Provost Ben Vinson III today announced the appointment of Vanderbilt University’s Tyler Reimschisel as founding associate provost for interprofessional education, research and collaborative practice.
Reimschisel, director of the Division of Developmental Medicine & the Center for Child Development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, brings to the role a career-long commitment to health sciences education along with a broad range of leadership experiences in clinical and academic settings.
“Between our new Health Education Campus with Cleveland Clinic and the stature of our respective institutions, this position drew an extraordinary pool of candidates,” Vinson said. “Tyler distinguished himself through his extensive record of collaborative leadership, compelling vision for advancing interprofessional education, and clear recognition of the unique opportunities and challenges of serving as our Founding Associate Provost.”
After completing three residencies at Johns Hopkins University—pediatrics, child neurology and genetic medicine—Reimschisel joined the Washington University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology and director of its medical genetics residency program. The opportunity to assume the division director position brought him to Vanderbilt in 2008 and, four months later, he added an assistant director role in a leadership education training program in neurodevelopmental disabilities. In the ensuing years, Reimschisel assumed several more educational leadership roles, spanning programs for first-year medical students to pediatric residents, genetic counseling master’s degree candidates to multi-generational interprofessional team members working and learning together.
At the same time, Reimschisel maintained a passion for his own learning, earning a master’s degree in health professions education in 2016 and, that same year, becoming one of five Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars selected from more than six-dozen applicants to a two-year program to support innovative leaders advancing their interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives. Since 2018, he has led both the Nashville Interprofessional Collaborative and the Tennessee Interprofessional Practice and Education Consortium.
“At this point in my career, I am enthusiastic about focusing on IPE and collaborative practice because of the meaningful impact it can have on students, staff and faculty as well as individuals, families and communities,” Reimschisel said. “It is particularly appealing to have this opportunity as the founding associate provost working with Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic in the Health Education Campus. I am genuinely honored to have been chosen, and I am eager to start.”
Led by Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Executive Dean J. Harry “Bud” Isaacson and School of Dental Medicine Assistant Dean Andre Pinto, the search committee for this position program included representatives from all participating schools and both institutions and spent more than six months on the selection process.
“I deeply appreciate the leadership of our co-chairs and the dedication of our entire committee,” Vinson said. “Their efforts were essential not only to engaging candidates, but also to increasing their enthusiasm for this opportunity.”
Reimschisel will begin his transition in September, participating in meetings via telephone and videoconference and also taking short trips to Cleveland to continue conversations with academic program leaders and other stakeholders.