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Director of Clinical Education (DCE), Physician Assistant Studies Program

Posted:  February 11, 2014 

This is a university faculty position with academic rank based upon the appointee’s academic and experiential qualifications. The incumbent who serves in this position is responsible for the overall development of supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) necessary to ensure students receive the clinical experiences required to meet program outcomes and accreditation standards. As a program faculty member, this individual is also involved in generating and delivering classroom lectures and clinical skills instruction within the basic medical and clinical science topics for which he/she is qualified.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties

 

  • Oversee coordination of all aspects of the clinical year including development, modification, and maintenance of clinical rotation schedule for supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs).
  • Oversee administration of all classroom activity, assessment, and evaluation of instruction for clinical year students.
  • Identify potential clinical sites and securing affiliation agreements.
  • Oversee performance of clinical site visits to establish/evaluate rotations and/or supervise and evaluate students during their clinical rotations.
  • Orient preceptors and staff members at clinical sites regarding objectives and expectations for SCPEs.
  • Monitor student progress through evaluating student logs and achievement of preceptorship objectives on a timely basis.
  • Ensure clinical sites provide orientation and any special training needed such as rules of institution, accessing medical records, etc.
  • Provide regular feedback to the program concerning student progress and problems.
  • Serve as co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee (CC) to provide leadership in facilitating high quality education through curriculum development and continuous self-assessment and improvement processes.
  • Provide administrative oversight for section three (Academic Progression – Clinical) of student files.
  • Design original or review and modify as appropriate existing curricula to correlate with established or new course and program outcomes and implement curricula in harmony with the educational approach of the UC PA program through active course direction and instruction.
  • If assigned, participate in admissions processes by scoring qualifying applications, interviewing candidates, and rendering selection decisions.
  • Participate in activities of state, regional, and national organizations to promote a positive image of the PA concept within academic, lay, and professional communities.
  • Mentor, instruct, and evaluate students within areas of expertise and interest.
  • Represent the Physician Assistant Program through service on University-level committees.
  • Pursue professional development activities such as clinical practice, scholarly works, or an advanced degree.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The incumbent should have the requirements listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  • Graduate level degree in a healthcare-related area (Master’s acceptable but doctorate preferred).
  • Current NCCPA certification.
  • Two years of clinical experience or more.
  • Strong interpersonal abilities with excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with students, staff, faculty, preceptors, clinical site staff, and organizational administrators.
  • Familiarity with the use of computers for organization, word processing, and communication.
  • Enthusiastic about working in a collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivated with refined organizational skills.

 

Submit cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to: 

Anita Diaz
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
School of Health Science
University of Charleston
anitadiaz@ucwv.edu

The University of Charleston is an equal opportunity employer.