Research Interests, Projects and Grants


Combat Casualty SimulationMedTeams
Completed in June 2002, MedTeams was a multi-center military and civilian research project to study the implementation of a teamwork curriculum in the emergency center. The most important finding was that clinical errors were substantially and significantly reduced with teamwork training.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant
(Center for Safety in Emergency Care)

The Center for Safety in Emergency Care is a research consortium of the University of Florida, Dalhousie University, Northwestern University, and Brown University, funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The mission of CSEC is to be a global center for learning about improving patient safety and reducing preventable injuries in emergency care.

Rhode Island Disaster Initiative (RIDI)
The fundamental goal of RIDI is to enhance Rhode Island's ability to prepare and respond to a disaster through applied research. Presently, this is in phase III to disseminate research results and implement training initiatives statewide.
(The Ridi Project website is currently unavailable.)

Haffenreffer Foundation
The Haffenreffer Foundation has generously supported the growth of the Simulation Center through multi-year funding to purchase more simulation manikins.

Transportable Simulation-Based Training Curriculum and Validated Human Performance System
Funded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, this program will develop a transportable simulation-based curriculum to provide patient safety and human factors training for resident physicians at teaching hospitals, which care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. By providing this training and formative assessment to physicians they will be better prepared to successfully navigate the complex systems in practice of medicine.

Reserve Component Medical Readiness Program
(Department of Defense funding expected 04-05)
The limited time that National Guard and Reserve personnel have to train individually and collectively can be maximized through medical simulation and web-based training. This research will address both individual and collective training needs, employing scenarios drawn from actual cases for technical training of medical procedures and protocols. The goal is to improve the readiness of Guard and Reserve caregivers by emphasizing realistic and relevant training techniques and scenarios.