Faculty, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Laredo Distant Campus

Posted:
December 17, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
June 18, 2021
Institution:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Position Description

The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies,  School of Health Professions, Laredo Distant Campus, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for a contingency full-time tenure-track faculty position that includes the oversight and clinical coordination of the distant campus location in Laredo Texas, part of the UT Health Laredo Regional Campus. 

This position, in addition to faculty teaching duties, would be responsible for the supervised clinical practice year for remote site students.  The associate clinical coordinator will plan, coordinate, and supervise student clinical activities for up to 15 students at the distant campus location.  In addition to day to day academic faculty and teaching activities of the department, this individual will have daily overall responsibility for the distant campus Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) phase of the distant campus program.

The individual filling this position should be capable of engaging in teaching, service and scholarly activities.  This individual will assist the Department with the establishment and maintenance of SCPE rotation sites for the distant campus in Laredo, to tie the program in with the strategic objectives of the UT Health Science Center.

The successful candidate will provide clinical coordination and administrative leadership to implement the development of our distant campus and to enhance the Departments impact on teaching, service and scholarship.  The candidate will facilitate interdepartmental/inter-school and external collaborations to ensure the establishment of an excellent distant campus SCPE program through the promotion of a collegial and collaborative environment which will ensure that our remote campus program thrives.  This position will be responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the clinical SCPE phase of the physician assistant curriculum at the distant campus site.  This includes planning the SCPE schedule, coordinating with faculty locally and on the home campus in San Antonio and facilitating on-going evaluation and improvement.  Full time permanent status of this position is contingent on accreditation of the distant campus location by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Essential Functions:

  • Teaching, service, and scholarly activities as assigned by the Chair.
  • Direct representative of the San Antonio program at the distant campus location with overall daily responsibility of the Department of PA Studies distant campus.
  • Advise clinical coordinator/program director/chair/department on course revisions/course development.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary course work and opportunities.
  • Serve as a role model for faculty, students, and staff.
  • Overseeing/facilitating/coordinating SCPE course curriculum and scheduling.
  • Orient students to the requirements of the clinical year and its rotations.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of an adequate number of appropriate clinical rotation sites to meet the needs of the students at the remote site.
  • Visit and evaluate potential clinical rotation/preceptor sites and preserve established relationships.
  • Develop and/or modify a schedule of supervised clinical practice for remote site students to fulfill the program’s clinical education requirements and to support the program’s mission of placing students in rural/urban underserved practices in South Texas.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and coordinate all clinical rotation/preceptor and housing scheduling for remote site students through, the State AHEC office and regional centers.
  • Coordinate the process to obtain and maintain affiliation agreements with all clinical sites sponsoring remote site students during the clinical year.
  • Be responsible for adhering to the requirements of notification to the Board of Medical Examiners regarding students on clinical rotation.
  • Develop, coordinate, and maintain an ongoing schedule of periodic site visits to evaluate students on clinical rotation, and ensure continued appropriateness of clinical sites and of the supervision provided by the clinical preceptors.
  • Ensure the appropriate evaluation of clinical and preceptor students engaged in clinical activities by (a) promoting clinical instructor feedback; (b) securing a written evaluation from each student’s assigned physician assistant preceptor for each rotation (c) monitoring student performance and progress by assessing clinical skills periodically and reviewing medical records when possible.
  • Assign grades for remote site students during each clinical rotation based on appropriate subjective and objective measures, maintain up to date records and report on the students’ progress and submit grades to the program.
  • Administer mechanism for students to critique their clinical experiences.
  • Assist in the continual evaluation of the clinical curriculum by reviewing student performance, specific student clinical activities in which students are engaged on rotation and required student critiques.
  • Direct, provide instruction, evaluate and grade senior seminars/End of Rotation activities.
  • Provide guidance and counseling to students regarding potential employment opportunities.
  • Participate in all department, school and University activities, committees, and working groups as applicable.
  • Consult when necessary with the program director/associate program director, medical director, faculty, precepting physicians/physician assistants, department chairs and hospital or clinic administrators.
  • Attend faculty meetings and functions as necessary.
  • Serve as a student advisor. 
  • Participate in faculty development activities.
  • Participate in national and state PA faculty-profession organizations.
  • Participate in national and state PA professional organizations.
  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of students.
  • Participate in Department and faculty activities.
  • Serve on appropriate Department committees.
  • Assist in the development of student research capstone projects which are unique to the Department.
  • Conduct research that supports the Department and University’s missions.
  • Serve as a representative from the department to school, and university to public and professional organizations.
  • Advising Chair/Department on the distant campus.
  • Assist in outcomes analysis as it relates to student progression and curriculum adjustment.
  • Assist the clinical coordinating team in the design and implementation of the program of continuous self-study as it pertains to the Laredo distant campus.
  • Collaborate and create supportive partnerships both within and outside the program, school, and University.
  • Provide instruction as needed at the remote site in didactic subjects, OSCE’s, clinical lab, simulation and anatomy labs.
  • Clinical practice is allowed. 

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Graduation from a CAHEA, CAAHEP, or ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant program. 
  • Possess a master’s degree relevant to physician assistant practice or education, doctorate preferred.
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certified.
  • Texas Physician Assistant license or eligible.
  • Five years of clinical experience.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills.
  • Evidence of administrative skills.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
  • Demonstration of administrative and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Evidence of analytic skills, and outcomes assessment skills.
  • Prior teaching experience preferred.

This position is under the direct supervision of the Program Director/Chair for the performance of these duties and other duties as assigned. 

About The Institution

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio: UT Health:  The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the country’s leading academic health centers.  UT Health ranks among the top health science universities worldwide in receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and has provided outstanding health science education and training since its founding in 1968.

The mission of UT Health San Antonio is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.  Strategies for achieving this mission include:

  • Educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists;
  • Engaging in research to understand health and disease;
  • Providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care;
  • Engaging our community to improve health;
  • Influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.

In fulfillment of this mission, UT Health San Antonio seeks to provide the best in health career education, conduct groundbreaking biomedical research, while also providing the best patient care and community service to San Antonio and the South Texas/Border Region. With undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, UT Health San Antonio is a major academic health science university composed of five schools:  School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, Dental School, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. For more information on UT Health visit our website at uthscsa.edu

The School of Health Professions:  As an integral part of UT Health San Antonio, the School of Health Professions (SHP) seeks to make lives better through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, service and patient care.  The SHP strives to educate a diverse student body in becoming outstanding health care practitioners, scientists and leaders; advance health research and scholarship; and provide health services and education to the community.

The SHP offers graduate degrees in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MS), Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), Respiratory Care (MS) and Speech Language Pathology (MS),Occupational Therapy (OTD), and Physical Therapy (DPT).  A new PhD in Health Sciences program to prepare future faculty and researchers in allied health was recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to begin Fall of 2020. The school also offers several undergraduate (BS) degree programs including respiratory care, medical laboratory science and emergency health sciences.

The Physician Assistant Program – Mission and Vision:  The Mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio is to prepare outstanding physician assistants to recognize and treat acute and chronic illness and promote health. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies makes lives better by improving the health care, health outcomes and the wellbeing of patients and their families through education, practice, service, and research.  By 2020, the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, will be recognized as a world-class Physician Assistant program and be amongst the best programs in the United States. We will lead the nation in Physician Assistant education, scholarship, and service.

About The Community

The Laredo, TX Community:  Many things distinguish the 65,000 acres where Texas real estate begins from the other 106M that comprise this great state. Laredo is quite on the edge, located on mile marker 1 of Interstate Highway 35, on the southern U.S. border and at the beginning of a living experience that is as unique as it is charming.

The streets of downtown Laredo will absorb you in a history lesson, with architecture and museums that tell the tales 261-years-in-the-making, from our Republic of the Rio Grande Museum to the 119-year old Washington’s Birthday Celebration and its museum, all found within Laredo’s establishing epi-center, the Villa de San Agustin Historic District. More stories are to be discovered in five other significant historic districts throughout an easy distance from Laredo’s iconic San Agustin Plaza.  More information can be found here - Laredo, TX

Application Process

Application Process

Applicants should include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Submit applications through the UT Health Careers website at Open Rank/Faculty - UT Health San Antonio Careers (selectminds.com) or send materials directly to the University’s search consultant:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates
chris@scotthealy.com

The position will remain open until filled.

All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.  The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.