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Academic Coordinator, Medical Education

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 17th, 2018
Last review date: May 13th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: April 17th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Division of Medical Education ( in the UC San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine (SOM) is committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and seek a motivated and innovative individual to serve as Academic Coordinator in the Office of Educational Support Services (OESS).

Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Educational Support Services, the incumbent is responsible for program design, delivery, and administration of academic support services for medical and pharmacy students. Provides academic support for Anatomy and Histology instruction in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. Working with faculty and course directors, designs and implements small group conferences and case-based learning and problem-based learning sessions. Works with OESS leadership to plan and coordinate a summer program for entering medical and second-year pharmacy students, which prepares students from educationally diverse backgrounds for their core courses. Candidates with proper credentials may also be given the opportunity to serve as an instructor in the Medical Education curriculum.

Summary of Duties:
Provide academic support for the anatomy instruction
• Review and revise course learning objectives
• Consult with clinical faculty about structures. Cross-check prioritized structures against American Association of Clinical Anatomists lists
• Coordinate lecture and lab schedules with faculty block directors
• Review content from other curricular threads for opportunities to integrate with anatomy
• Attend anatomy lectures, facilitate anatomy labs and supervise open anatomy lab sessions
• Draft and revise dissection instructions, create instructional videos and independent study modules
• Draft and analyze cadaveric/prosection review assignments, draft curricular block exams and quizzes, prepare and grade cadaveric/prosection practical exams

Provide academic support for histology instruction
• Consult with Pathology faculty about structures and learning objectives
• Develop comprehensive list of histology specimens, create, curate and organize MedPix electronic images
• Review curricular content from other threads for opportunities to integrate with Histology
• Facilitate Histology labs, supervise open histology lab sessions, recruit clinical facilitators & TAs to assist in open histology lab sessions
• Draft and analyze lab and practical exams, curricular block exams and quizzes, prepare specimens and grade lab and practical exams
• Track student performance, develop and oversee remediation activities
• Review faculty and TA evaluations and work with instructors to improve teaching performance

Educational Support Services
• Design, implement, facilitate and conduct tutorial sessions, workshops and review sessions for students
• Working with faculty and course directors, design and implement small group conferences, case-based and problem-based learning sessions. Lead discussions and facilitate student interactions.
• With OESS leadership, plan and coordinate the summer program for entering medical students and second-year pharmacy students (Core Topics in Biomedical Sciences - CTBS), which prepares students from educationally diverse backgrounds for the first-year School of Medicine core courses
• When requested, plan and implement review sessions designed to strengthen students' skills prior to taking the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), Step 1
• Develop educational materials (study questions and guides, summary tables, lecture syllabi) to complement teaching activities and educational support services.


Candidates must have a Master’s degree in the Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions Education or a related field.

Other qualifications include:

• A professional background of academic training and/or experience in the biomedical sciences.
• Demonstrated ability to design and organize educational materials to supplement instruction.
• Demonstrated experience designing and implementing academic support programs aimed to meet specific needs of select groups of students.
• Knowledge of theories and principles of higher education and student development.

An MD, DO or PhD is preferred.

A link to full description of the Academic Coordinator is provided for your review:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran's status.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
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