Cathy Smith is an Interprofessional and Simulation Educator in the Division of Training and Simulation at Baycrest, a geriatric health system located in Toronto, Canada. In addition, she consults with various educational and assessment organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. She works with learners at all stages and has developed curriculum for diverse formats, ranging from face-to-face to web-based platforms. Recognition for her work includes: the Ruedy Award (Canadian Association of Faculties of Medicine) for innovation in medical education; the Blizzard Award (Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) for outstanding teaching; the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Outstanding Educator Award; and the SIMone Simulation Citizen of the Year Award. A long time ASPE member, she is the current chair of the International Committee. She has contributed chapters to books related to SP methodology and created two modules for the Simulated Patient Network. Cathy has a particular research interest in the role of SPs in simulation-based education. Recent articles published include qualitative studies related to working with SPs and co-authoring the ASPE Standards of Best Practice for human role players in simulation.
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