Tuckamore Simulation Research Collaborative

Who we are - Leadership - Adam Dubrowski

Adam Dubrowski, PhD


Divisions of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and the Marine Institute
Memorial University
St. John's, NL, A1B 3V6

Academic history
I obtained my PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2001. The following year, I completed my postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Western Ontario, and then became a scientist with the Wilson Centre for Research and Education. At the same time, I became an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.  I worked first with the Department of Surgery, and then in 2007 joined the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.  In 2009, I was promoted to Associate Professor and joined the Hospital for Sick Children’s Learning and Research Institutes along with the Department of Pediatrics. In 2013, I became a faculty member with Memorial University’s Disciplines of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and was cross-appointed to the Marine Institute.

Leadership history
In 2002, while at the University of Toronto, I worked with the Department of Surgery as the Director of Surgical Education Fellowship.  In 2007, I was appointed the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Research in Nursing Education at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and strengthened the existing liaison between the new Education and Simulation Centres and post-graduate nursing programs.  In 2009, I joined the Hospital for Sick Children’s Learning Institute and formed its research arm, called the Fellowship in Education.
At Memorial, I am the founder and Co-Chair of the Tuckamore Simulation and Scholarship Research Collaborative, an entity designed to increase the research and scholarship capacity across the various disciplines, schools and faculties of our many distributed campuses.  In 2015, I was appointed the Inaugural Academic Director for the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre, and in the same year was awarded the Memorial Chair in Teaching and Learning.

Research and Fundraising
I began my research career by studying factors that influence the acquisition of clinical skills, particularly the methods used for optimizing simulation in medical education and training. I studied the factors influencing retention, maintenance and transfer of skills, as well as the validation of innovative assessment methods to measure these effects. I draw on existing theories from other fields to evaluate and reshape existing medical education programs, and also to develop new ones. One of my new research passions is to use iterative and utilization-focused program design, which focuses on systematic and iterative evaluation of the program in order to re-design it to be better in the future, as well as to create unique and relevant simulation programs in parts of the world where they do not currently exist.  These places are generally in rural, remote and resource-poor or developing parts of the world. I have worked with local health professionals to implement simulation-based education programs in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Haiti. Currently, I am applying the same design and evaluation process to the rural and remote parts of our province.  To this end, I am developing simulation-based programs for medical residents and practitioners in rural and remote Newfoundland and Labrador, and for medics in offshore and marine industries.  Finally, as educational technology is constantly evolving, so have my research interests. I now study the use of virtual learning environments, like educational networking and educational games, to prepare and improve the retention of skills that are learned in simulation.