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Director Service Learning and Community Affairs – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine - ST Maarten , FL

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine – Cupecoy, ST Maarten Netherlands Antilles

The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), an accredited institution founded in 1978 with over 4,000 medical graduates, invites applications for a Director of Service Learning and Community Affairs as a full time faculty position. The Medical Sciences campus of AUC is located on the island of St. Maarten. AUC has an exceptional faculty composed of clinicians and basic scientists who instruct an accomplished and committed body of students.

Reporting to the Department Chair for Teaching Responsibilities and to the Dean of Medical Sciences for Administrative responsibilities the Director of Service Learning & Community Affairs serves as the primary administrative link between the community and our medical students. Consistent with the University’s desires to produce physicians with a lifelong commitment to community service, the Director will assist faculty members with incorporating service learning into existing courses, build and maintain partnerships with community agencies, provide students with supervised credit bearing service learning opportunities which support their professional identification and understanding of the social responsibility implicit in a physician’s role, and assist the wide variety of extracurricular student organizations in developing service learning projects which directly address the health needs of Sint Maarten residents. As a member of the full-time teaching faculty, the Director will also hold academic rank in one of the Departments within the Medical Sciences and provide clinically relevant and empirically sound instruction to first and second year medical students.

Director Duties (70%)

* Develops and in coordination with DeVry GR annual Community Action Days in partnership with the Student Government Association to extend the University’s reach, engagement, and service to the island of Sint Maarten.
* In coordination with DeVry GR serves as a liaison to the Sint Maarten Government promoting the University’s commitment to quality education, outstanding medical education, civic and community engagement. Interfaces with relevant governmental Ministers and their designees in order to promote greater engagement with the island of Sint Maarten.
* Informs and works with DeVry Security in interacting with other relevant governmental agencies on the island on behalf of the medical school where it concerns the welfare of the students and staff in the event of a disaster and/or emergency.
* Develops and implements a systematic long-term plan for service learning within the curriculum for credit and through extracurricular student organizations not-for credit.
* Promotes opportunities for community engagement by medical students in order to support their professional development and civic engagement, understanding of social responsibility, and appreciation of multicultural competence.
* Establishes relationships with community partners, including site visits, memoranda of understanding and needs assessments with a focus on developing collaborative opportunities for medical students to become engaged with community health initiatives.
* Serves as a research and resource mentor for students enrolled in service learning for credit projects.
* Conducts orientations for students each semester regarding service learning initiatives and community resources.
* Creates a means and method to increase the engagement of University faculty and staff with community outreach activities.
* Maintains files and necessary documentation of student experiences in the community.
* Prepares semester reports for the Dean and other stakeholders regarding community service initiatives supported by the University.
* Assists faculty to identify useful community resources including guest speakers, locations for site visits and experiential opportunities.
* Organize an annual Health Fair on campus engaging all University stakeholders. Creates in consultation with the Department of Behavioral & Clinical Medicine other means and methods to engage medical students with the health needs of island families.
* Serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Student Government Association.
* Publicizes any and all events that promote AUC’s commitment to the community in available media; newsprint, radio, television and the internet.

Teaching duties (30% of time)

* Provides complete, up-to-date, empirically relevant instruction within one of the Departments of the Medical Sciences designed to insure student success on U.S. Board Examinations and readiness for supervised clinical practice.
* Collaborates with Department Chair to assure instruction provided is integrated horizontally and vertically with other Medical Sciences coursework.
* Develops effective examination questions consistent with USMLE formatting requirements in collaboration with other faculty members.
* Maintains office hours to support the learning of students.
* Develops interactive and creative means and methods to engage learners in an active manner with course content.
* Provide with other faculty student advising as needed and proctoring of examinations.
* Assume other duties as may be required. All faculty members are expected to continue their professional development and/or scholarly achievement, exhibit leadership in University, Public and Professional venues and actively participate in University life including service to the University and its students.

* Candidate must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D, M.D. or equivalent) and possess at least 5 years experience working with medical or health related professional students in service learning initiatives and/or programs.
* Progressive success in developing service learning projects establishing collaborative relationships with community and governmental agencies which support student engagement, service and learning.
* The successful candidate will have demonstrated success teaching medical students and/or their equivalent have a keen understanding of the value of establishing and maintaining community partnerships and a record of scholarship related to medical education, service learning, or their academic discipline.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V/W please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter to Ms. Kathleen Narvaez, knarvaez {at} devrymedical(.)org


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