Reporting to the Director of the AHC Simulation Center and the Interprofessional Education and Resource Center (IERC), the Simulation Specialist has a high degree of independent decision-making within a highly-collaborative team and is responsible for: • Participating in the creation of realistic healthcare simulations using computerized mannequins and medical equipment to teach and assess clinical skills • Supporting clinicians and clinical faculty to ensure the fidelity of clinical scenarios • Implementation of real-time simulations for the teaching and assessment of communication and procedural skills in the health sciences • Troubleshooting of simulation technologies and the IERC’s digital asset management system, SimCapture • Participating in the creation of realistic anatomical and medical models (such as wounds or simulated body parts) for teaching and/or testing of clinical skills • Supporting simulation and medical equipment vendors for acquisition, maintenance, and repair of simulation and medical equipment • Participating in the training of standardized patients as required for scenario implementation • Supporting the management, acquisition, and maintenance of IERC and Simulation Center resources • Supervising student workers, as required • Representing the AHC Simulation Center/IERC at regional and national professional meetings
This position works closely with a team of professional educators, researchers, and trainers, and technicians to coordinate course sessions and tests to teach and assess health science students’ clinical skills. The AHC Simulation Center/IERC is one of the most active centers of its kind in the US, creating, implementing, and evaluating hundreds of simulation projects each year. This position is part of a dynamic, highly productive team and must enjoy working in a team environment. The AHC Simulation Center/IERC works with each of the health science schools (including the College of Veterinary Medicine), partnering with faculty and students to design effective educational experiences and examinations. This position will also work closely with other simulation experts across the AHC and in the broader health care community locally, around the state, and across the country.
Simulation project implementation and assessment (45%) • Participate in onsite support for real-time simulation projects, both in the AHC simulation facilities and at off-site locations (e.g. Fairview, M Health clinical sites) • Program and operate computerized mannequins • Program and operate the B-Line digital data capture system for exam management and simulation recording • Provide support to other staff and faculty/community preceptors during clinical skills courses and simulations • Oversee staging of simulation environments • Supervise student workers • Participate in the collection and analysis of performance data • Participate in the collection and analysis of event evaluation data
Simulation project planning and development (30%) • Create set-up guides and protocols to standardize project staging • Assist Senior Simulation Specialist in working with content experts in defining their needs, expectations, and desired educational outcomes for simulations • Participate in the creation of simulation scenarios using a combination of simulation technologies and methodologies • Collaborate with program staff and University of Minnesota faculty/preceptors in the development of simulation projects • Serve as a project manager on specific simulation projects, overseeing them from inception through implementation and outcomes assessment • Collaborate with simulation professionals in other simulations centers in the AHC (e.g. the School of Nursing’s Bentson Center; SimPORTAL) and regionally (e.g. VAMC, HCMC, Regions, Mayo) to develop and implement shared educational and research projects • Collaborate with colleagues in other AHC program areas (e.g. the Medical Device Center) to create simulation models (e.g. using 3D printing and VR technologies)
Management of simulation and medical equipment (20%) • Ensure the operational capability of existing capital equipment • Work with administrative and program staff to maintain and repair simulation equipment • Liaise with medical and simulation equipment vendors to manage existing equipment (e.g. operational updates; warranties; etc.) • Coordinate major repairs with staff, relevant university units (such as Facilities Management), and vendors/manufacturers • Work with administrative staff to maintain stocks of medical supplies for customized training • Participate in writing grant proposals to solicit funds for new simulation equipment • Participate in researching and prioritizing the acquisition of new medical and simulation equipment
Other (5%) • Other duties and projects as assigned
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess a BA/BS and at least three years of professional level experience directly related to the specific position. The candidate must have demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access. The successful candidate must be comfortable with a range of technologies (AV, computer, electronics, etc.), possess excellent written and oral communication skills, have effective project management skills, and be able to work a flexible schedule that occasionally includes evening and weekend assignments. This position requires some lifting, walking, and standing.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in a healthcare field; academic degree in healthcare or a related science field (e.g. biology); demonstrated success in project implementation, especially in an academic environment; familiarity with medical equipment and simulators; experience with standardized patient methodology
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