Medical Simulation Specialist

Job Description

Noorda-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Simulation Specialist


Under the direction of the Director of Operations in Medical Simulation, upholds the integrity of medical simulation within the College of Medicine [COM] curriculum. Ensures that the core curriculum prepares osteopathic medical students to function collaboratively on health care teams. Ensures that curriculum adheres to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation Council (SSHAC) core standards, providing learning experiences in academic and/or clinical environments that permit interaction with students enrolled in other health professions degree programs or other health professionals. Works with Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Chairs and faculty for medical simulation activities for our students, as well as providing oversight for and participating in most simulation activities.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Under the direction of and in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Simulation and the Director of Operations in Medical Simulation:

1. Aligns Medical Simulation activities within COM curriculum.
1.1. Collaborates with the Asst. Dean for Medical Simulation and the Dir. of Operations regarding all aspects of simulation operations (budget, operations, staffing, space and the purchase of technology), as well as, assisting in the development of short and long range plans to ensure best practices in the use of simulation resources (standardized patients; low and high fidelity simulators; augmented, animated and virtual reality; and task trainers) within the College, partner organizations and inter-professional initiatives.
1.2. Collaborates in the development, approval, and implementation (new project ideas, identify unmet needs, funding opportunities) of patient-centered, medical simulation educational curricular offerings (skills development, ethical/professional responsibility, identifying issues, knowing when to seek guidance, report, and resolve issues) that meet or exceed COCA and SSH standards & accreditation requirements to improve teamwork and systems-based practice across professions.
1.3. Collaborates to direct the overall administration, programming, design, implementation and tracking of progress of a robust formative and summative program of medical simulation activities validating assessment tools (supervise data collection, analyses and protocols, research, etc.) in collaboration with course directors (procedural, scenario-based, standardized patient, objective structured clinical exam (OSCE), other online, onsite, and community-based, large and small group) to assure continuous quality improvement.
1.4. Collaborates to design, implement and supervise training (faculty, standardized patients, etc.) in medical simulation activities promoting evidence based, effective instructional methods (experiential learning, role-play, improvisation, case-based activities, community participation, problem-based learning, asynchronous, etc.) in the use of technology involved in the design, implementation or evaluation of medical simulation.
1.5. Oversees the creation of cooperative working relationships with staff who have expertise in education resources, technology and andragogy to conduct medical simulation faculty development efforts (curricular design, faculty development, community-based and program evaluation teams/groups) to maximize stakeholder input in developing, implementing, and evaluating medical simulation curricula, fostering reciprocal commitment and community engagement with participating entities (educators, health professionals, patients, clients and community members, etc.) and their medical simulation activities.

2. Serves as an educator ensuring the quality, integrity, and defined standards within discipline.
2.1. Develops and delivers course content [quality, integrity, adequacy, consistency, student use/results/impact etc.], adhere to and exceed, as defined by the relevant governing body accreditation, requirements and the College’s mission (identifying opportunities to build and enhance the educational experience, providing constructive feedback, documenting findings, etc.)
2.2. Maintains content expertise within discipline and contributes to the curricular model (Sequential progression, elimination of redundancies, Blooms taxonomy) and delivery modalities of that coursework for which the unit is responsible and recommends changes when appropriate.
2.3. Ensures teaching is current, appropriate and inter-related, and where applicable, supports and builds upon previous learning experience content (integrate emerging knowledge with practical longitudinal clinical experience, aligning learning objectives and process) increasing student understanding of subject matter.
2.4. Works effectively as a team member to enhance and improve curricula, including potential opportunities for collaborative efforts within the department or with outside individuals, programs, or departments; maintaining a climate hospitable to creativity and innovation.
2.5. Develop and maintains a working knowledge of various teaching and assessment approaches (small group, bedside teaching, mentoring, lecture, independent practice-based learning, evidenced based medicine approach, simulation including institutional simulation, online learning and interactive video scenario, standardized patient).

3. Ability to accomplish research related to simulation
3.1. With the direction of the Associate Dean for Research, the Asst. Dean for Medical Simulation and the Dir. of Operations for Medical Simulation, collaborates with and/or mentors faculty, staff and students (internal and external) to develop and implement medical simulation research topics (including formulating concepts, brainstorming approaches, organizing ideas, collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data) in support of preparation of manuscripts for publication and submission for intramural and extramural grants leading to the execution of scholarly research (facilitating the preparation, modifying and refining of proposals and applications, seeking external funding, developing and maintaining positive rapport with funding agencies, etc.)
3.2. May present on a variety of medical simulation related research topics at various conferences locally, nationally and internationally, including developing content, submitting for consideration, finalizing presentation and delivering on time.

4. As relates to the department, actively engages in the advancement of the College. At the direction of and in collaboration with the Asst. Dean for Medical Simulation and the Dir. of Operations:
4.1. Builds collaborative partnership opportunities across and among various entities participating in networking opportunities, (internal and external partners (elected officials, state constitutional officers, business and community leaders), other colleges and universities, hospitals, local organizations, societies, etc.) promoting relationships with the College.
4.2. Serves on various committees and teams within the College as assigned (attending meetings, contributing to discussions, sharing/exchanging information, and leading constituents toward goal attainment) to include advising and mentoring (Students, clubs, campus organizations)
4.3. Contributes to College’s compliance with and in the development of required documentation as related to accreditation of the College to which departmental content is contributed. (faculty adequacy model, gathering data, self-assessment, peer review, providing input/feedback, etc.) aiding in the attainment of academic compliance.
4.4. Participates in the production of various College materials (academic calendar, strategic planning, directory, College website, etc.) by collecting/preparing materials, organizing/formatting data, adhering to various deadlines, reviewing drafts, providing input/feedback, etc.
4.5. Contributes to the College’s reputation/image of being one of the best osteopathic medical colleges through monitoring outcomes, partnering with internal and external stakeholders, modifying techniques, etc.


Education: Associate degree preferred (Bachelor’s degree preferred) in a healthcare or biomedical science related field. Must have a Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH) certification (CHSOS, CHSE and/or CHSE-A certification) or the ability to obtain same within two years of hire.

Experience: Depending on level at time of hire, preferred 2 or more years’ experience supporting educational programs or in a healthcare education or clinical setting. Experience in an academic or clinical simulation program in healthcare education a plus. Clinical practice or employment in Medical Simulation at a recognized/accredited school of medicine or school of nursing, also a plus. Prefer experience working with academic faculty with demonstrated effectiveness, knowledge, and experience in planning, developing and evaluating student-centered programs. Demonstrated leadership and proven record of establishing successful collaborative programing.

Skills & Abilities: Highly professional with honest, genuine, direct communication style, excellent interpersonal skills and emotional maturity with the essential ability to demonstrate tact, discretion and job diplomacy. Ability to institute and create the safe learning environment necessary to maintain a dynamic curriculum with a vision for growth. Must have the ability to work diplomatically and effectively with a variety of internal and external constituents. Proven track record of quality, integrity and trustworthiness. Ability to make common sense, consistent and fair decisions (based on fact and data), and to have the courage of one’s convictions and tolerance for ambiguity.

Must be:
• Able to institute a safe learning environment necessary to maintain a dynamic curriculum.
• Self-confident, with strong leadership skills, skilled decision-maker with ability to lead by influence and effectively communicate with various constituencies across the College.
• Self-motivated, self-disciplined, have a strong work ethic and capable in establishing priorities in a high-profile and executive setting.
• Flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and effectively handle frequent interruptions.
• Able to work independently and be an effective participant in cross-functional and interprofessional teams.
• Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions.
• Understand and Articulate the College’s educational mission, strategic aims, and programs.
• Skilled at writing, listening to, and making oral presentations of information in multiple forums and to a wide range of audiences.
• Able to lift at least 50 pounds to aid in set-up, take down and movement of equipment.
• Innovative, resourceful, detailed oriented, with excellent follow through skills.
• Capable of balancing multiple projects in stressful situations while meeting deadlines, achieving desired results, and maintaining positive relations while understanding of the importance of confidentiality of data and information.
• US citizenship or permanent residency is required..

Preferred skills or experience:
• Experience with use of an audio-video/textual data capture application for simulation, such as CAE Healthcare’s Learning Space (preferred) or similar system for television, film or theatre.
• Intermediate to deep knowledge of medical terminology and computerized equipment.
• Intermediate to deep knowledge of human physiology and vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature, and pulse oximetry.

Salary & Benefits:

Full benefits available and salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Type: Full-Time

Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the accreditation process with the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation and is now accepting students for August of 2021. We are located in the beautiful Utah Valley in Provo surrounded by the Wasatch mountain range and Utah Lake. Our campus is in development for completion in 2021.

Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (proposed) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against individuals in any phase of the application or employment phase on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including medical characteristics, marital status, veteran status, economic status, genetic identification, political belief, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Type: Full-time
Expires: 11/30/2021

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Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking qualified candidates to support our unique, innovative curriculum designed for a modern day Medical School. We currently have received the rights to admit students in the accreditation process with the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation for Fall of 2021. We are located in the beautiful Utah Valley in Provo surrounded by the Wasatch mountain range and Utah Lake. Our campus is in development for completion in the summer of 2022 with enrollment beginning August of 2021.

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