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

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Associate Professor
Health Professions Education

Dr. Janice Palaganas is Associate Professor of Interprofessional Studies at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

She is also Director of Educational Innovation and Development for the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) and Assistant Professor for Harvard Medical School’s Department of Anesthesia and Critical Pain Management.

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 recent 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, authored their first textbook, Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs as editor-in-chief. 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.


BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
PhD, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

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