Simulation Learning Designer

Job ID 2020-2395

Creative/Design Durham, North Carolina


Medscape, a division of WebMD, develops and hosts physician portals and related mobile applications that make it easier for physicians and healthcare professionals to access clinical reference sources, stay abreast of the latest clinical information, learn about new treatment options, earn continuing medical education credits and communicate with peers.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

The Simulation Learning Designer (SLD) serves as part curriculum designer, part business analyst, and part content developer. The SLD brings together simulation design technology and subject-matter expert content to create a Virtual Patient Simulation (VPS) program. The SLD uses proprietary software and authoring tools to create VPSs, ensuring that simulations align with program learning objectives.

The ideal candidate will be able to work collaboratively with the Simulation Services Associate Director and should possess the following characteristics:
• An enthusiastically inquiring mind
• Solid verbal communications skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Ability to empathize with the intended learners (physicians, nurses, NP’s, PA’s, Pharmacists, etc.)
• Self driven and committed to excellence

• Develop Virtual Patient Simulations based on determined knowledge gaps and learning objectives
• Demonstrate consulting skills when interacting with partners and subject matter experts, and other stakeholders
• Determine appropriate VPS solutions based on the learning needs of the audience and grant
• With little direction and minimal assistance from SMEs and MedSims Scientific Director, develop Virtual Patient Simulations
• Liaise with the Project Manager to meet all deadlines and provide updates on progress
• Manage concurrent projects, internal and external, and associated timelines and deliverables
• Identify and develop new procedures and techniques to improve training and/ or operations effectiveness in performing tasks related to the workflow of creating a program
• Represent MedSims with internal team members and / or external stakeholders

Skills & Competencies:

• Function independently with general oversight and direction within parameters provided
• Responsible for assignments that may have ambiguous requirements and be complex in nature, requiring independent judgment in resolving multifaceted issues or in making recommendations
• Successfully demonstrate increasingly complex work
• Willingness to be accountable for own work and successes and failures
• Demonstrate leadership qualities, conflict resolution, and presentation skills
• Able to research and analyze issues and communicate findings
• Communication skills in visual, oral, and written forms and the ability to explain design and development decisions and recommendations to SMEs, team members and other stakeholders
• Able to communicate and educate members of other functions in their area of expertise
• Keep informed of the latest trends in instructional design, Medical Education, and CME


  • Bachelor's degree in education/instructional design or equivalent year of experience. 
  • 3-5 years of experience in Healthcare administration, Content writing, Education/Instructional design or other related field
  • Knowledge of simulations, serious games
  • Background of working in or creating teaching materials for Medical, or other high-risk industries
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to learn new software with minimum upskill time

highly desirable Skills:

  • Master’s degree highly preferred
  • Knowledge of The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) guidelines
  • Knowledge of CME and models of physician behavior change
  • Preferred recent employment or experience in instructional design, adult learning theory, and multimedia communications