Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH
Assistant Vice President, USF Health IPEP, Executive Director, USF Health, CAMLS
University of South Florida
Dr. Haru Okuda MD FACEP FSSH is the Executive Director of USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). In this role, he has oversight of a 90,000 ft2 state of the art, advanced training facility, with the mission of creating and providing experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care in the community and around the globe. In addition to this role, Dr. Okuda also serves as USF Health’s Assistant Vice President of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice focused on creating interprofessional learning opportunities from early healthcare training to clinical practice. He is Professor at the Morsani College of Medicine and practices clinically in the emergency department at Tampa General Hospital. _x000D_ Prior to coming to USF Health, Dr. Okuda was the national medical director for the Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) where he established national strategy and business plans for simulation-based programs at more than 150 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ medical facilities. Before joining the VA, he was assistant vice president and director of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest public health system in the United States. _x000D_ Dr. Okuda received his Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from Brown University, his medical degree from New York Medical College, and his certificate in Healthcare Modeling and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School in California. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he served as their chief resident, and then completed a clinical quality fellowship from the Greater New York Hospital Association. He served as a chair or member of several medical and simulation committees; and most recently serves as a board member for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS) partnered with a local hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) to provide urgent trainings and critical support to interprofessional healthcare teams in the Tampa Bay community. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, specialty surgeons, nurses and other healthcare specialists are onsite 24/7, and had to be prepared to not only treat patients with traumatic injuries, but those who were potentially COVID-19 positive. Our team helped develop and…
It can be challenging to effectively evaluate large-scale, interprofessional activities across multiple programs. 2019 USF Health hosted its Annual Interprofessional Education Day to promote collaboration across health disciplines. USF Health Interprofessional Education Day included professionals from 8 different programs (athletic training, nursing, MD, public health, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and behavioral and community sciences). By including such a diversity of health professions, IPE Day maximizes the potential to learn from other professions with other…