The Department of Medicine is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the Internal Medicine Clerkship’s Master Clinician Program for the 2021-22 academic year. A Master Clinician will provide one-on-one mentorship to third year students during the Medicine 401 Clerkship with the goal of improving clinical training through direct observation of skills and with a special emphasis on developing skills centered around communication, compassion, and empathy. The Master Clinician program is supported by a generous grant from the Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion and is housed in the Center for Mentorship in Medicine within the Institute. We will be filling 20 positions with 5 positions reserved for outstanding junior/mid-career faculty with the designation of “Master Clinician in Waiting.”

The Master Clinician Program seeks experienced educators dedicated to medical education, with a track record of teaching excellence, and who can fully commit to the responsibilities delineated below. To qualify for the position, candidates must hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine and should have a terminal medical degree (e.g., MD or DO). Selected candidates will serve a two-year term with an option for renewal. On average, each Master Clinician will be assigned four 4-week blocks/academic year mentoring two MS3 students/block. The students will be rotating on an inpatient internal medicine team at either UC San Diego Hillcrest or at the VA La Jolla. Each Master Clinician will receive funding support of $4,000/per 4-week block covered. 

Essential Duties During Each Assigned Block

  • Directly observe students’ clinical skills by rounding with students’ team at least once weekly and subsequently meet with students outside of rounds to provide individualized, formative feedback with an emphasis on physical examination, clinical reasoning, and communication skills
  • Conduct weekly 60-minute group educational sessions during weeks 1-3 to discuss topics related to clinical skill development with a focus on the “art of medicine”
  • Hold an individualized meeting with each student during week 4 for cumulative feedback and mentoring
  • Serve as a resource and mentor for the students, available to meet on an as needed basis outside of formally scheduled sessions

Essential Longitudinal Duties

  • Participate in Medicine Clerkship OSCE as proctor/grader (conducted quarterly)
  • Participate in Master Clinician faculty development sessions
  • Collaborate with other Medicine Clerkship Master Clinicians to produce an academic project annually to improve medical student education

Nominations by division chiefs or interested faculty should include a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae submitted to Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee chaired by Dr. Jess Mandel, Vice-Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine.

The deadline for receipt of applications and nominations is December 11, 2020. It is anticipated that final selections will be made by January 15, 2021.

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