors list published by U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly.
Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education: There are over 788 residents and fellows on the Tampa campus and over 200 at Lehigh Valley. USF Health MCOM demonstrates substantial compliance with the ACGME institutional requirements and has maintained Continued Accreditation status by the ACGME. All USF Health MCOM and LVHN-sponsored continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) programs are fully accredited. CME/CPE activities are open to medical students without charge, and their participation is welcomed and encouraged.
University of South Florida Though a relatively young university, founded in 1956, USF has rich traditions – traditions of access and opportunity for students, of academic excellence, of groundbreaking research, of serving our communities.
USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. Together, our campuses serve more than 50,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and professional degrees. Across our 13 colleges, undergraduates choose from more than 200 majors, minors, and concentrations, from business and engineering to the arts and USF Health.
USF is the fastest-rising university in America, according to U.S. News and World Report’s (U.S. News) 2021 Best Colleges rankings. Over the past 10 years, USF has risen 78 spots among all universities and 54 spots among public universities, more than any other university in the country. This is the second consecutive year USF is among the top 50 public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News. The university is a member of AAU.
High-impact global research is central to USF’s mission as one of only three Preeminent Research Universities, as designated by the Florida Board of Governors. The Preeminence program rewards high-achieving universities based on 12 metrics, including graduation rates, student retention rates, research expenditures and the number of patents awarded.
USF’s innovation and economic development efforts produce tangible benefits across Florida. They generate more than $582 million in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 4,000 jobs, and return more than $71 million in tax revenue to local, state, and federal coffers. Of the jobs created statewide by USF innovation, 82 percent are in the knowledge-based services sector.
Tampa Bay Area The Tampa Bay Area is the region of west central Florida adjacent to Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay region consists of four contiguous metropolitan areas of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater; North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton; Lakeland-Winter Haven and Homosassa Springs. The region includes the eight counties of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota. It is often considered equivalent to the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (or MSA).
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Enjoy ample access to world-class beaches, golf, fishing, and water sports
Enjoy cultural amenities from film & music festivals to excellent museums
Enjoy a wide range of professional and collegiate sports, including professional baseball, football, soccer, and hockey
Enjoy easy access to the some of the best know theme parks in the nation, including Busch Gardens in Tampa, Legoland in Winter Haven, and the Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando
Enjoy a vibrant culinary scene, with a wide range of dining options for every palette
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Tampa has earned the nickname “Champa Bay,” thanks to its very active and successful professional sports teams, including the NFL’s Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, MLB’s American League Pennant winning Tampa Bay Rays, and the NHL Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning. The NY Yankees call Tampa their home for spring training, while the University of South Florida Bulls and University of Tampa Spartans provide multiple NCAA sports for the area.