2017 Board of Directors - Elections Open

As a member of SSH you have the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Board of Directors. You may vote for the President-Elect, Secretary 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 Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 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: AMaxwell@ssih.org

Candidates

President-Elect
Joe Lopreiato
Charles Pozner
                           
Secretary
Wendy Bernstein
Juli Maxworthy
    
Director at Large
Bob Armstrong
Wanda Goranson
Jennie Struijk

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 President-Elect

Joe Lopreiato
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf) 

Statement of Interest:

I am honored to be nominated for President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Seeking this office is a measure of giving back to the society that has given so much to me and the global simulation community. 

I am currently the Associate Dean for Simulation Education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences near Washington, DC, USA. I have spent much of my career as a commissioned medical officer and pediatrician in the United States Navy where I learned dedication to duty, teamwork and integrity. This experience taught me that leadership is not about managing a situation, but in motivating people to do their very best in pursuit of fulfilling the mission. In such a large organization I respect diversity and listen carefully to all sides before making informed decisions. As an educator, I work with a wide variety of healthcare professionals from EMTs to PhDs. The concept of healthcare as a team effort has always been the model I have embraced over my career. I am currently the medical director of the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center at the Uniformed Services University which is dedicated to using simulation methods to improve the care delivered by nurses, physicians and allied health professionals. 

I serve the Society through my work as chair of the certification committee that created the CHSE and CHSOS programs and the task force that developed the newly released Healthcare Simulation Dictionary. I am currently an At-Large Member of the SSH Board of Directors and my service on the SSH board gives me insight into the fiscal and administrative management of our society. 

My vision for our society is to be the worldwide leader in simulation education, advocacy and scholarship and to grow and care for all of our members and the simulation community around the world.  

Charles Pozner
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

 Statement of Interest: 

As a passionate proponent of medical simulation, I appreciate the need for committed people at the forefront of our field. I am so committed.  Leading the development of an interprofessional simulation center, we have fostered the transformation of the previously “siloed” culture of a Harvard teaching hospital. We insist that team training requires team teaching; both attended and led by nurses and doctors. A strong collaboration between educators and SimOps staff leads to both high quality curriculum and staff satisfaction. Team-building is not merely something taught in CRM programs, it is an essential attribute in the advancement of our specialty. The important work that my colleagues and I do on the External Strategic Relations Committee has helped me appreciate our Society’s mission, and the needs of its members. 

As President of the Board of Directors one of my priorities will be to build a business case for simulation. We have developed a rational theoretical case for simulation; however we struggle with convincing “C-suite” administrators that simulation must be leveraged as a tool to navigate the troubled economic waters that drive so many of their decisions. Other organizations face similar challenges.

This is an exciting time for simulation and healthcare. We are confronted with financial challenges, constraints on learning, and public insistence on high-quality, safe, and cost-effective care.  Simulation is poised to help address these and many other challenges. As the leading organization representing and supporting simulation professionals, we must join forces with like-minded organizations to address these obstacles; including making the case for greater financial support for simulation. 

I am committed to leading our Society in this time of opportunity and challenge. I humbly ask for your support of my candidacy for President of the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

 

Secretary

Wendy Bernstein
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

Statement of Interest:

I have led the University of Maryland's innovative program in resident education using Medical Simulation. As Director, I have replaced much of the didactic content used in traditional training programs with simulation based training, and improved procedural based training with teaching modules. I believe that these experiences, which require determining essential skill sets to be tested and developing methodology for competency, have resulted in a stronger residency program with improved in-service scores, and greater board pass rates. These experiences have led to my participation in several panels at IMSH on the ACGME milestones for Anesthesiology Resident education, and development of OSCES. 

As part of the simulation curriculum, anesthesiology residents gain the opportunity to tackle challenging acute care scenarios in a nonthreatening environment, allowing for the mastery of skills and retention of knowledge. These cases allow trainees to implement medical knowledge, interpersonal communication, and system based practice and professionalism. These multidisciplinary exercises incorporate the entire perioperative staff and stress the importance of team-based training and the ability to work in collaborative environments. Residents are given increased responsibility to care for their "patients," since such opportunities to function independently are missing from medicine today. 

The UM D Simulation Program is part of our Anesthesia Department's continuing education program for faculty and staff, as well as faculty from other institutions in the surrounding area. As the Director of these programs, I work closely with faculty participants to enhance their simulation experience, acting as the principle clinical instructor, debriefer and personal mentor for many attendees. 

As an accomplished academic anesthesiologist with a strong commitment to resident education, and professional development, I am an enthusiastic applicant for Secretary of the Board of Directors for SSIH. I have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and hope to bring a fresh new perspective to the society and the Board. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. 

 

Juli Maxworthy
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

Statement of Interest:

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me and my interest in serving as Secretary. During my decade of involvement with SSH I have had the privilege of participating in multiple roles, including: 

• Chair of the Accreditation Committee (2015-present)  
• Vice Chair of Accreditation Committee (2013-2014) 
• Accreditation Reviewer (2010-present)
• Author and co-editor for the SSH textbook Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs textbook (2015) 
• Author and co-editor for the HCPro textbook Healthcare Simulation Program Builder (2015)
• Author and co-author of several healthcare related books, book chapters and articles (2008-present) 
• Nominations Committee member (2014)
• Member of the CHSE Taskforce (2015-present)
• CHSE Readiness Review Course educator (2016)
• Reviewer of education tracks for IMSH meetings (2016-2017)• Member of multiple Sections, SIGs and Affinity Groups

Since starting my role as Chair of Accreditation, it has been a privilege to work with a great team of Accreditation Committee volunteers. During my term as Chair we have revised the standards along with the companion documents and have reorganized the governance structure of the committee based on the new SSH bylaws, in conjunction with the wonderful SSH staff. 

My “day job” is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Healthcare Leadership and Innovations Department at the University of San Francisco, as well as Chair of the Simulation Committee, which has oversight of our provisionally accredited program. I spent almost 20 years in critical care in various roles prior to transitioning to quality/ patient safety. My last clinical position was that of Vice President of Quality, Risk and Performance Improvement. Since entering academia several years ago, I have led/ assisted in the building or revamping of several simulation programs.  All of these roles have provided me with the skills needed to be successful as Secretary. 

In addition, my first real job was that of an administrative assistant from the time I was 14 through my sophomore year of college. Besides providing me with income for tuition and gas for my car, I learned that being responsive, accurate and timely were valued skills. Just a little story related to my simulation journey. My interest started many years ago (over 35) to a time when 9-1-1 in the USA was evolving and as a high school student volunteered on several occasions to be a standardized participate (well before we had the term), was moulaged and placed in an industrial park, triaged, and then air lifted to a local hospital-I loved it! Back then we didn’t have to sign consents and our parents were just glad to get us out of the house for the day. Little did I know at the time how that experience would influence my life. My experiences with the Society have been some of the best of my career, mainly because of the fabulous, hardworking people I have had the pleasure to meet and work with along with way.

 

Director At Large

Bob Armstrong
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

 Statement of Interest: 

My introduction to SSH occurred in 2012.  I was at Booz Allen Hamilton, consulting on modeling and simulation projects for the Navy and Air Force while Chairing the Modeling and Simulation World Conference in Expo.  Needing to find healthcare simulation experts to contribute to the conference, I ran across a great organization – SSH - that was focused on just that!  Needless to say, I was intrigued.

Choosing to transition from Defense simulation work, I was fortunate enough to land at Eastern Virginia Medical School where I expanded my 18+ year background in defense modeling and simulation (M&S) into the healthcare realm.  It was both logical and necessary for me to become involved in the Society.  

I find my work personally fulfilling, and believe it is valuable to the community.  I am excited about medical simulation, and bring that enthusiasm with me into everything I do with and for the Society.   While I am a relatively new Society member, I am “old” to M&S.  My passion for this work, my commitment to creating the future of this industry, and my ability to see the bigger picture are critical strengths I bring to the table.  Notwithstanding, the fact that I “grew up” outside of both the healthcare industry and academia give me a set of perspectives that are typically not found in the average SSH board member.

I know that the Society has a very important role to play in our industry sector, and look forward to helping us improve our impact.  It is the right thing to do.  

 

Wanda Goranson
Statement of Interest (pdf)
CV/Bio Sketch (pdf)
COI Disclosure (pdf)

Statement of Interest: 

Please accept this letter of intent for consideration of my interest in serving as an At-Large Board of Director for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). I joined the Society in 2008 and attended my first IMSH in 2009. I was impressed by the quality education sessions and networking opportunities. Since that time, I have witnessed SSH’s exponential growth and sustained positive impact on patient safety and healthcare education. I believe SSH has a great responsibility to its members and in leading simulation education and research for the future. The leadership experience I bring to this position includes the following SSH activities: 2014-2016 Meeting Oversight Commission - Vice Chair role 2015-2016 2015-2016 CHSOS prep course subcommittee – Co Chair 2015 Co-chair for the IMSH planning committee 2013-2014 CHSE prep course subcommittee 2010-2014 Education Committee member and served as the Lead Nurse Planner for continuing education credit. 2013 served as Vice Chair of the Committee 

My professional experiences that demonstrate a deep understanding of simulation activities include: Developing the initial business plan for the Simulation Program at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa; creating and implementing simulation education for the healthcare team; designing and expanding the simulation program from two rooms to a 6,000 square foot center; managing all aspects of the center; certifying in CHSE, CHSOS, and nursing professional development; representing workshops and expert panels at IMSH 2012-2016; nursing experience in critical care; and international presentations at Stavropol, Russia and Fukui City, Japan. 

I would be honored to be considered for a Board of Director position. If elected, I would work to keep the mission of SSH “leading the interprofessional society that advances the application of simulation in healthcare through global engagement” and exceeding the members’ needs and expectations. Wanda Goranson, MSN, RN-BC, CHSE, CHSOS.

 

Jennie Struijk

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

Statement of Interest: 

Dear SSH Colleagues: I am seeking the opportunity to serve you and the larger simulation community as part of the SSH Board in the position of At-Large Director. As simulation expands throughout healthcare, demanding continual innovation and improvement, it becomes ever-more important to connect simulation professionals from all areas and levels of the field in pursuit of SSH’s mission. As I work directly with multiple areas of healthcare education and simulation using the Standardized Patient methodology, I believe I can offer a useful perspective as a member of the SSH Board. 

I have been involved in simulation for over 20 years, and joined SSH in 2005 to promote the participation of SP educators in the larger sphere of healthcare simulation. To that end, I am now serving as SP SIG chair for 2015-17 following two years as the SIG vice-chair and participated in certification feedback by completing my CHSE during the 2012 initial pilot phase. Outside SSH I have worked as an SP Educator at the University of Washington in all major disciplines of the health sciences and was a founding board member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (2001). I served two terms on the ASPE board and was honored with the ASPE Outstanding Educator award in 2012. Additionally, I have moderated the “SP-Trainer” informational listserv since 1996, a 500+ member free email list for the international SP education community. 

My primary goals throughout my professional service have been to help provide my fellow members with the resources and connections that they need to create incredible simulation programs, to develop their own skills, and to collaborate with others to share knowledge and best practices. I would continue to pursue these goals as your At-Large Board member, and I thank you for your consideration.

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