Dawn Schocken earns international certification for simulation education

Dawn Schocken, PhD, executive director of USF Health’s Center for Advanced Clinical Learning (CACL), was designated a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator- Advanced (CHSE-A)by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for her long-time success with education through healthcare simulation and service as a mentor.

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The CHSE-A certification is a portfolio-based certification that distinguishes those who have proven themselves to be advanced in their practice in healthcare simulation, and have served as mentors and examples to others in the field.

Schocken is one of 16 winners this year worldwide and was presented with the certification at the group’s annual international meeting in San Francisco earlier this year.

CACL opened in 2005 as a means to bring Medicine, Nursing and Physical Therapy students together for clinical training and evaluation through the use of standardized patients. The Center is equipped with 12 state-of-the-art clinical exam rooms as well as a video monitoring system for observation and performance evaluation of students. Clinical simulations are valuable tools for developing compassionate and patient-centered healthcare professionals.

Under Schocken’s leadership, the scope of CACL has grown to include training international healthcare professionals. Through partnership with USF Medicine International, more than 50 international healthcare professionals, from such countries as China, Thailand, India, Panama, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, have been trained at CACL.

Since opening, there have been more than 12,000 training sessions with USF Health students at CACL.

Photo by Rebekah Wright, Office of Educational Affairs, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine