Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency and Assistant/Associate/Professor

Job Summary

Charles R. Drew University, College of Medicine (CDU COM), seeks an experienced, community-oriented Internal Medicine program director to lead a unique community-engaged multi-centered Internal Medicine residency training program focused on the complex health needs of the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles.

The College of Medicine has a decades-long commitment to protect and improve the health of the residents of L.A. County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 primarily by training a diverse culturally-congruent healthcare workforce. To complete the medical education pathway, the university has developed graduate medical education programs responsive to the needs of the underserved patients in our community.

The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program’s mission is to train compassionate, competent, culturally sensitive and community engaged internists who are leaders in building innovative evidence-based interventions focused on eliminating health care disparities. The program seeks to produce Internal Medicine physicians who promote preventive care, support health equity advocacy in addition to providing expert diagnosis and patient and family centered holistic health care.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

The program director must have responsibility, authority, and accountability for: administration and operations; teaching and scholarly activity; resident recruitment and selection, evaluation, and promotion of residents, and disciplinary action; supervision of residents; and resident education in the context of patient care.

The Program Director Must

  • be a role model of professionalism;
  • administer and maintain a learning environment conducive to educating the residents in each of the ACGME Competency domains;
  • design and conduct the program in a fashion consistent with the needs of the community, the mission of our CDU Sponsoring Institution, and the mission of our program;
  • have the authority to approve or remove physicians and non-physicians as faculty members at all participating sites, including the designation of core faculty members, and must develop and oversee a process to evaluate candidates prior to approval;
  • have the authority to remove residents from supervising interactions and/or learning environments that do not meet the standards of the program
  • oversee and ensure the quality of didactic and clinical education in all sites that participate in the program;
  • approve a local director at each participating site who is accountable for resident education;
  • approve the continued participation of program faculty based on evaluation;
  • monitor resident supervision at all participating sites;
  • prepare and submit accurate and complete information required and requested by the DIO, GMEC, and ACGME
  • provide a learning and working environment in which residents have the opportunity to raise concerns, report mistreatment, and provide feedback in a confidential manner as appropriate, without fear of intimidation or retaliation;
  • ensure the program’s compliance with the Sponsoring Institution’s policies and procedures related to grievances and due process, including when action is taken to suspend or dismiss, or not to promote or renew the appointment of a resident;
  • ensure the program’s compliance with the Sponsoring Institution’s policies and procedures on employment and non-discrimination;
  • provide each resident with a documented comprehensive evaluation and develop an individualized learning twice yearly;
  • document verification of education for all residents within 30 days of completion of or departure from the program
  • be familiar with and comply with ACGME and Review Committee policies and procedures as outlined in the ACGME Manual of Policies and Procedures;
  • obtain review and approval of the sponsoring institution’s GMEC/DIO before submitting information or requests to the ACGME;
  • mentor residents’ and junior faculty research activities;
  • recruit additional clinician educator/researchers;
  • design, implement and direct scholarly activity and productivity in any of the following areas:
    • healthcare workforce diversity;
    • patient safety/quality improvement;
    • community-oriented primary care;
    • healthcare effectiveness;
    • physician well-being and resilience research;
    • integrated health service delivery models;
    • social determinants in primary care training;
    • culturally congruent health care;
    • public health policy;
    • resident and physician well-being;
  • direct patient care activities, to be negotiated with the primary participating institution, not to exceed three half-days per week.

Other Duties And Responsibilities

  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • MD degree;
  • MPH, MBA or PHD;
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency;
  • Current board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM);
  • Current medical licensure in the state of California.


  • A minimum of seven years’ experience as core faculty member in an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency program;
  • Previous significant GME experience such as associate program director, program director or site director;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit to engage collaborators within and outside the university and to attract highly qualified and committed trainees and faculty;
  • Knowledge and experience in teaching and working in an underserved or marginalized community;
  • Track record of building affiliations with community partners and clinical sites to create unique training experiences;
  • Adequate scholarly activity and productivity;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in community-engaged health care research.


  • Enthusiastic and optimistic outlook on life.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to social justice and values-driven curricula.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with administration, staff, peers and full-time and community-based faculty. Strong verbal/written communication skills.
  • Ability to collect and manage data to track performance outcomes to ensure comparable educational experiences.
  • Strong collaboration, team building, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Work with Program Directors, Department Chair, and staff to prioritize resources necessary for program support.
  • Passion for and commitment to graduate medical education for purposes of optimizing patient outcomes, particularly vulnerable and marginalized patient populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively in complex interdisciplinary and inter-professional settings.
  • Strong general computer and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures


  • The ability to perform highly detailed work with sustained attention and care while providing/obtaining information on numerous inquiries is paramount to success in this position.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Occasional stooping. Frequent standing. Constant walking, sitting, climbing, reaching high/low levels, finger movement, feeling, speaking clearly, hearing conversationally, and seeing far and near.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Occasionally required to work in confined space.

Mental Demands

  • The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Frequent work on a variety of unrelated tasks. Constant calculating interrupted work, work on a variety of interrelated tasks, and use of sustained concentration, reasoning, judgment, resourcefulness, analytical ability, and ingenuity.

Special Requirements

  • As a health professions institution of higher education, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science seeks to protect the health and safety of the University community. As a condition of enrollment and employment, students, faculty, and staff must comply with the current CDU COVID-19 requirements as described on the CDU COVID-19 webpage. Please visit the CDU Return to Campus website or email the Campus Nursing Office at
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse community.


  • $250,000 – $290,000 annually

Position Status

  • Full Time

Conditional Statement: The employment status of this position is classified as “Conditional”. Conditional employment means that the job exists contingent upon funding limitations of restricted funds or, the duration of a specific program, project, grant or contract. The duration of grant for this position is through June 30, 2024.

EEO Statement: Charles R. Drew University is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, or covered veteran status.

Fair Chance Statement: Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with state and local “Fair Chance” laws.

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