• Postdoctoral Associate in Medical Education

Duke University School of Medicine


DESCRIPTION

Duke University School of Medicine

Conduct independent and collaborative teaching, educational research, and administrative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor in preparation for a full time academic career in health professions/biomedical sciences education. The ideal candidate has aspirations to pursue a career in health professions education as their primary focus, with scholarly activities in teaching, learning and assessment, as opposed to “bench” or “translational research” in biomedical science.

The Postdoctoral Associate will have an assigned primary faculty mentor from the ranks of the Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) faculty who will meet with him/her regularly, and have a minimum of quarterly performance evaluations. Working with this mentor, the Postdoctoral Associate will develop an individualized learning plan, a timeline for completion, one or more academic products, and identify needed resources. The Postdoctoral Associate will report to Dr. Leonard White, Associate Professor in Neurology and Associate Director for Integrative Human Biomedical Sciences in the Duke MBS program [click here for professional profile]. Dr. White will function as the Postdoctoral Associate’s supervisor and may also serve as the fellow’s primary mentor, depending on the specific educational background and professional interests of the fellow.

The postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time position, renewable after the first year contingent on performance and funding. Please see relevant policies that govern postdoctoral associates at Duke University, their appointment, salary, benefits, etc., by visiting the website for the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

APPLICATION:

To apply, email CV, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and 3 professional references to: dukembs@duke.edu (Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences; attn: Postdoc Hiring Manager)

Applicants will be considered beginning November 1, 2019 until the position is filled.

Start Date: The optimal expected start date is July 1, 2020.

Please submit your full application at https://careers.duke.edu/job/Durham-POSTDOCTORAL-ASSOCIATE-NC-27710/605295500/.

EXPECTATIONS:

Year 1

• The Postdoctoral Associate will attend all class sessions required of students in the Duke MBS program, unless otherwise directed by the faculty mentor or supervisor.

• The Postdoctoral Associate will assist in the design, implementation, assessment, and enhancement of biological science courses in the integrated human biological sciences curriculum, working collaboratively with the relevant MBS course directors and instructors.

• The Postdoctoral Associate will be a participating associate member of Duke AHEAD (Duke’s Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development) and is strongly encouraged to participate in relevant activities, workshops, and committees, including the Duke AHEAD Certificate Program in Health Professions Education and Teaching.

• The Postdoctoral Associate will develop skills in academic advisement by participating with MBS faculty and students.

Year 2

• The Postdoctoral Associate will have progressive independence in designing, delivering, and assessing identified curricular components.

• In the final six months, the Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to teach an elective for which they will have designed a syllabus and identified appropriate content, pedagogy and assessment strategies, or contribute to other courses (required or elective) in substantive and original ways that enhances or transforms the learning experience for students.

• The Postdoctoral Associate will complete one or more scholarly medical education project(s) to be submitted/disseminated externally (e.g., poster presentation or abstract at a national/international meeting; submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal). Throughout the fellowship, the Postdoctoral Associate will be intellectually connected to their pertinent discipline in the biomedical sciences, with professional development and continuing education opportunities such as seminars, discipline-specific workshops, and engagement in the aligned academic community in the School of Medicine and/or across the University.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

The Postdoctoral Associate should hold a PhD or equivalent doctorate in a basic science field such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, organ systems physiology, neurosciences, embryology, histology, immunology, or pathology. Alternative credentials such as a clinical doctorate with experience in biomedical science research (e.g., MD, DO, DVM, DPT) may be considered on a case by case basis. Successful candidates will have:

• An integrated biomedical sciences background with significant research and/or education experience in two or more of the following disciplines: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, organ systems physiology, neurosciences, development biology, pharmacology, immunology or pathology.

• Collaborative work style.

• Strong communication and presentation skills.

• Experience as a teaching assistant or equivalent, ideally at the undergraduate and graduate or professional school level.

• A statement of teaching philosophy (to be submitted with CV and 3 references at the time of application; see below).

• Personal characteristics such as conscientiousness, integrity, flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, team spirit, ability to take initiative.

• A track record of scholarly publications is preferred, and ideally will include educational scholarship.

• Applicants from communities that are historically underrepresented in the health professions and biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. The intent of this position description is to provide representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. MENTORING In addition to Dr. White, the Postdoctoral Associate will meet regularly with a designated MBS biomedical sciences faculty mentor who is best aligned with the education and interests of the fellow (if not Dr. White) and the Director of Duke AHEAD. There will be a minimum of quarterly performance evaluations by Dr. White. The Postdoctoral Associate will develop an individualized learning plan including identification of needed resources, potential academic projects, and a timeline for completion of all requirements associated with this fellowship.

TIMELINE FOR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENT:

Months 1-6

• Identify best MBS biomedical science faculty mentor for fellow (if not Dr. White).

• Complete a self-assessment of teaching and assessment skills.

• Develop mentoring plan to set educational goals.

• Assist faculty course directors in the design, implementation, assessment and enhancement of units, modules or components of one or more biological science course(s) in the integrated human biological sciences curriculum.

• Develop skills in the theory and practice of team-based learning.

• Apply to and engage in Duke AHEAD’s year-long Educator Professional Development Program.

• Initiate Duke AHEAD’s Certificate Program in Health Professions Education & Teaching (click here for details on 2019-2020 program)

• Apply, if relevant and consistent with learning plan, to one or more of the following professional development programs, recognizing that there is no guarantee of acceptance:

o Emerging Leaders Institute: https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/programs/emerging-leaders-institute

o Bass Instructional Fellowship https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/programs/bass-instructional-fellowships.

• Intellectually connect with their primary basic science discipline with professional development and continuing education opportunities, such as attending seminars, discipline-specific workshops, and engagement in the aligned academic community.

• Develop an online portfolio through Duke AHEAD.

• Meet at least monthly with mentor and Duke AHEAD director.

• Meet with Dr. White monthly, and at months 3 and 6 for performance feedback.

Months 7-12

• Assist faculty course directors in the design, implementation, assessment and enhancement of biological science courses in the integrated human biological sciences curriculum mentored by a member of the Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences faculty.

• Continue to participate in Duke AHEAD by progressing in the Certificate Program in Health Professions Education & Teaching.

• Complete an evaluation of the first year, including self-assessment of skills and updated learning plan for Year 2.

• Design and plan implementation of a relevant scholarly project in medical education research.

• Remain intellectually connected to discipline with professional development and continuing education opportunities, such as attending seminars, discipline-specific workshops, and engagement in the aligned academic community.

• Meet at least monthly with faculty mentor and Duke AHEAD director. • Meet with Dr. White monthly, and at months 3 and 6 for performance feedback.

Months 12-18

• Refine individualized learning plan.

• Develop progressive independence in designing, delivering, and assessing identified curricular components.

• Teach one or more components of the biological science courses, mentored by a member of the Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences faculty.

• Implement one or more scholarly medical education project(s) to be submitted/disseminated externally (e.g., poster presentation or abstract at a national/international meeting; submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal).

• Participate in the tutoring and/or advising of Duke MBS students.

• Remain intellectually connected to a discipline with professional development and continuing education opportunities, such as attending seminars, discipline-specific workshops, and engagement in the aligned academic community.

• Serve on MBS admission committee and one or more additional MBS committees (by mutual agreement among Postdoctoral Associate, faculty mentor and supervisor).

• Meet at least monthly with faculty mentor and Duke AHEAD director.

• Meet with Dr. White monthly, and at months 3 and 6 for performance feedback.

Months 19-24

• Teach one or more components of the biological science courses, mentored by a member of the Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences faculty.

• Complete and disseminate a scholarly medical education project to be submitted/disseminated externally (e.g., poster presentation or abstract at a national/international meeting; submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal).

• Remain intellectually connected to discipline with professional development and continuing education opportunities, such as attending seminars, discipline-specific workshops, and engagement in the aligned academic community.

• Complete an evaluation of the MBS Postdoctoral Associate in Medical Education Administration program, including self-assessment of professional development across the fellowship.

• Meet at least monthly with faculty mentor and Duke AHEAD director.

• Meet with Dr. White monthly, and at months 3 and 6 for performance feedback.

Job Code: 3820 FLSA: E

Job Level: 00

Revised Date: 09/10/2019

Job Family: JF 27

Start Date: The optimal expected start date is July 1, 2020.

Applicants will be considered beginning November 1, 2019 until the position is filled. Application: To apply, email CV, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and 3 professional references to: dukembs@duke.edu (Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences; attn: Postdoc Hiring Manager

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