Susan Coffey Zern has joined Christiana Care’s Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center as the director of Simulation Education.
Dr. Zern has extensive experience in facilitating, debriefing, scenario case development, training standardized patients and curriculum development. Trained in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, she has practiced clinically in Delaware and Philadelphia, Pa. She also served as adjunct faculty at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and later as the associate dean of medical education for the preclinical medical student problem-based curriculum at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Zern’s primary role is providing leadership in all aspects of health care simulation education for the Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center. Working with Medical Director Glen Tinkoff, M.D., Dr. Zern will be responsible for assisting programs interested in developing curricula and performance-based assessment using simulation-based technologies. She works with learners and educators from multiple levels in health care, including students from nursing and medical schools, residents, allied health professionals, nurses and attending physicians.
She leads the Learning Institute’s Center for Simulation Education’s efforts to develop and implement innovative simulation education practices, working with Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center staff and uniting experts from different disciplines across Christiana Care Health System.