Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay Johnston, MD

About Lindsay Johnston

I started as an Assistant Professor of Neonatology at Yale in 2009 after completing fellowship training at University of Pennsylvania. I feel very lucky because the majority of my time is spent doing what I love, educating trainees and members of the multidisciplinary medical team. Besides training neonatal fellows and pediatric residents in neonatal resuscitation, I am particularly interested in ECMO simulation, team training, and strategies to improve procedural success rates among trainees and neonatal providers. I became involved in IPSS because I wanted to contribute to advancements in pediatric simulation and research.

Visions and goals

I envision several projects for IPSS. First, it is incredibly important to provide mentorship opportunities for those new to simulation. I was fortunate to have excellent guidance from the physicians and educators involved in simulation at Yale, which was key in my developing several successful simulation based programs. Many providers lack these resources, and IPSS could fill this gap by developing a mentorship program to support novices. Secondly, IPSS offers a unique opportunity for collaboration among groups with similar interests, which can facilitate more robust educational interventions. For example, a group interested in pediatric intubation training might involve NICU/ PICU/ PED providers, EMTs, RTs and others. Special interest groups might also be formed to provide a forum for colleagues to share strategies and scenarios, for example, in obstetric and neonatal simulation, ECMO simulation, or trauma. Finally, rigorously designed research studies evaluating the effectiveness of simulation-based educational interventions and their impact on clinical care will continue to be important as the field evolves. IPSS can promote regional, national, and international collaboration between groups with similar research interests. Mentorship for those new to the conduct of research will also be important to allow for continued growth and advancements.

Strengths and experience

I believe that a thorough understanding of adult education theory is essential for facilitators of simulation in order to optimize training strategies. I am in the process of earning a masters degree in Medical Education to improve not only my knowledge of these fundamental ideas and practices, but optimal strategies for designing and conducting research in education. I have always been a firm believer in multidisciplinary collaboration, and this has been strengthened through focused training in teamwork and communication. I also possess strong organizational skills (allowing me to maintain some semblance of sanity while balancing an academic career and a home life, where I am the mother to a wonderful set of 2.5 year old triplets!), as well as tremendous drive and motivation. These skills allow me to successfully meet deadlines. Lastly, I am truly passionate about simulation and education. I am excited about the opportunities that exist in this field, and I feel that I can be an asset to the IPSS Board of Directors.


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