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Jennifer McCarthy, MAS, NRP, MICP, CHSE

Jennifer McCarthy MAS, NRP, CHSE is the Director of Clinical Simulation at Seton Hall University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. Jennifer has been an active paramedic for nearly 30 years and became a leader in healthcare simulation over the past 20 years. Her strategic leadership integrated simulation within health profession curricula and enhanced competency assessment of student learning. She is the lead author of Simulation Success, a column in the Journal for Emergency Medical Services.Jennifer holds many positions with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is an accreditation site reviewer, team lead, and SSH Accreditation Council member as well as the Chairwoman of the EMS Affinity Group and is a subcommittee member of the Ethics standards and Certification Council. She has won numerous teaching excellence awards and serves on several state and national committees that address the advance the use of evidence based healthcare simulation. Most notably Jennifer was named one of the Top 17 People to Watch in Healthcare (201 Magazine, January 2015) and has received the EMS Career Lifetime Achievement Award (November 2015) presented by the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services and the New Jersey EMS Council.

Vice Chair

 Kelly Kohler


Kelly Kohler, MSc, CHSE. NCEE, EMT-P is a Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medical Services and Simulation Specialist for the Department of Primary Care.Kelly has been a Paramedic in NYS for the past 22 years and an Educator for the past 18 years.Prior to joining the Touro Faculty, Kelly was the Director of the Training Network for the American Heart Association. Kelly is passionate about resuscitation training and medical education. Kelly can be located at national conferences discussing innovated approaches to improving EMS practice and education standards.


Timothy Whitaker

Tim’s passion for simulation has developed over his 25+ years of EMS experience as a provider and educator, most recently as becoming a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Tim has lectured both regionally and nationally on pre-­‐hospital care and simulation. Tim serves on several national association boards and committees related to healthcare simulation education. Tim’s experience in simulation evolved through EMS education and the air medical industry while he served as an educator for those disciplines. Tim has served as a curriculum developer, author, manager and consultant in his career involving simulation. Tim has a true passion to integrate quality education, using simulation, into EMS education.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Affinity Group

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Created in July 2013, the mission of the SSH EMS Affinity Group is:  To leverage the power of effective simulation methodologies, emerging technologies and evidence-based practice to help Emergency Medical Services’ professions to accept, adopt, and develop simulation-based education, assessment, research and health systems integration.

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