HPU Associate Dean Chosen As President-Elect 2022 for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Pictured Jayne Smitten

Jayne Smitten PhD MEd CHSE-A, FSSH, Hawai’i Pacific University Associate Dean of the College of Health and Society (CHS) and Director, Experiential Simulation Center, will offer her educational and leadership skills to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) as President-Elect 2022.  Smitten was elected through a competitive nomination and voting process involving over 5000-plus SSH members and officially began her term as president-elect in January 2022. Working together with SSH President 2022, Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, of the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, University of South Florida, and the diverse SSH Board of Directors from across the globe, Smitten will serve a global community of diverse practice members who champion healthcare simulation including but not limited to: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, allied clinical health and paramedical personnel, psychologists, veterinarians, researchers, educators, and developers all towards the enhancement of quality healthcare and improved patient and person outcomes. 

For over two decades, Smitten has been an international thought leader in simulation-based clinical education and training. She led the first Telehealth and Simulation Center in Western Canada, facilitated the early development of nursing simulation-based education at the University of Calgary-Qatar in Doha, and now works to establish a center of excellence in simulation-based education at Hawai’i Pacific University.  Smitten has been a member of SSH since its inception actively involved as an SSH Board and Executive Committee Member and most recently serving on the Accreditation Council and External Relations Committee. 

Fortunate to be mentored by many of the gifted pioneers in simulation-based education, in addition to collaborating with simulation community practice members over the years, Smitten’s passion for simulation continues in working towards the SSH Mission: “To serve their members by fostering education, professional development, and the advancement of research and innovation; promote the profession of healthcare simulation through standards and ethics, and champion healthcare simulation through advocating, sharing, facilitating and collaborating.” 

“My leadership vision for SSH in the next three years focuses on the mission and expansion of our diverse, holistic opportunities as a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary (’multi-inter-trans disciplinary’) network of simulation professionals,” Smitten said. “Vital prospects exist for investing in training, education, and research for our future in simulation wherever we are. The value of what we have and where we are going is hidden in these prospects.” 

The Hawai‘i Pacific University ‘ohana congratulates Dr. Smitten on her new leadership role with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, acknowledging her unwavering commitment to advancing healthcare simulation for the betterment of our communities.

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