When speaking to all kinds of people about health profession education, I often get asked, "Why do people get a master's degree in health professions education?" or "Sounds very interesting but where would it lead?" I, of course, convey the passion and conviction I have for this field when answering these questions. I have also found one resource in particular to be extremely informative and helpful. It is a lot more unbiased than I am and most who read it, thank me for the reference! Anyway...Read more
Deborah Navedo was Director of and Associate Professor in the Health Professions Education program within the Institute’s Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation. She developed and led the Master of Science in Health Professions Education degree program, which is one of the first in the nation to offer a concentration in simulation-based education. The program also has Certificate options, and collaborates with the Harvard Macy Institute and the Center for Medical Simulation.
Navedo has contributed chapters on faculty preparation and innovative use of simulation in recent simulation texts. She has presented internationally on topics including integration of simulation-based learning into pre-licensure and graduate curricula, reflective practice in the health professions, interprofessional learning and faculty preparation, and team-based learning.
As the Education Specialist at the MGH Learning Lab, Navedo consults in areas such as instructor training, teaching efficacy and instructor feedback, and setting up simulation programs.
She is one of a growing number of Certified Nurse Educators (CNE), actively teaches within the Health Professions Education program, and serves as facilitator at the Harvard Macy Institute courses.
As a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner she has clinically cared for many children from various populations, including academic health centers, inner-city clinics, upper-middle-class private practices, and within the Department of Defense. Prior to this, she served as Certified Emergency Nurse and Registered Nurse in New York City, where she originally trained. She was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Fellow in Nursing Practice in 2013.
Dr. Navedo's PhD studies, completed in the Higher Education Administration program at the Lynch Graduate School of Education, Boston College, focused on professional judgment development in adult learners.