Accreditation News







We hope this new communique is an exciting addition to the Accreditation Community of which you are a part of!  We are doing a number of initiatives to make the SSH Accreditation Council more assessable to you.

   One of our most exciting initiatives is the document you are reading!  Many thanks to JJ, Deb and Keith for making this dream a reality.  We are also working on the addition of the Fellowship standards. If you have a Fellows program at your site, you will have the opportunity to apply for Accreditation of your Fellows Program first.

   We hope to have our on line course go live in the next few weeks, a promising addition to help us grow more accredited programs.  We are excited to roll out a new Reviewer Trainer Program at IMSH 2020.  If you have always wanted to be a Site Reviewer, be on the look out for the call for new reviewers which will be out soon!

 Thank you for being a part of our growing community, we appreciate you.

Dawn M Schocken

Chair, SSH Accreditation Council



SSH Accreditation Council
The Council is a partially independent accrediting body of the SSH, a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.  The purpose is to foster excellence in the healthcare simulation accreditation process.
The Council awards the following accreditations:

  • SSH Provisional Accreditation
  • SSH Full Accreditation

The Council shall be responsible for decisions regarding accreditation functions for the core aspects of accredited Programs. This includes the standards and elements, process and requirements for accreditation and reaccreditation, disciplinary determinations, the accreditation decisions, and selection, orientation, continued development, and quality management of Program Reviewers. 

The Council is composed of eleven voting members (Council members), ten of whom represent the diversity of the healthcare simulation community (general members), and one of whom shall be a public member.

SSH Accreditation Board of Review
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Accreditation Council has guidelines to ensure that each Program that submits and application for accreditation receive an in-depth, bias-free review that is presented to the Board of Review members for vote on whether to approve or deny accreditation of the Program.

The Board of Review is composed of 12 voting members (BoR members) who represent the diversity of the healthcare simulation community and have demonstrated ability to critically examine simulation Programs.  The Chair and Chair Elect/Past Chair of the Accreditation Council shall serve as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Review in accordance with their Council terms.

Business Development
The business development subcommittee is charged with maintaining the general business functions of the council comprising of providing information and recommendations on budgeting and finance, marketing and communications, and external affiliations.  This subcommittee is also charged with maintaining the overall business plan of the council.

Currently the Business Development subcommittee has a few projects on their plate that include the exploration of additional business opportunities and options for accreditation.

Program Reviewer
The Program Reviewer subcommittee is charged with oversight and strategies relevant to the recruitment and retention of accreditation reviewers.  This subcommittee is also charged with the support and development of site reviewers.

Currently the Program Reviewer subcommittee has a few projects on their plate that include the creation of team leader feedback report training and continued development of trainings for inter rater reliability (IRR) of reviewers.

The Quality subcommittee is charged with all of the data collection and information analysis centered on the accreditation of programs, the Council, and the reviewers

Currently the Quality subcommittee has a few projects on their plate that include the review of annual renewal surveys and the review of electronic application system.

Risk Management Subcommittee
The Risk Management subcommittee identifies, assesses, and controls threats to an organization, and makes sure those controls continue to work. Ideally, this is done proactively.  Risks, stem from a wide variety of sources such as legal liabilities, strategic management errors, and employee and volunteer behavior.

Currently, the Risk Management subcommittee is working on review and revision of existing SSH Accreditation policies and procedures.


Accreditation has enjoyed many successes over the last decade. The annual trend of programs becoming accredited have continued to grow.  Core and teaching continues to be the most popular type of accreditation.  Provisional accreditation continues to be a popular choice.

Based on the data provided to the organization during the application process, the majority of the programs (84%) are from the United States.

79% of programs that were accredited have one (1) site

57% of programs employ seven (7) or more FTEs

56% of programs report they have 10,000 of more contact hours annually




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METS Center

In the province of Ultrecht, Netherlands, surrounded by lush, pine forests rests the quaint Dutch village of Bilthoven. Part of the municipality of De Bilt (famously the ancestral home of the Vanderbilt family), Bilthoven is also the home of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s first fully accredited simulation program in Europe. The Medical Training & Simulation (or METS) Center gained its accreditation from SSH in April of this year, and has been named the Program of the Quarter by the Accreditation Council.

The METS Center is led by Executive Director Dr. Ron Brendal. “We are very excited to be a part of SSH and are honored to collaborate on the first web journal,” says Dr. Brendal. ““This recognition leads to a strengthening of the national and international position of the METS Center, so we are thrilled.”

Approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam, METS was originally started twelve years ago as a course to train paramedics in the region, focusing primarily on those who worked on ambulance services in the province. However, the program rapidly gained attention from all corners of the Netherlands for its substantive approach to simulation-based methodologies.  In fact, diverse partners from multiple disciplines began to request training from the upstart program, including Midwifery, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Critical Care. “We finally got to the point of saying we either have to stop adding more classes, or we have to start building a more permanent foundation.  That was 2007.” That year, construction began on a nearly 6,000 square foot facility that now houses eight skills rooms, two classrooms, and five high-fidelity simulation suites that include an OR, ER and ICU suites, an obstetrical and pediatric unit, and an immersive simulated ambulance. “Because of our primary focus of providing training to Emergency Medical Services and dispatchers across the Netherlands, we wanted to make sure we were set up to deliver training on the continuum of care from the field all the way through the Operating Room, and everything in between,” says Brendal.

In fact, METS will begin a new pilot program this year in which multiple disciplines will be immersed in continuum of care training in a variety of simulated events using all components of the Center’s unique accommodations.  “We truly believe in focusing on human factors and team-based learning, and this pilot will hopefully deliver a product that will give our participants a real understanding of their roles throughout the continuum of care.”

In addition to its new standing with SSH, the METS Center has garnered acclaim throughout the Netherlands, as well as the rest of Europe.  Since 2014, the Center has been a collaborative member of EUSIM, an international partnership of simulation programs across the continent.  METS is also a member of the Society for Simulation in Europe (SESAM), and has been recognized by the European Resuscitation Council for its excellence in providing resuscitation training.

Dr. Brendal says the program is quite anxious to become more immersed with SSH and the accreditation process. “We love how robust the simulation community is in the United States, and want to be more involved in, and learn from, our colleagues in America.  To get acquainted, you must participate, and that’s what we intend to do.”  Dr. Brendal himself has become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and sees more of his staff becoming certified as well. METS has also sent a contingent of staff to the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) for that past three years.

From a small ambulance service training program, the METS Center has become an internationally renowned center for simulation excellence.  “(Accreditation) is a fantastic appreciation for our joint efforts. The quality mark contributes to our ambition to be a distinctive, professional and healthy organization. Our procedures, guidelines and protocols have been reviewed and the process has a positive effect on the quality of our simulation education.” The Society for Simulation in Healthcare applauds the work of Dr. Brendal and his exceptional team, and congratulates them on being named the Program of the Quarter.


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Bob Kerner

The story on the early years of Long Island’s renown simulation jewel now known as the Patient Safety Institute is relatively similar to that of many other simulation centers across the country. A former administrator for the Northwell Health System said “oh, we should do simulation, and then in late 2006 somebody found some money to buy a simulator,” recalls Dr. Robert Kerner.  “We borrowed a delivery room in one of our hospitals, and away we went doing simulation.” Since that time, Dr. Kerner has led the Institute in developing a 20-bed, interprofessional facility that houses high-fidelity simulation for a 23-hospital health system that is accredited in all areas by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  And Dr. Kerner has seen and done it all in the decade and a half since then.

Very few people have as unique a background as Bob Kerner. In 1985, fresh out of high school, Bob became an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter for Nassau County in New York. He enjoyed that work, but quickly moved on to become a Paramedic and Registered Nurse working in an action-packed level-1 trauma center on Long Island. It was there that he began putting his toes in the water of healthcare education. He became an EMS instructor and helped teach a variety of courses using low-fidelity manikins. He knew, even then, that simulation was going to be an important method for educating health professionals. He rapidly ascended the ranks to become Northwell’s first Paramedic Program Director, leading significant advancements in providing education for EMS in his district.

After remarkable success over the first decade of his professional career, Bob dramatically switched gears and decided to venture down a new path.  He was accepted into law school in 1994 and received his law degree from the New York School of Law in 1997.  Kerner practiced as a Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney for almost five years. Although he loved practicing law, he realized his first love was calling him back. “I realized psychologically that I was much happier working in an ER taking care of patients, and teaching people how to take care of patients, and so I left my law practice,” he explains.  Bob started to work as a Staff Nurse again, went back to school to get his PhD and began to ascend through the Northwell Health System, from Nurse Manager and Nurse Educator, to where he stands now as Assistant Vice President of the Patient Safety Institute. He has also been an Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University since 2016. “It has certainly been a wide looping career path I’ve taken, but it has given me a unique perspective on health care education that has really helped me become a better educator and leader.”

In the mid-2000s, Dr. Kerner became involved in SSH, and in 2009 became an early Accreditation Site Reviewer for the Society.  Being a Site Reviewer has been one the greatest joys of his professional life. “The SSH site review team consists of many bright, talented and committed professionals driven to improve simulation education.” He further adds, “I gladly do the work and make the commitment because the accreditation process does improve the quality of education available to learners.”

Dr. Kerner has functioned in numerous capacities for the Society, including serving on the Accreditation Standards and Quality Committees where he helped introduce the initial standards that were implemented by the Society.  He has also been a member of the Accreditation Council, and now serves on the Accreditation Board of Review.

When asked if any of his colleagues inspired him as a site reviewer, he said “oh, this one’s easy: Tom LeMaster has been a tremendous mentor and friend to me over the years. He is definitely my spirit animal!”  He states that the most important thing he learned from LeMaster is that a site survey is mostly a conversation, and that “we should learn as much from them as they learn from us.” He further states that the number of reviewers that he has admiration for and has learned from is too many to count.

As involved and dedicated as he is to his career, his number one priority is being a father. His wife Donna and he have 11-year-old twins who are about to enter middle school.  He is also an avid cyclist and enjoys photography. “I try to make sure that I maintain good balance. I still go home and take care of my family and make dinner and all those sorts of things.”

Dr. Kerner has been, and continues to be a shining example in the field of healthcare simulation and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare applauds his tremendous career and work with the accreditation process and team.

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