Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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This position provides a framework and support for strong technical research, measurement, and evaluation skills in the Division of Healthcare Simulation Science (HCSS). This position requires involvement in the full spectrum of research processes, including defining the research problems, designing hypotheses and methodologies, collecting data, analyzing results, developing conclusions and publishing results. Simulation-based education is the use of simulation software and tools to enrich teaching and learning processes. Many simulation-based education programs have limited assessment and research tools available to support learning, provide timely formative feedback, and measure student progress over time. This position will provide HCSS the ability to better assess learning, give feedback, support modality selection of simulation, and evaluate effectiveness.
The Research Consultant reports to the HCSS Director of Education and Assessment, with a highly matrixed relationship to Division Chief of HCSS.
The HCSS Simulation Research Consultant works collaboratively with various research teams within the Division and partners and collaborators across the University.
The Division currently houses the interprofessional UW Medicine WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH), the Center for Research and Education Simulation Technologies (CREST), and the startup of academic programs. The key area of emphasis for this position is expertise in research and educational strategies, in an effort to support the HCSS mission of improving patient safety through simulation science.
The HCSS Research Consultant duties fall into three categories: Analyzing and implementing evaluation design, logic models, quantitative and qualitative research methods (50%) Identifying, defining and designing approaches to research problems (25%) Develop e-module content and assessments for evaluating learning strategies, outcomes, and impact (25%)
POSITION COMPLEXITIES: The individual in this position collaborates and contributes to the quantitative and qualitative scientific methods to aid in knowledge and skill development for medical professionals as they become proficient at medical procedures. The evaluation of the research is operationalized in a simulation lab environment. This individual’s work will include working with subject matter experts to understand the goals and opportunities for assessment and evaluation during simulation exercises.
This individual uses their in-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative scientific methods including design of data collection instruments and data analysis, using the selected implementation science theory, model or framework to serve as the key component in driving improvements in patient care.
POSITION DIMENSIONS AND IMPACT TO THE UNIVERSITY: WISH interfaces with over 30 departments across the UW Enterprise and this position plays a significant role in the successful evaluation and assessment of interdepartmental endeavors such as the hundreds of courses that occur annually at WISH. The expanding program reaches across the WWAMI region to train residents, medical students, allied health professionals, and practicing physicians. WISH's mission is to improve the health of the public through simulation science which resonates with the overall UW Medicine Mission of improving the health of the public. The individual in this position must be dedicated to superior service to internal and external customers and must have the full confidence and trust of WISH faculty and WISH Directors in his/her role as Simulation Research Consultant when contributing to the assessment and evaluation of the simulation programs. This position will impact the University by furthering a critical collaborative relationship between WISH and UW Medicine.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES Analyze and implement evaluation design, logic models, quantitative and qualitative research methods =50%
Develop, adapt and/or revise evaluation tools for simulation research, including, as example checklists, OSCEs, questionnaires, debriefing tools, etc.;
Provide guidance and assistance on the process and technical implementation of evaluation measures, data collection, analysis and data presentation;
Implement and help design measurement instruments;
Collaborate with team members to provide guidance and support in data collection (quantitative and qualitative), analysis, and interpretation/dissemination of performance outcomes;
Create reports and run ad hoc queries within data sets in response to user needs;
Select and complete appropriate methods for statistical analyses of data;
Interpret data to understand implications of the research; and
Understand and provide guidance for the development of research projects that involve human subjects that aligns with accepted IRB protocols and requirements.
Identify, define and design approaches to research problems = 25%
Provide critical thinking skills and ability to consider possible outcomes of experimental design;
Leverage current and emerging trends in simulation science and best practices to design research plans;
Define use cases for applying evaluation tools;
In conjunction with the Director of Education and Assessment, support all aspects of study development and implementation;
Identify and provide guidance on research methodology;
Test research methods/approaches to ensure appropriate design and tools are being utilized; and
Design research strategies to evaluate and assess the research problem.
Develop e-module content and assessments for evaluation learning strategies, outcomes, and impact = 25%
Develop/produce original visual media that incorporates assessment tools for evaluation of research problems;
Create and implement interactive data tools; and
Ensure best uses of technology and tools to meet the research intent and to optimize delivery across various platforms.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS Education & Years of Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in a specific field of research, statistics, computer science, information sciences or similar or equivalent work experience AND 4-5 years of experience in assessment and evaluation involving educational activities or equivalent education/experience, evaluated on a case by case basis.
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Excellent prioritization skills; superior attention to detail ability to manage a portfolio of projects;
Experienced in research methods and techniques for collecting and analyzing research data;
Familiarity with program evaluation and performance measurement techniques and tool;
Knowledge of information systems and methods of patient-reported outcome, adoption, integration and implementation;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with technical and non-technical audiences;
Strong analytic skills;
Must be able to work autonomously with only general oversight;
Demonstrated ability to successfully complete assigned tasks within a given timeline.
Master’s degree in statistics, research field or other applicable field;
Experience in a simulation lab or lab setting highly preferred; and
Knowledge of medical terminology and medical processes.
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