Janice C. Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, FSSH

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Associate Chair, Health Professions Education, Professor
Health Professions Education

Prior to becoming Associate Chair, Dr. Palaganas split her time between helping launch the PhD in Health Professions Education program and leading educational innovation at the Center for Medical Simulation.

She is an advisor to Continuing and Professional Development in the development of online interprofessional education and the School of Nursing with simulation integration.

Dr. Palaganas has developed a passion for teamwork from her background as an emergency nurse, trauma nurse practitioner, director of emergency and critical care services, and faculty for schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, management, physician assistant studies, and emergency medicine. As a behavioral scientist and former clinical nurse and hospital administrator, Dr. Palaganas’ passion is in using health care simulation as a platform for interprofessional education. She served as a committee member of the Institute of Medicine's report on measuring the impact of interprofessional education on practice.

Dr. Palaganas’ primary role is to develop health professions educators in an IPE setting. She previously led CMS’s Instructor Course educating educators in simulation globally and is now developing the world’s first interprofessional virtual campus as the principal investigator of a board grant awarded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

Dr. Palaganas has shaped the field of simulation, leading the development of the Society for Simulation’s Accreditation and Certification Program. She is Editor-in-Chief in two award-winning textbooks: Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs, as well as Mastering Simulation. She urged the development of the recently released Society for Simulation dictionary, authored seminal articles, and co-authored field-changing research including the National League for Nursing study for high-stakes assessment using simulation. She has been an invited keynote speaker in over 20 countries.


2021    Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing
              Author of most valuable texts of 2020, as chosen by AJN’s panel of judges.
2018     Honorary Recognition Award, Society for Simulation in Healthcare Credentialing Commission
               For dedication as the first Vice Chair of the Credentialing Commission.
2017    Presidential Citation Award, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
               As a pioneer in the field of healthcare simulation, directing the development of the accreditation and certification programs and interprofessional education using simulation as a platform.
2016     Debra L. Spunt Lecture Award
               Demonstrating nursing impact in the field of healthcare simulation and nursing education.
2013    President’s Award, Loma Linda University
              Highest university-wide award in recognition of scholastic achievement, active community participation, within the framework of Christian commitment.
2007     Emergency Nurses Association, San Diego Scholar
               For doctoral student and leadership excellence
2002      Marion O. Ware Award, University of Pennsylvania
                Excellence in graduate research and scholarly writing


BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
PhD, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Curriculum Vitae