Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine invites applications for a faculty position in the Department of Medical Education to serve in the capacity of the Director of Medical Student Wellness. The Director of Medical Student Wellness is charged with development, implementation, and quality improvement for programs and policies to improve student wellness and championing a healthy environment for students. This environment will support students to develop lifelong skills for achieving and maintaining optimal physical and mental health, while thriving in medical school and beyond. The position will also act as a liaison to faculty and staff, provide guidance and support for students and identify needs for program development. The candidate should display strong skills in communication, working with various constituent groups; student support; referral and advocacy; program development; and technology applications.
Medical Student Wellness Programing
Supervise medical student wellness initiatives and programs in collaboration with the Wellness Committee, and other internal partners.
Develop, implement and monitor outcomes related to wellness programing for medical students.
Advise and provide faculty oversight of the GCSOM Wellness Committee. Attend monthly Wellness Committee meetings and work with the Wellness Committee to achieve programming goals.
Collaborate with the Associate/Assistant Deans for Students, the Wellness Committee, and other student leadership groups to ensure Wellness programming meets the needs of the medical students and the GCSOM community.
Collaborate with the Curriculum Team and Personal & Professional Development Thread group to support medical student health and wellbeing programing and education within the curriculum.
Support of medical student health and well being
Serve as a liaison between the School of Medicine and the Student Health Center counseling services.
Monitor and collect data on student health and wellbeing.
Ensure available and adequate access to medical student health and wellbeing resources. Identify barriers and work collaboratively with internal and external partners to expand resources when necessary.
Develop knowledge, connections to, and understanding of local and GCSOM mental health resources that are available to students. Direct students to these resources when appropriate.
Provide direct support to student through well-being guiding, planning, and referring. Must be available through regular drop-ins and as needed requests to meet with students. Work with individual students on wellness planning, stress management, and help identify other needed supports (such as: academic support or professional mental healthcare)
Advocacy for students
Serve as source of information and point of contact between students and Academic Affairs
Understand and implement University and GCSOM policies around accommodations. Work closely with the Office of Student Accessibility Services to advise students about pursuing accommodations when appropriate, and to ensure accommodation needs are met.
Provide oversight and enforcement of policies and expectations related to academic advancement and professional behavior.
Professional Identity development of students
Identify areas of professional growth and development for individual students and provide appropriate guidance.
Monitor and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and institutional laws and policies.
Provide data on student health and wellbeing to internal and external constituencies.
Engage in strategic planning, programs and policies related to medical student health and wellbeing.
Collaborate and coordinate efforts with the Associate and Assistant Dean for Students to ensure medical student health and wellbeing.
Participate in GCSOM events, including Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, Match Day, Graduation and others when appropriate.
Participate and consider leadership positions in regional and national organizations related to medical student health and wellbeing (e.g., Group on Student Affairs of the AAMC).
Collaborate as needed with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Medical Student Admissions, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Student Accessibility Services, Student Financial Services, Office of General Counsel and other institutional and external constituents when appropriate.
Provide data for and participate in accreditation reviews.
Understand and enforce GCSOM policies and procedures
Engage in medical education scholarship that promote best practices in medical student health and wellbeing.
Work is typically performed in an office environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.
Required Certifications or Licensures:
Advanced degree preferred (MD, DO, PhD or PsyD), Master's degree in Clinical Psychology or another related field will be considered.
Highly professional individual with emotional maturity and the ability to demonstrate discretion and job diplomacy.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member.
Demonstrated record of excellent interpersonal skills, including strong communication skills. The ideal candidate must be able to work cooperatively with internal and external constituents.
Individual must be knowledgeable about health, wellbeing and graduate education.
At least five years of experience in counseling or health promotion, evidence of scholarship in the area of student and/or health professional wellness, demonstrated experience in program development at a university, experience serving as an advocate for students, experience with innovative curriculum development and evidence-based decision making and program evaluation.
Doctoral Degree- (Required), Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine- (Required)
Minimum of 5 years-Clinical (Preferred)
Certification(s) and License(s)
OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation. SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
At Geisinger, our innovative ideas are inspired by the communities we serve – like our Fresh FoodFarmacy, a program that delivers life-saving healthy alternatives to patients with diabetes. With additional tools like our MyCode Community Health Initiative, one of the first health system genome sequencingprograms, and our new asthma app suite that we developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, it’s no wonder we’re ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Healthcare Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. We continually work towards continuous improvement in a culture where everyone has a voice and firmly believe that better begins with all of us.Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13... hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers. What you do at Geisinger shapes the future of health and improves lives – for our patients, communities, and you.