December President's Message: Introducing the Chad Epps Inaugural Endowed Lecture at IMSH! > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Greetings, colleagues!


IMSH is almost here. I’m so excited at the opportunity to see as many of you in person as I can in Los Angeles! The event – set for Jan. 15-19, 2022 – is going to be amazing, and I know you will want to be part of it – whether in person or virtually through IMSH Delivers!

On that note, I want to point out something new this year that I especially want to bring to your attention.

Chad Epps Inaugural Endowed Lecture

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of a dear friend of mine, Dr.  Chad Epps. He was a joy to work with and an all-around good guy, and IMSH will seem very different without his physical presence.

We, due to generous contributions by many of you to the Chad Epps Scholarship Fund, will be able to honor his legacy annually during our first plenary session at IMSH as we unveil the “Chad Epps Inaugural Lecture presents Henry Timms: New Power – The Modern Nature of Influence in a Changing World.”

I’m excited that Henry will be amongst us to inspire and help us remember the many qualities that made Chad the remarkable person he was. It’s a message I’m keenly interested in hearing, especially from Mr. Timms – the creator of the worldwide event we know as #GivingTuesday.

Henry’s lecture is just the first of four sensational plenaries at IMSH, which you will be able to see in person or virtually (thanks to for sponsoring the livestreams!)

Monday will feature “The Lou Oberndorf Lecture on Innovation, and Healthcare Simulation presents by Erica Dhawan: Get Big Things Done. The Power of Connectional Intelligence.”

Erica is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st-century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied will highlight Tuesday as she presents “Transformative Leadership.”  One of the 2020 LinkedIn Changemakers, Yassmin is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering.

And, to wrap an extraordinary week, Wednesday will feature Dr. Vineet Arora delivering “How Education can Advance Equity.” As an advocate for improving equity and opportunity in academic medicine, she has been an influential voice for women in medicine. She leads NIH-funded programs to improve mentoring for women and minority future physician-scientists.

You can read about each speaker and get more info about IMSH 2022 at


As we close out 2021, I just want to say this year has been one of the toughest on record. But, we all have endured – both as a Society and industry. In fact, we have remained stronger than ever! Your efforts to provide high-level education to those trying to improve the care we provide to our patients are exceptional.

Thank you, for all that you do, for our patients and our community of practice.

Bring on 2022!

Until next month …

Juli Maxworthy, DNP, PhD (c), MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH
President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare

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