Janice C. Palaganas, PhD, APRN, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, FSSH is the Director of Educational Innovation and Development for the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Boston, Massachusetts and faculty for Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesia, and Interprofessional Studies at the Institute for Health Professions, Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Palaganas has developed a passion in 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, and emergency medicine. As a behavioral scientist and former clinician and administrator, Dr. Palaganas’ passion is in using healthcare simulation as a platform for interprofessional education (IPE) and has served as a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s (Institute of Medicine) report on measuring the impact of IPE on practice. Dr. Palaganas’ primary role is to develop educators in an IPE setting. She led CMS’s Instructor Course educating educators in simulation globally and developed an 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, led the development of the Society for Simulation’s (SSH) Accreditation and Certification Program, was the editor-in-chief of two textbooks in simulation (Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs and Mastering Simulation 2nd Ed), authored several chapters, seminal articles and field-changing research including the national study for high-stakes assessment using simulation. She is currently the Chair of the Credentialing Commission of SSH with oversight over SSH Accreditation, Certification, Academy of Fellows, Dictionary, and Code of Ethics. She is a Fellow for the Academy of Nurse Educators, American Academy of Nursing, National Academy of Practice, and was part of the inaugural group of the Academy of Fellows for Simulation in Healthcare. She is co-podcaster on “DJ Simulationistas….’sup?” and “SimFails.” Dr. Palaganas has been an invited keynote speaker and visiting professor in 30 countries. She is currently leading the creation of the first PhD in IPE and the first PhD in Healthcare Simulation within the MGH IHP and CMS.