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(Archived) Psychiatry Program Director

Last Updated: 6/09/22

Job Description

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Psychiatry Program Director

Position Number: PS06502

Job Summary

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), College of Medicine (COM), seeks an experienced, community-involved Psychiatry Program Director and Researcher to start and lead a unique community-engaged Psychiatry Residency Training and Research Program focused on critical mental health needs of the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. CDU is a private non-profit student-centered University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. Since its inception, the College of Medicine is committed to protecting and improving the health of the residents of L.A. County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 primarily by training a diverse culturally-congruent healthcare workforce. In partnership with CDU’s Urban Health Institute (UHI), our goal is to produce clinician researchers who are leaders in building innovative evidence-based interventions focused on eliminating mental health care disparities and the achievement of health equity. To complete its medical education pipeline, the university is developing graduate medical education programs responsive to the needs of the underserved patients in the community.

Community needs assessments have demonstrated an acute need for mental health services and research in the communities of South Los Angeles. High levels of poverty, community violence, unemployment, and immigration uncertainty make members of these communities more vulnerable to developing acute and traumatic stress disorders, substance abuse, depression and anxiety. Resources for treatment and support are routinely overwhelmed by demands. These urgencies have led the CDU COM and UHI leadership to select the Psychiatry Residency as one of the first new programs. The Dean, UHI Director, faculty and staff are prepared to provide leadership and research support, accreditation expertise, and educational resources for a psychiatry program leader focused on producing mental health specialists who promote prevention and develop evidence to support the achievement of health equity in addition to providing expert diagnosis and treatment to the community.

Essential Duties

The program director will have final responsibility and accountability for the operation of the program, must administer and maintain an educational environment conducive to educating the residents in each of the ACGME competency areas. The Program Director must:

  • Oversee and ensure the quality of didactic and clinical education in all sites that participate in the program.
  • Approve a local director at each participating site who is accountable for resident education.
  • Approve the selection of and evaluate program faculty as appropriate.
  • Approve the continued participation of program faculty based on evaluation.
  • Monitor resident supervision at all participating sites.
  • Prepare and submit all information required and requested by the ACGME.
  • Ensure compliance with all Institutional Requirements and policies and procedures implemented by the sponsoring institution.
  • Provide each resident with a documented comprehensive evaluation and develop an individualized learning twice yearly.
  • Monitor performance and maintain contact with residents while they are on services other than psychiatry; and, monitor resident stress, including physical or emotional conditions which inhibit performance or learning, as well as drug- or alcohol-related dysfunction.
  • Be familiar with and comply with ACGME and Review Committee policies and procedures as outlined in the ACGME Manual of Policies and Procedures.
  • Obtain review and approval of the sponsoring institution’s GMEC/DIO before submitting information or requests to the ACGME.
  • Mentor residents’ and junior faculty research activities.
  • Recruit additional clinician educator/researchers.
  • Design, implement and direct research in any of the following areas: Mental healthcare workforce diversity; community psychiatry; substance abuse; resilience research; Mental health services and utilization; integrated mental health and primary care services; culturally congruent care; public mental health policy; resident and physician well-being.
  • Direct patient care activities, to be negotiated with the primary participating institution, not to exceed three half-days per week.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • MD degree
  • MPH or PhD (preferred).
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited Psychiatry residency
  • Current board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
  • Current medical licensure in the state of California
  • Three years’ experience as a member of a teaching faculty or as an educational administrative leader preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership in teaching, experience in community-engaged mental health research.
  • Demonstrated instructional and presentation skills.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit to engage collaborators within and outside the university and to attract highly qualified and committed trainees and faculty.
  • Knowledge and experience in an integrated care (primary care and mental health) setting.
  • Track record of building affiliations with community partners and clinical sites to create unique training experiences.
  • Track record of extra mural research funding.
  • Established active research agenda and productivity.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Experience in providing research mentorship and education to students, residents, and faculty.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic and optimistic outlook on life.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to social justice and values-driven curricula.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with administration, staff, peers and full-time and community-based faculty. Strong verbal/written communication skills.
  • Ability to collect and manage data to track performance outcomes to ensure comparable educational experiences.
  • Strong collaboration, team building, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Work with Program Director, Department Chair, and staff to prioritize resources necessary for program support.
  • Passion for and commitment to graduate medical education for purposes of optimizing patient outcomes, particularly vulnerable and marginalized patient populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively in complex interdisciplinary and inter-professional settings.
  • Strong general computer and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures

Special Requirements

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse community.

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Charles R. Drew University is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.

Company Details

Los Angeles, California, United States