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University of South Florida

Dr. Haru Okuda Selected President-Elect for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Yasuharu (Haru) Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH, executive director of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and the first Assistant Vice President of USF Health’s Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice, will soon be lending his outstanding leadership talents to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) as its 2021 president-elect.

Dr. Okuda was elected president-elect through a competitive nomination and voting process over the summer, by its 4000 + members.  He will begin his term as president-elect in early 2021 and then as president January 20, 2022.

Dr. Okuda is an internationally respected leader in simulation-based clinical education and training who joined USF Health from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, in July 2018. He has been a member of SSH for over 10 years, actively engaged in the society through the Membership and Bi-laws committee, as co-chair for the EM SIG, co-chair for the 2018 Asia Pacific Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Singapore, and co-creator for the IMSH SimWARS program. For the past two years, Dr. Okuda served as an SSH Board Member and most recently, a member of the SSH Executive Committee.

Dr. Okuda and the USF Health CAMLS simulation team conducted 12 weeks of in-situ simulations at Tampa General Hospital to prepare the frontline for COVID-related emergencies.

The purpose of the SSH is to serve a global community of practice enhancing the quality of healthcare. Their mission is to serve their members by fostering education, professional development, and the advancement of research and innovation; promote the profession of healthcare simulation through standards and ethics; and champion healthcare simulation through advocating, sharing, facilitating, and collaborating.

“I am passionate about our mission and membership and committed to each of you to ensure that we continue to have a voice in health care, are leaders in defining our field through research and innovation, and partner with our international community to improve patient safety and equitable care, for all,” Dr. Okuda said in his personal statement to SSH members casting their votes. “I have committed my 20-year career to the advancement of health care simulation and held many leadership positions including overseeing simulation for two of the largest health care systems in the U.S., responsible for training over 100,000 health care workers. Through these experiences, I have gained the qualities and experience needed to help guide SSH into the future, as president.”

USF Health is honored to have Dr. Okuda as a part of our leadership and congratulates him for earning this prestigious role where he can continue to make life better.