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Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication

OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, Portland, Oregon

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/28/2020

The Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication is a new position established in the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to facilitate, mentor, and coordinate teaching and innovation that will transform the culture of health care through skillful, compassionate communication. Respectful and skillful communication is at the heart of ethics and professionalism teaching, advancing the culture of medicine for future generations.

Compassionate communication has long been a focus of the Center for Ethics in Health Care’s work. In 2018, OHSU became the first medical school in the country to require that students demonstrate a high level of communication skills in order to graduate, and in mid-2019 a new directorship in Serious Illness Communication was established. The new Chair position will build upon these and other innovations to expand the scope of education, professionalism and research in communication skills beyond end of life care. The vision for this program is to catalyze a greater and specific focus on communication skills for trainees at OHSU and to also provide mentorship and synergy to enhance the communication skills curricula in the Center for Ethics in Health Care’s statewide outreach educational activities.

The ideal candidate would have advanced degrees in a health care discipline, advanced training in health care ethics, and demonstrated achievements related to communication skills in an academic or health care environment. Advanced education and experience in health care education are desirable.

This position is at the .5 FTE. Beyond chair responsibilities, the individual may have FTE in other OHSU units (up to 1.0 FTE total) or possibly an entity outside OHSU. The position includes duties in areas of curriculum development and educational innovation, service, and scholarship. The following time allocation relates specifically to the 0.5 FTE chair responsibilities only.

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