Here is a summary of roles and responsibilities for the Associate Dean of Student Affairs

University of Washington School of Medicine Associate Dean for Student Affairs

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) is an integral member of the senior management team and provides strategic oversight and central support for UWSOM’s medical student education program. The ADSA will lead the Student Affairs unit to provide innovative and comprehensive medical student support across UWSOM’s 5 states and 6 Foundational campuses.

The ADSA position is 0.8 FTE in UWSOM and 0.2 clinical or other practice/research duties.

The Student Affairs office includes approximately 25 staff who report to 3 Assistant Deans. These assistant deans report to the ADSA. Currently the units within student affairs include:

  • Academic Support
  • Career Advising
  • Counseling and Wellness Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Learning Environment
  • Service Learning
  • Registration

The ADSA will develop a systems-based approach to student support services across the 6 regional campuses and longitudinally across all phases of medical student education throughout the 5-state region.

The ADSA will interface with the regional deans, College faculty mentors and staff regarding program milestones, general student support, and individual student progress.

The ADSA delegates to and supervises the activities of the assistant deans, faculty, and staff in order to support students within UWSOM.

The ADSA will necessarily have comprehensive knowledge of:

  • UW Medicine policies and procedures, including those related to professional behavior and student mistreatment.
  • Federal, State, and UW compliance laws, regulations and policies, and national accreditation requirements affecting UWSOM.
  • Best practices and trends in student affairs and medical education including preparing students to make informed specialty choices and preparing students for the Match.
  • The impacts of implicit bias and institutional racism in education and in medicine.
  • Policy development, strategy implementation and the ability to develop, plan and implement short- and long-range goals within a CQI framework.
  • Conflict resolution skills, crisis intervention techniques and the ability to react effectively in emergent and urgent situations.
  • Resources within and outside of UWSOM that can help to support students.