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Texas Christian UniversityLocation: Fort Worth, TX 76129 Document ID: AB302-0JN0 Posted on: 2017-08-1208/12/2017 Job Type: Regular
Director Medical Student Research Program
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Summary: The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine invites applications for an academic professional to serve as Director of Medical Student Research and Course Director for the Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis (SPT) course, a four-year mentor-guided individual research project required for each medical student. The Director is responsible for leading the student research program and will develop, implement, assess and maintain the necessary infrastructure and curriculum to ensure student success and faculty preparation, engagement, and compliance.
The Director will be responsible for all aspects of the medical school Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis course including: preparing and presenting the curriculum (including didactic elements in the candidate's field of expertise and identifying others to deliver the remainder of the didactics), authoring course syllabi and handbooks, providing administrative support for individual student research projects, ensuring students meet specific milestones, and retaining and recruiting additional research mentors. The Director will also act as a liaison with students, faculty advisors, and research mentors.
Duties and Essential Job Functions:
Oversees the development, implementation, direction, and evaluation of the four-year longitudinal curriculum for the Medical Student Research Project (Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis). Liaises with curricular leadership to implement, review and revise as necessary the objectives of the SPT course to ensure ongoing quality. Liaises with the Educational Technology unit to develop and maintain a robust tracking system for the student scholarly projects and related milestones. Liaises with the Assessment and Evaluation unit to optimize student assessment tools related to the SPT course.
Liaises with other course block and theme directors in implementation of SPT objectives and curriculum. Develops, delivers, and leads the SPT curriculum including presenting lectures and research showcase sessions, establishing benchmarks and milestones, and developing and implementing assessment and evaluation tools. Mentors and assists students with selection of projects and mentors including evaluating student projects in terms of topic, feasibility, choice of mentor and progress and ensuring that students successfully complete mandated milestones in the SPT curriculum. Recruits and trains SPT co-directors and coordinators.
Establish and maintain relationships with the current SPT mentors in the scientific community throughout the DFW metroplex, as well as cultivate and recruit national mentors. Recruits and develops a group of faculty who will serve as advisors to assist students in choosing scholarly projects in the first year of their medical curriculum. Develops a process for IRB compliance for student and faculty research projects. Develops a statistics and research design team that is accessible to faculty and students and customer service oriented. Develops and implement a process for faculty development for medical education research and scholarly project activity. Serves on School of Medicine curricular committees as assigned. Evaluate all aspects of the SPT Course and recommend and implement changes as appropriate.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
Master's degree in Biomedical Science.
5 plus years of progressive experience in direct mentoring of medical student research
5 plus years of progressive experience with research course/ program development, teaching, and course oversight
Experience in education program development, education program assessment, administration of student programs, mentoring research projects, and teaching research methods, ethics, and compliance
Qualify for academic appointment (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) in a School of Medicine academic department.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of educational pedagogy as it relates to the medical education.
Knowledge and experience working with state-level professional associations and external organizations.
Skill in working with and developing faculty.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Ability to teach graduate-level courses related to school-level and systems-level educational leadership with an equity lens.
Ability to work with a diverse student population.
Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):
Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs.
Work is indoors and sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job.
The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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