Clinical Decision Making Course, Associate Director​


The Clinical Decision Making (CDM) Course is a new core course under development by a previously appointed Course Director. It will debut in Fall of 2024 for MS2 students, and will be taught on Wednesday mornings, from 8-12 throughout the Fall and Winter quarters (September to March). The overarching goal of the CDM course is to develop students’ ability to integrate clinical information and adhere to a decision making framework while preparing early stage clinical assessments, differential diagnoses and care plans, in anticipation of a transition to clerkship level training.
The CDM Associate Director will assist and support the CDM Course Director in providing direction, leadership, and instruction on a continuing basis to the students and staff associated with the course.  Primary responsibility for assuring students acquire the knowledge base, skills and attitudes regarding clinical decision making in preparation of readiness for transition to clerkship level training. Develop goals and objectives related to clinical medicine that support a broad foundation of medical skills and knowledge, as well as habits of self-directed learning. Responsible for the implementation of the thread’s educational objectives.


  • ​Design, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of the CDM course in coordination with the CDM Director.
  • Collaborate with Organ Block Directors develop/design and implement appropriate experiences to meet curricular goals. ​
  • Participate in COAST Curriculum Steering Committee and associated curricular meetings; review student progress, including service on the CLEAR Committee, address course related issues and long range, strategic planning of course goals and objectives. 


  • Participate in teaching activities related to the CDM Course.
  • Teaching methods will include lectures, discussions, reflections, seminars and other methods as appropriate.
  • Assist students in developing the clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become an outstanding physician.
  • Evaluate student performance considering instructional goals; provide feedback to students as part of the development of appropriate skills and attitudes.


  • Advise medical students on academic issues related to the course. 
  • Provide guidance to students in the development and/or continuance and implementation of activities related to developing advanced skills within the concentration content material.  
This is a Core Pre-Clerkship level course and the CDM Course Associate Director will receive financial and administrative support consistent with School of Medicine policies.​


Applicant must have a UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty appointment in the appropriate series. For example, instructional titles in the appropriate series include: salaried UC San Diego School of Medicine professors, professors in residence, professors of clinical _____ (e.g., medicine), clinical professors, adjunct professors.


  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV
  • Letter of Interest
Please submit your CV and letter of interest to Lisa Gole, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, at The deadline for submission is​ Friday, February 9​, 2024.