Longitudinal Educator & Clinical Skills Preceptor Roles

What are the roles?

  • Longitudinal Educators (LE’s) will be small group facilitators, either MD/DO’s or PhDs, who will teach in all phases of Foundations, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday mornings from 8a-12p (25% FTE annualized).  LE’s will start July 1st with training, to begin teaching in August.  Each LE will follow a cohort of 9-10 students longitudinally through Keystones and Organ Systems, signing up for a two-year cycle with an option to renew.  They will teach foundational science content like histology, immunology, and biochemistry; organ system integrated content like pulmonary, rheumatology, and endocrinology; and key threads/themes like social medicine, critical reasoning, and leadership.  For a full review of the job description, please see the attached document.
  • Clinical Skills Preceptors (CSP’s) will be clinical faculty (MDs/DO’s) focused on teaching clinical skills longitudinally to small groups of students (about 5-6 each) in the Patient-Centered Care block time (Mondays-Tuesdays-Wednesdays from 1p-5p), 5 hours/per week/per person (12.5% FTE).  They will teach interviewing, exam skills, procedures, and other PCC content, both at Scaife and at hospital/clinic sites.  We need both adult and child clinicians.  For a full review of the job description, please see the attached document.

On February 7th, we held a Town Hall meeting with a Q&A session for Longitudinal Educator and Clinical Skills Preceptor roles. Please click here to view!

What do I need to do to be chosen?

The application process requires several components.  Each candidate will submit a portfolio, including a discussion of their teaching background/training, a personal statement, and a letter of support from their division/department lead.  Their CV and teaching evaluations will be reviewed.  Candidates will be screened, and qualified individuals will receive an in-person 30-minute interview with two members of the selection committee.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a major focus of our recruitment for these positions, and candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to DEI.

NOTE: This letter of support is NOT a recommendation letter, just an acknowledgement of awareness and a willingness to work with the faculty on their future role should they get the position.

When will I find out?

We hope to have final decisions by April 1.  Individuals offered positions will be expected to talk with their divisions/departments to go over the time commitment, and as a way of ensuring that clinical or other roles can be filled if the individual becomes a paid educator.  Departments/divisions are well aware of this hiring process, and the school and UPP will collaborate on individual arrangements.

How many people will be hired?

We will be hiring just what we need for the Class of 2027; candidates who do not secure a spot this year can reapply for the Class of 2028, when we will need a new cohort of educators.  Approximately 17 LE’s and 35 CSPs will be hired this year.

Will I be trained?

We know that no one is an expert on all aspects of the curriculum.  Fortunately, you don’t have to be—you’ll receive significant faculty development, not only for the initial phase of what your role will be, but also for each component of the curriculum.  We’re confident that clinical faculty can teach basic science, that immunologists can also teach genetics, that psychiatrists can teach the physical exam, and so forth.  Apply, and we’ll make sure you’re trained appropriately to teach in the curriculum.

How will faculty educators be paid?

The details are being worked out, but there are likely to be individual and department-specific arrangements based on context and needs.  Faculty will have their time protected, and departments and divisions will be paid to cover their teaching efforts.  Salaries may vary based on a faculty member’s current base—their effort and reimbursement will be capped at a maximum of $250,000, meaning that faculty making up to that amount will earn whatever that percentage of salary would be for them, while faculty above the cap will only earn the amount at the cap (unless departments/divisions complement).  Current ECU funds that are given to departments will remain unchanged and become part of the department’s base budget.  The above education support funds are new funds provided to the departments to release the teaching faculty from clinical duties over and above the 10% effort expected from all faculty. 

I heard that Foundations isn’t a full two years.  What does that mean for educators?

Foundations has been compressed from its current 18 months to 15 months.  Both LEs and CSPs will complete their teaching responsibilities in December of the curriculum’s second year, leaving six months for them to help with other tasks (faculty training, curriculum development, assessment, remediation, advising, committee service, etc).

Why are LE’s allotted only 25% FTE when they’re expected to work 12 hours weekly?

LE’s have an annualized FTE of 0.25, because they are only teaching for 15 months per year.  As noted above, while there will be activities during the rest of the time, it won’t add up to 12hpw.  Because of that, the total effort averages to 25% over the entire phase.  Even during the regular curricular calendar, the hours per week will vary—some weeks 8-9hpw, other weeks 11-12hpw.  Clinical faculty will have to negotiate arrangements with their divisions/departments based on their individual situations, but the expectation is that all LE’s will be available for every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning for educational activities.

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