Director of Clinical Education
Physician Assistant Program
Lynchburg College is pleased to invite both nominations and applications for the position of clinical director of our planned program to train Physician Assistants (MS-PA). Founded in 1903, Lynchburg College is an independent, selective, coeducational college in Lynchburg, Virginia, located east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours south of Washington, D.C. The metropolitan area, which has a population of 235,000, enjoys a diversified economic base, excellent public schools, a mild climate, rich history, and numerous recreational opportunities. Traditionally affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lynchburg College enrolls 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students of all faiths and backgrounds from across the nation and the world. The classically beautiful 214-acre campus features 45 buildings, many of Georgian-style architecture. The College’s 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center is located nearby. The curriculum offers 35 majors ranging from the liberal arts to professional fields and 14 graduate programs (awarding MBA, MEd, MA, MSN, DPT, and Ed D degrees). The College’s 160 faculty members are committed to maintaining a dynamic intellectual community, a rigorous core curriculum, a strong honors program, and support for community service and service learning. The institution has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, The Princeton Review’s Best 377 Colleges, and The Templeton Guide to Colleges That Encourage Character Development, is one of only 40 colleges featured in Colleges that Change Lives, and is one of eight institutions selected by NSSE for study due to its commitment to student engagement. As we plan to enroll our first cohort of physician assistant students in 2015, we seek an energetic individual to provide leadership to the clinical component of this program.
The director of clinical education of the physician assistant program will be an individual capable of implementing a strong program that reflects the mission of Lynchburg College. This individual will have responsibility for leading the development of program partnerships with healthcare providers and agencies, establishing clinical sites for the program, handling the contracts for such sites, monitoring the sites, assisting with preparation necessary for program accreditation, and teaching on a part-time basis. S/he will report to the Director and Department Chair of the PA Program.
The clinical director must be a certified physician assistant or physician with appropriate training. Minimum requirement of a master’s degree with doctorate preferred. Individuals should have a minimum of 3-5 years of medical experience as well as experience relevant to educational settings with particular emphasis on medical education. Previous work in the development and/or support of physician assistant clinical programs is highly desirable. Lynchburg College is particularly interested in an individual who has a commitment to collaborative work and has clinical expertise, demonstrated ability in the management of the field components of the program, and familiarity with PA preparation programs. Candidate must successfully pass a background check that is satisfactory to the College.
This position will be a 12-month, continuing clinical contract appointment beginning by August 1, 2013. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with prior experience and professional and academic qualifications. Inquiries and nominations can be sent directly to: Dr. Jeremy M. Welsh, Department Chair and Director, Physician Assistant Program, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501 (welsh.jm@Lynchburg.edu)
Note: Lynchburg College has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2015, pending provisional accreditation in March 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.