Dr. Pamela Boyers

Inducted October 2020

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With the escalating number of avoidable deaths due to medical error, Dr. Pamela Boyers has dedicated years to transforming the education of healthcare professionals through the adoption of modeling and simulation. She has provided national and global leadership in the concept of creating interprofessional simulation centers, which includes the design, staffing and operations of these centers as well as studying the return on investment.

Boyers is currently leading efforts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and has created the Davis Global Center in Omaha. This five-level facility houses an interprofessional simulation center that incorporates a replicated healthcare system – from home to hospital and back – where the transfer of patients and “hand-offs” can be practiced. The Davis Global Center also houses multiple modeling and simulation modalities including XReality holographic technologies, thereby embracing modeling, simulation and visualization to stimulate new methods of teaching, learning and conducting research and development.


Dr. Boyers’ professional goal is to advance interprofessional collaboration and see healthcare move towards a competency-based model of training. She seeks to ensure that healthcare professionals (at all levels of training) are highly prepared to provide the safest possible patient care. This focus requires close attention to the well-being of healthcare professionals, and how they learn to work efficiently and effectively in healthcare teams. Dr. Boyers also serves as a public member on the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Policy Committee for the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition.

Having served in medical education leadership positions at the University of North Carolina, Ohio State University, OhioHealth and the University of Toledo, Dr. Boyers now leads efforts at UNMC to “improve human performance and effectiveness in healthcare” as the associate vice chancellor for Clinical Simulation and assistant professor for surgery. Dr. Boyers collaborates with numerous simulation technology companies to ensure the technologies incorporated at the center produce state-of-the-art realism in educating and training healthcare professionals.


A lifelong medical educator with significant experience in designing and operating medical simulation centers, Dr. Boyers is well-published and speaks nationally and internationally about transforming the education of healthcare professionals. She enjoys collaborating with other high reliability organizations, including the military, to help identify best training practices related to improving quality, safety and lowering costs.

Since its inception, Dr. Boyers has supported the Florida Simulation Summit through attending with colleagues, moderating panels, and speaking on simulation technologies and applications. She is a true partner with the Florida and nationwide modeling and simulation communities.