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Academic Associate (Well Office UGME Curriculum Consultant)

Université McGill

This is a Full-time position in Montréal, QC posted June 10, 2018.


MDCM Wellness Curriculum Development

  • Analyzes, evaluates, and makes suggestions for improvements to the WELL Office UGME Wellness curriculum.
  • Reviews program evaluation of all learning activities to ensure they meet the quality standards necessary to carry out the WELL Office’s mission and to comply with accreditation standards.
  • Identifies quality improvement opportunities based on the evaluation process and makes recommendations to the Assistant Dean and monitors the effectiveness.
  • Works closely with the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) to ensure curriculum alignment with the Faculty and the Well Office’s strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Contributes to the strategic planning of Wellness Curriculum initiatives by researching and recommending curriculum content, learning resources, and best methods for learner engagement, including delivery format (i.e. classroom, video, online modules).
  • Develops, refines, and implements evaluation processes and assessment activities/tools to identify areas of strengths, weakness, and improvements of the Wellness Curriculum.
  • Based on research and consultation with relevant stakeholders, anticipates prospective learner wellness needs and participates in the strategic planning of new initiatives and recommendations for future curriculum revision and development.


  • Researches and evaluates the MDCM Wellness Curriculum Content in partnership with the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Develops, designs, and executes original research projects to evaluate the impact of Wellness curriculum content, under the general direction of the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Conducts literature reviews and reports on wellness curriculum initiatives and wellness of health professional learners.
  • Coordinates all aspects of research, including: writing the research protocol; preparing and submitting ethics application; creating study materials; recruiting participants; allocating resources, and assisting with data collection and analysis.
  • Participates in scholarship relevant to UGME WELL Office, taking the lead on manuscript preparation and submission for journal publication.
  • Prepares and submits, at a minimum, two poster presentations and one workshop presentation to the CCME or equivalent physician education conference
  • Prepares and submits at a minimum two different grant applications for financial support with respect to research projects relevant to the wellness of health professional learners.

Case Management – limited to the occasional replacement of the UGME consultant and one extra evening per week for UGME/dentistry students (4 scheduled appointments and one emergency slot)

  • Provides confidential short-term counselling to students across the four years of the MDCM Program. Wellness support can be offered in person, on the phone or by Skype.
  • Learners can present with significant mental health problems. The incumbent will be expected to navigate the best strategy for moving the learners forward, through counseling, consulting with addiction/mental health specialists.
  • Provide case coordination and management in situations of high risk or critical incidents.
  • Provide group interventions for learners/programs on request, including situations such as the death of a learner, intimidation and harassment, poor accreditation, or exam failures.

Prevention, Outreach and Innovation

  • Available for one evening per week to UGME and Dentistry Students
  • Available to travel to present workshops and innovations at academic conferences
  • Maintains knowledge with respect to professional associations such as Quebec Medical Association, the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Quebec Physicians’ Health Program, and national bodies and promotes communication and collaboration on new approaches and resources on relevant issues and challenges in the health professions.


  • Helps the WELL office meet cyclical accreditation needs and program/school objectives.
  • Makes recommendations for healthy learning environment resources, materials for library, and contributes to content on the WELL Office website
  • Participates in WELL Office strategic planning and team meetings when invited to report on the Wellness Curriculum Content.
  • May be requested to attend specific additional meeting at the request of the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)


Graduate degree with research, in either counselling or clinical psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience (5 years minimum).
Other Qualifying Skills & Abilities

  • A superior understanding of the issues of wellness/resilience in health professionals, particularly those related to learners in training is essential.
  • Relevant experience in counseling in the educational context, preferably in the health professions. Specifically, experience working with learners in academic difficulty and from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding of the clinical training environment, including the educational framework and standard evaluation tools.
  • Superior research skills.
  • Experience in curriculum development, design, and delivery.
  • Involvement in learner health initiatives.
  • Experience leading/facilitating group workshops.
  • Skill in working with university-aged young adults and individuals in crisis.
  • Superb oral and written communication, leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills in French and English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and senior academic administrators about issues facing learners in crisis and make recommendations on strategy.
  • Able discretion/confidentiality.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively; to create and work with teams.


Please submit your resumé to:

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) by email or phone at 514-398-1660. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Skills Required

  • Education level: University
  • Work experience (years): 6-9 years


Salary: N/D

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