CAPT Michael Spooner serves as the Director for the Healthcare Simulation and Bioskills Training Center at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, a position he has held for the past 5 years. In his current role, he coordinates a broad range of training activities to include simulation, bioskills, and standardized patient support for U.S. Navy medical activities in the Tidewater, Virginia area. His programs directly support Graduate Medical Education (GME), patient safety and skills sustainment initiatives, as well as combat casualty care predeployment training. His staff has designed multiple curricula in support of in-hospital initiates as well as in-situ military mass casualty training for Fleet assets. As a board-certified and practicing electrophysiologist and invasive cardiologist, Dr. Spooner’s professional interests and contributions vary from analyzing rare cardiac electrical abnormalities to developing and studying a comprehensive skills curriculum for the U.S. Navy’s independent practitioners. He has been involved in simulation education for over 12 years, and currently serves as the Chair of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Directors Interest Group as well as the Co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Simulation Work Group.
A recent study (Makary & Daniel, 2016) of medical errors have estimated preventable medical errors may account for as many as 251,000 deaths annually in the United States (U.S.). They are also the third cause of death in the U.S….