National Expert in the Use of Simulation for Patient Safety
Shad Deering is a board-certified perinatologist currently stationed at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) as a US Army physician as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the Chairman of the Army Central Simulation Committee which is responsible for oversight of medical simulation for graduate medical education at 10 training hospitals with his staff training more than 50,000 providers a year. Specifically, this organization trains interns and residents how to perform common procedures and manage medical emergencies on simulators rather than patients, and work together as a team instead of individuals. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service. Dr. Deering developed the Mobile Obstetric Emergencies Simulator (MOES) training program that focuses on simulation training on actual labor and delivery units to improve safety which he implemented in all 54 hospitals in the US Department of Defense that offer obstetric services. As Chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Simulation Working Group, he has led the effort to develop the Emergencies in Clinical Obstetrics (ECO) Course, which is now being offered across the country and is approved for Maintenance of Certification credit by the American Board of OB/GYN. He has delivered babies in 10 different States and a combat zone, has over 100 publications, and has managed over 7 million dollars in grants and external funding.