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Assistant or Associate Professor. Responsibilities include: health education, promotion, and wellness duties in the Department of Family Medicine; assisting medical students and residents in clinical training and research and scholarly activity; and providing direct patient care.
The Department of Family Medicine in the College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama (UA) seeks a full-time assistant or associate professor for a Health Educator tenure earning position. The department has a faculty of 45 primary care oriented medical educators, and the College’s faculty-driven community practice represents the largest multi-disciplinary group medical practice in West Alabama, providing high-quality, patient-centered care to all communities it serves, including faculty, staff, and students of the University. College faculty are responsible for teaching medical students and family medicine residents in a clinical setting, engaging in research and scholarly activity, and providing direct patient care. For more information about the College, visit cchs.ua.edu.
Candidates for the position must hold an earned doctorate in Health Education, Health Promotion, or Wellness, or in a closely-related field. In particular, the Health Educator will be responsible for: 1) developing and implementing a patient health education and health communications curriculum for medical students and family medicine residents, and teaching medical students and residents how to improve patient health by providing health education and making effective use of a health educator; 2) organizing and delivering health education services in the College’s community practice, University Medical Center (UMC), via direct patient contact, group visits, written materials, the UMC website and patient portal, and UMC social media sites; 3) conducting health needs assessments in our patient population, prioritizing areas of greatest need and developing and providing educational interventions for high-risk populations; 4) serving as a resource for faculty providers and staff to enhance their skills in health education; and 5) conducting research and scholarly activity in the field of health education, including preparing, coordinating, and submitting grant applications to obtain funding for health education programs and related work.
The College of Community Health Sciences is dedicated to the mission of improving and promoting the health of individuals and communities in Alabama and the region through leadership in medical education and primary care; the provision of high quality, accessible, health care services; and scholarship. The Department of Family Medicine is critical to this mission, and since the College’s founding in 1972, has provided excellence in the teaching and training of medical students, residents, and fellows and providing outstanding clinical care for the University and surrounding community.
The College’s outpatient facilities are housed in the 77,000-square-foot University Medical Center, located on the UA campus and with 65,000 annual patient visits. Inpatient training occurs at the nearby DCH Regional Medical Center, which serves a seven-county area in West Alabama. The College’s residency – The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, Tuscaloosa – currently with 45 residents, is unopposed and has graduated more than 400 physicians, half of whom now practice in rural and underserved areas in Alabama and the region. The College also operates four fellowships for family physicians in obstetrics, hospital medicine, sports medicine, and behavioral health and rural public psychiatry; serves as a regional campus for the University of Alabama School of Medicine for the training of a cohort of 70 third- and fourth-year medical students; has received national recognition for its rural programs; and houses UA’s Institute for Rural Health Research.
In addition to the professional requirements listed above, the successful applicant must also demonstrate a commitment to the College’s mission to train physicians to serve rural and underserved areas, an ability to work collaboratively, and a willingness to participate enthusiastically in the life of the College. Academic appointment and salary will be commensurate with experience.
The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a city of approximately 100,000 in West Central Alabama that offers exceptional educational, cultural, sports, and recreational activities. Just one hour from Birmingham, three hours from Atlanta, and five hours from the Gulf Coast, Tuscaloosa offers a wide variety of opportunities for faculty and their families.
Applicants for the Health Educator position must apply online. To apply for the position, visit The University of Alabama jobs website at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu. A CV, letter of interest, and three references with whom you have worked should be attached to the application site. We will review applications immediately and will continue reviews until the position is filled. Contact Chelley Alexander, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, at (205) 348-2885 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and nominations.
The University of Alabama is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Title XV, Section 504 AFA Employer.
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.
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