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University of Alberta

Division Director, General Internal Medicine


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University of Alberta
MED Medicine Department

Division Director, General Internal Medicine

Competition No.  -   A100635174
Closing Date  -   Will remain open until filled. 

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, is inviting applications for the position of Division Director, General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Faculty is internationally recognized among the world’s top 100 medical schools, and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue.

The Division of General Internal Medicine is leading the way in enhancing patient-centered care, driving frontline engagement, and the development of meaningful metrics in support of team performance.  The Division now meets or exceeds national benchmarks in health system performance and educational outcomes.

The Division consists of 13 full-time academic and 75 clinical track faculty, representing a blend of senior, internationally recognized expertise and youthful, emerging talent. The Division is uniquely situated to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of General Internal Medicine in Canada.  The Division’s unique integration of community and academia embraces the mission of balancing the Faculty’s education, research and clinical pillars.  Funding through the Alberta Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP) provides unprecedented support for this triple mission. 

The scholarship of about one-third of our full-time academic faculty is focused on education, and just over one-third devote 50% or greater effort to research. Among the research-focused faculty members, most hold peer-reviewed salary awards or endowed chairs and are recognized internationally, they collectively hold substantial tri-council and other peer-reviewed funding, and all are engaged in supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.   

With a strong commitment to education, the Division hosts one of the most highly ranked General Internal Medicine fellowship programs in Canada and is internationally known for its strength in clinical and pharmaco-epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and health outcomes research.  It offers a two-year subspecialty training program that is tailored to the individual resident career goals and practice settings in either Community or Academic General Internal Medicine.  Core objectives are common to all.

Reporting to the Chair, Department of Medicine, the Division Director will harness the existing strength of the Division in clinical delivery, education and research in other to further the overall success and recognition of excellence for the Division.  Working through the Clinical Department Chair, the successful candidate may also be appointed to the position of Section Head, General Internal Medicine, Alberta Health Services.  The Division Director will build relationships with other subspecialty groups to advance areas of successful collaboration and will have the influence to bring about meaningful change where necessary in patient care, research, education and administration.  Leadership will be a key attribute, and the candidate must have outstanding people skills to build a vision for growth and development within GIM over the next 5-10 years.

The successful candidate must be a respected general internist holding an MD or equivalent, be eligible for licensure in Alberta, and have a fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent.  The successful candidate will be known for excellence as a clinician, as a clinician teacher, and for scholarly research, as well as for having a high level of integrity and strong negotiation and relationship building skills.  The successful candidate will be an active advocate for the Division and will be collegial and consultative in their leadership to drive educational innovation, maximize research output and lead strategic growth initiatives.  Preference will be given to individuals with administrative experience in an academic setting.

The successful candidate will be offered a contingent tenured or tenure-track appointment in the Department of Medicine, which is in accordance with the University of Alberta Faculty Agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package.  

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Interested candidates are asked to submit online a letter of intent and, curriculum vitae outlining their education, qualifications, and experience along with three letters of reference to:

Barbara J. Ballermann, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Alberta
Head, Clinical Department of Medicine
AHS Edmonton Zone 

Executive Assistant:  Sonia Gisenya

Applications will begin being reviewed on April 15, 2018, however, the competition will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

As the capital of Alberta, Edmonton is a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre of over one million residents.  Edmonton features an abundance of community activities, services, attractions, welcoming neighborhoods, parks and river valley activities – a city that truly offers something for everyone (

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Department of General Internal Medicine can be found at

Details about Alberta Health Services can be found at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

Interested applicants may apply to:

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University of Alberta
Barbara J. Ballermann, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine