Job Title: Director of Clinical Education
Reports to: Dean of the School of Medicine
Group/Department: University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)
Location: Butaro, Rwanda
The University of Global Health Equity is seeking a full-time Director of Clinical Education who will be responsible for overseeing the activities and administration of community-based and clinical aspects of the MBBS/MGHD program. S/he will be responsible for planning hands-on and field-based learning experiences and developing clinically-relevant components of the MBBS/MGHD curriculum. S/he will also develop agreements with UGHE’s teaching hospitals, establish appointment policies and compensation of clinical faculty, and will interview, hire, and train health professionals as teaching faculty. The Director of Clinical Education will advise UGHE and PIH/IMB leadership on infrastructure and staffing plans for upgrades of clinical teaching sites. S/he will also manage routine interactions with the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MOH), clinical sites affiliated with UGHE, and PIH/IMB. S/he will lead and oversee the accreditation of UGHE’s clinical teaching sites, to ensure accreditation of the overall MBBS/MGHD program. Finally, the Director of Clinical Education will also participate in teaching students in the classroom, in the field, and in simulation exercises.
Administrative and Leadership Responsibilities
Create a staffing plan for clinical and community-based instruction at UGHE
Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to develop policies, titles, and compensation schemes for MOH, district-level, local, and community employees (community health workers, nurses, and physicians) who will teach at UGHE
Recruit, screen, hire, and supervise physicians, community health workers, and nurses as clinical teaching faculty
Advise UGHE leadership on the development of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the central and local government of Rwanda related to faculty appointments and compensation
Provide substantive input to PIH/IMB and UGHE leadership on plans for upgrades to UGHE’s network of teaching hospitals to help align upgrades with UGHE’s curriculum plans and accreditation needs
Foster productive and mutually beneficial working relationships with the Rwandan MOH, the Rwandan Ministry of Education (MOE), the local government responsible for the clinical sites, and PIH/IMB
Oversee efforts to ensure UGHE’s compliance with Rwandan and East African clinical teaching hospital accreditation standards
Lead the development and improvement of a community-based curriculum for the early years of the MBBS program, focusing on the development of relevant clinical skills and meaningful interactions with patients and health professionals
Provide input on the planning of clinical instruction for the later years of the MBBS program
Train physicians, nurses, and community health workers in best practices in clinical and community-based teaching
Teach MBBS/MGHD students in classrooms, in the community, and in the clinic
Design and teach clinical simulations in the simulation center
Other Duties as Assigned
Serve on university committees and represent the university on external committees as assigned
Perform additional duties as required
Earned clinical degree (MBBS or equivalent, or bachelor’s in nursing)
Ten or more years experience in clinical practice and clinical teaching, preferably in East Africa
A track record of excellence in clinical teaching
Demonstrated record of leadership, supervisory, and administrative skills
Demonstrated excellence in leadership and managerial skills and the capacity to recruit, lead, and supervise clinical instructors
Prior responsibility for financial control of operating budgets through various funding sources
A deep commitment to the mission of the University and a vision for providing an excellent student experience
Strong communication skills and a proven ability to work with and represent the clinical learning experience to faculty, staff, alumni, parents, donors, and other stakeholders
Ability to work independently and outside of traditional working hours required
Ability to work well under pressure and achieve results in a fast-paced environment
Possess advanced diplomatic instincts with the ability to gracefully and humbly work within challenging professional contexts requiring tact, judgment, and discretion
Experience living and working in Rwanda preferred
Fluency in English required; French or Kinyarwanda language skills desired
Applicants should provide: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter, (3) a personal statement addressing teaching philosophy and experience working with diverse student populations, and (4) names and contact information of three professional references who can attest to experience in clinical education, leadership and management experience, and/or experience in academic administration. Please upload your cover letter and personal statement as a single file under “Additional Files” on the application page.
The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program: the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes in health care.
UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Over three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) – PIH’s sister organization – and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.
The Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery (MBBS) program, to be launched in July 2019, aims to improve individual and population health by training diverse clinician leaders with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to promote wellness, to ease suffering, and to develop more effective and equitable health care delivery systems. Consistent with UGHE’s vision of training future leaders with expertise in health care delivery, MBBS students will also be granted the MGHD degree. In 2017, the Center for Nursing & Midwifery Leadership (CN&ML) was developed to address the gaps in nursing and midwifery education and to meet the needs of the health care system and most vulnerable patients around the globe.
Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in their drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as they uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The University of Global Health Equity seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.
Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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