Simulation Operations Specialist and Program Coordinator

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Western Atlantic University School of Medicine

Reporting to the Assistant Dean and Chair, Medical Education the Simulation Operations Specialist and Program Coordinator will help to promote the advancement, quality, and excellence of the five-semester pre-clerkship component of the medical education program at Western Atlantic University School of Medicine (WAUSM).HIDE FULL DESCRIPTION

WAUSM provides an exciting opportunity for individuals that wish to join an energetic team of medical educators that are committed to building a fresh, new, dynamic, and innovative medical education program. Our students will study medicine in a highly integrated, systems-based, hybrid curriculum that incorporates active learning strategies into large and small group settings. With a powerful focus on active, case-based learning; robust simulation; and early exposure to clinical patients, WAUSM students can expect an integrated learning experience with individualized support that will prepare them to excel in the clerkship portion of their studies, and beyond. We seek outstanding, team-oriented teachers who will share our excitement in building this dynamic and innovative educational program. The pre-clerkship foundational sciences program is built around a 5-semester (15 weeks per semester) model of instruction with basic science concepts and competencies related to patient centered care integrated and woven throughout.

WAUSM will operate on three semesters per year with a new class of students matriculating each semester. Therefore, teaching duties and administrative responsibilities continue throughout the year. A focus on teaching, student learning and support is paramount, and we look to individuals who can provide excellence in these areas. This position is located in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as simulator operator by programming, testing, and running scenarios with faculty instructors, assuring that the facility and equipment are set up for teaching sessions and practical exams.
  • Plan and prepare moulage of physical findings, lesions and wounds, and mock medications for various simulation cases and exams.
  • Acquire, install, and maintain digital audiovisual hardware and software systems (CAE LS®) to schedule and record simulated sessions with subsequent editing and transfer into an archival format for analysis.
  • Provide CAE LS support for scheduling small group skills training sessions, scheduling and implementing OSCEs, and developing and implementing grading rubrics and session assignments within the learning platform.
  • Provide technical support for computer-based multimedia systems and their components, including operation of digital cameras, video cameras, audio/video mixer, digital/analog converter, monitors, LCD projectors, anesthesia machines and other equipment.
  • Support the use of digital media and web stream creation for educational and professional distribution, distribute content and back up data, and provide advanced troubleshooting
  • Understand the use and operation of different simulator technologies ranging from anatomic models, heart and lung sound task trainers (MATT® and Harvey®), and screen-based simulations to full body patient simulators (CAE Apollo®).
  • Maintain proficiency in existing and emerging technologies, including basic theory, design, and implementation.
  • Participate in technical training as necessary; attend conferences to stay current with simulation technology.
  • Conduct routine equipment maintenance, inventory updates and equipment purchases.
  • Install software and hardware upgrades and maintain functionality of manikin components as directed by manufacturer support.
  • Interface with the equipment manufacturers regarding equipment troubleshooting and systems problems; maintain record of repairs and warranty agreement updates.
  • Responsible for simulator program marketing and information management, including brochure and website development and maintenance.
  • Create innovative ideas, evaluate new equipment, and identify opportunities for technology improvement and integration into healthcare education.
  • Train faculty and other Simulation Center staff in the operational aspects of simulation.
  • Support faculty development and training for high-fidelity simulation curriculum activities.
  • Communicate in a positive, professional manner with medical school faculty, students, and other users of the Simulation Center.
  • Assist with other special projects or initiatives as needed, including community and continuing education initiatives and special accreditation tasks.
  • Participate in and support standing committees, task forces, academic and operational plans and initiatives as appointed and determined by the Campus Dean, Freeport, and Executive Dean.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director, Medical Education or Dean.

Education, Experience and Attributes:

  • Technical diploma or Associate degree in technology or health-related field is required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Specifically Paramedical Science is desirable with at least 5 years successful work history and a license in good standing or lapsed license with no misconduct or disciplinary actions.
  • Two (2) years preferably unit or organizational training experience or adult education activities.
  • Knowledge of patient simulation services, technologies and applications.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware equipment and software applications relevant to simulator functions.
  • Knowledge of audio/video equipment and software for recording, duplication, mixing and editing.
  • Proficiency in MS software applications including MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Internet, and database use.
  • Ability to express technical information clearly and simply to non-technical persons.
  • Ability to learn new software and hardware quickly and independently.
  • Ability to assess, troubleshoot and fix equipment failures in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, set priorities and make critical decisions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding job assignments and sensitive issues.
  • Ability to work with internal and external individuals from different disciplines and different levels of training.
  • Solid multi-cultural proficiency, experience with international and diverse populations.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and collegially with a team to build out the elements of a new medical school.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a positive mental attitude and communication style.
  • Self-motivated with little to no supervision required with the ability to work as a team member.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in dynamic environment; able to work evening/weekends as necessary.
  • Work requires occasional heavy physical lifting of equipment and management/utilization of advanced medical devices
  • Comfortable living a Caribbean, island lifestyle and embracing that experience.

Western Atlantic University School of Medicine (WAUSM) is an equal opportunity employer (EEO). We are committed to diversity and inclusion and support applicants from all backgrounds to join our team. We strive to build a community that represents the students we serve and exhibits a variety of skills, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. Employment is a decision based upon qualifications, merit, and the needs of the University.