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Mary Kay Smith, MSN, RN, CHSE

9472 Dr. Smith serves as the Director of the accredited Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) where she previously held the position of Simulation Coordinator since 2004.   Within these roles, she has integrated formative and summative assessment of student skills with innovative teaching methodologies such immersive clinical simulations, hybrid and virtual instruction.  She has disseminated simulation knowledge at statewide, national, and international workshops and conferences and participated in multiple research initiatives related to simulation as a teaching strategy and interprofessional education.  She completed her doctorate in higher education administration with research focused on the delivery of IPE simulation via social media.   Dr. Smith serves on the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation Committee as Vice Chair, Interprofessional Education Committee and Directors’ Committee. She has been instrumental in the development of the American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center at the LAC and is an AHA Regional faculty for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support  in addition to QA Chair of the MI-OH ECC Committee .  Her clinical expertise includes 19 years in the Emergency Department, 3 years in ICU/CCU, and 10 years in Clinical Education in combination with charge, supervision and management responsibilities in the institutional setting.


Dawn Schocken, MPH, PhD

Dawn M Schocken is Director of Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida.  She directs all experiential learning for UME at Morsani College of Medicine providing training and assessments for medical students, nursing students, physical therapy students, pharmacy students and athletic training students.  Her particular areas of research interests include medical errors, assessments done with hybrid simulations, and integration of simulation into interprofessional education.

Director of Accreditation & Certification

Andrew Spain, MA, NCEE, EMT-P


Andrew Spain is the Director of Accreditation and Certification for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  He came to SSH in November of 2010 first as the Manager of Certification, and then later became the Director of Certification, and has since been made the Director of Accreditation as well.  He is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and also is currently a licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri.

Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.  He discovered Prehospital Medicine during this time while working at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, CO.  He became an EMT in 1991, and then a Paramedic in 1992.  He first worked in Littleton, CO with Columbine Ambulance, subsequently moving to Columbia, MO in 1994.  He worked as a Paramedic and Flight Paramedic with the University of Missouri Healthcare, and eventually became the Manager of the EMS Education program for this Level 1 Trauma Center, a position he held for five years prior to coming to SSH.
Andrew has been active in many areas of EMS, including with the MO State Time Critical Diagnosis Initiative, various committees for EMS, and also working with the Missouri Hospital Association to set up a National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Regional Training Entity.  He continues to teach disaster response and preparedness courses.  He has presented at a number of national/international EMS conferences, and even was on the winning team for the National EMS Trivia Competition in 2010.
He received his M.A. in Political Science in 2005 at the University of Missouri.  He is currently working on his PhD in Education at the University of Missouri, with an emphasis of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Accreditation & Certification Coordinator 

Kristyn Gadlage  

Accreditation Committee

The Committee for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs 

The Accreditation Committee shall be responsible for assuring the integrity of the Society’s accreditation program; including standards, policies, procedures, and processes; and for verifying that all requisite compliance, regulatory and quality standards are met and maintained. 

The Committee for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs, started in 2010, has awarded Accreditation to institutions in Canada, Australia, China, the Caribbean, and across the United States.  

Programs are awarded accreditation in one or more of the following areas:

  • Assessment
  • Research
  • Teaching/ Education
  • Systems Integration.

Accreditation Application Information

Provisional Accreditation allows programs with established structure and processes, but have not yet achieved outcomes to apply for preliminary accreditation.


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