Specialty Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Subspecialty Medical Director

Role and Facility Information

Medical Leader, Simulation

BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Regular Part-Time (0.2 to 0.4 FTE)

Vancouver, British Columbia

General Information

Reporting to the Executive Medical Director, Quality & Safety, C&W , the Medical Leader, Simulation operates within the Practice and Learning portfolio. This role is responsible for leadership and program oversight to assure the provision of high-quality simulation with a focus on education, research, innovation, quality, and health system advancement.

The Medical Leader, Simulation is an ambassador and advocate of utilizing simulation to promote an organizational culture of interprofessional learning, and to advance a standard of excellence in health care education, research, and continuous quality improvement, in service of students, staff, medical staff, patients/families and the public. This role works in a dyad partnership with the Senior Leader, Clinical Education in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Simulation Program and associated services at the combined campus of BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (BCW). The Medical Leader collaborates with other leaders of clinical and professional/academic disciplines, as well as internal and external partners.

Specific Accountabilities

Leadership and Program Oversight

Contribute to the overall simulation strategic plan and infrastructure in alignment with BCCH and BCW strategic initiatives and the PHSA plan that includes faculty development, quality improvement, outreach, research and evaluation.

Lead, learn, support, and contribute to simulation best practice methods.

Partner and consult on projects focused on implementing clinical patient safety initiatives including, but not limited to, new processes or systems, identifying latent safety threats, troubleshooting the engagement of patients and providers in new spaces and conducting simulations to determine root cause analysis for identified quality issues.

Participate in evaluation of simulation programs in accordance with best practice standards for simulation.

Identify opportunities for improvement, innovation, implementation and integration of simulation into existing health care curricula.

Advance their own and others’ health profession knowledge and refine expertise through appropriate education and development activities and/or programs and professional affiliations staying current with national and international advances in simulation. This includes advancing the training of health professionals in simulation education and research through creation of a simulation fellowship or other opportunities.


Participate as a BCCH and BCW Simulation Steering Committee member, providing key strategic leadership, expert advice and counsel on a wide variety of simulation initiatives and innovations.

Provide oversight in the appropriate design, development and implementation of simulation in the medical education curriculum and sub-specialty programs as outlined in the CANMEDs framework.

Develop ideas for innovative research and design study protocol through collaboration-based work and identify funding sources; foster and mentor research activities utilizing simulation-based approaches at local, national and international levels.

Liaise with external funding partners (BCCH and BCW Foundations, grant proposals, etc.) to seek funding for simulation program initiatives, research, equipment and capital expenses.

Collaborate with provincial and regional partners in rural and remote areas of B.C. to support simulation initiatives focused on specialty populations served by BCCH and BCW.

Qualifications & Key Competencies

This position requires a level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Leadership or Education (Health Professions Education, Adult Education, Education Leadership, Education Administration, or Health Care Administration), a Fellowship in Simulation, or commensurate experience in health care simulation education and/or research, in addition to a medical degree. The successful candidate will also have 3+ years of experience in a clinical health care environment with significant exposure to direct patient care and use of simulation in academic learning and quality improvement processes.

The successful candidate will also be committed to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).

As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).


Demonstrated commitment to academic and clinical excellence as well as patient- and family-centred care; knowledge of simulation services, technologies and applications.

Demonstrated trauma-informed and culturally competent approach in clinical work and professional relationships.

Ability to provide coaching and leadership to influence a learning organization in accordance with strategic goals and priorities; supervise and lead staff and promote effective teamwork.

Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge of learning and adult education principles in health care education programs; to assess and implement classroom and production technologies to advance education; and to lead and mentor research methodologies and activities.

Demonstrates an aptitude for progressive, innovative thinking, with strong ability to effect change and advance strategic initiatives, project planning and implementation in an inter-professional and multi-program setting.

Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization.

Demonstrated ability to manage budgets, develop revenue opportunities and market resources and services.

Ability to operate related equipment including various word processing software, finance and spreadsheet programs, simulators and AV debriefing equipment.


Applications, accompanied by a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and the name, title, rank and contact information of four references, should be directed to:

Health Match BC

About Provincial Health Services Authority

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Government unanimous passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to meaningful and lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as we move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

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