Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, WMed

Kalamazoo, MI

Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)

The Department of Psychiatry at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) seeks a board eligible or board-certified psychiatrist to join its growing academic department as the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Position Overview

The department provides consultation liaison services at the 435-bed at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Kalamazoo.  Services are provided by 2 faculty psychiatrists and 2 psychiatry residents along with a nurse practitioner.  Resident rotations in emergency psychiatry have been streamlined.  The CL Director, in collaboration with the WMed Department Chair, will be charged with identifying areas of improvement and implementing initiatives to continue our strategic growth in order to ensure an outstanding academic CL Psychiatry program that sets the standard for patient care in the region.

Role & Responsibilities

We are seeking board-eligible or board-certified psychiatrists who are interested in and passionate about teaching and Consult Liaison Psychiatry. Faculty Rank will depend on the experience of the qualified candidate.

  • Practice with a collegial team of 18 psychiatrists, PhD psychologists, social workers and nursing personnel focused on quality patient care;
  • Clinical time incorporated with supervision of medical students and psychiatry residents in their ACGME-accredited residency program;
  • Be a part of a department that is fully supportive of growth and change for any academic interests with potential for leadership;
  • Interested candidates will enjoy protected academic time for administrative and research endeavors;
  • Excellent salary and comprehensive benefits package.
  • Mentor-ship and strong support for individualized support for career planning and development.

Candidates with additional training in geriatrics, consultation-liaison, addiction medicine, or forensic training are welcome to apply. Based on training and career interests, specific clinical and other academic responsibilities will be negotiated.


  • Practicing Physician (M.D., D.O., or equivalent)
  • Licensure to practice medicine in Michigan.
  • Board certified or Board Eligible

Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) seeks a board-eligible or board-certified psychiatrist to join its growing academic department, which employs 18 full-time faculty members. The psychiatry residency program is fully accredited, currently with 24 residents (6 per year with accreditation up to 8 per year). WMed is looking to expand and enhance psychiatric clinical services, research, and both resident and medical student training. There are significant clinical and research collaborations with Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK), Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH), Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA), Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, Community Healing Centers of Kalamazoo, and the Great Lakes Center for Autism as well as other community organizations/agencies.

WMed Psychiatry is practicing the “Collaborative Care Model” (CoCM) with Bronson Healthcare and anticipating continued growth in the primary care practices of Family Medicine, Pediatrics as well as OB/GYN.

The Department of Psychiatry is experiencing tremendous growth within our clinical footprint and community collaborations, our scholarly work and research output, as well as our expanding education programs. The incoming candidate will benefit from growing possibilities and additional leadership opportunities within the department.

WMed Psychiatry Residency Program

At WMed, our Psychiatry Residency Program is dedicated to developing excellent clinical psychiatrists, leaders, educators and advocates who are practice-ready, well-rounded, and provide patient-centered care that is thoughtful, empathic, and informed by a balanced bio-psychosocial perspective. Together, we have created a training experience for residents and students that is rigorous, yet supportive and friendly. We boast faculty members who are accessible to residents, love to teach and foster an environment that is nurturing and enriching.

Each year, we welcome six to seven new residents to our program. The class size for our four-year curriculum provides for an ideal training environment that is stimulating and yet small enough to provide a fairly intimate and personalized learning experience.  Our residents work in different settings- two different tertiary hospitals, VA, Integrated Services of Kalamazoo and our own W Med outpatient clinic. This offers them experiences with diverse patient population and also exposure to various settings and EMR systems. With a bio-psycho-social orientation, we emphasize knowledge of the neurosciences. Our medical students are eager learners who offer our residents opportunities to teach in both the pre-clinical and clinical years.

Our residents are also expected to participate as active citizens by serving on various department, WMed, and hospital committees. We are proud of their participation and advocacy for state of art care for vulnerable populations. We believe it is important for our trainees to have a fundamental understanding of medical literature and basic research principles. We provide related didactics and require our residents to participate in scholarly activities. Many of our residents have presented at regional and national conferences and/or have been published. We are committed to resident growth and supportive of opportunities to enhance their learning experience. We are indebted to the many valuable contributions our residents have made to improve our program.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

We are committed to excellence and health equity through transformative medical education, high-quality, patient- and family-entered care, innovative research, and community partnerships within a just culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is health equity for all in Southwest Michigan through innovation in the practice and study of medicine.

The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon a $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed is a recipient of the Empowering Futures Gift, a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school. WMed contributes to the economic vitality of Southwest Michigan through the services we provide as well as the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an annual estimated economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.

WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The medical school offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. We train physicians in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support our educational mission, we have Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery.

WMed Celebrates 10 Years Since College’s Founding in 2012


Bronson Healthcare

Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed health care system headquartered in Kalamazoo. With 9,000 employees, Bronson is the largest employer in southwest Michigan. Bronson offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations.

Our healthcare system serves patients and families throughout southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. Offering a full range of services from primary care to advanced critical care, our goal is to provide you with the right care, at the right time, in the right place. We’re also locally owned and governed. Our annual outreach and charitable care amounts to more than $139 million in community benefits. With over 9,000 employees, more than 1,500 medical staff members, and 747 licensed inpatient beds, Bronson is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in the region. The Bronson Healthcare system includes:

Bronson Methodist Hospital

The flagship of the Bronson system, Bronson Methodist Hospital with 435 beds, is the only hospital in the nation to have achieved all three of these honors: the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, selection in 2009 as the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize recipient, and designation as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence.

How To Apply

The WMed School of Medicine has retained the services of Academic Med to assist with this strategically important recruitment effort. Please direct your applications, inquiries, or nominations to Academic Med Principals:

  • Jim Hagood,
  • Gentry Zacheis,

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo is a great place to work and to live.

  • It was recently named one of the top 10 Most Affordable Cities with High Salaries and Low Cost of Living in the Midwest by The Ascent and ranked the No. 1 Coolest Place in the U.S. with the lowest cost of living.
  • Kalamazoo made the list of 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2023-24 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The Kalamazoo-Portage community is ranked as one of the top 40 “arts-vibrant communities” in the U.S. by the National Center for Arts Research.
  • The Kalamazoo-Portage Metro ranked as the lowest cost of living in the country in the first quarter of 2022, according to the Cost of Living Index (COLI).
  • Good news for college graduates – according to a SmartAsset survey, the Kalamazoo-Portage area ranked third on the list of top cities for college graduates.
  • It’s the home of the Kalamazoo Promise that guarantees college tuition to graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools, the largest program of its kind anywhere.
  • It’s a major international pharmaceutical and life sciences center; it’s the original home of the Upjohn Co., Stryker Corp, Gibson Guitars, Checker Motors and Bell’s Brewery, among many others; the Kalamazoo Gazette is the second oldest newspaper in Michigan; and a century ago, Kalamazoo was so famous for one crop, it was known throughout the country as the Celery City.
  • Abraham Lincoln spoke in the village of Kalamazoo in 1856, four years before he was elected president, his only public address in Michigan.

Kalamazoo is midway between Chicago and Detroit on I-94 and offers commercial transportation by train, bus and major airline at the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport.

Kalamazoo is a 40-minute drive from Lake Michigan beaches at South Haven and slightly farther from beaches at St. Joseph and Saugatuck.

Michigan’s ski country, considered the best skiing in the Midwest, is three to four hours north, and excellent local skiing is only 30 minutes away.

Originally a railroad line connecting Kalamazoo and South Haven, the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail is popular for bicycle riding, hiking and cross country skiing. In 2008, the eastern end of the trail was extended into Kalamazoo as part of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. When completed, the two trails will create a 70-mile bike path from South Haven to Battle Creek.

Day or weekend trips by train to Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, are popular and even more convenient with the continuing development of high-speed rail connecting the two cities.

With a population of more than 325,000, Kalamazoo is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan and among the 150 largest in the country. It’s large enough to support all the amenities and entertainment found in larger cities; and yet, you can be in the heart of farm country in 20 minutes, and Kalamazoo supports a thriving Farmers Market downtown May through November. Downtown Kalamazoo is a vibrant, exciting place to be!

Local festivals, featuring live music, arts and crafts, food and drinks — many of which are held at Arcadia Creek Festival Place downtown — attract crowds in the tens of thousands. The Kalamazoo Art Fair, held annually on the first weekend in June, is the second oldest community art fair in America and attracts 60,000 visitors over two days.

WMU’s Miller Auditorium, the historic State Theater and a variety of local clubs offer a complete array of concerts featuring every kind of music and popular entertainment. Kalamazoo is a frequent stop for many of today’s top comedians, musicians and other entertainers.

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Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

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