• Partners HealthCare System
  • $160,560.00 -141,170.00/year*
  • Boston , MA
  • Healthcare - Allied Health
  • Full-Time

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The Medical Simulation Specialist, Surgical will independently manage the day-to-day set-up, conduct, and clean-up of educational courses in the simulation OR, the Learning Laboratory, and in clinical spaces throughout the hospital. The incumbent must be facile in a variety of medical simulation modalities (team training, procedural/task training, and cognitive simulation), with a variety of technologies (including mannequins, task trainers, synthetic materials, and virtual reality e-systems). As this position supports educational activities in multiple surgical and non-surgical specialties and subspecialties (all with different desired competencies) - with an ever-evolving array of scenarios - the role requires the ability to quickly understand and adapt the work performed to match the specific learning objectives of the relevant audience. Incumbent will also be responsible for independently proctoring surgical skills certification sessions.


* Works with Director of Surgical Simulation to coordinate faculty instructors for surgical curriculum modules

* Plans in advance for supplies and equipment needed for use in training sessions, with a particular emphasis on surgical skills modules

* Independently and efficiently sets up supplies and equipment need for simulation scenarios, demonstrating understanding of the nuances and details required for each educational session

* Operates medical simulation technologies during training sessions, troubleshooting as necessary

* Provides oversight of verification of proficiency for surgical residents and maintains associated records of competency

* Serves as a resource for impromptu and scheduled use of skills lab by surgical residents, procuring and maintaining stock of surgical skills supplies as necessary

* Serves as educational resource for individualized practice sessions for surgical residents for deliberate practice ? will show how to use equipment, obtain requires supplies, etc.

* Supervises and provides feedback to trainees during surgical skills laboratory modules

* Performs amateur acting roles during simulation scenarios, using knowledge of case and learning objectives

* Coordinates data collection, including attendance data

* Maintains records related to resident certification (ie, FLS/FES/FUSE); tracks resident stage and/or completion of robotic training; maintains annual list of surgeons expected to complete CRICO surgical patient safety training, and tracks their completion

* Develops anatomical models for simulation training, at times following a curriculum, and at times requiring creativity to build a reasonable anatomical representation from various supplies and materials

* May assist in development of enhancements to simulation technologies and scenarios

* Mentors students, community members and volunteers and excites them about healthcare

* Provides consultation to visiting groups seeking to develop simulation programs

* Provides expertise on logistical issues during the development of new simulation sessions and/or scenarios

* Provides input into policy and procedure development

* Continually evaluates and improves simulation scenarios and sessions

* Provides simulation specialist cross-coverage and performs other diverse duties as needed for the Learning Laboratory to meet its mission of conducting high-quality education sessions, developing simulation technologies, and performing research.

Bachelor's degree and clinical degree/certification preferred.

Minimum of 3 years full-time experience working in an operating room preferred.


* Must be able to collaborate and communicate productively with clinical and administrative staff throughout the hospital and to constantly model the teamwork and communication skills that are the hallmarks of the Learning Laboratory's educational programming

* Technical competency in education, engineering or psychology sufficient to assist in running effective training programs

* Computer literacy to the level of at least word-processing, spreadsheets and databases, on-line survey tools, data collection and management systems, teleconferencing/AV systems and ability to learn new applications quickly with minimum training; must be a good self-learner in computer applications. Ability to learn evolving technology and web-based methods of communications, training, group meeting, and data collection and report generation.

* Ability to role-play as participant in clinical scenarios and to learn moulage techniques

* Basic knowledge of anatomy

* Must become certified as Proctor before independently proctoring surgical skills certification sessions.


Work will be conducted in the MGH Simulation OR and in a simulated medical facility in the Learning Laboratory on the 2nd floor of the Treadwell Library. In addition, the simulation specialist will also frequently support educational activities held in clinical settings throughout the hospital, including inpatient rooms, ICU rooms, and the Emergency Department. May be required to attend meetings and/or sessions outside of regularly scheduled hours. May have occasional exposure to biological contamination, e.g., blood, needles, and hazardous electrical or mechanical energy. Occasional lifting of heavy objects, typically not exceeding 75 pounds, may be required.


Responsible for identifying supplies and equipment needed and for ensuring the efficient use of limited resources.
Associated topics: general surgery, laparoscopic, robotics, surg, surgeon, surgery, surgery physician

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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