2018 Board of Directors - Elections Open

As a member of SSH you have the opportunity to vote for the 2018 Board of Directors. You may vote for the President-Elect, Treasurer and Director at Large. Each candidate has submitted a CV, statement of interest in the position, disclosure of interest information, and conflict of interest management plan (if applicable) to help you make an informed decision. Please review each candidate carefully before casting your vote. 

The deadline for voting is Wednesday, August 31st @ 4:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Members will receive an email from SSH with a survey link to participate in the voting. 

SSH is your Society. Exercise your right to vote and continue to promote the Society as an interprofessional leader that advances the application of simulation in healthcare through global engagement.

Thank you for your participation; please send your questions about the election to: ABurtnick@ssih.org

Candidates

President-Elect
Ron Levy
KT Waxman
                           
Treasurer
Don Combs
    
Director at Large
Dayna Downing
Jared Kutzin
Yasaharu Okuda

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 President-Elect

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Ron Levy
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure(pdf) 

Statement of Interest:

Our society is responsible for bringing together the best and brightest educators and researchers that simulation has to offer. As simulation has become integral in all phases of medical education, we must leverage our expertise to promote a multidisciplinary approach to both the education and, increasingly, research mission of simulation. The uniqueness of our (multidisciplinary) membership is that it allows for a broad interchange of ideas allowing us to improve and implement the technology we use daily to become more effective teachers.  

I have been involved in simulation since 2001 and, have increasingly, taken on leadership roles within the society. I served as a co-chair of IMSH 2012 and as a Section chair for IMSH 2011. I was an at-large member of the Board of Directors (2012-2013) and chaired the Website committee (2013-2015). Currently I am a member of the Education Committee. I also designed and programmed the online Content Submission site that was used by the Society for IMSH 2012 through IMSH 2014. In 2016, I was inducted as an inaugural fellow in the SSH Academy.

Those within the simulation community that know me, know that I will do anything I can to advance our Society’s mission and vision. That is why I am pursuing the position of President-elect. As we branch out into new areas in simulation, we must continue to be strong leaders in the simulation community. I believe that my current and past leadership positions within SSH has prepared me with the knowledge, skills and qualities needed for success in this role. I pledge, as your President-elect, to continue striving to make our society one that stresses innovation in education and to continue the interdisciplinary collaboration that has been a cornerstone of our society as we continue to grow and evolve in the years to come. 

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KT Waxman
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

 Statement of Interest: 

I am honored to be nominated for president-elect.  I have been involved in simulation and the SSH since 2005 when I created and led the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative comprised of 65 hospitals and 35 schools.  Since 2008, I have led the California Simulation Alliance, a 4,000 member, non-profit alliance, with seven regional collaboratives in the state.  I also led and taught in the Masters and Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Programs at the University of San Francisco.  I have served on other boards such as the American Organization of Nurse Executives (10,000 members) as Treasurer; and as President and board member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, (1,100 members). My diverse experience in hospital operations, (former CNO and administrator), teaching DNP and simulation students, and leading a large statewide simulation alliance have prepared me to represent and lead the society.  As a mentor to new simulationists, I agree with the goal inSSH’s strategic plan to develop future leaders in simulation and this is one of my strengths and passions. As we expand simulation globally to ultimately improve patient safety, SSH is positioned to lead professionals from all areas to advance the application of simulation in healthcare. I am prepared to assume the role as president-elect.  

 

Treasurer

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Don Combs
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

Statement of Interest:

I am an academic administrator who has been consistently involved in the development of simulation programs and in advocacy for simulation as a tool to improve the safety and effectiveness of healthcare delivery during the past twenty years. I have worked with the faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University to implement an integrated simulation program that is one of the largest in the country. Additionally, I have worked with the federal government, the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the Commonwealth of Virginia to promote the development of medical simulations and to support the medical simulation industry. 
Within SSH, I serve as Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, positions I have held for the past two and one-half years. Previously, I served as an At-Large member of the Board, Chair of the External Strategic Relations Task Force, Chair of the Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee, and as a team leader/member on SSH accreditation site visits.
During the past two and one-half years, I have worked with the members of the Finance and Audit Committee, the members of the Board of Directors, and SSH staff to strengthen financial management and the resources available for SSH programs. We have established a Strategic Initiative Fund and are in the process of increasing the investment return on the SSH reserves, which total over $2.5 million. 
I have the time to provide effective leadership for SSH and to work with the Board, SSH members and staff to improve our financial base and broaden our impact on healthcare. It would be an honor to build on the work undertaken so successfully by the founders and past leaders of SSH as it moves into its second decade. 

 

Director At Large

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Dayna Downing
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

 Statement of Interest: 

I am a passionate advocate of simulation, with healthcare experience and an academic background that focuses on business and organizations. As such, I understand how modeling and simulation has a strong impact on safety, and its effect on healthcare costs. I place a high value on the importance of collaboration and compromise, including the challenges, particularly within a growing organization such as the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). SSH can play an integral role in shaping the evolution of simulation not only in healthcare, but also across various industries, through collaboration and advocacy. 
As the current SSH Vice Chair of the External Strategic Relations Committee and the Chair of the Government Relations Subcommittee, I work across SSH to assist in designing strategies to move the organization toward creating and strengthening relationships with domestic and global organizations with shared interests in healthcare simulation. One of which is an expanded embrace of modeling and simulation as integral to our understanding. I believe that we grow stronger, when we grow together. That belief extends to our affiliates in the United States and around the world. 
By valuing relationships, while simultaneously focusing on messaging and advancing awareness, SSH can forge partnerships, generating a momentum that can move our collective mission forward. With the changes occurring on the healthcare landscape today, I believe there are opportunities for modeling and simulation organizations to come together and influence the various academic, consumer, industry, and government entities. It is through this collaboration that SSH can demonstrate the power of simulation as a means of increasing quality, patient safety, and cost reduction in our healthcare systems. This is the vision that I want to bring to the SSH Board of Directors. 

 

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Jared Kutzin
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

Statement of Interest: 

As SSH continues to grow and evolve we are faced with an ever-changing environment that requires the board to determine strategic priorities that will best suit the needs of our members now and into the future. While the field of simulation-based education in healthcare is still developing, the role the society plays becomes more pivotal each year. Not only must the society support the rapid advances seen in the field but we must continue to advocate for the use of simulation as a teaching technique since many organizations throughout the world are yet to implement simulation as an educational strategy.

As a member of the SSH Certification Council and Fellows Academy, as a site reviewer for the Accreditation Committee, and a co-chair of IMSH 2016 I recognize that strong inter-professional connections is the foundation of our society. Not unlike the clinical setting in which high quality, safe care is built around teamwork, we must continue to foster and expand the connections with other societies around the world. We must look outside of our own field and engage others passionate about improving not only healthcare, but education. I first recognized the value of simulation as a lifeguard instructor. Asking students to swim through the water and cuing one to “pretend” to drown just seemed to make sense. As a firefighter and EMT, training programs weren’t complete without hands-on practical experiences in a safe environment. These experiences still resonate today, since it’s how I learned best. Although the training environment and the technology may have changed, the premise remains the same. Provide realistic training to learners so they can be prepared to help someone in need.

I look forward to representing the membership as a SSH board member and continuing to build relationships and collaborate on innovative initiatives to advance our mission.

 

Okuda

Yasaharu Okuda

Personal Statement (pdf)
CV Sketch/Bio (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

Statement of Interest: 

I have had the privilege of being a part of this amazing organization for the past 10 years, in both leadership and committee roles, and eager to support SSHin a greater capacity on the Board. Through my involvement with Membership and Bi-laws committee, I have learned the importance of maintaining a strong foundational membership in order to sustain organizational knowledge and advance the Societies vision, while attracting new members with fresh ideas and unique perspectives. In my prior role as co-chair for the EM SIG, I learned the value of the special focus groups that share common interests and challenges. Because of my involvement with SSH conferences as Co-Creator of the SimWars program from 2009-2015, and more recently as the Co-Chair for the 2016 Asia Pacific Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, I am keenly aware of the educational needs of the membership to ensure engaging and relevant programs, while respecting the diverse membership needs of our organization.

In addition to my involvement with SSH, I have committed the past 15 years of my career to advancing simulation. My passion began with the realization during my training that the healthcare training model was broken and simulation was an ideal tool to improve patient care through teamwork and masterly learning. My simulation career experience has spanned across UME and GME building simulation programs for both the medical school and EM Residency at the Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai, CE/CME developing an interprofessional training program for the NYC Public Health System, to my current position as the National Medical Director for the Veteran Health Administration’s supporting interprofessional training at over 150 VA medical facilities.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve SSH in a greater capacity to advance healthcare simulation globally, improve the experience of the membership, and further patient safety.

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