The Society for Simulation in Healthcare > Committees > Credentialing Oversight Commission > Accreditation Committee


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.

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.


Back to Top