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Associate Director of Clinical Studies: Assessment Lead for Years 4 and 6

Applications are invited for the office of Associate Director of Clinical Studies (Assessment Lead for Years 4 and 6) within the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Oxford. This is an exciting and interesting opportunity to play an important role as part of the senior management team for two medical programmes.  It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin work in December 2022.

The purpose of the post is to provide academic leadership, governance and oversight of assessments in Years 4 and 6 of the Clinical Medicine programme (assessments in these years are also taken by students in Years 2 and 4 of the Graduate-entry Medicine programme). Responsibility for the over-arching assessment strategy for the Clinical School, including internal and external governance and reporting, and projects such as the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA), will be shared with the Year5/GE3 Curriculum and Assessment Lead.

The time commitment associated with the role is on average two half-days per week (or two programmed activities). The funding available for the Directorship may be used to “buy out” the successful applicant from existing duties subject to the agreement of the relevant university and NHS authorities or to cover the cost of a responsibility allowance, as appropriate.

Applicants will be experienced doctors on the GMC’s Specialist or GP register. The appointment will be offered for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further period.  There will be a probationary period of one year.

Given that this is a strategic and leadership role, applications will be welcomed from members of staff who are not currently directly involved in teaching and assessment for Year 4 and/or Year 6.

Duties

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Studies and Director of Graduate-entry Medicine, the post-holder will work closely with the leads for the year 4/GE2 and year 6/GE4 components of the clinical course to ensure that summative assessments in the undergraduate and graduate entry medicine courses are fair, transparent, reliable, and valid.

The Associate Director will also work in conjunction with the Clinical Education Committee (the main decision-making body for the Clinical Medicine course), and the other course committees including the student Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).

Specific Year 4/GE 2 + Year 6/GE 4 duties will include:

  • Leading on the creation, delivery, analysis, and feedback relating to summative examinations in Year 4/GE 2 + Year 6/GE 4, except GE Year 2 specific assessments
  • Ensuring that assessment policies and procedures meet requirements of the GMC and University of Oxford, with regular review and update of exam regulations and conventions
  • Work with Associate Director of Clinical Studies for student welfare and the Disability Advisory Service to ensure students with disabilities have the appropriate Reasonable Adjustments made for summative exams
  • Overseeing investigation of complaints from students and examiners relating to the relevant assessment process and report to relevant exam boards.
  • Ensuring processes are in place for the quality assurance of all new clinical assessment material and examination content
  • Leading on the strategy for delivery of examiner and simulated patient training and feedback
  • Leading on the strategy for delivering feedback to students on exam performance
  • Responding to student questions and concerns about their assessments (low-level queries will normally be dealt with by course administrators)
  • Overseeing investigation of complaints from students and examiners relating to the assessment process and reporting to exam boards
  • Attendance at clinical and MCQ exams
  • Attendance at Exam Boards to present a report on exam delivery, any incidents occurring, along with a summary of psychometrics of all papers and clinical exams

Whole-school duties (with Curriculum and Assessment Lead for Y5/GE3) will include:

  • Providing strategic leadership in the development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of an assessment strategy that encompasses a coordinated programme of formative and summative assessments that covers the entire clinical course
  • Compiling an annual assessment report on the clinical phase exams for the School 
  • Membership of the following committees: Clinical Education Committee, Joint Consultative Committee for Clinical Medicine, Clinical Tutors’ Group, Graduate-entry Education Committee.
  • Attend relevant national assessment meetings (e.g. Medical Councils Council Assessment Reference Group meetings and GMC’s Assessment Leads meetings and MLA update meetings)
  • Participate in quality assurance activities and visits from regulatory bodies, e.g. GMC and QAA
  • Undertake any other reasonable activities as requested by the Director of Clinical Studies e.g. attendance at away-days and team building activities.

This is not an exclusive list. The balance of responsibilities between the Directors of Studies and the other members of the team will be kept under review, and there is the potential for responsibilities to shift between members of the team according to experience and expertise.

Essential selection criteria

  • Medically qualified, an experienced doctor on the GMC’s Specialist or GP registers
  • Regular clinical commitment to enable revalidation with the GMC
  • Membership or Fellowship of a Royal College
  • Current experience of delivering academic teaching to undergraduate medical students
  • Good understanding of the national guidelines governing medical education (including General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice, Promoting Excellence, Outcomes for Graduates (2018) and the requirements of the Medical Licensing Assessment).
  • Understanding of assessment practices and processes, including standard setting, blueprinting, design of clinical skills examinations.
  • Previous experience in medical student assessment including standard setting and psychometric interpretation, creating written exam questions and papers, as well as constructing clinical exam circuits
  • Experience in developing assessment and feedback processes in undergraduate medicine
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Desirable selection criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in Medical Education completed or in progress
  • National or International Assessment experience (e.g. roles in postgraduate/Royal College or GMC assessments)
  • Experience of use of Inspera and/or Speedwell assessment software
  • Experience of a range of psychometric techniques used in high stakes medical examinations
  • Experience of responding to undergraduate student appeals and complaints

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 noon on Friday 25 November 2022.

Associate Director of Clinical Studies: Curriculum and Assessment Lead for Year 5/GE3

Applications are invited for the office of Associate Director of Clinical Studies (Curriculum and Assessment Lead for Year 5/GE3) within the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Oxford. This is an exciting and interesting opportunity to play an important role as part of the senior management team for two medical programmes.  It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin work in December 2022.

The purpose of the post is to provide academic leadership, governance and oversight of curriculum and assessment in Year 5/GE3. In collaboration with the Year 4/GE2 + Year 6/GE4 Assessment Lead, there will also be responsibility for whole school assessment strategy, including internal and external governance and reporting, and projects such as the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA).

The time commitment associated with the role is on average two half-days per week (or two programmed activities). The funding available for the Associate Directorship may be used to “buy out” the successful applicant from existing duties subject to the agreement of the relevant university and NHS authorities or to cover the cost of a responsibility allowance, as appropriate.

Applicants will be experienced doctors on the GMC’s Specialist or GP register. The appointment will be offered for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further period.  There will be a probationary period of one year.

Given that this is a strategic and leadership role, applications will be welcomed from members of staff who are not currently directly involved in teaching and assessment for Year 5/GE3.

Duties

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Studies and Director of GE Medicine, the post-holder will work closely and collaboratively with the leads for all components of the Year 5/GE3 course, to deliver a coherent Year 5/GE3 curriculum that utilises synergies but protects the academic autonomy of individual rotations. The postholder will ensure the curriculum meets the GMC’s Outcomes for Graduates and is mapped to the Medical Licencing Assessment Content Map and the Year 5/GE3 summative assessments. They will ensure that the summative assessments at the end of Year 5/GE3 are fair, transparent, reliable, and valid.

The Associate Director will also work in conjunction with the Clinical Education Committee (the main decision-making body for the Clinical Medicine course), and the other course committees including the student Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).

Specific Year 5/GE3 curriculum duties will include:

  • Collaborative leadership of the Year 5/GE3 course to create a coherent curriculum and assessment strategy across Year 5/GE3
  • Chair a termly meeting of the academic speciality leads who contribute to the Year 5/GE3 teaching
  • Coordination of different teaching and learning activities within Year 5/GE3 to ensure cross-cutting themes and areas of synergy are emphasised and delivered
  • Development of inter-professional learning opportunities within Year 5/GE3
  • Working closely with leads for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) in Medical Education, Educational for Sustainable Healthcare (ESH) and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Medical Education to ensure broader curricular elements are included in teaching, learning and assessment
  • Representing the Year 5/GE3 teaching leads at Joint Consultative Committee and Clinical Education committee

Specific yr5/GE3 assessment duties will include:

  • Leading on the creation, delivery, analysis, and feedback relating to summative examinations in Year 5/GE3
  • Ensuring that assessment policies and procedures meet requirements of the GMC and University of Oxford, with regular review and update of exam regulations and conventions
  • Work with Associate Director of Clinical Studies for student welfare and the Disability Advisory Service to ensure students with disabilities have the appropriate Reasonable Adjustments made for summative exams
  • Overseeing investigation of complaints from students and examiners relating to the assessment process and report to exam boards.
  • Ensuring processes are in place for the quality assurance of new clinical assessment material and examination content
  • Leading on the strategy for delivery of examiner and simulated patient training and feedback
  • Leading on the strategy for delivering feedback to students on exam performance
  • Responding to student questions and concerns about their assessments (low-level queries will normally be dealt with by course administrators)
  • Overseeing investigation of complaints from students and examiners relating to the assessment process and reporting to exam boards.
  • Attendance at clinical and MCQ exams
  • Attendance at Exam Boards to present a report on exam delivery, any incidents occurring, along with a summary of psychometrics of papers and clinical exams

Whole-school assessment duties (with the Assessment Lead for Year 4 & Year 6) will include:

  • Providing strategic leadership in the development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of an assessment strategy that encompasses a coordinated programme of formative and summative assessments that covers the entire clinical phases of the medical course
  • Compiling an annual assessment report on the clinical phase exams for the School 
  • Membership of the following committees: Clinical Education Committee, Joint Consultative Committee for Clinical Medicine, Clinical Tutors’ Group, Graduate-entry Education Committee.
  • Attend relevant national assessment meetings (e.g. Medical Councils Council Assessment Reference Group meetings and GMC’s Assessment Leads meetings and MLA update meetings)
  • Participate in quality assurance activities and visits from regulatory bodies, e.g. GMC and QAA.
  • Undertake any other reasonable activities as requested by the Director of Clinical Studies e.g. attendance at away-days and team building activities.

This is not an exclusive list. The balance of responsibilities between the Directors of Studies and the other members of the team will be kept under review, and there is the potential for responsibilities to shift between members of the team according to experience and expertise.

Essential selection criteria

  • Medically qualified, an experienced doctor on the GMC’s Specialist or GP registers
  • Regular clinical commitment to enable revalidation with the GMC
  • Membership or Fellowship of a Royal College
  • Current experience of delivering academic teaching to undergraduate medical students
  • Current or previous experience of curricular design and delivery
  • Good understanding of the national guidelines governing medical education (including General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice, Promoting Excellence, Outcomes for Graduates (2018) and the requirements of the Medical Licensing Assessment).
  • Understanding of assessment practices and processes, including standard setting, blueprinting, design of clinical skills examinations.
  • Previous experience in medical student assessment including standard setting and psychometric interpretation, creating written exam questions and papers, as well as constructing clinical exam circuits
  • Experience in developing assessment and feedback processes in undergraduate medicine
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Desirable selection criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in Medical Education completed or in progress
  • National or International Assessment experience (e.g. roles in postgraduate/Royal College or GMC assessments)
  • Trained in use of Inspera and Speedwell assessment software
  • Experience of a range of psychometric techniques used in high stakes medical examinations
  • Experience of responding to undergraduate student appeals and complaints

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 noon on Friday 25 November 2022.

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