Associate / Full Level Professor of Surgery – Vice Chair for Education

Location: Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven CT

The Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery seeks an individual with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive and dynamic learning environment to lead our academic community. This faculty position will be a full-time position at the Associate or Full Professor level.


The Department of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine seeks a Vice Chair of Education (VCE) to centralize, direct, and grow our academic mission, across the spectrum of medical education.

The Department integrates eleven clinical divisions (Bariatrics/MIS, Cardiac Surgery, Colon & Rectal, General/Trauma & Critical Care, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant, and Vascular), and spans a number of campuses across the state. Medical students and residents rotate to these sites over the course of the program. 

The Department supports five ACGME residency programs in General Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Vascular Surgery; and approximately 200 trainees, at any given time. Structured rotations, research years, and curricular content – including a sophisticated simulation lab – serves students, residents, fellows, and faculty across the surgical sciences. Fellowship training programs in subspecialties (breast, endocrine, bariatrics/MIS, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, craniofacial, hand) are highly ranked destinations for trainees from across the country. A Clinical Educators track specifically supports the career trajectory of faculty who are primarily focused on medical education. Focused investment in the development of robust mentor/mentee networks, leadership training, PhD, and advanced degree programs is a Departmental priority.


This position reports directly to the Department Chair. The VCE will have significant leadership responsibility to oversee all education programs in the Department, and to centralize operations across a diverse portfolio of clinical curricular, and multiple learning sites. The successful VCE will build and support a strong educational leadership pipeline, managing and collaborating with our residency program directors, associate program directors, fellowship directors, and clerkship directors across all delivery networks. The role will need to work in synergy with the Vice Chair of Research and the Vice Chair of Quality, to develop and direct educational programs across the core domains. Administrative support will be provided for the role.

The ideal candidate will hold or have held a major educational leadership role in surgery. A strong history of scholarly activity in education research or curriculum design is expected. A background in fund-raising and endowment development is highly desirable.

The Yale School of Medicine seeks candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence and inclusion.


  1. Continually define and refine the educational mission — both undergraduate and graduate — of the DOS, exercising regular oversight and authority over all educational programs including simulation.
  2. The VCE will work with the chair of the DOS on all matters that interact with education throughout the department; and in synergy with Department Vice Chairs.
  3. Maintain budgetary control for education for the DOS.
  4. The VCE shall have oversight for all primary educational programs in the DOS. This includes support and guidance for all education leaders within the DOS.
  5. The VCE shall have oversight of lifelong learning activities including CME and professional development in the DOS, including Grand Rounds.
  6. The VCE will support the Vice Chair for Faculty Development for the DOS with regard to professional development efforts for clinician educators.
  7. The VCE shall provide mentorship and faculty development for Clinician-Educators within the DOS.
  8. The VCE shall have coordinated oversight of educational initiatives for the Global Surgery Program for students and residents.
  9. The VCE will promote the DOS mission to enhance and increase diversity within the department across all training programs.
  10. The VCE shall actively identify additional funding opportunities for education.
  11. The VCE will identify best practices and additional opportunities for philanthropic development and interprofessional interactions across the Institution.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with experience.

Diversity and Equity

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD, PHD, or Ed.D
  • Experience in an academic surgery department
  • Strong knowledge of education trends and expectations in surgical training programs
  • Mid-career associate or full professor rank
  • A minimum of 5 years of UME or GME educational administrative experience with a proven track record of educational leadership and excellence in teaching.


  • An innovative approach to medical education, curriculum and program development
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, conflict management and negotiation skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to operate in a complex and evolving health system
  • Dedication to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence
  • Commitment to education as the path to move forward critical missions within the DOS
  • Ability to gain credibility and respect across institutional leadership

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vita, statement of teaching, statement of research and three letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted electronically to: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


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