Jenny Rudolph Appointed to AHA’s Education Science Subcommittee

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Jenny Rudolph, Executive Director of the Center for Medical Simulation, has been appointed to the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Education Science and Programs Subcommittee. The subcommittee works to apply best practices and research findings to the design and development of AHA courses on emergency cardiac care. With the Education Science and Programs Subcommittee, Jenny will help to design and develop the educational and faculty development approaches for the AHA’s emergency cardiac care programming.

The American Heart Association ( is a 93 year old volunteer organization focused on combatting heart disease and stroke in the United States. Among activities including advocating for and funding cardiac research, educating policymakers, and providing public outreach services, the AHA is also the nation’s most prominent CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training facility.

The American Heart Association was the original funding source for a study of debriefing lead by Adam Cheng (link via PubMed), which in turn led to the creation of CMS’ DASH (Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare) rubric. Jenny, Robert Simon, and Dan Raemer were asked to design a tool to assess debriefings based in modern research and theory.

To become trained to use the DASH to provide feedback to other debriefers or to use the DASH to rate and standardize debriefing practice, sign up for the CMS DASH Rater Training Webinar.