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Jennifer McCarthy, MAS, NRP, MICP, CHSE

Jennifer serves as the founding member, associate professor and director of the Bergen Community College Paramedic Science Program. She is also founder and President of 579 Solutions, LLC an education and simulation consulting company focused on innovation solutions. In addition to being the EMS Affinity Chair,Jennifer serves on the Accreditation Council and is a team lead for accreditation site review. She is also a member of the certification subcommittee. Jennifer’s passion is to advance evidence based simulation practice and IPE simulation activities. She has been actively working in EMS for over 25 years and has been the recipient of many awards related to teaching excellence and the impact she has made in the EMS profession.

Vice Chair

 Kelly Kohler


Kelly Kohler, MSc, CHSE. NCEE, EMT-P is a Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medical Services and Simulation Specialist for the Department of Primary Care.Kelly has been a Paramedic in NYS for the past 22 years and an Educator for the past 18 years.Prior to joining the Touro Faculty, Kelly was the Director of the Training Network for the American Heart Association. Kelly is passionate about resuscitation training and medical education. Kelly can be located at national conferences discussing innovated approaches to improving EMS practice and education standards.


Timothy Whitaker

Tim’s passion for simulation has developed over his 25+ years of EMS experience as a provider and educator, most recently as becoming a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Tim has lectured both regionally and nationally on pre-­‐hospital care and simulation. Tim serves on several national association boards and committees related to healthcare simulation education. Tim’s experience in simulation evolved through EMS education and the air medical industry while he served as an educator for those disciplines. Tim has served as a curriculum developer, author, manager and consultant in his career involving simulation. Tim has a true passion to integrate quality education, using simulation, into EMS education.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Affinity Group

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Created in July 2013, the mission of the SSH EMS Affinity Group is:  To leverage the power of effective simulation methodologies, emerging technologies and evidence-based practice to help Emergency Medical Services’ professions to accept, adopt, and develop simulation-based education, assessment, research and health systems integration.

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