Welcome Message

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) is committed to supporting faculty career development and advancement throughout the professional life cycle while promoting the needs of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) administration in accordance with the SOM’s Mission. The OFA oversees the functions of faculty recruitment, orientation, development, and promotions.

Under the guidance of the founding Dean, the OFA recruits diverse faculty members who will operate within the UIWSOM framework of lifelong learning through collaborative scholarship, innovative educational excellence and learner-centered curricula. All new faculty receive orientation to and training in the SOM’s case-based, learner-centered curricular model, its guiding principles, and curriculum delivery methods. The OFA monitors faculty satisfaction and mission-alignment; facilitates access to training and compliance requirements; and, assists in faculty grievance issues, as set forth in the Faculty Handbook. The OFA coordinates and supervises the UIWSOM Faculty Development Program which facilitates evidence-informed and experiential learning for faculty through a longitudinal, relevant, and holistic approach. The team-based, inter-disciplinary Faculty Mentorship Program helps faculty achieve professional excellence and satisfaction as a program integrated into the overarching Faculty Development Program. Both programs enhance institutional vitality in support of enhanced student learning outcomes. The faculty promotions process is coordinated by the OFA in conjunction with the UIWSOM Promotions Committee.

We encourage you to explore the resources we offer through the information and links on this webpage. You may contact the OFA at officeoffacultyaffairs@uiwtx.edu or access contact information for individual members of our team here.

Featured Events

Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Black and Latinx Communities

Thursday, April 15, 2021 5 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. ET

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation will be hosting a webinar on addressing bias and eliminating discrimination and anti-Black racism in clinical learning environments.

You’re invited to join our Conversations on Health Equity series, beginning Thursday, April 15. During the first of three programs, experts and practitioners will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, how best to reassure patients of its safety, and ways to promote confidence among Black and Latinx communities. Program panelists will offer practical solutions and recommend actionable steps that attendees can implement in their own communities. Conversations on Health Equity will explore several important topics related to health equity, including vaccine hesitancy, health equity after the COVID-19 pandemic, and maternal health disparities. Each program will bring together health experts and practitioners for practical conversations designed to outline the problems that impact millions of our fellow Americans and will provide solutions and action items that can make a difference.

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IMPACT: A Forum for Hispanic/Latinx Physicians

Live Webinar: April 28,2021 12 - 3 p.m. EST

Vituity and Vituity Care Foundation are excited to host a live webinar IMPACT: A Forum for Hispanic/Latinx Physicians. This event is designed by Hispanic/Latinx physicians, for Hispanic/Latinx residents and senior medical students, to help you navigate through the most challenging job market for doctors in a generation.

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted the Hispanic/Latinx community, and it further continues to impact the physician job market. Depressed hospital visits have led to fewer work opportunities across all medical specialties and are likely to have a proportionate effect on graduating Hispanic/Latinx residents.

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Focus on Faculty - Dr. Hans Bruntmyer

Paving the WayDr Hans Bruntmyer

In addition to being a U.S. Air Force Retired Veteran, Dr. Hans Bruntmyer is a busy clinical faculty member (Emergency Medicine) at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. Through long hours, community engagement, and careful planning, Dr. Bruntmyer and his wife (Tichelle Bruntmyer, PhD) successfully founded the Street Medicine San Antonio program in 2019. This program provides services to the Bexar Country community where, in most cases, patients seek primary care, wound care, and pain management treatments. Through collaborative efforts, Street Medicine is able to provide the homeless population resources that support housing, rehabilitation, and other health needs.

Carrying a backpack filled with essential medical supplies, Dr. Bruntmyer and his team walk the streets of San Antonio and surrounding areas helping anyone they come across who has a need. Not only is providing medical care a priority, Dr. Bruntmyer and his team also provide prayer and fellowship. At times, the team is contacted by law enforcement for support in difficult cases which calls for the team to meet the individual where they are physically and emotionally. Meeting the patient where they are is the first step to building a trusting rapport. According to Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” This describes the work God has called upon each of us to do. Showing kindness to strangers and making them feel welcome is a calling. Jesus sees it as this, “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). God has called upon Dr. Bruntmyer to connect to those in need through prayer, resources, and fellowship.

Most recently, Dr. Bruntmyer was honored with the 2020 Street Outreach Hero Award for his community engagement support and involvement.