Video Blog: Simulation Software Engineering Job Description

Mid - Senior Software Engineers   
Our client is a well-established company with over 100 employees but still operates in “start-up” mode. They are seeking Software Engineers who can help improve Software tools (with an eye toward usability) OR Solve complex technical Challenges within the Simulation Domain. They are currently seeking a Mid-Level and a Senior Software Engineer who have experience developing software and can solve challenging problems.  The ideal candidate’s will have a BS in Computer Science or a related field; or equivalent experience as well as at least 3 (Mid) and 5 (Snr) years’ experience developing software using C++. Candidates must be able to Obtain a DOD Secret clearance.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
  • Leads efforts to plan, design, develop, test and document software for new products, new features, customer demonstrations, and program development.
  • Implements software in accordance with customer requirements and design constraints.
  • Leads a development team or actively participates as part of a development team.
  • Uses technical innovations to improve individual and team processes and code development.
  • Develops new business leads from customers.
  • Makes innovative team contributions that improve the overall team performance and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Continuously learns new concepts and becomes recognized as an expert in certain domains.
  • Positively impacts organization's business and financial performance.

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to frequently communicates with clients or customers to understand technical user issues or customer product requirements.
  • Travel is required.

Click Here to Apply.

The Importance of Standardized Patients in Medical Education

A student who wants to become a doctor will find themselves in school for at least 8 years. During their time there, they’ll study things such as anatomy, pathology, and biochemistry. They will spend countless hours with their noses buried inside textbooks to learn terminology and proper procedures or ethical practices. There are not many chances for students to gain real life experience during their medical education programs. It is especially difficult to experience real life interaction with patients. That’s why a standardized patient program exists. Standardized patients are people who are trained to portray, in a consistent, standardized manner, a patient in a medical situation. A resident of UF’s Pediatric Residency Program in Pensacola Florida made the following comments about Standardized Patients:

“In my medical school, we were exposed to standardized patients from the beginning of our education.  Every medical school does this part of the curriculum differently so it is important to note that.  We had a course in the first 3 years of medical school called Doctoring, essentially to help us learn the tools, questions, and exams that were to be used when we encounter patients.  Standardized patients played a key role to help me practice my toolbox skills with real time feedback.  If you would like to get more specific information about standardized patients from a legitimate source, check out FSU’s Standardized Patients FAQ Page.”

Standardized patients have been around since the 1960s as a method to provide an objective clinical measure to evaluate students. According to UKY's article on SP's, It took quite some time for this program to be established as a medical school curriculum throughout the United States. The goal of an SP is not to accurately act out a certain disease or illness, but to convey the problem in a consistent and measurable way. There are many great actors who do well as SPs, but being an excellent SP doesn’t equate to being an amazing actor. Claudia Garcia, former SP and now a Med Sim Op for Engenium Staffing, says, “I don’t necessarily believe you have to be a good actor. If you think about how a real patient would behave or how you would if presented with that situation, you will be able to behave accordingly.” 

Many viral videos of standardized patients include excellent actors who take the scenario to an immersive level. Such as this video of an emergency trachea medical simulator. The key quality a standardized patient needs the ability to give the same performance to the following student, and the next one, and 20 more after that.

 “Practicing one-on-one with SPs in the learning lab lets students soak in feedback that they are given by the SP.  For the student, being able to practice communication skills before they are responsible for real patients with real problems, allows them to focus on listening to the patient.”

Janice M. Kregor, MD – UK College of Medicine
There are many different types of standardized patient programs ranging from simple counseling sessions, to full physical examinations. These programs are effective in establishing strong communication skills with patients, testing examination skills, interpretation skills, and clinical skills.

To ensure that standardized patients do their jobs in assisting in the learning process of medical students, they must follow The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP). ASPE is the global organization focused on human simulation. The ASPE SOBP provides clear and practical guidelines for educators who work with SPs. Care has been taken to make these guidelines precise and yet flexible enough to address the diversity of varying contexts of SP practice. 

The use of standardized patients allows students to learn essential skills in a measurable way. Immediate feedback on performance from the SP influence positive changes in thinking and actions. Being able to misdiagnose or prescribe the wrong amount to an SP without negative side effects. In a risk-free environment, corrections can be made before making mistakes with real life patients. The flexibility of a Standardized patient is invaluable to the facility using them. They are able to adapt and be flexible for every type of scenario and trainee. The resident from Pensacola also says,

“I think standardized patients were very beneficial in my education.  We were able to practice our questions with them, learn how to perform a broad physical exam then a more focus physical exam, and practice physical exams with them.  Having standardized patients also prepared us for one part of our boards, Step 2 CS (clinical skills).  This exam involved 12 standardized patients in patient rooms and we are graded on how well we interact, ask questions, present ourselves, etc. “ 

Standardized Patients are key pieces to the medical education process. The Benefits are clear. In the standpoint of a standardized patient, Claudia says the program brings “learning to life” and “improves the quality of education”. Claudia continues to say, “The opportunity of learning with a real-life person gives these great health care professionals in training a platform to master their skills and behaviors necessary to practice in today’s healthcare environment.” Being a Standardized Patient can be challenging depending on the persons medical knowledge and ability to improvise. But, as Claudia says, “Knowing that I am part of improving patient care and service is my overall favorite part about being an SP.”

Science Fiction No More - Medical Simulation embraces Virtual and Augmented Reality

Depending on how broad you want to define the word ‘simulation’ there are examples of simulations all around us. A simulation could be high tech, computerized and complicated; Or it could be a simple play with props and actors such as standardized patients re-enacting a situation. Kramer does it really well in Seinfeld. With the rapid advancement of technology, we are now seeing new forms of simulations. In 2010, the first prototype of a Virtual Reality (VR) headset was designed by Oculus Rift. Although the technology is nearly 10 years old, VR is recently being implemented into training platforms in the medical field. These new mediums for education and training can mean big changes for how future doctors and nurses learn and perform their trade.

Virtual Reality in Medical Simulation

Have you ever heard of a game called Surgeon Simulator? It is a virtual reality video game where you play as a Surgeon (as the title implies). The game is not serious at all. In fact, it is a darkly humorous, entertaining game where you are given different objectives to complete such as a heart transplant or removing a kidney. Using controllers that detect your arm motions, you can pick up different tools and, literally, hammer away (at their ribs so that you can reach the persons heart). The game doesn’t take itself very seriously, but you can clearly see how something like this can be used in the future for training purposes. There’s no risks involved and the only costs to experience this simulation is the headset, the hand controls, and the game itself. Virtual Reality Medical Simulations as an educational and a therapeutic tool is on the rise. These Serious Games are being used in classroom settings to increase interactivity and engagement with students.

Outside of the educational field, Medical Simulation Virtual Reality is being used as a medium for Therapy and Practice. Virtual Reality has had great impact in healthcare industry. There are facilities that are using VR to assist the elderly to help them walk, or the allow them to experience scenarios they normally cannot experience anymore. Some VR programs are used to immerse children into fun scenarios before they receive something “scary” and “painful” like a flu shot . There are even cases where “patients are using virtual reality as an alternative to anesthetics during surgical operations”. Due to its immersive capabilities, patients become so distracted with their virtual surroundings that they only need local anesthetics to deal with painful surgery. Adding VR to the medical equation can result in cheaper solutions for both providers and patients.

Augmented Reality in Medical Simulation

Augmented Reality is a relatively new technology that is gaining attention in the training field. For those who are not aware, Augmented Reality is technology that uses a device to capture your surroundings and then project computer-generated images onto the medium you are using to view the real world. The medium could be a headset, a computer, or even your phone. The key difference between Augmented Reality medical simulations and Virtual Reality simulations is that you still interact with your real-life environment. If you wanted to, you could use an actor or standardized patient and project a realistic wound on their body.

We’ve seen how popular AR technology can be back in 2016 when Pokémon Go released for mobile devices. In 2014, a company named SimX constructed Medical Augmented Reality training software. The software projects patients that you can interact with on whatever surface you are working with. You are able to work with others as you work with a patient and ask them questions, use tools and charts to check their vital signs, and even perform emergency actions. The best part about the software is that it uses your android smartphone and $20 headset which is 1/30 the cost of current medical simulation technology. For example, high-fidelity manikins can cost up to $100,000 and require trained Sim Operators to set-up, maintain and operate. On the other hand, software can be fine-tuned and upgraded at any time. Currently, AR medical simulations is being considered for use in plastic surgery. The AR system can help in planning and confirming reconstruction. The 3D simulation of the body surface will provide a visual reference of the final appearance.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology present a cheap, engaging solution to education. According to Healthy Simulation, medical simulation is the experiential learning every healthcare professional will need, but cannot always engage in during real-life patient care. Medical Simulation is utilized to practice patient safety, cognitive thinking, team based communication, and skills based action necessary during a life or death situation. VR and AR technology are not yet perfect. Standardized Patients are able to give you realistic one on one communication experience and reactions. Manikins allow you to touch and feel what you are working with. Some VR and AR simulations have feedback on their controllers to simulate making contact with an object, but it’s not exactly the same as interacting with a real person or object. Technology has been growing so quickly, that we may start experiencing the ability to touch and feel computer generated simulations. It wasn’t long ago when current technology was thought of as unrealistic science fiction. Being in the field of Simulation has allowed me to see this industry grow to what it is today. The technological leaps that are being made every day makes predicting what simulations look like in the next 10 years impossible. Upgrades in wearable technology and the testing of embedding chips in our brains seems like sci fi, but it no longer is. It’s really exciting thinking of what medical simulations could become in the near future.

Effective Interview Communication Tips

Four effective Interview communication tips that will help you land the job!

Have you ever been a part of a presentation where the speaker communicated with low volume and no energy? If so, I’m sure you are fully aware of how painful it is to stay awake and pay attention to the presenter. Hiring managers deal with the same thing during interviews. Although interviews are a bit more interactive, a dull attitude can be off-putting and in the end, lead to not being hired. The following article will cover helpful interview communication tips that will help you land the job.

1. Tone

Tone encompasses both your voice and body language. The moment you get to your interview location you should be shining with energy and enthusiasm. Show everyone your excitement. Even if the job isn’t your ideal landing spot, this is an opportunity to better yourself and your resume. Bring a positive attitude; every step that you take is a step towards your future goals. Our best tip would be to read the building. When you walk in, take note of how their employees interact and the kind of energy the hiring manager brings to the table. You want to try and replicate the culture a bit so that you seem like a better fit to the organization. Things to avoide:

a. Slouching
b. Hanging your head
c. Mumbling
d. Sarcasm
e. Negative comments

2. Speaking

When communicating with the interviewer/s, your speaking needs to be professional. Take yourself back to your speech class in college and try to recall everything your professor would grade you on. Volume, language, filler words, vocabulary. You want a strong combination of these attributes when talking. You want to be heard, but not loud. Project your voice appropriately so that the interviewer catches everything you are saying. Be aware of the vocabulary you are using. Watch your language; you don’t want to use expletive words in a professional setting. Being respectful is key. Use “yes sir/ma’am”, or “Mr, Mrs. Last Name”. A key for a strong interview is to create conversation. You don’t want to sound like a robot who’s only vomiting answers in response to questions asked. Making a connection with the interviewer will give you brownie points during the final decision. The best thing you can do before an interview is to practice. To see more tips on preparing for an interview, click here.

3. Eye contact

Staring into people’s eyes can seem romantic, while avoiding eye contact can make it look like you lack confidence. The way we use our eyes can tell a lot about a person. At times, improper eye contact can be awkward. In a business setting, your eye contact is just as important as body language and tone of voice. The rule of thumb is to create a triangle on a person’s face and to look at the middle of the triangle. This triangle is usually formed depending on the type of person you are speaking to. In a professional setting, you want to have the bottom line of the triangle at the base of their eyes and the top of the triangle in the middle of their forehead. Keep this in mind when communicating with your interviewer.

4. Questions

A good way to keep the conversation going and to make a connection with the Interviewer is to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview. Asking for clarity or examples can help you formulate or stall for time to form better answers. Sometimes there’s more behind the questions that are being asked. Listen intently throughout the interview so that you can pick up on key details that are important to the hiring manager.

When answering questions, find a way to relate back to yourself and your experiences. You are looking to both separate yourself from the competition while proving you are perfect for the job. One way to show you are a good fit is by showing how interested you are in the company. Do your research and ask engaging questions at the end of the interview. For example:

• In terms of this role – what is keeping you up at night?
• What issues are you having with product delivery?
• What issues are you having with sales results?
• What issues are you having with Product Quality?
• What issue are you having with account reconciliation? 
• What are the success factors for this role? i.e. What will I need to achieve so you know I have been a great hire?

These questions are used to help you demonstrate how you can create value for the business. You can find out their needs and respond with how you can fulfill them.

5. (Bonus) humor

Being humorous during an interview can either be a hit or miss. You want to make sure that it flows with the interview. You definitely shouldn’t interrupt the interview to tell a joke. You want to show that you can be a positive humorous person in the workplace. Nobody likes a boring, unmotivated coworker.

Humor is entirely dependent on the person. What you find funny may not be funny to another person. It may be best to let the interviewer start with the jokes to see what they find funny and roll with it. Nothing is worse than finding yourself in an awkward situation where something you thought was funny actually turned out to be either offensive or inappropriate. Humor should come with the stories you tell where it’s both appropriate and relevant.

We hope you like these communication tips and they help you perform well during interviews. What do you think? Let us know your tips.

5 Things you should do to prepare for an interview

5 Things you should do to prepare for an interview

Job interviews can be nerve-wrecking. You may start asking yourself, “Am I the perfect candidate? Do I even qualify? What kind of people are they looking for?” Being uncertain of the employer’s expectations can make you question if you are ready for the interview. We’re going to help you out. As a Staffing Firm, we are familiar with the interview process. We constantly see simple mistakes being made before the interview even happens. Here are 5 things you should do to prepare for an interview.

1. Research the Company

Even before you apply to a company, is to research it. Gain as much information as possible about the company in order to prepare yourself for the interview. Go on their website. Look for their mission statement. Find out what their goals are. You want to spend time on Google looking for recent articles concerning the business as well. Do so may lead you to recent events where the company may have sponsored something or took part in a special occasion. This type of news could lead to some interesting conversations with the interviewer.

Some common questions interviewers ask are:

  • "What about our company peaked your interest?"
  • "What Skills do you have do you feel could add value to our company?"
  • "Are you aware of our current goals/mission?"

You want to be as prepared as possible for these types of questions. Interviewers like seeing candidates who have shown interest in their business. You could also research the interviewer themselves. Sometimes creating a personal_____ It gives you a chance to turn around and ask them questions about their business.

2. Ask yourself, what value do you bring to the business?

After researching the firm, you may have found what kind of challenges the business may be having. We propose a solution. Show the company the kind of value you bring to the table by presenting them your skillsets. An important key when going through the interview process is selling yourself. Using this information will help you look like a long-term asset.

Relate your skills to the job description and the company’s needs. Become completely confident in the skills you choose to present yourself with. Your resume provides the interviewer with a set of expectations. When presenting a solution, be sure that you can actually convert on it. Show them valuable numbers. Quantify your previous work, whether it is showing off the kind of profits you contributed to, or how your work was able to cut costs. Positive numbers will show proof of your value and will give you an advantage when interviewing for a position.

3. Print out a copy of your resume

When going to the interview, print out at least 3 copies of your resume. One for yourself, and two to share with your interviewer(s). Make sure your resume is both updated and relevant to the job you are applying for.

Your resume will be an outline for the interview. You can use it as a guide for when you are questioned. We recommend following our free resume guide. This template/guide has some helpful tips and recommendations from our recruiters.

4. Dress for Success

Too often do we see candidates go to an interview dressed inappropriately and unkempt. Get a haircut and put on your best suit. Shave off or shape up your beard. A clean look will give you an upper hand. Since it’s your first time interacting with the employer, you want to give off an excellent first impression. Not only should you wear the proper clothing, you should be wearing the proper expression. Look excited and wear a smile on your face. Show the interviewer you are excited for the opportunity and that you have a positive and approachable attitude.

5. Practice, practice, practice

Take the time to practice! Now you may be asking, how can you possibly practice an interview? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Look up common questions that similar companies ask. Try answering them yourself. As you are answering these questions, try to be as creative as possible. Write down the first answer that comes to mind and then rewrite them. There’s a chance that the interviewer will be talking with other candidates. Establish yourself as a problem solver driving a memorable conversation.

Expert advice: Glassdoor and LinkedIn provide information for past candidates interviews including questions and tips on interview style. Take advantage of these posts to get a head start of the interview.

Make sure you practice your elevator pitch. Can you present yourself as a quality candidate in 30 seconds or less? For tips on how to create an elevator pitch, check out this link here.

There you have it, Engenium’s guide to the essential 5 tips to do before your interview. As a quick recap:

  1. Research the business you are interviewing for.
  2. Establish yourself as a problem solver and a value to the company.
  3. Bring at least 3 copies of your resume.
  4. Dress for success!
  5. Practice answering common questions for your upcoming interview.

Follow these steps before your interview, we are certain that you will be well prepared. Go in with confidence, with these tips you are already ahead of the game.