Congratulations to CMS’ Robert Simon, EdD on his recent appointment as a Visiting Professor of Medical Education at the International Campus of Excellence, University of Cantarbria in Spain. In 2009, the University of Cantabria and several other Spanish educational institutions, with the assistance of the Spanish Government’s Department of Education and Science and Education, collaborated to form an International Campus of Excellence. Since then, the University and its partners in the Campus of Excellence have been working together to improve training, teaching, research and innovation in a number of identifed strategic areas. One of these areas is in the International Campus of Biomedicine and Biotechnology and involves the Marques de Valdecilla Virtual Hospital (HVMV), a project developed in collaboration with various American Institutions, including the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This collaboration has evolved into a formal affiliation between CMS and HVMV whereby CMS serves on HVMV’s Board of Directors and advises it on items related to its services, training and research. With the aim of further strengthening the connection between the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge and the University of Cantabria, as well as making mobility between lecturers and researchers from both centers easier, The University of Cantabria appointed Robert Simon Visiting Professor of Medical Education at the International Campus of Excellence.
Dr. Simon joined CMS in 2002 as Education Director and now serves as the Director of its Institute for Medical Simulation. He is an Instructor in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical care and Pain Medicine. Dr. Simon’s background is as a human factors specialist and educator who for the past 25 years has specialized in research, development and training for high-performance, high-stress teams in aviation and medicine. He worked as principal investigator for the US Army Aircrew Coordination Program, which applies lessons learned from aviation crew resource management to healthcare.