Director, Clinical Skills Program

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DescriptionThe Director,Clinical Skills Program, is responsible for directing the StandardizedPatient/Clinical Skills Program in the Institute for Clinical Simulation andPatient Safety.  Standardized Patients (“SPs”) are healthy lay individualswho have been trained to simulate, in a disciplined and precise manner, thehistories, behavior, physical affect and speech mannerisms of patients asdescribed in cases developed by clinical faculty.  Some SPs may alsofunction as Patient Instructors (“PIs”) in which they directly teach physicalexamination techniques using their own bodies as the teaching material.


The Directoris responsible for recruitment and training the SPs and PIs in this work forboth teaching and assessment of health care professional students (primarily MDand PA) and Resident physicians.  The Director advises and works withfaculty in the development of curriculum through use of SP/PImethodology.  He/she also develops teaching materials for use with SPs andPIs and trains and supervises staff: (Training Manager and AssistantTrainer(s)) in all necessary functions.  The Director works closely withstaff in the Institute to assure coordination in the use of Simulation in theteaching and assessment of clinical skills.


Thisposition is responsible for the recruitment, screening, interviewing, andhiring SPs to build a corps of standardized patients that will meet the needsof the Program. This position will also select SPs from the SP corps and trainin all aspects of their work: case portrayal, history/physical simulation,affect, use of challenge, checklist item and recognition, documentationstandards, medical aspects of cases, providing feedback to students,operational aspects of work, professional behavior as SPs.

The Directorwill be responsible for the organization/scheduling of SP work shifts andmonitoring the quality of SP work.  Will be responsible for theselection and training of SPs for work as Patient Instructors to teach physicalexamination techniques using their own bodies as the teaching materials. Willwork with faculty to determine correct maneuvers to be taught. Preparestraining materials for PI use and ensure readiness of PIs to teach byvalidation sessions attended by faculty. Responsible for theorganization/scheduling of PIs works shifts and will monitor quality of PIwork. Is responsible for the development and operational management of theStandardized Patient Program to meet projected training and assessment needs.The Director will develop and promote further uses of SPs and PIs in a widevariety of functions within LKSOM, TUHS, other organizations within Temple, andpotential external organizations. Will be responsible for the direct teachingand assessment of students, specifically in the functions of clinicalcommunication skills and the development of the physician/patient relationship.


The Directorwill plan, implement, and conduct SP-based assessments of learners at variouslevels. Will collect, analyze, and report data resulting from assessments. Willplan, implement, and conduct SP-based remedial teaching of learners who requireit. Responsible for the training of other SP Program staff in all aspects ofoperation of SP Program (including SP/PI methodology) and ICSPS as needed. Willtrain faculty in development and use of SP/PI methodology. Work with otherICSPS staff to develop and implement projects involving hybrid use of humansimulation (SPs) and non-human simulation (operational mannequins and tasktrainer devices.) Develops manuals and other instructional materials forfaculty and SPs and PIs including protocols, policies and procedures. Worksclosely with faculty in case development to include critical preview of newcases prior to use. Responsible for the administration of SP hiring,termination, and management of SP payroll and record keeping. Will manage thephysical facilities/resources of the ICSPS, including scheduling of use. Willincorporate available technology into SP Program operations and working with ITstaff on the selection and development of such. Responsible for thedocumentation of activities of SP Program for use within Temple for managementand planning purposes, and for submission to external institutions, includingaccreditation bodies. Engages in research related to the functions and programsof the Institute. Will serve as Standardized Patient and Patient Instructor ascircumstances may require. Will train SPs/PIs as trainers/supervisors forshort-term needs.


Allactivities previously noted apply to the LKSOM MD program as well as the LKSOMPhysician Assistant Program, the post-baccalaureate program, the Temple HealthSystem, and other professional schools within Temple, or other institutions, asrequired.


RequiredEducation & Experience:

Bachelor’sdegree; six or more years’ experience working as a Standardized Patienttrainer; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may beconsidered.


RequiredSkills & Abilities:

*Strongwritten/verbal communication and organizational skills

*Demonstratedability to manage projects.

*Managementskills (including planning, negotiation, and communication skills).

*Workingknowledge of common applicable computer software and ability to learnadditional software as necessary.

*Knowledgeof applicable professional principles, and financial and budgeting principles.

*Demonstratedability teaching case portrayals/scenarios, history, and physical simulation.

*Experiencewriting Standardized Patient cases.

*Theatricalacting and directing experience and training can be considered useful.

*Teaching ortraining experience in other fields can be considered useful


TempleUniversity values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for allpersons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status,national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or anyother status protected by law.


ComplianceStatement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the positiondescription employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial andother conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activitiesdo not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at theinstitution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliancewith applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations,including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essentialfunctions cause them to interact.


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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Medical Education and Research Building
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular




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Posted: 5/22/2020
Application Due: 6/23/2020
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