The Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic
University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the
learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging
communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic
University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming
environment for all who interact in our community. In building this
environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from
a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida
Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and
collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit
to the institution and the diverse internal and external
communities that it serves.
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU has an
outstanding opportunity for an innovative, dynamic and
collaborative clinical faculty member to serve as the Director of
the Foundation of Medicine (FOM) Curriculum/Associate Director of
Interprofessional Education (IPE) to teach in the undergraduate
medical education curriculum, lead the Interprofessional
Initiatives for the College with FAU’s Colleges of Nursing and
Social Work, as well as other potential roles within the College
based on expertise and experience. This position will join the
Integrated Medical Science Department as an Assistant/Associate
Professor and report to the Assistant Dean for Medical
Education/Curriculum and ultimately the Senior Associate Dean for
Medical Education and the Chair of the Integrated Medical Science
The FOM Curriculum Director is a medical educator responsible
for building and fostering a positive and inclusive academic
learning environment for the faculty, staff and medical students.
The Director collaborates with COM leadership to ensure horizontal
and vertical integration of the curriculum across the continuum of
the MD program. The FOM courses provide students with an
understanding of the fundamental principles necessary to become a
competent, compassionate and professional physician and
opportunities to integrate knowledge of basic science, clinical
skills and the science of clinical practice components required for
direct patient care. Student activities in the courses in Years 1
and 2 include small group case-based discussions, workshops,
lectures, laboratory work, exercises with standardized patients, an
inter-professional education program with nursing, pharmacy and
social work students, a half-day community preceptorship,
experiences in clinics for the underserved, simulation activities
in the COM’s Simulation Center, and a wide range of assessments
including OSCEs. Other essential learning objectives and subject
matter are integrated throughout the curriculum including
professionalism, communication, team-based patient centered care,
complex chronic disease management, health promotion and disease
prevention, reflective practice and self-improvement, and
evidence-driven decision making and lifelong learning. These are
complex courses involving multiple full time and volunteer
The Director of FOM will have primary oversight and
responsibility to collaborate with the FOM Co-Course Directors on
the operations of the four FOM courses (FOM 1, 2, 3 and 4) which
run throughout the first two years of medical school.
The Director of FOM will:
- Create, organize, and review course syllabi, learning
objectives, and assessment methods and collaborate on instructional
materials/content for each session.
- Give lectures, conduct workshops, facilitate small groups for
some FOM sessions and in the Introduction to Hospital Medicine,
Synthesis and Transition and Transition to Residency courses.
- Prepare course exams, participate in OSCEs/Institutional
Competency Assessment (ICA) weeks, and chair the FOM Course Grading
- Serve as the College’s Associate Director of IPE in the
University’s Office of Interprofessional Education and coordinate
with the other College’s on the IPE educational curriculum.
- Recruit, oversee and evaluate volunteer faculty, university
faculty and staff involved in the courses including coordinating
with the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, physician
preceptors in the community, and clinics for the underserved.
- Coordinate required patient experiences with affiliate
- Create and continually improve education experiences that add
value to student learning and competency.
- Prepare annual post-course review/self-evaluation of the Course
and present to the Curriculum Committee.
- Organize and lead facilitator meetings and provide faculty
- Provide ongoing formative feedback to students and develop and
conduct remediation of the course for students as needed.
- Advise and mentor students.
- Complete Curricular Map of the Course.
- Collaborate with basic science, clerkship, thread and
curriculum directors to ensure horizontal and vertical integration
between components of the medical curriculum.
- Serve on College of Medicine curricular and disciplinary
committees as assigned.
- Perform other related duties and complete special projects as
This position will include the expectation of scholarly work
which can focus on medical education, clinical practice, or
scholarship in some other area in which the candidate can
collaborate with faculty and trainees. Faculty also participate in
other service-related activities such as providing mentorship for
students, contributing to COM committees, and participating in
faculty development, among others. The Director of FOM represents
the clinical sciences on curriculum committees and the student
M.D. or D.O. degree from an accredited institution, board
certification in internal medicine (or related primary care
specialty), a FL medical license or eligibility for FL licensure,
and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of assistant
professor or higher by time of application required.
Successful candidates would have significant teaching experience
with medical students and demonstrated teaching excellence
documented by peer and learner evaluations and possibly teaching
Significant experience teaching clinical medicine to medical
students in lectures/seminars; small groups; and clinical settings;
and expertise in assessment of learner performance.
Track record of curriculum development at the level of sessions,
courses, and/or clerkships, including experience developing and
implementing innovative approaches to education and faculty
development for medical educators are anticipated.
Consistent track record of scholarship relevant to the priorities
and institutional strategic plan of an academic health sciences
center including invited lectures, enduring materials, peer
reviewed publications and/or grant funded projects is
Exceptional time management, the ability to be flexible, adaptable,
and manage multiple demands and effectively communicate (verbal and
written) with a wide range of university and health care community
stakeholders from widely diverse backgrounds is
Possess a high level of professionalism, independence, and
All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted
position Director of the Foundations of Medicine Curriculum,
Assistant/Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science on the
Office of Human Resources' job website (https://fau.edu/jobs) by
completing the required online employment application and
submitting the related documents. When completing the online
application, please upload the following: a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, and copies of official transcripts scanned into
an electronic format.
A background check will be required for the candidate selected
for this position. This position is subject to funding.
For more information and to apply, visit www.fau.edu/jobs and go to Apply
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opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or
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