Posted: Monday, November 4th, 2019
T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion
In 2019, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford committed $100 million towards the creation of the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego. This gift establishes an institute to study empathy and compassion as well as develop and implement training models for physician education (medical students through practicing physicians) to effectively teach the practice of compassion for self and others.
Center for Empathy in Health Innovation
As one branch of the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, the Center for Empathy in Technology will conduct research on the social and behavioral impacts of emerging technologies, specifically as these relate to empathy and compassion. The Center will also advance programs to enhance empathy and compassion in physicians-in-training who are at the vanguard of an era of patient empowerment and rapidly emerging health innovations.
Medical practice is being rapidly transformed by the movement of complex health products, devices, and services from oversight and availability through physicians to direct availability to patients and consumers. The changing patient-physician dynamic enforces an urgent need to reimagine the training of medical students to address these challenges. Research will aim to inform new approaches to professional compassion.
The Center is currently seeking applicants for a 2-year (min) full-time postdoctoral fellowship. A successful applicant will work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment on research at the intersection of empathy, technological innovation, and professional practice.
Who are we looking for?
A creative researcher to be a part of an interdisciplinary team interested in the intersection of empathy, technology, and medical practice. We want people to spearhead and execute work in the following areas:
Develop a multidisciplinary research program focused on the impacts of emerging health innovations on physicians and their communication with patients.
Identify and develop new models of patient-physician communication that are aligned with empathic and compassionate medical care in the context of emerging biomedical and digital technologies.
Advance new methods and processes in social science in medicine via research and curricula.
Engage in the planning and coordination of larger scale initiatives/partnerships with the other Centers and the larger Institute.
The fellow must have evidence of excellent writing and communication skills. This includes demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats, including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations. Advanced training in research design and methods is required (e.g., quantitative or qualitative methods) along with interest in learning new skills. For this particular position, we are looking for candidates with a strong background in social science research linked to the use of technology (e.g., technology acceptance, behavior interventions, medical communication, etc.) and, ideally, also behavioral science (e.g., psychometrics) with interest in learning new research methods and processes. The ideal candidate is an early career researcher in fields such as psychology, sociology, psychiatry, public health, behavioral sciences, or education. Interest in learning about compassion in medicine a must, but prior work on these topics is not required.
How do I apply?
Send your résumé or CV, a cover letter, and the email addresses of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should tell us how you would plan to contribute to this project, what excites you, what impact you aspire to, and what you hope to accomplish during your postdoctoral fellowship.