Meet the SimEd Network’s Core Faculty

Dr. Vered Gazit is an Associate Professor in the Emergency Department, Dalhousie University Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  She obtained her medical degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. She completed her residency in Pediatrics in Israel before moving on to complete her Pediatric Emergency Medicine training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Her main interest is using medical simulation as a tool to improve patient safety, teamwork and resuscitation skills. She is a physician co-lead on the IWK Centre Wide Simulation Program and a member of the SimEd Network Operation Committee. Dr. Vered has been involved in simulation since 2005 and was fortunate to be trained by two of the world leaders institutes in Simulation-Based Medical: The Israeli Center for Medical Simulation (MSR) and Institute for Medical Simulation - Center for Medical Simulation, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gazit has been co-leading the development of the simulation Instructor courses in Halifax since the first course in 2010.

Kathy Johnston, BHSc, RRT, is the Coordinator of the IWK Simulation Program. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Dalhousie University. Her clinical practice is concentrated in neonatal and pediatric critical care, including Flight RRT with the IWK/LifeFlight Neonatal/Pediatric/Obstetrical transport team. She held the positions of Educator for the IWK Respiratory Therapy Department and Clinical Leader for the IWK/LifeFlight transport team. Her interest in simulation-based learning grew out of being a participant in simulation during transport team education. She carries this passion into every learning experience she creates and is a strong advocate for simulation-based learning in interprofessional learning and practice.

Kelly Lackie, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and a research team member with the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research, Dalhousie University. She also holds an adjunct professor position with the School of Education, Acadia University, Nova Scotia. She has developed expertise in the field of interprofessional education which she applies as an interprofessional facilitator, debriefer, competency-based curriculum designer, and researcher. Kelly’s research focuses on IPC and productivity, instructional and assessment rubric development, competency assessment, IP learning, and evidence-based decision-making. Kelly continues to make valuable contributions to the IPE and practice-setting communities provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

Dr. Stephen Miller, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, Med, is the Assistant Dean of the Skilled Clinician Program and Interprofessional Education in Undergraduate Medical Education at Dalhousie University Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine and attending staff at the Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Center. Dr. Miller’s interest lies in interprofessional simulation in undergraduate medical education, as such he has been instrumental in development of interprofessional simulations and in the co-creation of the SLIIC (Simulation Leader Interprofessional Instructor Course) course. Stephen is a member of the Operations Committee of the SimEd Network, which aims to increase opportunities for IPE and simulation to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of healthcare providers. He is also the Chair of the Faculty of Medicine Interprofessional Advisory Committee, and Co-chair of the Interprofessional Education Coordinating Committee. Dr. Miller has presented Simulation and IPE research locally, nationally and internationally. He was recently the co-winner of the Sim One Simulation Innovation Award and Will Webster Award for Teaching Excellence in IPE, as well as the Faculty of Medicine Emerging Leader Award of Excellence.

Additional SimEd Network faculty names will be added soon.


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