Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems
Department of Learning Health Sciences
The Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking a distinguished scholar for its Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems. The successful applicant will academically be eligible for appointment as Associate or Full Professor in the instructional (tenure) track. Up to 50% of the position will be funded by the Quality Department of Michigan Medicine to advance the clinical enterprise of the University of Michigan.
We are seeking an innovative scholar in the field of implementation science or organizational systems applied to health care, e.g., health services research, quality improvement. The scholar’s academic background may come from disciplines including, but not restricted to: public health, complexity & systems science, behavioral & social sciences, organizational sciences. The successful applicant will have a record of significant accomplishments in the sciences that enable the transformation of health-related systems, locally and globally, into entities that learn and improve-and the application of those sciences to improve health and health care. A board-certified physician recruited into this position may be eligible for joint appointment in an appropriate clinical department with opportunities for clinical practice.
The Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). The DLHS is a first-in-the-nation academic department focused on learning applied to health at all levels of scale: individuals, teams, organizations, and ultra-large scale systems. DLHS operates in three sub-units: (1) The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems primarily focuses on learning at higher levels of scale. (2) The Division of Professional Education primarily addresses learning by individuals. (3) The Clinical Simulation Center deploys advanced simulation technology and conducts a related program of research.
The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems. Within DLHS, this Division is an interdisciplinary community of scientists focused on improving health care at the levels of interprofessional teams, complex organizations, regional networks, national and multi-national systems. The Division addresses how these systems can routinely "learn" and improve through continuous self-study and self-surveillance, applying analytical methods that convert data to knowledge, and subsequent application of that knowledge to drive beneficial change. In collaboration with colleagues across the campus, the Division’s research programs examine fundamental questions and develop novel methods related to the creation, operation, and sustainability of "learning systems" that support health care, public health, and biomedical research. The Division has a new MS/PhD graduate program. Opportunities are available to participate in the curricula of other schools and colleges within the University. The Division’s service activities will engage health systems in pursuit of becoming "learning systems." For further information about DLHS, and the Division, see http://LHS.medicine.umich.edu
The Quality Department of Michigan Medicine. Michigan Medicine is a fully integrated health care system owned by the University of Michigan. It includes three hospitals, more than 120 ambulatory care health centers and clinics, 2,700 faculty, 1,200 residents and fellows, 700 medical students, 26,000 employees, and affiliations with other clinical systems in Michigan. The Chief Quality Officer for the clinical enterprise leads the Quality Department, which has 140 employees who help lead and support the improvement of safety, quality, and efficiency across outpatient and inpatient care. Units address clinical quality, patient safety, data and analytics, performance improvement, project management, and training in quality and safety across levels of medical education and for other personnel. Faculty with backgrounds in organizational change, health services research, quality improvement, and patient safety are involved in activities of the Quality Department that apply innovations to care delivery within Michigan Medicine, including a variety of scholarly activities that also advance health care more broadly, e.g., systematic reviews of literature, clinical guidelines, performance measurement, and innovations to address national mandates such as value-based payments and to training physicians and others in quality and safety.
Advance the missions of the Department and the Division regarding research/scholarship, teaching, and service.
Develop and secure external funding for collaborative, cutting-edge research programs for the design, development, operation, or evaluation of care improvement programs or learning health systems at the group, organizational, regional, national, and/or global levels.
Work with the Quality Department of Michigan Medicine to develop and implement innovations in the safety, quality, and efficiency of care within our health system and share innovations through scholarly publications that advance fields of health care. Depending on qualifications and interest, responsibilities will be part of initiatives of the Quality Department in quality and safety, such as developing clinical guidelines; developing and delivering teaching/training programs, and participating, planning and carrying out activities for organizational change, quality improvement, and patient safety.
Participate in developing graduate curricula and courses, offering courses relevant to the individual’s background.
Mentor junior faculty in developing successful, productive careers in learning and knowledge systems.
Help position the University of Michigan as a leader in improvement of health through learning systems.
A generous start-up package will be available. Joint appointments with other University departments will be encouraged.
To qualify for a position, an applicant must have:
A terminal research degree (PhD or equivalent, MD not required) in a relevant discipline – see examples in the first paragraph.
Operational experience in leading/supporting improvements in safety, quality, and efficiency in health care settings.
A sustained research focus related to implementation science and the Division’s mission to advance learning health systems.
Leadership, organizational, and communication skills for work in an interdisciplinary department and care quality improvement organizations.
A record of success in helping to lead change to improve care in a health care system.
Application. To apply, please submit a letter of application, addressing the six qualifications listed above, along with a current Curriculum Vitae.
Send application materials by email to: Tana O’Lone (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Administrator, Department of Learning Health Sciences University of Michigan Medical School. Application review will continue until position is filled.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.