Dr. Scott Crawford | Photo courtesy TTUHSC El Paso

Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy selects TTUHSC El Paso’s Dr. Scott Crawford as new Fellow

Tuesday morning, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, in conjunction with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), announced Scott Crawford, M.D., FACEP, CHSOS, as a Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH).

“This global group of professional health care simulationists are recognized for their sustained contributions and impact on the field of health care simulation and to SSH,” said Dr. Crawford, director of the Training and Educational Center for Healthcare Simulation (TECHS) at TTUHSC El Paso. “Their work, dedication and passion have helped shape the current art, science and practice of health care simulation and are helping to shape its future.”

Health care simulation education serves as a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience. In the TECHS center, for example, medical and nursing students practice techniques with high-tech computerized manikins that perform dozens of realistic human functions.

The fellowship is an acknowledgement and recognition of the expertise and service that individuals have devoted to health care simulation during their career. Individuals in this group are society and business leaders in simulation who have given their time to the development and advancement of simulation in their programs and on a larger level.

“Being recognized as a Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy is a great honor, but it speaks about more than just my own achievements in health care simulation,” said Dr. Crawford. “It’s also a reflection of TTUHSC El Paso’s support in fostering a program and team of individuals to demonstrate excellence in the delivery of education and development of best practices in simulation that lead to improved patient safety and outcomes.”

To date, 91 individuals from 12 countries have been awarded this prestigious recognition.

“Fellows of the SSH Academy are professionals whose expertise in and dedication to simulation is incredible,” said Ronald Levy, M.D., DABA, FSSH, FASA, chair of the SSH Academy Board of Governance. “The commitment of the individuals in this group to quality simulation and an increasing recognition of simulation as an education and research tool is indeed impressive.”

Fellows of the SSH Academy are selected through a rigorous peer-review process that evaluates the summative work and contributions in both health care simulation and to SSH. To achieve this designation indicates the very high level of contributions and impact made by the nominee.

The designation as a Fellow of the SSH Academy is prestigious and important to the health care simulation community as one of the fastest growing fields in health care education.

The TECHS center at TTUHSC El Paso was created in February 2019 as a program expansion of the Hunt School of Nursing simulation program, the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS), and the Regional Simulation and Training Center.

TECHS has over 24,000 square feet of simulation laboratory space to provide experiential learning through task training, high-fidelity simulation experiences, virtual reality simulators and standardized patient experiences. TECHS continues to be accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, a distinction first awarded to ATACS in 2012 under the direction of Hoi Ho, M.D., and expanded in 2017 under the direction of Sanja Kupesic, M.D., Ph.D., to include accreditation in Assessment, Research, and Teaching/Education.

Dr. Paul Ogden and Dr. Scott Crawford | Photo courtesy TTUHSC El Paso