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John Schaefer

John Schaefer, MD is an international expert in healthcare simulation who is transforming the way healthcare clinicians are taught, and in the process, helping to reduce patient injury and improve medical outcomes. Dr. Schaefer came to South Carolina from the University of Pittsburgh where he helped establish the WISER Institute. He served as director of the center from 1997 to 2006 and directed the multi-partnered expansion of the center. In South Carolina as a SmartState Endowed Chair, he has led the effort to establish a statewide network of 14 simulation programs including universities, technical colleges and health systems that now perform over 80,000 patient simulations annually. This network of collaborative simulation centers now provide training for medical, nursing and allied health students, as well as advanced continuing education to hospital employees and physicians in South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama. They allow healthcare providers to practice their skills in a controlled, risk-free environment, rather than in an actual patient setting. This innovative training method results in better healthcare outcomes and increased patient safety. Additionally, Dr. Schaefer has established a number of industry relationships resulting in new innovations in simulation that are making South Carolina a leader in the medical simulation field. He co-founded a start-up company called SimTunes in 2008 to create and commercialize simulation educational technology and in 2015 was awarded a presidential citation from the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare for his contributions to the field of simulation globally.


John Schaefer, MD