Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine

Job ID
Ross University School of Medicine
Employment Type
Temporary Part-Time
FLSA Status

Opportunity at a Glance

Founded in 1978, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM)’s pre-clinical campus is located in Dominica, West Indies. RUSM offers clinical rotations in approximately 15 geographic sites across the United States. The administrative offices are located in Miramar, Florida where the Dean and Chancellor and Cabinet are based.


RUSM has graduated more than 11,000 physicians during its 35-year history. Graduates are eligible for licensure in all 50 States, Canada and Puerto Rico after the successful completion of the requisite licensing examinations.


The Foundations of Medicine curriculum, conducted in Dominica, consists of 64 credits of prescribed coursework. RUSM offers students a choice of 2 Foundations of Medicine curricular options – a 4 semester option and a 5 semester option. After a pass-fail first semester, students choose whether to complete their basic science curriculum within 4 semesters total or to decelerate the curriculum content delivery and complete all requirements within 5 semesters.  All Foundations of Medicine coursework must be satisfactorily completed at the RUSM campus in Dominica.


The Clinical Science curriculum in the United States begins with an introductory 6-week clinical clerkship, Internal Medicine Foundation (IMF), conducted in Miramar, Florida.

IMF is followed by 78 weeks in clinical rotations at RUSM-affiliated US teaching hospitals. Core clerkships include Family Medicine (6 weeks), Medicine (12 weeks), Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks), Pediatrics (6 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), and Surgery (8 weeks). 

During clinical rotations, students must complete and pass the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (Step 2 CK) and the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (Step 2 CS). RUSM requires the passing USMLE step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS) to be eligible for graduation.


RUSM Mission:


The mission of RUSM is to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians.




Key Facts about RUSM:


  • More than 11,000 graduates
  • Enrollment: Approximately 3,500 students; 98% are US or Canadian residents
  • Facilities:
    • Dominica: 26-acre fully equipped, technologically advanced campus; classroom and clinical examination rooms at Princess Margaret Hospital.
    • Miramar: Executive offices; Student Services; 5 classrooms ranging in capacity from 32 to 150 seats, all wireless and technologically advanced; 4 clinical simulation laboratory rooms, 2 Harvey rooms; study and student lounge areas; and a Learning Resource Center.
    • 15 clinical tracks program within the USA for core clerkship experience
  • Faculty Members:
    • Dominica: 90+ member faculty with PhD and/or MD credentials.
    • Miramar: Dean and Senior Associate Deans; IMF - 3 member faculty all with MD and board certification credentials; 8 junior faculty; 80+ community faculty preceptors.
    • 15 single hospital or regional clinical tracks in USA where students complete all their core clerkships
    • US: Clinical Chairs, Clerkship Directors and Clinical Faculty members located across US.


Position Summary

The Clinical Clerkship Director of each clinical core specialty functions as the chair’s advisor in matters of student education. The Clerkship Director is responsible for ensuring academic excellence in the assigned discipline, in terms of clinical site quality and student outcomes. The Clerkship Director oversees activities related to the discipline as well as the integration of the discipline with the other sciences. The Clerkship Director collaborates with the associated site Clerkship Directors to ensure assessment of clinical competency of students within the area of their specialty and serves as a respected representative of RUSM at meetings and conferences. This is a part time, 0.25 FTE position.


  • Works closely with the Chairman and site Clerkship Directors to assure compliance with core curriculum goals, objectives and requirements.
  • Assists the Chairman in organizing and conducting site visits at every core clinical site at a minimum of every 2 years.
  • Participates in RUSM clinical faculty development programs.
  • At the behest of the Curriculum Committee, establishes and updates Clinical program guidelines consistent with the discipline, LCME and other board standards.
  • Ensures the academic department is in compliance with current developments in medicine as they will be reflected is the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS examinations.
  • Reviews and approves any changes to the specialty curriculum (in collaboration with the Chairman and the Curriculum Committee Clinical Sub Committee).
  • Participates on RUSM committees.
  • Serves on appropriate bodies to assure accreditations are maintained.
  • Participates in program evaluations and assessments to assure appropriate outcomes are achieved for the specialty.
  • Remains current on developments in the field, research, and best practices. Researches emerging industry trends, new technologies, concepts and techniques and works with the appropriate personnel to integrate these items into the department goals.
  • Promotes the use of technology, including the effective application and review of RUSM’s Web-based curriculum, throughout the clinical rotations.
  • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.


Key Relationships:

Reports to: The RUSM Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The minimum requirements for the education, experience, knowledge, and skills required to competently perform in this position are listed below.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills


  • Ph.D. or equivalent medical degree required
  • Board certified in the medical specialty
  • Minimum of five years of experience teaching medical students and or residents
  • Eligible for rank of Associate Professor in accordance with RUSM Faculty Appointment and Promotion Guidelines
  • Demonstrated record of outstanding achievement within the discipline, in administration, research and /or as a teacher
  • Current knowledge of medical advancements in the specialty
  • Skilled negotiator and mediator
  • Must be able to meet domestic and international requirements for travel to and from the United States.


We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Who We Are

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical education offering a doctor of medicine degree program. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine has clinical education centers in Miami, FL and Saginaw, MI and places more graduates into US residencies annually than any other medical school in the world.


About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Founded in 1982 and located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine is affiliated with 22 AVMA-accredited US veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year. The University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only facility outside the US and Canada accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to improving the well-being of people and animals in the St. Kitts and Nevis community through service, education and research.


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