Cathy Smith

resume photoCathy Smith, BA (hons), MA, PhD, has worked as a simulationist in health professional education for over 25 years. She consults with various educational and assessment organizations locally, nationally and internationally.  She works with learners in undergraduate, graduate, continuing education and faculty development contexts. She has developed curriculum for diverse formats, ranging from face-to-face to web-based platforms.  Recognition for her work includes: the Ruedy Award (Canadian Association of Faculties of Medicine) for innovation in medical education; the Blizzard Award (Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) for outstanding teaching; the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Outstanding Educator Award; and the SIMone Simulation Citizen of the Year Award. A long time ASPE member, she serves on various committees and is the past Conference Chair. She also is a member of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and serves on the editorial board of Advances in Simulation.   Recent peer reviewed articles include the ASPE Standards of Best Practice for human role players in simulation (Advances in Simulation, June 2017).  Cathy has a particular interest the role of simulated participants and the notion of performance in simulation.  She is interested in advancing the science, art and practice of simulation through research, teaching and the development of evidence-based strategies, processes and tools.

Roles in simulation:

  • Vice-Chair, International Committee, ASPE
  • Past Chair, Conference Committee, ASPE
  • Committee Member, Standards of Practice Committee, ASPE
  • Member of Editorial Board, Advances in Simulation
  • Consultant for educational and high stakes assessment organizations

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