Reporting to the M Health Education Director, the Standardized Patient Trainer serves as an essential team member in the recruitment and preparation of participants in the Standardized Patient (SP) Program (e.g. standardized/simulated patients, MUTA/GTAs, patient educators, interpreters, and other special populations/community partners). This position is focused on assuring the performance quality and consistency of SP Program participants in order to meet educational objectives and program requirements. As part of the human simulation team within M Simulation, this individual is responsible for:
• Providing training expertise to maximize the educational value of human, hybrid and mixed modality simulation • Collaborating with the simulation team to coordinate the development of complex, detailed projects • Providing support across the simulation team to maximize team efficiency and capacity • Using an evidence-based approach to drive quality in human simulation programming • Supporting diversity and inclusion in human simulation • Supporting the growth of human simulation at the University of Minnesota and across the region • Representing M Simulation at regional and national professional meetings
Training development and implementation (35%) • Collaborate with SP Program Coordinator and other simulation team members in identifying training requirements that fulfill educational objectives and program requirements • Train SPs, patient educators, and other simulation participants for teaching and assessment activities across the health sciences at the University of Minnesota and across the region • Align training processes with the Association of Standardized Patient Educators Standards of Best Practice • Collaborate with the SP Program Coordinator to develop online resources and other resources to support SP Program participants’ development and performance
Operational support (30%) • Assist technology-based simulation staff in operating mannequins and supporting partial task trainers • Assist team members in developing staging requirements and implementing staging activities • Support learner access to simulation resources and use of simulation facility, including needs during simulation projects • Conduct learner pre-briefings utilizing evidence-based approaches • Operate digital technologies to support simulation logistics, fidelity and data capture
Project development (15%) • Assist SP Program Coordinator in recruiting participants (e.g. standardized/simulated patients, MUTA/GTAs, patient educators, interpreters, and other special populations/community partners) for onsite and offsite simulation projects • Coordinate dissemination of project materials to SP Program participants • Collaborate with SP Program Coordinator, Education Director and simulation team to support development of simulation case materials with faculty and content experts • Partner with the Educational Technology Coordinator to support integration of digital technologies in simulations
Quality assurance and quality improvement (10%) • Observe SP Program participants’ performance and provide timely, effective feedback to support performance goals • Manage Standardized Patient Program participants during projects • Identify novel strategies to support effective and efficient training
Dissemination of work (5%) • Contribute to scholarly publications and presentations • Participate in national professional associations • Promote educational value and opportunities to diverse audiences, including clinicians, faculty, academic staff, learners, and community laypeople
Other (5%) • Other duties and projects as assigned
MINIMUM/ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must possess a BA/BS and at least three years of experience in an education or training environment. A master's degree in education, theater/performance, healthcare or a related science field (e.g. biology) can substitute for this experience. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, be comfortable with a range of technologies (AV, computer, electronics, etc.), and be able to work a flexible schedule that occasionally includes evening and weekend assignments. The candidate must have demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. This position requires some lifting, walking, and standing.
DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience as an SP trainer; experience as an SP or Patient Educator (e.g. MUTA, GTA); professional simulation experience in an academic setting; special simulation training or certification; previous experience with simulation technologies, including high-fidelity mannequins and task trainers; previous experience in a healthcare field; experience with medical equipment; degree in education, theater/performance, healthcare or a related science field (e.g. biology).
Internal Number: 335857
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