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The Office of Rural Programs at the School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a RUOP Education Specialist (Program Operations Specialist).
The Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) Education Specialist will work within the Office of Rural Programs for the School of Medicine, reporting directly to the RUOP Co-Directors and taking direction from the Assistant Dean for Rural Programs. The RUOP Education Specialist will be responsible for ensuring the RUOP program is continuously improved and the curricular learning goals are achieved. In addition, the RUOP Education Specialist will collaborate with staff and faculty on curricular and administrative elements of the WWAMI Area Health Education (AHEC) Scholars Program, and other courses and programs as assigned.
RUOP is a four-week, elective immersion experience in community medicine for students between their first and second years of medical school. Typically 130-165 students participate in the program each year. During this rotation, students work in underserved primary care clinics in rural or urban communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI). Most RUOP students also elect to participate in the RUOP Independent Investigative Inquire 3 (RUOP iii-3) practicum in population health during this rotation. In this credit-bearing course, weekly online assignments lead RUOP iii-3 students toward the end goal of initiating a public health project in their RUOP communities.
The WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program aims to encourage and prepare inter-disciplinary cohorts of health professional students to pursue careers in rural and underserved communities through service learning, clinical and community experiences and didactics. The didactic topics include social determinants of health, health equity, cultural competency, diversity, health systems and practice transformation. The WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program will employ a host of strategic partnerships from across the WWAMI region. Partnerships will include, but not be limited to: UW SoM, UW School of Dentistry, regional WWAMI AHEC Centers, and local medical specialty societies, state and regional rural health associations, community colleges and universities, and communities and medical clinics across the WWAMI region.
The RUOP Educator will likely engage in other programs and courses that include but are not limited to:
A. WWAMI Regional Integrated Training Experience (WRITE): The WRITE program is designed to give selected third-year medical students an appropriate mix of ambulatory and hospital experience during a 16 to 22-week clinical education experience at a rural primary care teaching site. Because of the length of time in the same community and the multiple specialty training integrated into a single rotation, WRITE is considered a longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC).
B. Other Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships: In addition to WRITE, the UW School of Medicine is currently engaged in a longitudinal integrated clerkship pilot program in Olympia, Washington. This program is similar to WRITE except for the structure of the rotation schedule. It is also based in a metropolitan, rather than a rural community.
C. Ecology of Health and Medicine Course: This new course is being developed for all medical students, beginning with the entering class of 2017. It will be offered in seven, four-day sessions that will span all four years of medical school. The content covers such topics as social determinants of health, diversity, health equity, population health, ethics, professionalism and inter-professional education.
This position requires an understanding of the principles of population health and the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders including: the Curriculum Office and the Office of Academic Affairs, Regional Affairs, Registrar Office, the six foundations teaching sites, community groups and faculty throughout the WWAMI region.
This position will serve as a critical interface with the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Assistant Dean for Rural Programs, Director for Curriculum, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Clinical and Foundation Deans based throughout the WWAMI region, WWAMI AHEC Program Office and Centers, UW SoM Curriculum Chairs, faculty (both based in Seattle and outside Seattle), regional higher learning institutions, community preceptors and medical students on any number of complex issues. The RUOP program is experiencing record participation. Last year, RUOP accepted 29% more students than the previous year. With the expansion of the medical school, the increase participation in RUOP and the curricular challenges that lie ahead, this position requires a high degree of independent decision-making and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to prioritize many competing tasks. With the regional orientation of the medical school, the RUOP Education Specialist must also be service-oriented and customer-focused, able to address questions, problems, or concerns from faculty, staff and students across the WWAMI region in a professional, prompt and confidential manner.
Curriculum, development, implementation, facilitation and evaluation
Design and manage RUOP curricula and student activities. This includes: A) Providing annual curricular updates for the RUOP's III-3 practicum in population health; B) Developing and facilitating RUOP annual orientations, information sessions, and debriefs for 130-160 medical students in six regional campuses.
Mentor RUOP iii-3 students: Grade web-based assignments, provide guidance on practicum and evaluate performance for 20-30 RUOP iii-3 students each summer; train and provide guidance for other RUOP iii-3 mentors.
Write performance-based course goals and objectives for RUOP following SoM standards and in conjunction with the SoM Curriculum Office.
Design and update program and learning evaluations for RUOP; Analyze evaluation data and report to faculty and other stakeholders.
Participate in the curriculum review process: Develop reports and lead data gathering efforts for RUOP.
Plan and facilitate RUOP faculty development sessions for WWAMI clinical preceptors.
Independently conduct RUOP site visits throughout WWAMI; Meet and discuss program goals and objectives with clinical faculty and administrators on regional campuses and community clinical teaching sites.
WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program
Collaborate with faculty and staff to develop curricular content and teaching methods for the WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program's didactic sessions and community-based activities.
Plan and facilitate WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program faculty development sessions for WWAMI clinical preceptors and other faculty from health sciences graduate programs.
Other Programs and Courses
Collaborates with SoM Curriculum Office to develop program and student learning goals and objectives for longitudinal integrated clerkships.
Collaborate with Rural Programs faculty and staff to adapt and design Ecology of Health and Medicine for distance learning sites.
Related to All Programs and Courses
Collaborate with staff and faculty on research and publications. This includes developing research questions, conducting literature reviews, and writing journal article manuscripts.
Collaborate with staff and faculty on regional and national conference presentations.
Disseminate teaching methods and curricular innovations across SoM and other medical schools.
Develop and implement collaborative strategies and policies with all RUOP stakeholders to support coordination and implementation of program goals/objectives. This includes: A) Leading the regional Placement Coordinators group in policy development related to housing, travel and stipends. B) Collaborating with Regional Deans to ensure quality teaching standards are maintained across 140 or more RUOP teaching sites.
Independently, and in collaboration with faculty, address non-routine student and preceptor issues and questions related to the RUOP.
Manage the RUOP application process: A) Review RUOP student applications to ensure students are qualified for the program; B) Make decisions about student placements based on multiple student factors and regional capacity; C) Work with regional Placement Coordinators to establish placement timelines and help solve non-routine capacity and site participation issues.
Participate in and manage the RUOP awards and the Western Student and Resident Medical Research Forum selection processes.
Delegate appropriate work to other support staff and faculty.
WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program
Collaborate with the WWAMI AHEC Program Office's information management personnel to design, implement, and manage a student requirement tracking system.
Manage the WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program recruitment of graduate-level health sciences programs from multiple universities across Washington, Idaho and Wyoming.
Office of Rural Programs
Identify grant and other funding opportunities, lead the application process; manage grants; assist with the grant activities and deliverables.
Bachelor's Degree in education, public health, administration, health sciences, or other related field and 3 years administrative or program management experience.
Ability to work independently, develop and maintain collaborative relationships is required. This includes relating effectively with UW SoM leadership, students, faculty, a wide range of health care professionals, and community members.
Understanding of the principles of population health.
Excellent writing and presentation skills.
Ability to independently problem solve; excellent judgment and decision making skills.
Travel in WWAMI area is required.
Competency with MS Office required.
Master's degree in public health or education with at least three years administrative and/or program management experience.
Ability and experience with diversity and inclusion issues in higher education and a commitment to working with underserved and rural communities.
Experience with longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) management and curriculum development.
Experience with developing clinical learning goals and in-depth knowledge of pedagogical strategies used in clinical medical education.
Conditions of Employment A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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