Director of Principles of Clinical Medicine

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Job ID: EB-6531511635
Job Title: Director of Principles of Clinical Medicine
Location: Memphis, TN

Course Director of Principles of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine | The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Opportunity to be in an UME leadership role as Course Director!

As the flagship statewide, public, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.

The College of Medicine (COM) at the UTHSC seeks an outstanding and dynamic medical educator for the position of faculty Course Director of Principles of Clinical Medicine (PCM). The PCM curriculum consists of a series of six 1-semester courses that introduce students to behavioral, cognitive, and clinical skills needed to become physicians. The first PCM course starts in the Fall semester of the first year and continues through the second semester of the second year. Evidence-based principles are emphasized throughout. Preclinical students gain early exposure to patients through a community preceptor experience. The last 2-semester courses are completed in the fourth year. The faculty Course Director is assisted by four (4) faculty members and three (3) full-time staff who are assigned to the course.

Where You’ll Work:
  • Since 1911, UTHSC has educated nearly 57,000 health care professionals.
  • Research: Each fiscal year, UTHSC faculty and staff receive over $300 million in sponsored program funding, including support from the NIH and private foundations.
  • Educational and Clinical Training Sites: UTHSC has almost 900 educational and clinical training sites across the state with full clinical campuses in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.
  • UTHSC’s Memphis campus is home to COM’s largest Graduate Medical Education, research, and clinical programs within one of the nation’s largest medical centers.
  • Tools for the 21st Century: Access to the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Simulation (CHIPS), a new 45,000 sqft state-of-the-art simulation center for healthcare education, and the Student Academic Support Service and Inclusion (SASSI), a nationally renowned model for tutoring and counseling.
  • Quality of Life in Memphis: Live in the Most Affordable City in America and one of the Happiest Cities to Work In.
  • Why Memphis? Memphis is the healthcare hub of the Mid-South. Memphis is also… Home of the Blues…Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll…Barbecue Pork Capital of the World. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is a:
    • Sports town (Grizzlies, Tigers, Redbirds, FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and Memphis 901 FC)
    • Foodie town (Tastin’ ‘Round Town, Barbecue Festivals, Bucket Lists Eats)
    • Outdoor town (Shelby Farms, Memphis Zoo, Big River Crossing)
    • Music town (Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Stax Records, Blues Hall of Fame)
    • Art town (Go South Main, Broad Avenue Arts District, River Arts Fest).
Position Summary:

The Course Director of Principles of Clinical Medicine (PCM) collaborates with and reports directly to the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Chair of Medical Education, Dr. Michael Whitt, in the College of Medicine at the UTHSC.

It is anticipated this position will require 80-100% effort as faculty Course Director of PCM within the Department of Medical Education. Based on the individual’s needs and licensing requirements 20% clinical effort may be negotiated. Faculty, residents, and all who teach UTHSC College of Medicine students are expected to be aware of the objectives, policies, and procedures related to medical education.

The Candidate
Required Professional Qualifications/Experience:

The successful candidate for the position of Course Director of Principles of Clinical Medicine must possess an MD/DO degree, must be at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher, and have a minimum of six (6) months leadership experience as a course director or some other recognized leadership role related to medical student curriculum.

In addition, the individual must:

  • Be board-certified by one of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), preferably in a primary care specialty.
  • Have an established record of clinical practice and clinical medical education.
  • Have experience with point-of-care-ultrasound and the ability to incorporate ultrasound within the PCM curriculum and/or willingness to collaborate with ultrasound-trained faculty to integrate point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) instruction with traditional physical exam skills.
  • Be domiciled in or willing to relocate to Memphis, TN.
Application Process and Instructions:

The Search Committee invites applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references), to be electronically submitted to Eric Dickerson: and/or Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

Contact Information:
Eric Dickerson
Managing Director & Sr. Practice Leader
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
Phone: (972) 265-5245 – Direct

Comprehensive Salary + Benefits:

  • Competitive pay /negotiable and DOE
  • Full medical benefits, including medical, dental, and vision
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Non-contributory retirement
  • 401K, 457, and 403B
  • Sign-on bonus
  • Relocation stipend
  • CME allowance
  • A positive work-life balance and Memphis’s natural beauty and lifestyle.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has partnered with Kaye/Bassman to recruit for this Course Director, PCM position at the College of Medicine. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.