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Clinical Education Specialist

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Summary

Create programs to provide continuing education to medical professionals.

What does a Clinical Education Specialist do?

Clinical Education Specialists plan, design, and administer continuing education programs for healthcare personnel with the goal of improving patient care. Basically, you make sure Doctors and Nurses have up-to-date skills and knowledge that they can use in the real world every day.

As a Clinical Education Specialist, you’re employed by hospitals, clinics, and private companies that offer medical education consulting. You’re paid to do two essential tasks: 1) assess the training needs of Physicians, Nurses, and other medical staff; and 2) develop and administer a clinical education program that addresses those needs through training and professional development.

If your workplace were a school instead of a hospital, you wouldn’t be the Teacher – the Clinical Educator would. Instead, you’d be the Curriculum Developer. While the Clinical Educator teaches the lessons, you decide and design what goes in them.

Topics might range from fire safety in the operating room to controlling the spread of influenza to how to effectively sterilize instruments. The possibilities are infinite. Always, however, it’s your responsibility as a Clinical Education Specialist to decide what subject matter medical personnel need to learn – be it new tools, techniques, or technologies – and what format they need to learn it in: for example, onsite or offsite, online or offline, in a classroom or a conference room, by listening to a lecture or participating in a roundtable discussion.

Because you control and track medical staffs’ education, you’re kind of like a Quality Assurance Engineer: It’s your job to fix your product’s flaws, which in this case is health care!

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