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Applicants will be University academic postholders who have experience of teaching and providing support to Medicine students. Applicants who are clinically qualified may be at an advantage. The appointment will be offered for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of re-appointment following review for one further period, of three years’ duration. There will be a probationary period of six months.

The Associate Director will be responsible to the Director of Pre-clinical Studies (Dr Robert Wilkins). Dr Wilkins will chair the selection committee for the Associate Directorship.

Essential selection criteria

  • Current employment in a University departmental academic post;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current medical educational issues and substantive experience that would be of assistance in dealing with at least some of these;
  • Ability to establish excellent relationships with the medical student body and with individual medical students;
  • Ability to command the confidence of a broad range of University and NHS, academic and non-academic staff members;
  • Excellent written and oral skills;
  • Experience of delivering high-quality medical student teaching and assessment.
  • Ability to establish relationships with University departments, Colleges, and local healthcare and academic networks

Desirable selection criteria

  • A Primary Medical Qualification
  • Possession of a Master’s degree or Diploma in learning and teaching in medical education, or similar equivalent experience
  • Knowledge/experience of postgraduate medical education and career pathways particularly within academic medicine

Duties

The duties of the post are set out below.

The Director of Pre-clinical Studies is currently assisted in the delivery of their duties by one Deputy Director (with primary responsibility for admissions and recruitment) and one Associate Director (with primary responsibility for the FHS course). Admissions, teaching and examinations are administered by a small team of administrators. The Assistant Registrar (MSTC), manages the administration, and also provides policy support and advice.

The Associate Director will also work in conjunction with the Pre-clinical Medicine Steering Committee (the main decision-making body for the course), and the other course committees including the First BM Parts I and II committees, the FHS Committees, and the Joint Consultative Committee.

The Associate Director will also work in conjunction with other members of staff who have responsibility for supporting the well-being of medical students in other parts of the Medical School (Dr Lois Brand for clinical students and Dr Maheshi Ramasamy for Graduate-entry students).

The newly appointed Associate Director will have particular responsibility for:

  • Supporting the well-being of individual Pre-clinical medicine students. Signposting to students the network of pastoral care and welfare support provided by the collegiate University. Providing individual advice and support to students on request. Liaising with College Tutors for Pre-clinical Medicine and others involved in supporting individual students. Monitoring student engagement with support measures that have been put in place both whilst on course and if they take time away from their studies.
  • Designing, delivering and implementing curriculum developments, specifically linking student well-being and resilience to contemporary refinements of curriculum content and delivery. This will include maintaining an overview of the curriculum in years 1-3, and liaising with subject leads, option organisers and course administrators to ensure that the curriculum evolves to meet the needs of students, regulators and the NHS.
  • Implementing measures to promote the well-being and resilience of all Pre-clinical medicine students.
  • Liaising with the Director of Pre-clinical Studies in the cases of Pre-clinical students who are causing concern on grounds of ill health and/or misconduct.

Other duties will include:

  • Participating in communication and shared decision-making across the Medical School. The Associate Director will be an ‘additional member’ of the Pre-clinical Medicine Steering Committee, and may also be asked to attend termly meetings of the Joint Consultative Committee, and/or the termly meeting of college tutors.
  • Assisting and deputizing for the Director of Pre-clinical Studies, on occasion and where required.

Applications

Applications in the form of a curriculum vitae with a covering statement detailing the applicant’s suitability and including the names of two referees should be submitted to Mrs Kirstie Vreede (kirstie.vreede@medsci.ox.ac.uk) by no later than 5pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

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