Susan Coffey, M.D.

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Susan Coffey, M.D., MSMS, CHSE

Susan Coffey, M.D., MSMS, CHSE

Director of the Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Healthcare Simulation
  • Team Training
  • Curriculum Development and Design for Healthcare Education
  • Psychological Safety
  • Debriefing


  • MSMS, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Susan Coffey, M.D., MSMS, CHSE

Director of the Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center

Dr. Susan Coffey is the director of ChristianaCare’s Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center. Dr. Coffey leads all aspects of health care simulation education to ensure health care teams throughout the region can work confidently and cohesively to deliver optimal care to their patients.


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Media Appearances

delaware Hospitals will treat the leading cause of maternal morbidity the same way

2018-12-24 , Delaware News Journal
Dr. Susan Coffey Zern, the director of simulation education at Christiana Care, said everyone who is a part of the health system's Women's and Children's service line has received the training. The department is currently going through another wave of this training, and it's what will be offered to other hospitals in the new year. The training occurs over two days and includes classroom sessions and 16 different simulation scenarios. Coffey Zern said the simulation center gives providers a safe space to make mistakes as well as help normalize these rare, emergency situations. By doing these drills again and again, it helps the protocol become "muscle memory," she said. "We're hoping to be the first state with really being able to change maternal morbidity and mortality," Coffey Zern said.
Selected Papers and Publications

Working with Experts from Non-clinical Fields

Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Improving Healthcare Systems
2021 Simulation programs can benefit greatly from inter-disciplinary collaboration, especially with specialists outside of clinical fields. A working knowledge of relevant non-clinical fields can help simulation program directors by enriching the diversity of lessons learned, enhanceing the impact and maximizing the value derived from simulation.

Use of simulation as a needs assessment to develop a focused team leader training curriculum for resuscitation teams

Advances in Simulation
2020 Background: Many inpatients experience cardiac arrest and mortality in this population is extremely high. Simulation is frequently used to train code teams with the goal of improving these outcomes. A key step in designing such a training curriculum is to perform a needs assessment. We report on the effectiveness of a simulation-based training program for residents designed using unannounced in-situ simulation cardiac arrest data as a needs assessment.

Training for Trauma Anesthesia: Role of Education and Simulation-Based Training

Current Anesthesiology Reports
2020 Trauma care requires distinct skills of the anesthesia care giver that need to be provided in both a timely fashion and highly dynamic setting. This article will review different strategies to teach these complex skills with an emphasis on simulation-based training.