CLERKSHIP ADMINISTRATORS: TELLING YOUR STORY TO EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. RECOGNIZING THE STEPS NEEDED FOR IMPROVED PROFICIENCY AND CAREER ENHANCEMENT/PROMOTION
Donnita Pelser,Kansas Univ. School of Med- Wichita,Wichita,KS; Cris Connelly,Emory University,,; Wilhelmina Bradford,Children's National Health System,,; Jackie Robinson,Mercer University SOM-Savannah,,; Sharon Roberts,Indiana University SOM-Fort Wayne,,

Rationale:

The Clerkship Administrator position has often been referred to as general secretarial support to the clerkship.  However, over the past 15 years the Clerkship Administrator position has evolved into more of a manager of the clerkship course.  This is due in part to the increased attention to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education's (LCME) standards for accrediation.  The Clerkship Administrators must possess increased knowledge and skills to support a successful clerkship, which may be impeded due to the lack of recognition by departmental administration for the pivotal role Clerkship Administrators play in the accreditation process. 

By laying a foundation for increased proficiency and career enhancement/promotion, the opportunity to deliver better outcomes in meeting LCME accreditation standards will highlight the importance of the Clerkship Administrator role.

Clerkship Administrators should be encouraged to seek out professional development opportunities in their institutions, and at regional and national meetings.  Many Clerkship Administrators lack knowledge promoting themselves and writing an expanded job description or resume'.  Having these skills, will allow them to pursue their professional goals and improved job satisfaction.  But more importantly, enhance medical student education at their individual institutions. 



Objectives:

Identify the advantages in rewriting a job description or resume'.

Demonstrate the benefits of mastering the administrator role.

Articulate in a concise manner their role and responsiblity as a Clerkship Administrator.

Identify opportunities and skills for career enhancement/promotion.

Illustrate pathways for improved job satisfaction.

Facilitate discussion about recognition.

 

 



Methods and Content:

Participants will be divided into five groups to collaborate on what responsibilities they have that can be included on their job descriptions.  Participants will incorporate the topics gleaned from the collaboration into their own job descriptions during the workshop.  They will be asked to come up with a 2-minute description of what they do as a Clerkship Administrator, emphasizing the relevance to course management and accreditation. 

While in their individual groups, participants will discuss the various pathways to improved job satifaction with the tools provided.

Groups will discuss ideas to encourage recognition for performance.  It's not just about the annual review.  It's about the administrator being recognized for continuity of excellent performance in meeting LCME standards to support their schools mission to meet accreditation. 

Lastly, the individual groups will come back together as one and discuss the key points of the workshop.  Participants will be given a checklist to complete the changes to their job descriptions and resume's.