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Psychiatry Clerkship Director

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Application Deadline: September 30, 2024

The Department of Psychiatry at UMass Memorial Healthcare / UMass Chan Medical School is seeking a Director for our medical student Psychiatry Clerkship.


The 0.50 FTE clerkship director role may be combined with a clinical activity for a 1.0 FTE benefitted position in the Department of Psychiatry. A number of inpatient, outpatient, and consultation positions are available in general psychiatry or psychiatric specialties to create a full-time position.


The Psychiatry Clerkship Director works with an associate clerkship director and a full-time clerkship coordinator to oversee and participate in teaching the 5-week clinical psychiatry experience for our medical students. The clerkship director will maintain and continuously improve our well-reviewed clerkship. Responsibilities of this prominent departmental leadership role include:


1.     service as the lead psychiatrist in implementing the medical school’s clinical clerkship program

2.     service as mentor/advisor/instructor to medical students

3.     administration and oversight of the medical student experience in clinical teaching venues with goal of helping students attain the same learning objectives across sites and regional campuses

4.     responsibility for the design and implementation of the clerkship didactic curriculum

5.     provide interactive teaching in the curriculum along with other instructors

6.     oversight of communication with and assignment of students to our clinical sites

7.     oversight of standardized exams including the psychiatry Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) using our standardized patient program and the psychiatry NBME shelf examination

8.     oversight and supervision of the outpatient psychiatry preceptors participating in the clerkship experience

9.     participation in periodic site visits to clerkship teaching venues

10.  attendance at various medical school administrative and student progress meetings

11.  ensuring compliance with LCME requirements related to clerkships

12.  oversee the grading of clerkship students and participate in planning/providing feedback or remediation as appropriate

13.  obtaining feedback from students and ensuring that appropriate feedback is transmitted to clerkship sites

14.  ensure that the residency program directors receive annual feedback about resident teaching skills

15.  participation in planning an annual teaching skills retreat


The clerkship director is expected to be ABPN-certified and enrolled in continuous certification in psychiatry, become active in the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and/or the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP), and engage in continuing scholarship in psychiatric education oriented toward academic promotion. Above all, the clerkship director is expected to demonstrate enthusiasm for the field of psychiatry and serve as a role model for our medical students.


In the UMass Chan/UMMHC Department of Psychiatry, you will be joining a group of over 350 faculty members committed to our clinical, educational and research missions. You will become an active member in the Psychiatry Education Coordinating Committee, a tight-knit group of educational leaders working together to provide state-of-the-art education, that at once serves the mental health needs of our community and provides for continuing faculty development. You will also be able to take advantage of the many faculty development opportunities provided by UMass Chan. We are the largest provider of psychiatric services in central Massachusetts and the major academic partner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.  We are a national leader in women’s mental health, public sector psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, autism spectrum disorders, forensic psychiatry, and neuropsychiatry.




Centrally located, Worcester is within an hour of Boston and Providence, and a short drive to Cape Cod or the scenic Berkshire Mountains. Worcester offers a unique combination of proximity to outdoor activities and the amenities of an urban environment. Our faculty enjoy a lower cost of living than in coastal cities and all of the benefits of a large urban academic medical center.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae addressed to:

Sheldon Benjamin, MD
Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts T. H. Chan School of Medicine

As the leading employer in the Worcester area, we seek talent and ideas from individuals of varied backgrounds and viewpoints.

Contact Information:

Sheldon Benjamin
Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry
55 Lake Avenue North
Suite S7-870
Worcester, MA 01655