UNC Medical Center seeks Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and Patient Safety

The Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and Patient Safety (ACMO-QS) reports to the Chief Medical Officer / Vice President for Medical Affairs of UNC Hospitals. The position is appointed at 0.5 FTE, and will be funded via contract with the department in which the faculty member holds a full-time appointment.

Primary responsibilities include assisting the CMO in leading quality improvement and patient safety programs at UNC Medical Center.   The ACMO will work collaboratively with nursing leadership, risk management, clinical chairs and service leaders, the patient safety officer, and key groups in quality improvement at the medical center.  Specific duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1.  Provide strategic leadership for key projects related to quality and safety
  2. Co-chair the UNC Medical Center Improvement Council
  3. Serve as associate chief for inpatient service leadership teams
    1. Co-lead service leadership meetings
    2. Perform annual reviews for a subset of Physician Service Leaders
    3. Assist in oversight of regular agenda and training program
    4. Establish educational programming for service leaders
    5. Serve as a voting member of the Medical Staff Executive Committee
    6. Serve on committees of the medical staff as deemed appropriate by the CMO, the CMO for UNC HCS, or the President of UNC Hospitals.
    7. Work with the CMO to collaborate with the HCS CMO to develop quality improvement and efficiency goals for UNC Hospitals.
    8. Serve as a member of the UNC HCS Quality Improvement Oversight Committee
    9. Work with other leaders to integrate performance improvement and patient safety programs and activities within the medical center. 
    10. Provide collaborative leadership on data portfolios and reporting platforms for UNC Hospitals.


Qualifications include graduation from an accredited medical school and board certification in a clinical discipline.  The individual should have at least 7 years of post-training clinical experience, and be appointed at the associate professor level or higher.  The candidate must have received training and advanced certification in formal Quality Improvement methods (Lean, Six Sigma, IHI, or equivalent) and Patient Safety (Team STEPPS), and must have formal leadership experience in quality and / or safety programs at a departmental or similar level.   Working knowledge of key publicly reported quality metrics and programs is desired.    The candidate should demonstrate a passion for clinical quality and patient safety, and the skills and personal traits needed to develop strong relationships and trust with healthcare workers and leaders.   The ability to lead groups and speak publicly is also a must. 

Filed under: