Capstone Course Directors Needed – Letter of Interest and CV due September 13, 2019

Dear Members of the Education Community,

I am writing to let you know that Dr. Gina LaRossa (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospitalist Medicine, Department of Medicine) has decided to step down as director of the 4th-year Capstone Course. We are enormously grateful for the considerable work Gina has put into the course and for seeing it through the process of becoming core curriculum.  Gina approached the course with care, integrity, and accountability. Her contributions have been substantive and we will miss her input. Thank you Gina.

Consequently, we are in need of leadership for this important curricular element. Given the direction of both the current Capstone Course and the new Gateway Curriculum, it seems appropriate to modify the course leadership to reflect this. To that end, we are seeking four faculty members, one each from Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Obstetrics & Gynecology to collaboratively direct this multidisciplinary course. Each co-director will receive 0.10 FTE support for their efforts. The 4-week Capstone Course is currently administered twice a year, February/March and March/April and is required for all graduating students. This course or a direct outgrowth of it will persist with the roll out of the Gateway Curriculum. A detailed job description is attached.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and CV to the Office of Education’s Project Manager, Kelly Noll ( no later than Tuesday, September 13, 2019.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.  Feel free to forward this message to any other potentially interested parties.

Thomas M. De Fer, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
Division of Medical Education, Department of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
Phone: (314) 362-7122 or (314) 362-8551

Capstone Job Description (pdf)