Associate/Full Professor, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Date Posted: 01/19/2021
Closing Date: 04/26/2021
, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 2569
Job Category: Faculty - Clinical
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Dept of Family & Community Medicine
Hospital Affiliation:
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)



Applications are invited for the position of Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate must be eligible for academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The appointment as Chair will be for a 5-year term effective October 1, 2021, renewable following a favourable review.

The Department of Family & Community Medicine is the largest academic department of family medicine in the world, recognized internationally for its clinical, educational and research excellence. It boasts 14 academic family health teams, a Division of Palliative Care and a Division of Emergency Medicine. It comprises over 1,800 faculty members from diverse backgrounds with more than 10,000 hours per annum of undergraduate medical teaching and over 400 family medicine residents enrolled at the postgraduate level. It has established a large primary care practice-based research network, UTOPIAN, which now includes over 750,000 patients. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with over half of the population born outside of Canada. One of the three strategic domains of the strategic plan of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine is Excellence Through Equity.


Times Higher Education ranks the University of Toronto among the top 10 universities in the world for health sciences. Spanning the basic, clinical and rehabilitation sciences, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes form one of the largest research enterprises in North America. The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) is one of the top five clusters of academic medicine in North America.


The successful candidate must be an experienced clinician. In addition to a record of excellence in research, teaching and quality improvement, the Chair will possess outstanding leadership, management and communication skills, enabling leadership of a geographically-dispersed Department—located at fully- and community-affiliated hospitals and in the community. They will be committed to excellence in education and have a track record of successful collaborative leadership. The Chair must also have demonstrated teaching excellence in a degree-granting program at graduate and undergraduate levels and significant experience as an effective mentor to successful trainees. The Chair will have a sophisticated understanding of forging collaborative relationships in the public and private sectors and utilizing effective strategies to build and sustain effective partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. The Chair will have a particular appreciation for a distributed medical education environment and diverse models of primary care, including those involving inter-professional teams. The Chair will bring an inclusive vision and have demonstrated experience in multi-disciplinary and multi-perspective environments. The Chair will have knowledge and an understanding of the diversity of trainees, faculty and the communities in the Greater Toronto Area, and will be deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)—particularly in the context of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The successful candidate must have the vision and ability to take the Department of Family & Community Medicine to an even higher level of academic achievement and recognition.


Among other responsibilities, the Chair will have oversight over the promotion and implementation of strategic priorities; recruitment, development and retention of faculty; fostering of collaborations with internal and external partners; and education and research programs in a large geographically-dispersed department.


The successful candidate must have a medical degree, College of Family Physicians of Canada certification in family medicine (or equivalent) and be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The preferred hospital site for the Chair’s clinical activities will be negotiated with the successful candidate and be at one of the Department’s core teaching sites - Markham Stouffville Hospital, North York General Hospital, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Scarborough Health Network: The Scarborough Hospital, Sinai Health System: Mount Sinai Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto East Health Network: Michael Garron Hospital, Trillium Health Partners: Credit Valley Hospital and Mississauga Hospital, Unity Health Toronto: St. Joseph's Health Centre and St. Michael's Hospital, University Health Network: Toronto Western Hospital, Women's College Hospital.


Compensation for clinical activities will depend on the amount of clinical work performed and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and in the usual range for a family physician in the Province of Ontario. For the position of Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine, total compensation (from all sources) would be above, $350,000 CAD.


Interested individuals must submit a (1) letter of interest, (2) statement on contributions to EDI [300-word maximum] and (3) CV to academic.affairs@utoronto.ca. Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of reference—on letterhead, signed and dated—to be sent directly by the referee to academic.affairs@utoronto.ca by the closing date. Please note that this search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters. 


The closing date for this position is Monday April 26, 2021.


For detailed information on the Department of Family & Community Medicine, visit www.dfcm.utoronto.ca. If you have questions about this position, contact Anastasia Meletopoulos, Academic Affairs Manager, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at anastasia.meletopoulos@utoronto.ca


The Department of Family & Community Medicine is located at 500 University Avenue, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7, CANADA.


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

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