Speakers

Benjamin Smallheer

Lead Faculty for the Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Smallheer is the Lead Faculty for the Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Duke University School of Nursing. He actively practices with the Critical Care Medicine team in a medical and neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit. He is the Vice President of Outreach for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. His area of research is with using simulation in distance-based nursing programs to prepare nurse practitioners for acute and critical care.



Debra Nestel

Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University

Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia. Debra is currently Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). In October, she will become the new Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL), the journal of the Association for Simulation Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH). She is program lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and Master of Surgical Science (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (Monash University). Debra leads a national faculty development program for simulation practitioners - NHET Sim (www.nhet-sim.edu.au and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology (www.simulatedpatientnetwork.org).

She has received national awards for her work in healthcare simulation (Ray Page Award for service to the simulation community, Simulation Australasia and a Program Innovation Award, Australian Government) and a Presidential Citation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has held many positions in professional associations across her career. Mainly a qualitative researcher, Debra has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (late 2019) and on research methods for healthcare simulation (late 2019) www.researchgate.net/profile/Debra_Nestel



Janice C. Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, ANEF, FAAN, FSSH

Director of Educational Innovation and Development, Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), Boston - Massachusetts

Dr. Janice Palaganas is the Director of Educational Innovation and Development for the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Boston, Massachusetts and faculty for Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesia, and Interprofessional Studies at the Institute for Health Professions, Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Palaganas has developed a passion in teamwork from her background as an emergency nurse, trauma nurse practitioner, director of emergency and critical care services, and faculty for schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, management, and emergency medicine. As a behavioral scientist and former clinician and administrator, Dr. Palaganas’ passion is in using healthcare simulation as a platform for interprofessional education (IPE) and has served as a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s (Institute of Medicine) report on measuring the impact of IPE on practice. Dr. Palaganas’ primary role is to develop educators in an IPE setting.

She led CMS’s Instructor Course educating educators in simulation globally and developed an interprofessional virtual campus as the principal investigator of a board grant awarded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Dr. Palaganas has shaped the field of simulation, led the development of the Society for Simulation’s (SSH) Accreditation and Certification Program, was the editor-in-chief of two textbooks in simulation (Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs and Mastering Simulation 2nd Ed), authored several chapters, seminal articles and field-changing research including the national study for high-stakes assessment using simulation. She is currently the Chair of the Credentialing Commission of SSH with oversight over SSH Accreditation, Certification, Academy of Fellows, Dictionary, and Code of Ethics. She is a Fellow for the Academy of Nurse Educators, American Academy of Nursing, and was part of the inaugural group of the Academy of Fellows for Simulation in Healthcare. She is co-podcaster on “DJ Simulationistas….’sup?” and “SimFails.” Dr. Palaganas has been an invited keynote speaker and visiting professor in 30 countries. She is currently leading the creation of the first PhD in IPE and the first PhD in Healthcare Simulation within the MGH IHP and CMS.



Dr. Abdulaziz Boker

General Supervisor, Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, King Abdulaziz University

Prof. Boker is the current Chairman of the Exam committee of the Saudi Scientific Boards of Anesthesia Care at Saudi Commission of Heath Specialties (SCHS) . He is the past Chairman of the Saudi Scientific Board of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at SCFHS. During his term as Board chairman, Prof. Boker led a major curriculum reform for the national training program in anesthesia and critical care medicine in Saudi Arabia and many other Arab countries. He obtained his medical college degree from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah with honors, he then obtained Royal College of Canada certification in anesthesia and masters of medical education.

Prof. Boker has very active involvement in medical education and Health Simulation at local, regional, national, and international levels. Prof. Boker was the founding chairman for the Academic Department of Medical Education in 2006, and also founded of the King Abdulaziz University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (KAU CSSC) in 2007 at college of medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2016 and 2017, KAU CSSC achieved full accreditation status from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in all accreditation standards, namely, core, teaching/learning, assessment, integration and Research in Simulation-Based Education. Also, in August 2017, the KAU CSSC team received the ASPIRE award, Simulation Category, from the AMEE (Association of Medical Education in Europe). KAU CSSC has become the first and only simulation center in the world to receive these three distinguished recognitions.

Given his outstanding record of educational program improvements and reforms, he was the first recipient of the "International Residency Educator of the Year (2014) Award" from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In 2016, he was also the first recipient of the "Regional Excellence in Simulation Award" from 3rd UAE simulation & 2nd Society of Simulation Applied to Healthcare in Europe (SESAM) MENA Regional conference.



Dr. James Cleveland

Director for the Center for Simulation Innovation (CSI)

Dr. James Cleveland joined UT Health’s School of Nursing at San Antonio as a nursing faculty in the fall of 2009. He came to UT Health following his retirement from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after nearly 28 years of combined military service. He first joined the Army as an enlisted soldier, trained as an Environmental Health Specialist and Emergency Medical Technician, serving 1982 thru 1985. With use of his GI Bill, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated with a BSN in 1989. James returned to active duty as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. He specialized in Emergency and Trauma Nursing, earning his Certification in Emergency Nursing (CEN).

Served in both the Gulf War and Operation Joint Endeavor. In 1997, James became the Nursing Director for the Dwight David Eisenhower Medical Center ED, at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. During that time, he became a member of a national research consortium (civilian and military membership) developing and verifying the congressionally funded project "MedTeams.” This successful program has since been implemented as AHRQ‘s “Team STEPPS”, in which he is a Master Trainer. In 1999, Dr. Cleveland was selected as a team member of a Department of Defense initiative, the Joint Trauma Training Center located at Ben Taub Medical Center, Houston, Texas. This medical/nursing trauma team taught trauma care and conducted trauma care research. The team published their findings (2002) on the use of high-fidelity patient simulation (HFPS) as an innovative teaching strategy for military surgical teams. In 2002, the Army Nurse Corps sent James to the Medical College of Georgia for his graduate studies.

He graduated in 2004 with an MSN as an Acute Care, Clinical Nurse Specialist in emergency and trauma nursing. Afterward, James was the Director for the Army‘s Phase1 (practical nurse) program at the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 2004-2006. Dr. Cleveland was designated as the Team Leader for a deployable Medical Team which was to develop, design and deploy a portable medical training package to include simulation instruction for the Lebanese Armed Forces. His team successfully trained 25 medics/nurses and presented the HFPS to the Lebanese Surgeon General on behalf of the U.S. Embassy, Beirut. Dr. Cleveland’s last military assignment was as the Chief of Emergency Nursing Services, Emergency and Trauma Department, Brooke Army Medical Center, 2006-2009. Dr. Cleveland concurrently served as the Surgeon General‘s Emergency and Trauma Nursing Consultant for the U.S. Army Medical Command. Dr. James Cleveland now serves as the Director for the Center for Simulation Innovation (CSI) and continues to teach in the role as a faculty member at UT Health.



Paul E. Phrampus, MD, FACEP, FSSH, CPPS

Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER)

Dr. Phrampus is the Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Patient Safety for the UPMC Health System and serves on the Quality Patient Care Committee of the Board of Directors. He is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. He is a member of the Academy of Master Educators of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and one of the inaugural fellows of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Phrampus earned a bachelor degree in biology from Old Dominion University, and an M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia medical school in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed residency training and board certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr Phrampus has been leading WISER since 2006. WISER serves as the hub of simulation and educational infrastructure serving the UPMC Health System as well as the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of Health Sciences with a main campus and eight satellite centers. WISER has been accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in all content areas including teaching, assessment, research and systems integration. It was the one of the first centers in the world to be accredited in all areas. He is a co-author of the world-renowned faculty development course for simulation-based education called Improving Simulation Instructional Methods (iSIM) which has been taught in over fourteen countries. Dr. Phrampus serves in numerous leadership roles in national and international simulation and patient safety efforts. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. He has previously chaired the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, which is the largest multidisciplinary simulation meeting in the world. He was the 2013 President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare which has over 3,800 members world-wide.

Dr. Phrampus has traveled extensively lecturing and conducting simulation workshops, demonstrations consulting, and assisting in proliferation of successful simulation start-up programs. In addition to the United States his education efforts have included Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Tibet.



Robert Kyle Armstrong, Jr.

Executive Director of the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)

Bob Armstrong is Executive Director of the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia.

He is also the Program Director for the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation, as well as Director of Corporate Relations at EVMS. Bob is currently the President Elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He also teaches in the Biotechnology and Management Program at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, is Director of Simulation and Technology for eTrainetc, LLC, a healthcare simulation company, and consults with startup companies via his business Epicural, LLC.

Bob is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School, holding a Master’s of Science in Computer Science. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005 after a twenty-year career.



Dr. Marc Lazarovici

President, Human Simulation Center at the Institute for Emergency Medicine (SESAM)

Marc Lazarovici is a medical doctor (internal medicine), human factor trainer and computer scientist. He graduated from the Munich Medical School (LMU) in 2002 and studied computer sciences (part time) at the University Hagen between 2000 and 2011. Since 2003 he is a human factor and CRM trainer in the medical field. Currently, he is leading the Human Simulation Center at the Institute for Emergency Medicine, Medical Center of the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University, and working as trainer in different medical simulation trainings.

He is member of the SSiH, SESAM and cofounding member of the DGSiM (german simulation society). 2016 he has been elected for a two-years term into the Executive Committee of SESAM as its treasurer and 2018 he has been elected into the position of SESAM President-Elect, which led to him becoming SESAM President in 2019. He is cofounding member and active auditor in the SESAM Accreditation Group.

His research interests and activities focus mainly on further developing learning opportunities through simulation, be it by developing new augmented reality simulators or by researching the implications of the increasing use of AR/VR technology to the healthcare environment.




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