Director of Didactic Education - 116659
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#116659 Director of Didactic EducationExtended Review Date: Thu 6/23/2022
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UC San Diego Health Sciences is a top-ranking, $1 billion dollar plus future oriented organization, encompassing 14 departments (12 clinical, 2 basic sciences), 2 professional schools (School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), 2 hospitals, and various other programs and units all dedicated towards fulfilling the Health Sciences missions. As a top-ranking, future oriented organization, UC San Diego Health Sciences offers challenging career opportunities in a fast-paced and innovative environment. The Vice Chancellor’s Office follows a progressive philosophy of career-path development for its employees.
The Medical Education Division supports the education, training and co-curricular activities of health professionals. This includes 536 medical students, 800 residents and fellows, as well as the faculty, physician and healthcare providers at UCSD’s School of Medicine (SOM), its' Medical Centers, and affiliates. The Physician Assistant Education (PA) program is slated to enroll it’s inaugural class in January 2024. The program will havean initial cohort of 20 students and a steady state enrollment of 30 students per year thereafter.
The SOM and PA programs jointly utilize the offices of Anatomical Preparation Services, Educational Computing, Events Management, the Simulation Training Center and a central business office. Other SOM offices within the Division include Admissions & Student Affairs (including Health Sciences Financial Aid), Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, and Diversity & Community Partnerships. The School of Medicine Graduate Programs consist of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Neurosciences Graduate Program, Medical Scientist Training Program and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
The Director of Didactic Education (DDE) is responsible for the planning, development and management of all activities related to the didactic curriculum in the Physician Assistant (PA) Education program. Applies extensive knowledge of PA education programs and policies to manage program administration and operations, which includes teaching and learning activities, program curriculum, learner scheduling, maintaining databases, tracking learner compliance, and program accreditation. Participates in strategizing, planning, and implementation of substantial program improvements of large scope and high degrees of complexity. Designs, implements, evaluates, and standardizes didactic simulation educational programming.
Nine (9) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus five (5) years of related experience/training.
Advanced knowledge relevant policies and regulatory requirements. Advanced knowledge of a health professions education program curriculum and requirements. Maintains a broad range of expertise in health professions education theory and industry best practices.
Thorough knowledge of administrative analysis and operations research. Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills to develop and implement complex processes and systems improving program quality and efficiency and reducing cost.
Excellent communicator; includes verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Ability to handle sensitive personal information with appropriate discretion and judgment.
Effective interpersonal skills. Skills to work collaboratively coordinate and integrate with others throughout the organization. Successful experience working with people with a wide range of backgrounds and skills.
Strong organizational and project management skills. Ability to lead a team, prioritize personal and team tasks and see projects through from inception to completion on schedule. Advanced personal organization skills and ability to apply to administration of the entire program including organizing critical files for compliance.
In-depth knowledge of educational software and technologies to promote a wide-range of teaching and learning goals.
In-depth knowledge of data management, documentation methods used in investigating and presenting findings about the program.
- Master’s degree in physician assistant studies from an ARC-PA accredited program, preferred.
- One (1) year of experience in PA Education and Three (3) years of clinical experience, preferred
- Knowledge and experience with Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant current standards.
- Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.
UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!
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