Center For Medical Simulation Announces New Executive Director

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The jenny-rudolphCenter for Medical Simulation (CMS) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Rudolph, PhD, as CMS Executive Director, beginning July 1, 2016. Dr. Rudolph is succeeding Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, who announced his decision last year to hand over the reins of the organization that he founded in 1993.

Dr. Rudolph is best known in the healthcare simulation community as a pioneer in debriefing. The “debriefing with good judgment” method she developed with colleagues at CMS springs out of her background in organizational behavior and leadership. Dr. Rudolph has a doctorate in management and is a former Inc. 500 small business Chief Executive. Jenny’s academic home is in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she is course co-director of the operating room teamwork simulation program and serves on the department’s Education Committee. She is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Building on Jeff Cooper’s legacy of improving patient safety through openness and teamwork, Jenny and her CMS colleagues are developing a worldwide learning community to serve health professions educators. This community of practice blends social-media based collective learning, and virtual and in-person experiential learning, including simulation.

Dr. Rudolph has emerged as one of the foremost innovators in simulation faculty development via her leadership roles in the world’s premier simulation educator training program, CMS’ Institute for Medical Simulation. Dr. Rudolph’s instructional designs, research, and publications have focused on a central challenge in education: how to share expert judgment while preserving relationship.

Applying the “with good judgment” approach to healthcare organizations more broadly, CMS is developing a pathway to quality and safety in healthcare. Debriefing/Speaking up/Feedback “with good judgment” encourages professionals to hold each other to high quality and safety standards while also holding each other in high regard.

The CMS Board and staff see a bright future with the leadership of Jenny Rudolph; together they will continue to carry out CMS’ mission to advance quality, safety, and education in healthcare via simulation.

Jeff Cooper will continue to be on the faculty in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, serving on committees and mentoring. He also intends to be involved in some capacity in the healthcare simulation community.

Center for Medical Simulation Board of Trustees


For more information about CMS and its programs contact Gary M. Rossi, COO at 617.726.3041 or .