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Meharry Medical College

Location: NashvilleTN 37208 Document ID: AC055-4JGJ Posted on: 2018-02-1202/12/2018 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Not Specified2018-05-13

Clinical Science College Master

Position Summary:

The Clinical Science College Master will report to the Department Chair of Professional and Medical Education as departmental faculty and as a College Master. He/She 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 also serve as the College Advisory Director. 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 for matters including but not restricted to changes in college assignment.

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

  • Participate actively in the annual student orientation.

  • Provide assistance to students in the areas of academic achievement.

  • Promote self-directed learning and intellectual inquiry.

  • Discuss individually and collectively with students results of regularly scheduled formative evaluations.

  • Assist in the development of the professional identity

  • Suggest and assist in the development of medically-related community projects.

  • Promote organization and participation in social events.

  • Oversee reviews with students of each of the colleges of general results of regularly scheduled formative evaluations.

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

  • Serve as Directors or Co-Directors of both the Academic Societies Masters Colloquium and also the Integration Units within the Foundations of Health, Diseases and Management (FHDM) curriculum.

  • As needed teach in the curriculum units

  • Develop the Educational Objectives of the Academic Societies Masters Colloquium to include topics such as: Ethics, Critical thinking, Social & economic components of health careand professionalism.

  • Include detailed list of Learning Objectives such as: Identify and apply the ethical principles of medicine so as to incorporate them into one's professional life, develop the skills and behaviors associated with critical thinking, learn the concepts of evidence-based medicine and put those concepts in practice in the learning process.

  • 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.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

  • Participate in faculty development programs conducted by the Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Development

  • Participate in Principles and Practice of Medicine Course training programs conducted by the Clinical Skills and Clinical Simulation Center.

  • Include in the Academic Societies Masters Colloquium, specific content in: professionalism, physician-patient interactions, medical ethics, medical jurisprudence, access to health care, and a review of clinical and basic science objectives of current FHDM units.

  • 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.

  • Incorporate in the Academic Societies Masters Colloquium reinforcement of the following: clinical reasoning, problem solving, social & scientific controversies in modern medicine, violence & abuse, specific cultural issues, diverse cultures & belief systems, and seek to augment students' understanding of demographic influences on health care including but not limited to race and nationality. Base these topics on the evidence available.

  • Utilize a variety of learning methods such as: oral presentations, small group discussions, facilitation and active learning as well as student debates to evaluate attitudes and behaviors, skills and knowledge.

  • Provide formal instruction on skills of translating & 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.

Clinical Practice and Teaching in MS3, MS4 year includes but is not limited to:

  • Identify faculty members to participate in unit and to serve on the unit committee. Forward list to the Associate Dean for Medical Education who will be responsible for negotiating participation with appropriate department chair.

  • Participate in unit planning sessions with basic science faculty members based on basic science objectives assigned to unit and with relevant clinician faculty members to assure that objectives are appropriate, sequenced in a way to promote learning, and to make decisions about most appropriate teaching modalities for specific content.

  • Co-chair unit committee consisting of faculty responsible for the development of clinical presentation materials to coordinate content and to make decisions about time allocation within the unit.Unit committee members to be selected in consultation with FHDM Course Director.

  • Monitor and coordinate preparation of materials with assistance of staff in the Office of Curriculum, Evaluation, and Effectiveness.

  • Prior to and while unit is being delivered, hold faculty preparation sessions to assure consistency and quality of instruction.

  • Communicate schedule changes, changes in faculty member participation due to illness or absence for other reasons to FHDM Course Support Coordinator in Office of Curriculum, Evaluation, and Effectiveness; identify substitute faculty to cover absences.

  • Meet frequently with unit directors for other concurrent courses to assure a high level of coordination and integration of topics.The FHDM Course Director will call these meetings.

  • In cooperation with other College Masters and the staff of the Office of Curriculum, Evaluation, and Effectiveness, monitor aggregate student performance on formative and summative assessments to identify components of the curriculum that may need mid-course correction to improve overall student performance.

  • Based on evaluative data provided by the Office of Curriculum, Evaluation and Effectiveness consisting of aggregate student examination performance data, student evaluation, and faculty/peer input, write end of unit report identifying strengths, weaknesses, and plans for improvement.

  • Present any proposal for major unit changes to FHDM Course Director for discussion within the FHDM Year 1 and Year 2 Course Committee for ultimate presentation to the Curriculum Committee. Minor changes will also be reported by memo to the Curriculum Committee as a courtesy.

  • Serve as liaison to the Associate Dean for Medical Education, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with regard to student performance and programmatic quality.

  • Meet on a regular basis with students 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 potential issues shared by the colleges

  • Meet on a regular basis with the Chair of the Department of Professional and Medical Education, as well as with the Associate Dean for Medical Education, the Associate Deans for Student Affairs, the Office of Student and Academic Affairs, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs regarding college activities that may impact the activities of the respective administrative offices.

  • Work closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and the Associate Deans of Student Affairs and Medical Education to communicate interval academic performance and professional growth to medical students collectively and individually

  • Provide information, within the limits of confidentiality and consent for release of information, on student academic and/or personal performance (OSA, FERPA, administrative oversight)

  • 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 Education and MMCSOM faculty in the development and delivery of the Courses in the MS1 and MS2 curriculum.

  • Participate in lectures, labs, and small groups designed to deliver the components of the curriculum in an area which requires their specific disciplinary expertise.

  • Communicate with the Chair of the Department of Professional and Medical Education, Course Directors, and Unit Directors concerning apparent student difficulties associated with understanding of specific elements of the curriculum (all faculty)

Administrative/Scholarly Activity includes but is not limited to:

  • The College Master’s 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 Advisory College Directors. Each student is assigned to a specific Advisory College Director.

  • College Master 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 College 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 shepherd them through the residency Match process.The College Master will 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 of academics such as personal wellness, professional identity formation, community outreach, and the many friendly competitions between the Colleges.

  • The portion of the College Master’s position is designated as a 0.2 FTE position and represents an opportunity to play an integral role in the students’ medical school experience.There are occasional evening and weekend social events scheduled by the Colleges. All Directors 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.

Clinical Activity

College Masters will provide clinical care in her/ his specialty 3 half days and participate in the call schedule of the appropriate department at 30% time                                                                                                                                       

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

  • Scholarly work within the area of the individual’s discipline demonstrated by publication, presentation, or recognition as an authority.

  • Established track record of mentoring

    Education and Experience:

  • MD and/or DO degree from an accredited LCME approved medical college

  • Completion of a ACGME residency program

  • Board Eligibility or Board Certification in area of specialty

  • Eligible for license to practice medicine in the State of Tennessee

  • DEA

  • Recognition as an excellent or superior medical educator

  • 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 send a CV to Veronica T. Mallett, M.D., MMM at  somrecruitment@mmc.edu



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