Director for Clinical Skills Education

Fort Worth, TX

APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCESS - To apply, please email personal/contact information, a letter of application, names and contact information for three professional references, and resume to jwt.dna@mindspring.com. For questions regarding the application process, contact J.W. Taylor, President, Doctors Network and Associates, 800-933-1884. Resume review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Job Summary:
The Director for Clinical Skills will develop and lead a state-of-the-art clinical skills center and develop and implement the required clinical skills course. The goal of the clinical skills center and course is to promote student achievement of essential physician competencies in the physician-patient encounter, including relationship-building and communication during the encounter, complete and focused physical examinations, essential procedures, and written and oral communication with the health care team. In collaboration with the Executive Director for Simulation, the Director for Clinical Skills develops and provides innovative approaches to clinical skills training utilizing standardized patients, simulation, and other advanced technologies. The successful candidate must be a seasoned educator with experience in developing, teaching, evaluating, and leading clinical skills curricula in medical education.

The clinical skills director will serve as the course director for the longitudinal clinical skills course, under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and collaborating with other course directors, the Narrative Reflection and Patient Communication team, and other faculty. As course director, this position ensures the effective integration of clinical skills teaching and assessment throughout the curriculum.
Duties and Essential Job Functions:
  • Lead and oversee the clinical skills center, supervising staff including an associate director for standardized patient education, standardized patient educator, and senior coordinator.
  • Lead and oversee the design, implementation, and evaluation of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Clinical Skills courses, with emphasis on medical interviewing, communication skills, and professionalism, supervising assistant course directors;
  • Consult with the Executive Director for Simulation in the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based activities in teaching clinical skills;
  • Design, implement and evaluate the cumulative Phase 3 OSCE, in collaboration with Clinical Skills assistant directors and faculty;
  • Design and implement remediation activities required for students for the Clinical Skills courses, cumulative OSCE and USMLE Step 2 CS exam;
  • Lead curriculum development efforts requiring human simulation components (i.e. simulated, standardized, unannounced patients) for undergraduate medical education in partnership with other course directors and faculty and staff members;
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative assessments of clinical competency in clinical skills environments;
  • Establish effective, collaborative working relationships with School of Medicine faculty, Course Directors, and non-School of Medicine programs, including nursing and other allied health school faculty;
  • Conduct workshops and training protocols for faculty, staff (including staff providing oversight and training to SPs), and partners utilizing the center on best practices in human simulation, (e.g. ensuring emotional and physical safety for learners and SPs, providing constructive written and verbal feedback, training evaluators to rate reliably, arranging logistics, facilitating debriefing, etc.);
  • Engage local and national workgroups focused on integrating best practice in clinical skills development;
  • Direct the Standardized Patient (SP) Program, including supervision of SOM staff members engaged in all aspects of human simulation within the SOM;
  • Develop, evaluation, and revise cases used in clinical skills training to ensure best practices and alignment with curricular goals
  • Mentor medical students as needed in scholarly projects on topics related to clinical skills and simulation
  • Collaborate with medical school faculty and staff on research relevant to educational innovations in areas such as clinical communication, simulation methodology, and patient experience;
  • Establish effective, collaborative working relationships with faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, including from affiliate institutions and programs;
  • Serve on school of medicine committees as directed;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
Required Education and Experience:
M.D. or D.O. degree or Ph.D. with clinical licensure in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology)
Significant experience teaching clinical skills to medical students and/or residents
2 years of experience in educational administration with medical students and/or residents
Experience in developing and/or leading medical school clinical skills or doctoring courses
Must qualify for faculty rank at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor level with the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience applying educational theory and pedagogy in medical education
Experience managing professionals in a complex organization
Experience working with diverse populations
Experience in evaluation and validation of measures
Experience in teaching clinical skills in a medical school environment
Evidence of teaching excellence and curricular innovation in case-based and active learning methods in a variety of group settings
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of principles of patient- and relationship-centered care
Knowledge of best practices in teaching and assessment of interpersonal and communication skills, physical exam skills, and procedures
Knowledge of clinical skills center or similar complex simulation environments and/or work with standardized patients
Knowledge of clinical care
Skill in teaching and educational leadership
Ability to demonstrate effective therapeutic alliances with patients
Ability to develop staff, faculty, and standardized patient skills in clinical teaching and assessment
Ability to communicate with and engage diverse populations
Ability to lead diverse teams
Ability to collaborate across disciplines, roles, and institutions to plan and organize successful initiatives
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 Environment:
Work is indoors 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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