Associate/Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry (PSY), AD-0602-00

  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Medicine & Dentistry

Job Description

The mission of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is to provide the highest quality education programs in the health sciences to those selected individuals who demonstrate dedication to a career in the health professions in the Uniformed Services. The USU is also authorized to grant appropriate advanced academic degrees and has established postdoctoral, postgraduate, and technological institutes. Programs in continuing education for military members of the health professions have been established so that the highest standards of health care may be maintained within the military medical departments. The USU must be responsive to the overall educational needs of the Military Departments relating specifically to the preparation of individuals for careers in the health professions. The USU is developing programs designed to recruit and retain superior health science professionals as faculty and researchers, and to ensure maximum utilization of the health science labor force, facilities, and equipment available within military medical departments worldwide.

The position is located at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) in San Antonio, TX, working for the USU, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (PSY), Education Division and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in Bethesda, MD. In support of medical students, the Department conducts medical education in Neuroscience and ethics and oversees psychiatry clerkships and selective rotations. The PSY Department is responsible for fostering and assessing the skills, knowledge, and professionalism of students necessary for success in graduate medical education and military medical practice; maintains an academic environment strongly supporting productive basic science and clinical research endeavors; fosters academic excellence through effective faculty development programs, periodic faculty review, and strong support for academic advancement; demonstrates, through a skilled faculty, the role model of a compassionate, dedicated caregiver and teacher as well as an innovative, ethical clinician-scientist; supports military readiness with in-depth expertise on infectious diseases, toxic exposures, wellness measures, and other internal medicine concerns of particular operational significance; fosters academic excellence in professional training throughout military graduate medical education; and provides public presentations supporting graduate and continuing medical education on psychiatry and related topics. The Department has active research programs in the basic and clinical sciences and neuroscience. The department has ongoing collaborations with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, is sponsor of the Center for the Study if Traumatic Stress and provides psychiatry residency training through its affiliations with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and the National Capital Area Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

This position is responsible for assuring a high quality teaching environment, developing faculty instruction skills, and promoting a scholarly educational environment. Accomplishing these tasks at the teaching hospital will assure a quality educational environment for USU students and psychiatric residents, and promote the overall objectives of the USU and PSY.

Duties: The incumbent serves as an Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and as such is responsible for teaching and academic activities, and patient clinical care, under the direction of the Vice Chair for Education, PSY and Chair of PSY.

Approximately half time will be spent in teaching and academic activities:

On site clerkship director: Serves as the on-site clerkship director, USU PSY, core psychiatric clerkship and advanced clerkship rotations. Responsible for administration and oversight of all aspects of the educational programs, including but not limited to: orientation, creating ambulatory and ward assignment schedules, creating student academic conference schedule, conducting mid and final rotation evaluation sessions with house staff and faculty, providing feedback to students on rotation, completing all components of evaluation and grading, and communicating with USU PSY leadership (e.g., clerkship director, vice-chair for education) on all matters related to the educational program. Participates in PSY Education Division and committee meetings.

Core teacher: Participates in teaching core USU, SOM curriculum, through teaching medical students in pre-clerkship, clerkship, and post-clerkship timeframes. Teach and supervise clerkship and post-clerkship medical students on the inpatient and outpatient services. Serve as a "preceptor" or teaching attending frequently (2-4, 5-week teaching blocks per year). Evaluate, give feedback to, and recommend grades for all students with whom they work. The incumbent is also expected to contribute to the Graduate Medical Education mission and program(s) at SAMMC.

Liaison: As the on-site clerkship director, work with local command Department of Psychiatry faculty, including but not limited to, routinely meeting with the Department Chief of Psychiatry, service chief of General Psychiatry, and psychiatric subspecialty clinics on the curriculum for and evaluation of medical students, including the faculty effort required. 

Faculty development and academic promotion: Works closely with the local PSY and USU departmental leadership to recruit and advise faculty on progression to Assistant and full professor. Improves teaching through individual faculty mentoring and by conducting faculty development workshops. 

Educational research and development: Attends SOM meetings of Clerkship Directors and, when possible, meetings of the Association of American Medical Colleges, or other scholarly groups; encouraged to participate in scholarly activities of PSY, through educational research curriculum, educational journal club, clinical research projects, and search for external funding. Should participate in PSY efforts to establish reputation in national organizations through: reviewing abstracts, papers; presenting workshops, posters, and publishing papers.

Academic development: Contribute to the teaching and research missions of PSY and USU, through contributions in teaching and scholarship. Supports the Graduate Medical Education program in Psychiatry at SAMMC through supervision of resident trainees in the ambulatory and inpatient care settings. Approximately half time will be spent in clinical, patient care activities in the Ambulatory and/or Inpatient setting, contributing to the patient care mission of SAMMC, which would include supervision of patient care provided by the trainees in Graduate Medical Education and Undergraduate Medical Education.

Performs other duties as assigned by Chair of PSY, USU.

Qualification Requirements:
  • Incumbent must be a U.S citizen and possess a minimum of an M.D. or D.O. degree, be board certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and/or the appropriate subspecialty certifying board, maintain an active license to practice medicine in a state, and be credentialed for the full range of Psychiatric practice in an ambulatory and/or hospital setting.
  • Incumbent must have experience in teaching medical students and/or residents and experience with or interest in educational scholarship.
  • Familiarity with the structure and culture of military medicine, military hospitals and military internal medicine are especially desirable.
  • Applicants should have expertise and experience and possess active membership in scholarly societies appropriate to the Psychiatric discipline and the PSY.
  • Special skills in faculty development and teaching skills are especially desirable. 

The successful candidate must be academically qualified for a faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in accordance with USU academic guidelines. 

This position is in the non-tenure track.

US Citizenship is required.

Instructions to Candidates: To receive consideration, applicants must specify in their cover letter the academic rank for which they are applying. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement detailing academic and research interests and goals (up to three pages), up to three publications, and the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of six references at an academic rank equal to or greater than that which the candidates seeks, to:

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