Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is recruiting for a full-time Simulation Technician within our Simulation Center. Responsible for the daily technical operations of the WMED Simulation Center. The technicians maintain simulators and support equipment, troubleshoots problems with simulators and support systems (e.g., AV system), and operates a wide array of educational technology (including online and computer-based instruction).
Understands the use and operation of different simulation technologies and educational software used in the Simulation Center, ranging from screen-based simulations to full body patient simulators and virtual reality surgical simulators.
Develop technical proficiency with all aspects of the operation, maintenance, support, troubleshooting, and repair for all equipment in the Simulation Center.
Prepares the facility, mannequins, audiovisual systems, and equipment for training sessions; packs up materials and shuts down equipment after the session.
Performs videotape recording, duplication, mixing and editing.
Assists in programming, testing, and running simulations.
Assists with the operation of the simulators during training sessions.
Learns, installs, and configures original hardware and software and updates provided by equipment and software suppliers.
Assists with facility improvements and new equipment deployment.
Assists in researching equipment and supply vendors, obtaining bids, and acquiring and upgrading simulation equipment and supplies.
Assists with organization of equipment and supplies in storerooms.
Monitors equipment performance, safety, and certification.
As directed, performs routine, preventive maintenance of equipment (according to manufacturers' recommendations) and repairs to ensure that equipment is operational.
Maintains and troubleshoots problems with simulators, the AV system, and support equipment.
Serves as a point of contact and interfaces with equipment manufacturers to maintain functionality, repair equipment, and fix system problems; maintains a record of repairs.
Attends conferences periodically to stay current with simulation technology. Provides training and certification in the use and maintenance of the simulation equipment for those who will use the equipment unsupervised.
Assists in the acquisition of technical knowledge of simulator and medical device, operation and procedures among instructors to ensure that curricula are accurate and appropriate.
Provides training and technical support for the computer-based recording system.
Demonstrates, teaches, and supports the technical aspects of operating simulators to faculty and others.
Supports/assists in role playing, applications, props placement, and moulage set-up to create a virtual health care environment and experience.
As directed, will attend orientation and training sessions of Surgery Residents to support operation of surgical simulators and assist with provision of supplies and equipment.
Monitors and keeps track of utilization statistics for events and training, including the use of surgery simulators and equipment used by Surgery Residents.
Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
All other duties as assigned.
Must have completed undergraduate training in a biomedical technology or healthcare field, such as nursing, respiratory therapy, or paramedical fields.
An associates or bachelor’s degree in a healthcare and/or computer field is desirable.
Experience with medical simulation and/or computer-based instruction and e-learning is highly desirable.
Simulation Technician will preferably be currently certified or be able to obtain certification as an AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor within 6 months of hire.
About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.
Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.