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Meharry Medical College

Location: NashvilleTN 37208 Document ID: AC061-2XDF Posted on: 2018-02-1202/12/2018 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Ph.D.2018-05-13

Basic-Science College Master

Position Summary:

The Basic-Science College Master will provide direct faculty guidance and oversight to one of six academic student colleges in the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine. This position will report directly to the Chair of Professional and Medical Education. He/she helps enforce School policies and rules, handles confidential information with discretion, and performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with the Meharry Medical College mission and values. Able to assume other duties as assigned.


Essential Functions (Duties and Responsibilities) – Assign a percentage to each essential function (equal to 100%):


College Master specific duties includes but is not limited to:

  • Participate in the assignment of individual students to the various colleges

  • Develop written policies and procedures related to college structure, culture, systems and assignments

  • Assist the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the annual review and revision of the Student Handbook

  • Participate actively in the annual student orientation

  • Mentor and advocate for assigned students in the areas of academic achievement and professional development

  • Promote self-learning and intellectual inquiry

  • Discuss individually and collectively with students results of regularly scheduled formative and summative assessments

  • Suggest and assist in the development of medical and/or biomedical science-related community projects

  • Promote organization and participation in college-oriented student social events

  • Promote student learning and development through collaborative integration of college-based systems and programs throughout all 4 years of the medical school curriculum


Academic Societies Masters’ Colloquium duties includes but is not limited to:

  • Cooperatively work within the College Masters group to develop and continuously improve the colloquium goals and objectives, session learning objectives, and assessment elements.Including content in professionalism, physician-patient relations, medical ethics, medical jurisprudence, access to health care, social and scientific controversies in modern medicine, violence and abuse, and medically relevant cultural and demographic issues.The Colloquium should also incorporate review of the major clinical and basic science themes and objectives of the current Foundations of Health, Diseases and Management (FHDM) units, as well as exploration and practice in clinical reasoning, and problem solving

  • Cooperatively work with other faculty to identify and integrate the various disciplines of biology and medicine to identify the controversies of modern medicine both scientific and social, and apply an evidentiary approach to addressing these controversies

  • Regularly instruct or oversee the instruction of the Academic Societies Masters Colloquium section of their assigned college for MS1 and MS2

  • Know the social and economic components of health care and their implications for physician and the physician-patient relationship and expand the fund of knowledge introduced in the clinical presentations module

  • Develop a colloquium that uses evidence-based medicine, develops skills of reading/evaluating medical and science literature, and incorporates learning about conversion of generic objectives for various physicians' roles into clinical presentation applicable translations

  • Utilize a variety of learning methods such as oral presentations, group discussions and student debates to encourage the development of professional attitudes, behaviors, skills and knowledge

  • Provide formal instruction on the skills of translating and applying ethical, cultural, legal and organizational concepts to clinical practice

  • Utilize self-directed learning, independent study, and coordinate invited/guest speakers/visiting officials and site visits

  • The College Master experience provides students with career advice and mentorship, a community of support and a comprehensive focus on the wellbeing of each student. The colleges focus on the student as a whole and are often described as their ‘home’ within the School.Every student is assigned to one of six Colleges, each with its own group of College Masters.Each student is assigned to a specific College Master.

  • College Masters meet one-on-one with each of their assigned students two or more times each year at a mutually convenient time.During the one-on-one meeting with the Master, the student receives career advice, as appropriate for their academic year, and subspecialty mentorship is facilitated. The College Master will help the student find a career fit and Sheppard them through the Residency Match process.The College Master also attends a monthly meeting with their entire College Masters’ where group discussion focuses on general career advice and other relevant issues important to the students’ overall development.Conversation among the group is encouraged as it enables a forum that can be both supportive and enlightening.During these meetings, students also learn about activities outside the academics such as personal wellness, professional identity formation, community outreach, and the many friendly competitions between the Colleges.

  • The portion of the College Master position is designated as a 02 FTE position and represents an opportunity to play an integral role in the students’ medical school experience.Ther are occasional evening and weekend social events scheduled by the Colleges.All Masters are also expected to attend the monthly College Masters’ meeting, the College “Sorting” Ceremony in early August as well as the “Cup Challenge” in the Spring.College Masters’ may also have the honor of hooding their students at graduation.


Institutional Administrative Service includes but is not limited to:

  • Report to and advise the Associate Dean for Medical Education and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs concerning student performance and programmatic quality.

  • Meet on a regular basis with students of assigned college concerning issues related to academic, professional, and personal concerns with strict adherence to guidelines for confidentiality

  • Meet on a regular basis with other College Masters concerning activities and issues shared by the colleges

  • Report directly to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs regarding issues of student performance, professional development and morale as identified in their role as College Master

  • Report collectively within the College Master group directly to the Associate Dean for Medical Education regarding the structure and function of the college-based elements of the medical school curriculum and regarding overall quality of the medical education program

  • Assist fully in the development and implementation of the MS1 and MS2 curriculum within the Master’s expertise area.

  • Collaborate with other faculty in the Department of Professional and Medical and MMCSOM faculty in the development and delivery of the Courses in the MS1 and MS2 curriculum

  • Participate as needed, and as relevant to experience, expertise and credentials, in lectures, labs, and small groups to deliver the MS1 and MS2 curriculum (potentially including any or all of the courses in the educational program)

  • Communicate with the Chair of the Department of Professional and Medical Education, Course Directors, and Unit Directors concerning apparent and generalizable student difficulties with any elements of the curriculum


Scholarly Activity includes but is not limited to:

  • Be institutional and national leaders in medical education and medical education scholarly activity as demonstrated by publication, participation and leadership in national organizations related to medical education, and their related fields of specialization.

  • Provide leadership, mentoring and assistance in the professional development of new and/or less experienced faculty members

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Active participation in local, regional, national, or international professional organizations related to the individual’s discipline
  • Previous administrative responsibility within a medical school department or a program of medical education
  • Expertise and experience in medical student academic supervision and assessment
  • Experience with teaching subjects related to scientific methods, the philosophy of science, clinician-scientist collaboration, and the role of the scientist in medicine and society
  • Demonstrated extramural interests outside of bio-medicine or medical education
  • Active involvement in community affairs

Education and Experience:

  • Terminal degree of Ph.D., Dr. Sci., Dr.PH. or equivalent
  • Recognizable authority in the individual’s scientific discipline and in medical student education based on an exemplary record of research, scholarship, mentoring, teaching and medical student supervision
  • Meet criteria for a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine
  • Demonstrated interest in medical education research


Environmental Conditions and Physical Demands

  • Usual office environment.
  • Manual dexterity
  • Visual and auditory acuity
  • Able to sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time

For additional information or to apply email Veronica T. Mallett, M.D., MMM at somrecruitment@mmc.edu




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