University of Wisconsin-Madison — Teaching Faculty, Physician Assistant Program

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) invites applications and nominations for the position of Teaching Faculty 

The Opportunity 

The UW-Madison PA Program, one of the top in the country, known for providing innovative approaches to educating and preparing knowledgeable, competent, professional, and compassionate Physician Assistants. 

Our mission is to educate professionals committed to the delivery of comprehensive health care in a culturally and ethnically sensitive manner, with an emphasis on primary health care for populations and regions in need. 

Diversity is essential to the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant (PA) Program. We place specific emphasis on educating culturally-humble professionals who are prepared to deliver comprehensive health care for populations and regions in need. Our Program recognizes that the very institutions established to educate, protect, and serve the people of this country have often adopted inequitable practices centered on whiteness, sexism, and ableism. As a community of faculty, staff, and students, we are committed to dismantling these inequities and establishing a learning environment in which every individual is an integral and valued member, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We endorse the AAPA (American Academy of PAs) statement on racism and the AMA (American Medical Association) and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) statements on LGBTQIA (L esbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual or Allied) care. 

We also recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion are not goals to be reached, but represent ideals for which we should always strive through efforts aimed at our continual improvement. In that spirit, the UW-Madison PA Program is committed to the following: 

  1. We will push students, staff, and faculty to decenter whiteness, sexism, and ableism. 
  2. We will ensure that our curriculum upholds antiracist values. We will challenge students, staff, and faculty to confront the historical context through which implicit and explicit beliefs, attitudes, and actions continue to perpetuate racial and social injustices. 
  3. We will create safer, more empowering spaces for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, LGBTQIA students, immigrant students, and students with disabilities. 
  4. We will foster a supportive and equitable learning environment that normalizes and streamlines accommodation processes for students living with conditions that may affect their physical and/or mental health. 
  5. We will actively recruit, admit, teach, and graduate students who are historically underrepresented in healthcare, including but not limited to: first-generation college students, veterans, and those from medically underserved areas, including rural and urban communities. 
  6. We will intentionally recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff. 
  7. We will foster an environment in which to develop humble, empathetic, thoughtful, and compassionate medical providers who can be future leaders in their communities. 

UW–Madison 

Since 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and one of the most prolific research institutions in the world, UW–Madison is home to those who are driven by a desire to both explore new worlds and to apply new ideas to real-world problems. 

With a total annual budget of over $3.1 billion including more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, UW–Madison has been in the top 10 in national research spending every year since 1972. The campus is home to more than 22,000 faculty and staff and 42,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students. Members of the student body represent all 50 states and 127 countries. 

The university is ranked 25th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings. 

The Wisconsin Idea—the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom—has been guiding the efforts of UW–Madison Badgers for more than a century. The university has been dedicated to studying poverty and social inequity for 50 years, is ranked #1 among large schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers, and boasts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and alumni. 

School of Medicine and Public Health 

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as an international, national, and statewide leader in education, research, and service. Founded in 1907, it transformed into the nations first School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005 to integrate the principles and power of interwoven medical and public health approaches in all of its missions. 

Powered by more than 4,500 employees including over 1,800 faculty, the school’s engagement spans the entire state of Wisconsin and includes a deep commitment to improving population health. This commitment manifests itself in innovative models that serve as paradigms for the rest of the country. 

Members of the school rapidly translate discovery into application and continually foster synergies between clinical care, education, and research. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, SMPH has established high- performance academic programs that are intentionally distributed across the entire spectrum of academic medicine. Its faculty members hold appointments in 27 departments—17 in the clinical sciences and 10 in the basic sciences. The faculty is composed of some of the nation’s leading researchers, educators, and clinicians. This includes several National Medal of Science recipients and National Academy of Science honorees. 

SMPH MISSION, VISION AND COMMITMENT 

UW SMPH strives to carry out its mission of advancing health without compromise through service, scholarship, science, and social responsibility by upholding the values of integrity, innovation, compassion, accountability, respect, excellence, and diversity. 

The school recognizes that fostering a diverse and inclusive community is important both as an end in itself, and also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. We are committed to excellence and equity in health through education, clinical service, and research in biological science, population health, community health, and health services/systems. We conduct leading research on social determinants of health. We strive to be a premier academic, integrated medical and public health research institution that interweaves diversity, equity, and inclusion into our activities, initiatives and programming while promoting the dignity of, and respect for, individual identities. We aim to deepen understanding and action on diversity, equity, and inclusion; engage SMPH members through diversity and inclusion-focused professional development and communication; recruit and retain diverse students, postgraduate learners, faculty, and staff; and improve coordination and communication of school and campus diversity planning. Diversity is central to the mission of the SMPH in meeting the health needs of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through excellence in education, research, patient care and service. 

The school’s commitment to advancement of diversity includes: 

  • Providing training dedicated to producing clinicians and scholars who understand the needs of diverse individuals, families and populations. 
  • Educating an ethnically and racially diverse group of clinicians and scholars. 
  • Studying ethnic and racial disparities in health and health care, as well as the potential means to eliminate those
    disparities. 
  • Maintaining an open, inclusive and respectful learning and working environment.

To achieve this vision, SMPH will: 

  • Recruit, admit, and graduate a diverse student body. 
  • Appoint and retain faculty, staff, administrators, residents and fellows from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Employ a curriculum that includes emphasis on cross-cultural instruction and inter-cultural communication skills. 
  • Advance a research agenda in areas of scholarship focusing on diversity and ethnic and racial disparities. 
  • Provide support for new and existing programs and resources to advance the diversity mission.

Our work in the domain of diversity, equity and inclusion is unfinished, challenging, and continuous. The school in partnership with its associated health system, UW Health, maintains an intense, unrelenting focus on interweaving this portfolio into our endeavors.

CURRENT PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

By upholding the institutional philosophy of the “Wisconsin Idea”, SMPH has carried out its mission to establish a number of programs and initiatives that directly affect our school personnel, the citizens of Wisconsin, and beyond. A number of programs and initiatives focused on diversity, equity and inclusion currently exist within the school, including: 

  • The Collaborative Center for Health Equity

    • Engages partners throughout the state in collaborative teaching, research and service initiatives aimed at advancing health equity in Wisconsin. 
  • Wisconsin Partnership Program 
    • Develops and funds research, educational programs, community engagement, and community-academic
      partnerships through competitive grant programs and by offering resources and guidance aimed at
      reducing disparities and advancing population health.
    • Since its creation in 2004, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has infused more than $96 million in grant funding into nearly 300 community organizations and initiatives across the state.
  • ForWard Curriculum—M.D. Degree Program 
    • Expands and integrates the public health emphasis in our medical student education program by
      replacing the traditional model of medical education — two years of basic science followed by two years of clinical experiences—with a three-phase model that fully integrates basic, public health and clinical sciences throughout our medical students’ education.
    • M.D. students can choose to participate in a rural medicine program (Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, or WARM) or an urban medicine program (Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health, or TRIUMPH). Additional options for M.D. students include a Public Health path of distinction, a Research path of distinction, and MD-PhD and MD-MPH dual degree options.
  • Pre-medical Pathway Programs 
    • A broad portfolio of more than a dozen outreach programs for K-12 and bachelor’s degree students
      introduce diverse students to health care careers as early as age 9. Examples include Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH), The Ladder, HOPE workshops and internships, INROADS, and the Health Professions Shadowing Program.
    • Hands-on science and medical experiences are used as a conduit for building interest in clinical and public health careers, as well as personal and professional resiliency.

Job Summary: This position is part of the Didactic Year Team of the Physician Assistant program and will include:

  • coordinating/teaching and evaluating effectiveness of assigned courses including hands-on instruction on comprehensive history and physical exams, additional assigned instructional duties will be based on candidate expertise, interests and the needs of the program.
  • participation in the coordination, instruction and evaluation of student’s clinical skills and professionalism, academic advising/mentoring/support of the didactic year for student and programmatic needs, and assisting in directing students through the development, implementation and presentation of Capstone projects.
  • participation in events, committees, administrative functions, program assessment, and accreditation responsibilities of the program.
  • maintain an active clinical practice of 20%.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Works with faculty to identify and develop new methods of advancing instruction in the discipline – 5%
Assesses learner performance and prepares reports recommending instructional improvements – 5%
Develops teaching techniques that enhance course effectiveness in alignment with desired outcomes and established strategy and may train other staff in use of these techniques – 15%
Provides classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction, including grading – 50%
Assists in defining the objectives of the program and plays a major role in carrying out program duties – 15%
May make presentations to faculty and to staff members on instructional programs and techniques – 5%

UNIQUE RESPONSIBILITIES
Mentors and provides feedback to individual students around academic performance and professionalism – 5% 

EDUCATION
Required: Master’s Degree 

IDEAL CANDIDATE 

Our ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years clinical practice and will be passionate about educating and training the next generation of physician assistants. The incumbent will bring skills that allow them to foster and support our students who come from varied backgrounds and experiences. Strong communication and teamwork skills are essential. A master’s degree is required. 

THE COMMUNITY 

Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted #3 Best Place to Live (Liveability, 2019), listed among the Best Small Cities in America (National Geographic, 2018), #6 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2018), #2 Most Walkable City (Expedia, 2018), #5 Best City for Young Professionals (Forbes, 2016), and #1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019). Madison’s technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Family Insurance, American Girl, SubZero, and Lands’ End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups. Wisconsin has been named as the second-best state in which to practice medicine (WalletHub, 2019). 

Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country with several James Beard Award winners, gastropubs, and farm- to-table restaurants. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the impressive Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest producer- only farmers’ market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings such as the Overture Center for the Performing Arts, Orpheum Theatre, Concerts on the Square, Jazz at Five, UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music Hamel Music Center, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, UW–Madison Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin Historical Museum, and Madison Children’s Museum, among others. 

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison offers numerous unique neighborhoods and commercial areas including the Capitol Square, State Street, Willy Street, Shorewood Hills, Maple Bluff, and Hilldale. Suburbs and communities include Sun Prairie, Middleton, McFarland, Verona, Cottage Grove, Waunakee, and Fitchburg. 

The city has a dedicated athletics fanbase which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin– Madison. Sports venues include Camp Randall Stadium, the Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena, Wisconsin Field House, and the Alliant Energy Center. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college woodbat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include IronMan Wisconsin and IronMan 70.3, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions. 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS 

Please send nominations to Virginia Snyder, hiring manager of the PA Teaching Faculty Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Business Partner, Beth Miller, bmiller53@wisc.edu. 

To apply, visit Jobs at UW and click the “Apply Now” button. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV and personal statement/cover letter. 

Applications from minorities and women are strongly encouraged. To receive full consideration, please apply by December 5, 2021. 

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion. 

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. For more information about SMPH, visit https://med.wisc.edu. To learn more about life in the city of Madison, visit https://madison.wisc.edu/ 

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