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Joshua Nitsche, MD, PhD

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My name is Joshua Nitsche, MD, PhD, and I am an assistant professor in the Department of OB/GYN at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  My interest in medical education began in fellowship when I worked on the development and validation of task trainers in chorionic villus sampling, in-utero stenting, and cervical cerclage. After graduation from fellowship in 2011, I joined the faculty at Wake Forest University.  As the Associate OB/Gyn Residency Director for Simulation and the Associate MFM Fellowship Director, I have introduced and rapidly expanded the use of simulation in our medical student, resident, and fellow curriculums.  In addition, since arriving at Wake Forest I investigated the use of simulation in the training of cervical exams, vaginal deliveries, fetal ultrasound, second trimester uterine evacuations, and ultrasound guided invasive procedures.  Outside of my home institution I serve as a member of ACOG’s Simulation Working Group and have served as course faculty or course co-director for several simulation courses held by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics in Gynecology.  I also chaired the annual SMFM Simulation Scientific Forum from 2014-2016.  I look forward to expanding the use of simulation in OB/GYN training as both a teacher and investigator.



Vice Chair

Veronica Lerner MD, FACOG


Veronica serves as a Vice-Chair of SSH OB/GYN SIG (elected 1/2016, serving until 12/2017). She has been a member of SSH since 2010.  Since I drank the Kool-Aid of simulation eight years ago when I was starting out as faculty at NYU, my professional life has been entrenched in simulation and the two have become inseparable. After completing my fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in 2007, I launched my career at NYU with the focus on simulation.  As a clinician until 2012, I was working as OBGYN generalist while building a practice in MIS.  I am a “builder”: as a director of simulation at NYU department of OBGYN, I launched and maintained multiple simulation programs for medical students, nurses, residents and faculty in both obsterics and gynecology and collaborated extensively with inter-disciplinary and inter-professional simulation teams in in-situ settings and at our simulation center.  Last year, my efforts culminated in the implementation of the first in the country (and the world as far was I can tell), full-time, one-year simulation fellowship in OBGYN.  I have been in the “trenches” of all aspects in simulation, and now I am hoping to take it to the next level and to facilitate collaboration, coordination, innovation and growth in our simulation community at SSH. She can be reached at 

OB/GYN Special Interest Group

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Welcome to OBGYN Special Interest Group! 

As our SIG Vice Chair for the 2016-2018 term, I am very excited to see that our SIG is becoming more active this past year.  To facilitate our member engagement further, I am working on building our SIG website with more up-to-date information to keep you informed on different projects we are working on now.  We are also hoping that this site, which is visible to SSH non-members, will facilitate more collaboration across different organizations and institutions.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Mission Statement

To create high quality simulation content within our specialty by providing a platform for exchange of ideas, networking with colleagues, and establishing research collaboration among its members.
To create and share high quality inter-professional simulation content that advances patient safety within Women’s Health by providing a platform for exchange of ideas, networking, and research collaboration among the international simulation community.

Vision Statement

By creating high quality simulation content we seek to enhance the training of OB/GYN providers thereby improving the health and wellness of women and their families throughout the world.
By creating high quality simulation content we seek to enhance the care delivered by Women’s Health inter-professional teams, optimizing the health and wellness of women and their families across the world.

Programatic Sharing Project

Dear colleagues!

Our SSH OBGYN SIG is happy to announce that we are actively working on a very exciting project, which we decided to entitle “Programmatic Sharing and Collaboration.” 

Let us share with you our ideas with regard to this project.  Over the last several years, we have often heard from our simulation colleagues in conversations, as well as during our official SIG meetings during SSH, and other professional societies that deal with simulation that is not so easy to access information about existing simulation programs, so that oftentimes we end up having to “re-invent the wheel” rather than tapping into expertise and learning from each other’s experiences.  

There are many reasons for why that might be the case; lack of centralized portal website where all resources can be gathered and easily accessible, the fact that our specialty is dis-jointed in different sub-specialty societies where simulation information is only available to members of such society, and the fact that a lot of work in simulation is not published and therefore “not visible” are some of the possibilities.

We asked SSH members to post information on SIM connect for our OBGYN SIG, so thank you to those of you who have already done so.  We are hoping to make it visible to non-members via this page in the near future.

We are hoping that with this project, we will be able to break down those barriers and advance our work by compiling a list of all resources together on this website. For example, textbooks, articles, ACOG sim consortium and CMQCC websites for individual programs, opportunities for training, research interests, and any other information would be wonderful to share with everyone involved.

To start with, we ask you to either post information about simulation resources you are familiar with on either OBGYN SIM connect website so that we could re-post it here or by emailing it to us directly (Veronica Lerner is the contact person for this project). 

We are very much looking forward to hearing from you!


Veronica Lerner and OBGYN SIG leadership
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