The Offices of Medical Student Education seeks a basic/social science co-director for the Foundation Phase (pre-clinical or basic science curriculum), which is the first 1.5 years of the MD curriculum.
The Offices of Medical Student Education seeks a basic/social science co-director for the foundation phase, which is the first 1.5 years of the MD curriculum, pre-clinical or basic science curriculum.
The new co-director will partner with the existing clinical co-director with respect to the overall design, management, integration, evaluation, and enhancement of the phase as well as alignment across phases. The co-director will also become part of the committee that is planning the implementation of the foundation phase redesign for fall 2023. Duties, in partnership with the clinical co-director, will include the following:
(1) Oversight: Assure logical sequencing and horizontal and vertical integration of the phase curriculum; assure that curricular content, methods of pedagogy, and assessment are appropriate for achievement of the SOM’s educational objectives; assure that SOM educational policies are being followed within the phase.
(2) DEI content: Establish clear goals, strategies, and metrics for enhancement of medical student education to better prepare students to narrow health inequities with focus on curricular innovation and faculty development; complete all DEI training required of educational leadership team.
(3) Competency Based Education and Assessment (CBEA): Work with the senior director of curricular affairs and CBEA Task force to develop and help implement competency-based education and assessment.
(4) Review: Conduct regular review and revision of the curriculum using multiple measures including national norms of accomplishment and student feedback; assess whether these metrics provide the necessary information to show that the collection of courses is achieving the school-established competencies; conduct annual review of the foundation phase for report to the Education Committee; participate actively in ensuring the SOM remains well prepared for the 2027-28 LCME accreditation visit.
(5) Administration: Co-chair the phase committee meeting and serve on the Education Committee as a voting member.
Candidates may come from any basic science department, including the Dept. of Social Medicine and the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Also invited to apply are basic scientists who are members of clinical departments as well as clinicians who are in basic science roles. Preference will be given to those who have directed foundation phase courses, blocks, or coils (basic science themes) or who have taught in substantial ways in foundation phase lectures, seminars, small groups, or laboratory sessions. The co-director will receive 20% salary support up to a salary cap on an annual basis.
Applications, including a CV, personal statement, and letter of support by the department chair, will be accepted by Associate Dean for Curriculum Kurt Gilliland until Sept. 9. Ideal candidates will be interviewed with a final selection being made in October.