Dr. Aaron Bernard, of North Haven, has been appointed clinical skills director at Quinnipiac University.
In his new position, Bernard oversees Quinnipiac’s new Standardized Patient Assessment Center in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus. Two dozen Connecticut residents were recently hired to be the center’s first standardized patients who are being trained to act as real patients to present a set of symptoms or problems to students at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences.
The standardized patients will eventually evaluate students for their ability to ask the correct questions and perform physical examination maneuvers correctly.
“The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ Standardized Patient Assessment Center is a critical piece of our efforts related to interprofessional education,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. “Aaron’s previous experience brings invaluable expertise to this position. Under his leadership, Quinnipiac will have a state-of-the-art educational facility.”
Bernard comes to Quinnipiac from The Ohio State University, where he was an assistant professor of emergency medicine. He earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also holds a master’s degree in medical education leadership from the University of New England and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University.
Bernard is a member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and The Society for Simulation in Healthcare. His research interests include simulation and clinical skills education.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and excited to help bring standardized patients to all programs in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences,” Bernard said.