Safety II and Resilience Engineering Affinity Group



Mary Patterson MD, MA

Dr Mary Patterson is a pediatric emergency medicine physician, the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and the Lou Oberndorf Professor of Healthcare Technology at the University of Florida where she directs the Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation.  She is past- president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She currently serves on the BOD for the International Pediatric Simulation Society. She also served as a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study section on Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement from 2011-2015 and as chair of the study section from 2015-2017.

Mary has completed a Master’s in Education at the University of Cincinnati and a Patient Safety Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Her primary research interests are related to the use of medical simulation to improve patient safety, team performance and human factors work related to patient safety. She is a federally funded investigator in these areas.


Vice Chair

Marjorie Lee White MD, MPPM, MA

Dr. Marjorie Lee White is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Medical Education in the Schools of Medicine and Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has a Master's in Education and Masters in Public and Private Management. From 2008-2014 she was the Co-Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation Center @ Children’s of Alabama. Since 2014, she has served as Vice President for Clinical Simulation, UAB Medicine, Assistant Dean for Clinical Simulation, UAB School of Medicine and Director of the Office of Interprofessional Simulation for Innovative Clinical Practice within the UAB Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation. She is the former chair of the Pediatrics Section of SSH. 

Safety II and Resilience Engineering Affinity Group


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The Resilience Engineering and Safety II Affinity Group will foster the use of simulation to explore and implement modern safety sciences in healthcare with the aim of improving patient outcomes. 

What are the goals for this new group? 
1. Disseminate knowledge of Resilience Engineering and Safety II concepts and methods to the simulation community. 
2. Promote the use of simulation to explore Safety II and Resilience Engineering.
3. Establish collaborative relationships between the resilience engineering and the simulation communities. 
4. To develop novel and integrative ideas for research and education. 


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