Anthony Guerne

Anthony Guerne began his career in medicine in 1990 as an emergency medical technician.  In 1994 he became a paramedic and began working in the City of New York in the 911 system and as a critical care transport specialist.  During that time, he began teaching new EMT’s and paramedics with a variety of educational agencies.  After almost 20 years as a clinician he took a full-time educational role as the simulation specialist at the NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine.  While working at NYIT-COM, Anthony earned a Masters Degree in Healthcare Simulation.  After 6 years at NYIT-COM, he left to become the Simulation Center Manager for the Department of Anesthesia at Columbia University.  Anthony has been a member of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare for approximately 6 years, as presented at numerous IMSH conferences, and was one of the first members of the EMS Affinity Group.  Anthony remains active as a per-diem paramedic in Suffolk County, NY.  Anthony lives in Northport, New York with his wife and 2 small children.  

Vice Chair

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.


Jennifer McCarthy, MAS, NRP, MICP, CHSE


Jennifer McCarthy MAS, NRP, MICP serves as the founding member, Associate Professor and Director of the Paramedic Science Program at Bergen Community College in Lyndhurst, NJ. As the founding member, she designed a 5,000 square foot emergency medicine laboratory and a 6,000 square foot Inter-professional simulation center. Her daily responsibilities include strategic leadership of the Paramedic Science Program, faculty member for the curriculum and competency assessment of overall student learning. In addition, Jennifer is the simulation task force co-chairperson for the health profession division leading efforts to improve IPE simulation initiatives and advancement of science based medical simulation activities within the division which includes 10 health profession programs. Jennifer is national presenter at both EMS and medical simulation conferences presenting about innovative topics. She has a passion about the use of medical simulation to advance learning and use to formalize education practice within the EMS profession. She has won numerous teaching excellence awards and serves on several state and national committees that address the advancement of EMS and medical simulation. Most notably Jennifer has received recognition for the EMS Career Lifetime Achievement presented by the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services and the New Jersey EMS Council.

Biosketch: 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.

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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