Super-Sized Simulation Centers Affinity Group


Jill Sanko


Jill Sanko holds several degrees including two Bachelor degrees, one in Anthropology and one in Nursing, a Master’s of Science, and a PhD. She is an Advanced Certified Simulation Educator. Most recently she also became a certified Friday Night at the ER (FNER) Team Learning Simulation Leader and was invited to join a group of nationally recognized network of expert program leaders for FNER.
Her research interests include the intersection of simulation-based inter-professional team education to improve patient safety.  She has been involved in teaching and researching the impacts of simulation based education on teamwork, patient safety, and communication for over a decade and has authored a number of articles and book chapters in these areas.
She began her career in simulation and patient safety at the NIH as the founding Associate Director of the Simulation and Patient Safety Program and later at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Center for Patient Safety as a Simulation Education and Research Specialist.  She is an Assistant Professor at University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies (UMSONHS).
Jill has been active in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as Chair of the Membership Committee (2011-2013), as a member of the Research committee since 2013 and a co-chair of the Program Innovation Track for IMSH since 2015.  She is excited to take on the challenge of planning the 2018 IMSH in LA, as one of the planning committee co- chairs.  Currently she is a member the nursing section, the IPE SIG, and the SSH Academy committee; she has also served as an accreditation site reviewer.  Locally was active in the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance and served on the planning committee for the 2016 Southeast region simulation conference.  She is the co-chair of the UMSONHS Patient Safety Committee, co-chair of the University of Miami’s IPE task force, a member of the Academic Technology Committee and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and part of the leadership group for the Beta Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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To provide a forum for individuals working in and running large simulation centers to share ideas and solutions pertaining to the unique needs, challenges, and benefits of running super-sized simulation centers / programs.


1. Provide a forum for sharing

2. Provide a venue for generation of new solutions

3. Build a group that can act as mentors and advisors for persons building and running large simulation centers / programs


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