CMS Executive Director, Jeff Cooper PhD, Announces Search For Successor

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Jeffrey Cooper, PhDSearch for Center for Medical Simulation Executive Director Successor

Dear Friends of the Center for Medical Simulation:

I’ve met many of you who have visited the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) for one of our clinical or Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS) courses over the past many years. I am writing to as many past participants and graduates as we have contacts for, which includes numerous close friends and colleagues, to let you know that a committee has been formed to find an Executive Director to succeed me. After founding CMS 21 years ago, I feel that it’s a good time for someone else to take over the leadership of our wonderful organization and for me to pursue my many other professional and personal interests and passions. The Board of Trustees has asked me to help in the process, so I will be an ex officio member of the search committee. The official announcement is attached and below. It includes a link to ZurickDavis (ZD), the firm that is assisting us in conducting the search. ZD has extensive experience in identifying healthcare education leaders. If you are interested yourself or know someone who is, please consider applying or encouraging a colleague who you feel is a good fit to do so. You may also make informal suggestions to ZD in confidence and they will follow up.

As you no doubt know, CMS has an incredibly talented, innovative and fun team of faculty and staff, all of whom I enjoy working tremendously. I’ll miss that daily camaraderie, excitement and satisfaction that comes from all that we do. I will likely maintain some continued involvement with CMS, but that will depend on what my successor wishes to do. What’s most important is for us to identify the right person to take CMS into the next decade(s) of great things that simulation has yet to do to make healthcare safer and better. I look forward to the process of figuring out who that will be.

If you have any suggestions or nominations or if you would like to apply for the position, please contact Lida Junghans at ZurickDavis ( as noted in the announcement.

With warm regards to all of you in the CMS/IMS family,

Jeff Cooper
Executive Director
Center for Medical Simulation

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