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John Vozenilek

John Vozenilek, MD


Department: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies

Specialties: Medical and Healthcare Simulation


  • MD - University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate - University of Florida

As the director of simulation and chief medical officer of the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, Dr. John Vozenilek provides central coordination and oversight for OSF Healthcare’s undergraduate, graduate, interdisciplinary and continuing medical education programs. Under his direction, the OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria has created additional organizational capabilities and infrastructure, building resources for educators who wish to use innovative learning technologies for teaching and assessment. Dr. Vozenilek is actively involved in the academic programs across traditional departmental boundaries and in clinical practice at OSF Healthcare. In addition to his role in simulation, Dr. Vozenilek serves as faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Research and its Center for Patient Safety, and teaches within Northwestern University’s master's degree program in healthcare quality and safety.

Dr. Vozenilek has served as medical advisor to the Chicago Clinical Skills Evaluation Center for the USMLE Clinical Skills Examination, and has a leadership role in the Simulation Academy within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He leads the American Board of Medical Specialties Task Force on the use of simulation for the maintenance of board certification. In May of 2008, he co-chaired the first Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-sponsored national consensus conference on using simulation research to define and develop clinical expertise.


Dr. Vozenilek’s research in the field of simulation and his extensive background in simulation and curriculum development has included delivery of training and assessment of technical and non-technical competencies, and the use of simulation to emulate a clinical environment for work flow and process change, including electronic healthcare records (e.g., hand-off and inter-hospital patient transfers). These projects demonstrate expertise in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to create and sustain simulations for clinical environments and produce meaningful interventions for enhanced healthcare reliability.


"Patients' views of teamwork in the emergency department offer insights about team performance"
Henry BW, McCarthy DM, Nannicelli AP, Seivert NP, Vozenilek JA
Health Expect. doi: 10.1111/hex.12148. [Epub ahead ofprint] PubMed PMID: 24118891 (Oct 7, 2013)

"Self-reported use of communication techniques in the emergency department"
McCarthy DM, Cameron KA, Courtney DM, Vozenilek JA
J Emerg Med; 43(5):e355-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.02.033. Epub 2012 May 11. PubMed PMID: 22579019. (Nov 2012

"Simulation-based education with mastery learning improves paracentesis skills"
Barsuk JH, Cohen ER, Vozenilek JA, O'Connor LM, McGaghie WC, Wayne DB
J Grad Med Educ. 4(1):23-7. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-11-00161.1. PubMed PMID: 23451302; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3312528; (March 2012

"Simulation-based team training inhealthcare"
Eppich W, Howard V, Vozenilek J, Curran I
Simul Healthc; 6 Suppl:S14-9. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e318229f550. Review. PubMed PMID: 21817858 (Aug 2011)

"Using second life virtual simulation environment for mock oral emergency medicine examination"
Schwaab J, Kman N, Nagel R, Bahner D, Martin DR, Khandelwal S, Vozenilek J,Danforth DR, Nelson R.
Acad Emerg Med. 18(5):559-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01064.x. Epub 2011 Apr 26. PubMed PMID: 21521404 (May 2011)

"Comparison of checklist and anchored global rating instruments for performance rating of simulated pediatric emergencies"
Adler MD, Vozenilek JA, Trainor JL, Eppich WJ, Wang EE, Beaumont JL,Aitchison PR, Pribaz PJ, Erickson T, Edison M, McGaghie WC
Simul Healthc;6(1):18-24. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e318201aa90. PubMed PMID: 21330846 (Feb 2011)

"Simulation center accreditation and programmatic benchmarks: a review for emergency medicine"
Fernandez R, Wang E, Vozenilek JA, Hayden E, McLaughlin S, Godwin SA,Griswold-Theodorson S, Davenport M, Gordon JA; Simulation Accreditation and Consultation Work Group on behalf of the SAEM Technology in Medical Education Committee
Acad Emerg Med. 17(10):1093-103. doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00815.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 21040111 (Oct 2010)

"Improving handoffs in the emergency department"
Cheung DS, Kelly JJ, Beach C, Berkeley RP, Bitterman RA, Broida RI, Dalsey WC, Farley HL, Fuller DC, Garvey DJ, Klauer KM, McCullough LB, Patterson ES, Pham JC, Phelan MP, Pines JM, Schenkel SM, Tomolo A, Turbiak TW, Vozenilek JA, Wears RL, White ML; Section of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, American College of Emergency Physicians
Ann Emerg Med. 55(2):171-80. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2009.07.016. Epub 2009 Oct 2. PubMed PMID: 19800711 (Feb 2010)

"Development and evaluation of a simulation-based pediatric emergency medicine curriculum"
Adler MD, Vozenilek JA, Trainor JL, Eppich WJ, Wang EE, Beaumont JL, Aitchison PR, Erickson T, Edison M, McGaghie WC
Acad Med. 84(7):935-41. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a813ca. PubMed PMID: 19550192 (Jul 2009)

"See one, do one, teach one: advanced technology in medical education"
Vozenilek J, Huff JS, Reznek M, Gordon JA
Acad Emerg Med. 11(11):1149-54. Review. PubMed PMID: 15528578 (Nov 2004)


"The Nuts and Bolts to Building Your Simulation Program"
Papanagnou D, Gaba D, Griswold-Theodorson S, Jeffries P, Palaganas J, Meguerdichian M, Pohlman J, and Walker K
International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, San Francisco, Calif. (2014)

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