Professor and Director of Medical Student Research and Course Director, Paths of Distinction

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Fort Worth, Texas
Apr 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor – Professor and Director of Medical Student Research and Course Director, Paths of Distinction
(Rank Depending on Experience)

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine invites applications for an academic professional faculty member to serve as Director of Medical Student Research and Course Director for the Paths of Distinction (POD) course, a four-year mentor-guided individual research project required for each medical student. The Director is responsible for leading the student research program and will develop, implement, assess and maintain the necessary infrastructure and curriculum to ensure student success and faculty preparation, engagement, and compliance. The Director will be responsible for all aspects of the medical school Paths of Distinction course including: preparing and presenting the curriculum (including didactic elements in the successful candidate's field of expertise and identifying others to deliver the remainder of the didactics), authoring course syllabi and handbooks, providing administrative support for individual student research projects, ensuring students meet specific milestones, and retaining and recruiting additional research mentors. The Director will also act as a liaison with students, faculty advisors, and research mentors.

Duties and Essential Job Functions:

  1. Oversee the development, implementation, direction, and evaluation of the four-year longitudinal curriculum for the Medical Student Research Project (Paths of Distinction Course (POD)).
  2. Liaise with curricular leadership to implement, review and revise as necessary the objectives of the POD course to ensure ongoing quality.
  3. Liaise with the Educational Technology unit to develop and maintain a robust tracking system for the student scholarly projects and related milestones.
  4. Liaise with the Assessment and Evaluation unit to optimize student assessment tools related to the POD course.
  5. Liaise with other course and theme directors in implementation of POD objectives and curriculum.
  6. Develop, deliver, and lead the POD curriculum including presenting lectures and research showcase sessions, establishing benchmarks and milestones, and developing and implementing assessment and evaluation tools.
  7. Mentor and assist students with selection of projects and mentors including evaluating student projects in terms of topic, feasibility, choice of mentor and progress and ensuring that students successfully complete mandated milestones in the POD curriculum.
  8. Recruit and train scholarly project co-directors and coordinators.
  9. Other duties as assigned


  • Doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree) in biomedical sciences, history or philosophy of medicine or science, science education or related field.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in: education program development, education program assessment, administration of student programs, mentoring research projects, and teaching research methods, ethics, and compliance
  • Must qualify for academic appointment (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) in a School of Medicine academic department.

About the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is Fort Worth's first M.D. school, set to open with a class of 60 students in July 2019, pending accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. TCU and UNTHSC joined together in July 2015 to form this allopathic medical school. The School of Medicine's focus on communication, a first-of-its-kind curriculum and the development of empathetic scholars uniquely positions the school to radically transform medical education, improving care for future generation

Application Instructions: Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter that describes the applicant's interest in the position,
current curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references online at Deadline: Applications must be received before June 1, 2017 to be considered by the Search Committee.


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