Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate, Medical Education, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

Kate Stuart
May 22, 2016

Occupational Summary:

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 career 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”.  The Postdoctoral Associate will have an assigned faculty mentor who will meet with him/her regularly, and have a minimum of quarterly performance evaluations.  Working with this individual, 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. Kathryn Andolsek, Assistant Dean for Premedical Education for the Duke School of Medicine. The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education will provide office space. This will be a full-time position, renewable after the first year contingent on performance and funding.  Please see the Duke University Postdoctoral Policy at http://www.postdoc.duke.edu/policies-and-forms for information on postdoctoral appointment, salary, and benefits.

 

EXPECTATIONS:

  • During the first fellowship year, the Postdoctoral Associate will assist in the design, implementation, assessment, and enhancement of biological science courses, and master the integrated human biological sciences curriculum mentored by a member of the Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences faculty.
  • During the second year, the Postdoctoral Associate will have progressive independence in designing, delivering, and assessing identified curricular components. In the final 6 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.
  • The Postdoctoral Associate will be a participating associate member of Duke AHEAD (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.
  • The Postdoctoral Associate will develop skills in academic advisement by participating with Duke MBS faculty and MBS 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).
  • The Postdoctoral Associate will ideally be intellectually connected to their pertinent discipline with professional development and continuing education opportunities such as seminars, discipline-specific workshops, and engagement in the aligned academic community.
  • The Postdoctoral Associate will be encouraged to collaborate with other Postdoctoral Associates in Graduate Biomedical Education formally and informally.  When appropriate, they may participate in the signature programs through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity: https://medschool.duke.edu/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion/office-biome....

 

Education/Training:

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. Alterative credentials such as a clinical doctorate (e.g., MD, DO, DVM, DPT) may be considered on a case by case basis

Experience, Skills and Attributes

Successful candidates will have:

  • An integrated biomedical sciences background with significant experience in two or more of the following disciplines:  anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, organ systems physiology, neurosciences, development biology, immunology or pathology.
  • Collaborative style.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience as a teaching assistant or equivalent, ideally at the graduate or professional school level.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (to be submitted with CV and 3 references at the time of application).
  • 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 are encouraged to apply.

 

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative and level 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. Andolsek, the Postdoctoral Associate will meet regularly with an assigned biomedical sciences faculty mentor and the Director of Duke AHEAD. There will be a minimum of quarterly performance evaluations by Dr. Andolsek.  The Postdoctoral Associate will develop an individualized learning plan, potential academic projects, a timeline for completion of all requirements and the identification of needed resources.

 

Remuneration:  FY2017 $43,692 + Fringe

 

Timeline:

Months 1-6

 

Months 7-12

  • Assist in the design, implementation, assessment and enhancement of biological science courses, and master 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 serving on one or more committees and participating in the Certificate program.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with other Postdoctoral Associates in Graduate Biomedical Education formally and informally.  When appropriate, participate in the signature programs through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity:  https://medschool.duke.edu/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion/office-biome...
  • Meet at least monthly with mentor and Duke AHEAD director
  • Meet with Dr. Andolsek 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.
  • Design a syllabus for an elective course, including identifying content, pedagogy and assessment strategies.
  • 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 advising of Duke MBS students.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with other Postdoctoral Associates in Graduate Biomedical Education formally and informally.  When appropriate, participate in the signature programs through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity:  https://medschool.duke.edu/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion/office-biome...
  • Meet at least monthly with mentor and Duke AHEAD director
  • Meet with Dr. Andolsek 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.
  • Teach an elective for which the Postdoctoral Associate will have designed a syllabus and identified appropriate content, pedagogy and assessment strategies.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with other Postdoctoral Associates in Graduate Biomedical Education formally and informally.  When appropriate, participate in the signature programs through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity:  https://medschool.duke.edu/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion/office-biomedical-graduate-diversity/signature-programming
  • Complete an evaluation of the program, including self-assessment of skills
  • Meet at least monthly with mentor and Duke AHEAD director
  • Meet with Dr. Andolsek monthly, and at months 3 and 6 for performance feedback.

 

 

 

Start Date:  The optimal expected start date is July 1, 2016.  Applicants will be considered beginning May 16, 2016 until the position is filled.

 

Application:  To apply, email CV, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and 3 professional references to:

 

Kathryn M Andolsek MD, MPH

Professor, Community and Family Medicine

Assistant Dean, Premedical Education

Duke University School of Medicine

kathryn.andolsek@duke.edu