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Assistant Dean for Medical Curriculum - Partners In Health

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Location: Kigali and Butaro (Rwanda)
Full-time position
Closing Date: May 10, 2017
Job #11228
Posted: March 10, 2017

Position Title: Assistant Dean for Medical Curriculum
Reports to: Dean, School of Medicine
Group/Department: University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)
Location: Kigali and Butaro, Rwanda

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system.

UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for over a decade.

The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program, the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD). The UGHE School of Medicine, to be launched in September 2018, aims to improve individual and population health by training diverse clinician-leaders with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to promote wellness, to ease suffering, and to develop more effective and equitable health care delivery systems. The School of Medicine will be the first of several planned health professional training programs, including nursing, midwifery, and dentistry. Consistent with UGHE’s vision of training future leaders with expertise in healthcare delivery, all health professional programs will be designed as joint degrees incorporating the MGHD.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity.

Position Overview

The Assistant Dean for Medical Curriculum will design, direct, and manage the curriculum development for a joint MD / MGHD program at the University of Global Health Equity. Envisioned as a six-year post-secondary program, the MD / MGHD will offer an innovative and unique pathway to train clinician-leaders in global health delivery with outstanding basic science and clinical education, together with interdisciplinary and inter-professional training in healthcare delivery science, social medicine, and entrepreneurial leadership.

The successful candidate will collaboratively design and develop a detailed curriculum and structure for the MD / MGHD program based on the high-level objectives and competencies established. The candidate will identify faculty and consultants to develop the curriculum, promote a variety of teaching methods in the academic, clinical and community settings and create robust assessment methods. The candidate will have the flexibility to work remotely during the curriculum design and development stage, but will be based in Rwanda during the implementation and operational phases.


The Assistant Dean for Medical Curriculum will spearhead the design of the curriculum in advance of the first MD / MGHD student cohort matriculating in September 2018. The core duties of this position consist of curriculum development (content, structure, and assessment), planning, implementation, and management.

The candidate will identify learning objectives and translate into syllabi, pre-class preparation, instruction sequences, post-class assignments, clinical/field experiences, assessment, and instructional techniques. The Assistant Dean for Medical Curriculum will be responsible for overseeing and directing the integration of these parts with attention to required technology, physical spaces, and resources.

Curriculum Design: The design of the curriculum will include the following components.

  • Clear delineation of competencies and milestones mapped out for entire curriculum
  • Integration of health and healthcare sciences, inquiry and innovation, patient care, professionalism and personal development, interpersonal communication, community, equity, and biosocial aspects of care, and leadership, management, and systems organization throughout all years of the curriculum
  • Complete range of clinical and programmatic skills needed to deliver care effectively and improve health outcomes, particularly among vulnerable populations
  • Rigorous content centered on global healthcare delivery
  • Integration of existing MGHD curriculum, including a mentored practicum project
  • Pedagogy to link theoretical knowledge with pragmatic and experiential learning
  • Harnessing the best new ideas in higher education and integrating cutting-edge technology platforms
  • Identification of existing courses or modules from partner institutions that could be adapted for UGHE, including online content
  • Evaluation and assessment (formative and summative) of students to ensure they meet the requirements for accreditation from the relevant bodies
  • Inputs into the integration of future healthcare professional programs at UGHE and the development of an inter-professional core curriculum
  • Other items as appropriate


  • Medical qualification with experience of working in medical environment required
  • Higher degree or other postgraduate qualification in medical education desired
  • Experience in undergraduate clinical teaching
  • Understanding of the organization of undergraduate medical curricula, education, and adult learning theory
  • Interest in undergraduate medical education and commitment to innovative methods for curriculum design and dissemination
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to effectively communicate with, collaborate with, and lead a diverse planning, design, and leadership team
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and managing a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment
  • Experience with curriculum design and development
  • Evidence of research, evaluation of teaching, applied critical reasoning, and peer-reviewed publication
  • Ability to teach students in a variety of settings
  • Willingness to be flexible and strategic
  • Quick learner and interest in creative work
  • Commitment to social justice, health care equity, and shared UGHE values

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