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Director of Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center

Duke University Health System
Durham, North Carolina 27710
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Reports To: Chair of Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center invites applications for an anesthesiologist expert in simulation and patient safety to direct its Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center; rank and salary will be commensurate with the candidate's academic record. The department has more than 200 MD and PhD faculty, over 100 residents and fellows, and each year hosts a full class of medical students (approx.125). The Center is internationally-recognized and uniquely comprised of an interdisciplinary, inter-professional team of physicians, nurses, educators and human factors engineers who focus on health care education, safety, quality, and research, and is cited as a 21st Century model for improving patient safety and quality. The Director leads and coordinates the integration, implementation, and evaluation of simulation in education and patient safety, facilitates the development of inter-professional simulation, and engages in activities that further the simulation enterprise.This person will work closely with the Vice Chair of Education, the Residency Program Director, and other education leaders to innovate, investigate, and develop new knowledge, while maintaining the highest standards of simulation education for our faculty, trainees, and medical students. The ideal MD candidate will have an evident commitment to scholarly activity in simulation and patient safety, including grant funding.The Department of Anesthesiology offers a competitive compensation plan that includes comprehensive benefits and rewards academic excellence with protected time for the Director role.

The Greater Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill is family-friendly, while offering many options for an active outdoor and social life. The Research Triangle Park, a globally prominent high-tech research and development center conceived around the three academic centers in the region, has made the area culturally diverse, economically resilient, and nationally recognized as a great place to live.

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Director of Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center

The director is an innovative, full-time faculty member with deep expertise and experience in all dimensions of simulation as a modality in physician and other health professional education. The director specifically leads and coordinates the integration, implementation, and evaluation of simulation in the medical student curricula, in collaboration with medical school faculty, and also in anesthesiology residency and fellowship curricula, with physician educators. The director also facilitates the collaborative development of inter-professional simulation across the health system, a priority for DUHS, and otherwise engages in activities that further the overall simulation enterprise. The director is responsible to ensure that all simulation experiences are appropriate to trainee level, guided by best practice standards at an appropriately certified simulation site, and strategically and effectively integrated into the various curricula to achieve program outcomes and the mission and goals of Duke University Medical School and the Health System. Institutional and health system inter-professional education leadership roles will be encouraged.

Scholarly activities of the director will include the generation of original materials such as simulation scenarios, textbooks, syllabi, and virtual and mixed media activities, and significant participation in the planning and development of majorcurricular or educational offerings. Also highly valued will be education innovation and new knowledge, including contributions to the field of health professional education and the education literature, through research in education and participation in associations dedicated to educational development. Research activities shall include peer-reviewed publications, contributions to academic meetings, invited addresses to professional societies, and a successful track record of competitive research funding.


  • MD or DO
  • Board-certified Anesthesiologist, eligible for North Carolina medical licensure
  • Eligible for rank of assistant professor or higher
  • Evidence of special expertise in simulation education and patient safety
  • Successful track record in research methodology
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team-building, collaboration, and human relations skills
  • Excellent teaching, evaluation, and supervisory skills


  • Develops, implements, and evaluates simulation laboratory policies that promote effective learning experiences and safe clinical practice for students
  • Provides leadership for, and collaborates with, faculty to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate state-of-the-art simulation curricula in accordance with best practice standards for simulation education
  • Provides oversight of simulation activities in the simulation lab environment
  • Models the use of instructional methods which promote students' development of critical thinking, sound decision-making, and clinical competence
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of inter-professional simulation activities
  • Collaborates with faculty to track and evaluate student learning outcomes of simulation, provides relevant data to inform curricula, and makes recommendations for improvement to faculty and education leaders up to the level of the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and the Associate Dean of Education of Duke University School of Medicine
  • Provides continuing professional development to faculty related to simulation as an educational modality
  • Participates in the development of the budget for simulation experiences
  • Collaborates with the Vice Chair of Education to effectively utilize resources and staff for simulation activities
  • Participates in personal professional development and networking to effectively advance simulation as an educational modality
  • Develop programs of teaching and scholarship related to simulation for faculty and trainees
  • Facilitates development of the Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center as a center of excellence
  • Performs flexibly to respond to any unforeseen needs required to assure the success of the Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center



Posted: 2020-09-06 Expires: 2020-10-06

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