Director, Self-Directed Learning and Evidenced Based Practice Curriculum

Job Locations US-NY-Valhalla
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The Director for the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) and Evidenced-Based Practice curriculum in the School of Medicine is responsible for the creation of a longitudinal, developmental self-directed learning curriculum, incorporating the skills of evidence-based medicine, to be delivered in the pre-clinical years, including objectives, milestones, and assessments.  The Director will work collaboratively with faculty, administration, and students to promote curriculum development so as to ensure that all students in the M.D. program can successfully demonstrate the competencies of self-directed and life-long learning and evidenced-based practice of medicine as required by the LCME.


  1. Create and deliver a longitudinal, developmental self-directed learning/ evidence-based practice curriculum for the pre-clinical years, including objectives, milestones, and assessments that is compliant with LCME accreditation element 6.3.
  2. Manage the curriculum including:
    1. Catalogue  topics addressed in SDL cases and demonstrate coordination with core patient presentations in year three patient log;
    2. Scheduling 7-10 small group exercises per academic year;
    3. Recruitment of core faculty to facilitate SDL exercises;
    4. Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Faculty Development to execute faculty development sessions for small group leaders;
    5. Collaborate with pre-clerkship course directors to enhance/ develop comprehensive cases which integrate foundational science and clinical content as well as SOM curriculum themes;
    6. Collaborate with the biostatistics/epidemiology thread director to ensure students have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice evidence-based medicine
    7. Develop and oversee longitudinal assessments of students, both formative and summative (e.g., triple jump exercise);
    8. Oversee the longitudinal program assessment as part of institutional continuous quality improvement.
  3. Prepare reports for the curriculum committee and accreditation bodies as requested.
  4. Participte as core teaching faculty for SDL/ EBM program and related assessments.
  5. Participate in relevant curriculum subcommittees as assigned.
  6. Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.


(A) Education requirement:

  • MD.
  • Direct experience in education pedagogy, assessment, and latest trends in medical education.
  • A minimum of five years of successful experience in medical school education.

(B) Licenses or certifications:               

  •    N/A.

(C) Technical/computer skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including work, Excel as well as Adobe.

(D) Prior experience:

Candidates for the position of Director, SDL will be selected from a diverse pool and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated experience and leadership ability in curriculum development and implementation, assessment, and direct instruction;
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead an interdisciplinary team and manage complex projects;
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a complex environment;
  4. Experience in teaching self-directed learning or evidence-based medicine preferred.

(E) Personal Characteristics:


  1. Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, and able to meet deadlines;
  2. A self-starter with the confidence to move initiatives forward;
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple and diverse stakeholders;
  4. Strong verbal and written interpersonal communication skills;
  5. Penchant for creativity and innovation;
  6. Commitment to personal development;
  7. High ethical standards, honesty and integrity;
  8. Accepts new responsibilities readily.


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