SDRME

Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education

 

HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION RESEARCHER 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Last updated: July 12, 2019 

 

Scope of Position: 

The Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE) of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is seeking an individual with a passion and talent for health professions education research. Reporting to the MGH Chief Learning Officer and working collaboratively with clinician-educator investigators, this is a full-time position supported by institutional funds. This individual will support health educators and teams in developing high-quality academic projects suitable for submission to peer-reviewed journals and national meetings. Also, there will be opportunity for the successful applicant to initiate their own line of scholarship. Broad institutional areas of research interest include, for example: the relationship between education and patient outcomes; performance-based evaluation and assessment; team training and communication; simulation and standardized patients; feedback and professionalism; bedside teaching and clinical debriefing; and on-line/distributed learning. Collaborators will include clinicians and scientists across all health professions and disciplines at a busy urban teaching hospital. The incumbent is eligible for faculty appointment at the Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level at Harvard Medical School and/or the MGH Institute of Health Professions (a graduate school founded by Mass General), depending on academic interest and teaching focus; rank would be commensurate with experience, achievement, recognition, and teaching. 

Specific activities include: 

 

  • Consult with faculty and staff, including trainees and students, regarding educational research projects. 
  • Collaborate with health care educators and investigators to design, implement, and improve education research methodology, data collection and analysis, and outcomes assessment. 
  • Conduct workshops and courses on research methodology, IRB processes and publishing for health professionals. 
  • Apply for intramural and extramural funding for studies and programs. 
  • Develop strong working relationships with collaborators and maintain positive communication. 
  • Publish and present educational research papers at peer-reviewed forums. 
  • Mentor health care educators and investigators interested in planning and pursuing educational research. 
  • Conduct/assist with statistical analyses; write/assist with writing of abstracts and manuscripts; create/assist with data collection instruments, complete/assist in IRB submission and review. 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Doctoral degree and experience in Educational Science, Statistics, Outcomes Research, Psychometrics, Human Factors, Sociology or other related/relevant field with an emphasis on quantitative analysis or psychometrics. Experience with qualitative methods desirable. Demonstrated ability to publish in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals 
  • Exceptional time management, organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet project deadlines. 
  • Must be an accessible, calm, flexible, and mature individual with superlative interpersonal skills that permit him/her to work independently as well as in a team environment, to establish credibility with staff at all levels and of different disciplines and backgrounds, and to be persuasive in both one-to-one and group settings. 
  • Commitment to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion in sharing of information. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to retrieve and translate educational theory and research to the health professionals in education and practice. 
  • Ability to mentor clinical faculty in educational scholarship.  

Applications 

Interested candidates should address a letter of application and curriculum vitae to: 

James A. Gordon, MD, MPA 

Chief Learning Officer 

Massachusetts General Hospital 

55 Fruit Street - Bartlett Hall 2 

Boston, MA 02421 

and submit it via MGH Careers website using the link: 

Nominations and questions may be sent to jgordon3@mgh.harvard.edu (direct) or smidwood@partners.org (office). 

 

Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.