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Russell Metcalfe-Smith, 
FRSPH, FHEA, MSc BSc (Hons) NRP, CHSE CHSOS
 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO HEALTHCARE SIMULATION?

I was Head of Resuscitation Services at a teaching hospital in Central London. In this role, I was responsible for managing Resuscitation Services, which included Resuscitation Training. In 2007, we opened a successful Simulation Center. Then in 2013, I was recruited to open the Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I have also been a Registered Paramedic for 15 years. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT HEALTHCARE SIMULATION?

I like the diversity and the ability for healthcare simulation to contribute to a reduction in adverse events.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT HEALTHCARE SIMULATION?

Implementation and making an impact across so many different fields are what I find to be the most challenging aspects. Simulation adoption is superb within my institution; however we have so much work to achieve. 

WITH THE KNOWLEDGE GAINED THROUGH BECOMING CERTIFIED, HOW HAS THIS TRANSFORMED AND BENEFITED YOUR WORK AS A HEALTHCARE SIMULATIONIST?

Dual certification leads to organizational confidence in your ability to perform various tasks. I have now included this as a recruitment requirement for positions within the Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

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