Medical Director, Children's Hospital Colo Center for Medical Simulation

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Medical Director

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The Medical Director of Simulation is the overall leader of the medical simulation program at Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and is an experienced simulation educator who possesses and maintains a skill set encompassing curriculum planning, simulator programming, and facilitated debriefing of interprofessional healthcare teams, outcomes assessment and experimental design. He/she oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of simulation programming and oversees and provides guidance for simulation research projects at the CHCO Center for Medical Simulation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates existing educational programs as well as design, develop, implement and evaluate new educational initiatives and course curriculum (including goals, objectives, content materials and assessment tools) in collaboration with content experts and other educational leaders at CHCO.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing key Center policies and procedures, and for integrating Simulation program components with key organizational partners and stakeholders (IT, InfoSec, Legal, QPS, Compliance, etc.).
  • Serves as the chair of the Simulation Oversight Committee.
  • Responsible for short- and long-range comprehensive strategic and operational planning in support of the center and to refine priorities and implement policies, procedures and practice standards consistent with the mission and educational objectives of the center.
  • Oversees and provides development courses for faculty in simulation, support and coaching of teaching and program implementation.
  • Oversees equipment procurement and budgeting for center in partnership with Program Coordinator.
  • Promote excellence in teaching through respectful behavior, role modeling and serving as a simulation mentor to clinicians, staff and management team.
  • Teach team training, faculty development and serve as a faculty facilitator and debriefer using simulation technology.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through educational/developmental activities and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.
  • Supports research in simulation education as well as collaboration with interdisciplinary faculty and other leaders to develop innovative research in simulation education including design of study protocol, identification of funding sources, assistance with collection and analysis of data and reporting results of research projects.
  • Maintains proficiency in existing and emerging simulation education technologies, including basic theory, design and implementation.
  • Develops working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff and students within CHCO and CU School of Medicine, as well as with other simulation centers and educational organizations.
  • Promotes simulation in healthcare education through collaboration with regional, national, and international users; participation in public relations events; development of new markets for simulation use; community outreaches; and serving on professional/civic service organizations and committee meetings as the Center representative.
  • Prepares reports related to simulation education and research operation of the Center as requested.


Minimum Requirements:
  • MD/DO, board certified in a pediatric field, meets criteria for membership on CHCO medical staff
  • Current faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor level or eligibility to be hired at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor level
  • Minimal 2 years' experience in Simulation education and administration

Competencies / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and exceptional analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to interact with learners and healthcare community.
  • Ability to effectively lead and empower teams.
  • Knowledge of educational and research theory, instructional technology and simulation services and technologies.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 06247

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
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Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20029 - SOM - Dean-School of Medicine

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 4, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Christopher Smith

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00726920