My name is Jeff Taekman. I’m the Assistant Dean for Educational Technology, the Director of the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center, and a Neuroanesthesiologist in the Duke University School of Medicine. I also recently accepted a faculty position at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

I was the inaugural Secretary and served on the Board of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare during its formation. I continue to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Simulation in Healthcare and until recently moderated the Society’s electronic communications.

I’m active locally and nationally on subjects related to technology, simulation, distance education, and patient safety. I’ve directed the interdisciplinary Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center since its inception in 2001. The HSPSC configuration, with clinicians and educators working side-by-side with human factors engineers, has been cited as a 21st Century model for improving patient safety.

My interests include healthcare simulation (especially virtual environments/games-based learning), informatics, measuring healthcare team performance, and research on research (focusing primarily on the use of simulation and human factors to improve the safety and quality of clinical trials).

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