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The Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy (IRCS)
at DeVry Medical International (DMI) is a dedicated
academic unit committed to researching and developing
simulation technology as it pertains to clinical education.

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Simulation Centers and Lab Tools

One problem plaguing medical and nursing educators is a lack of good clinical sites with the ability to provide a standardized, comprehensive clinical experience. That’s why DMI has turned to simulation centers and technologies to supplement preliminary in-person patient encounters.

Mobile Applications

With the prevalence of mobile devices, gaming has taken a turn for the convenient, as mobile users are able to challenge friends from any location and at any time of day. What if we could harness the intrinsic engagement of mobile gaming, and leverage it to build practical skills in the medical and veterinary world?

Virtual Learning Environments

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers post-licensure educational opportunities through use of a virtual learning environment, used in tandem with traditional clinical placements. The current environment, called Second Life, is a virtual, three-dimensional application that is fully interactive and mimics the real world through the use of avatars.


Explore our affiliated institutions

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Becker Professional Education
Carrington College
Chamberlain College of Nursing
DeVry Brasil
DeVry University
Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

 Meet Our Team

Bruce Kaplan, DO, FACOI

Executive Director of IRCS; V.P. of Clinical Strategy

Bruce Kaplan, D.O. is currently V.P. of Clinical Strategy and Dean of Graduate Medical Education for DeVry Medical International (DMI) and had previously served in the capacity of Chief Academic Officer of American University of the Caribbean (AUC).

Dr. Kaplan obtained his B.S.E.E. degree from Tufts University and D.O. degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a board certified rheumatologist and completed his training at the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kaplan has served as President of the medical staff at Rehabilitation Hospital / Detroit Medical Center – Wayne State University School of Medicine  (WSUSOM) and Providence Hospital and Medical Center(PH) in Southfield, MI. From 1982 – 2011, he has served on numerous Boards, including the Detroit Medical Center, Rocky Vista University, and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Kaplan has also served as a DME and DIO at PH, Clinical  Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, WSUSOM.

David Pederson, MEd, PhDc

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education; Director, Center for Excellence in Simulation Education

David Pederson's career in medical and healthcare education includes 24 years of teaching in higher education.  David is a recognized international clinical simulationist and educator with invited presentations, peer reviewed research and course directorships at many U.S. conferences and European medical education congresses. He has also completed a Medical Educator Fellowship. David has designed and overseen the construction of 9 simulation centers in 4 states and 5 countries, the largest of which can accommodate up to 400 learners per day.

David’s interests include innovation in medial education by leading projects in mobile apps and micro-simulation based teaching and tools, electronic health records and 3D printing of organ systems. David has successfully designed and led the integration of a simulation-based curriculum into the pre-clinical years of undergraduate medical education.


Association for Medical Education in Europe

International Association of Medical Science Educators

International Pediatric Simulation Society

Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Eric B. Bauman, PhD

Assistant Dean, Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy; Chair, Department of Educational Technology and Game-Based Learning; Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Simulation Education

Dr. Eric B. Bauman received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2007. Eric was one of the early Games+Learning+Society (GLS) students and was advised by Professors Betty Hayes and Kurt Squire, both renowned scholars in the game-based learning movement. Dr. Bauman is also a registered nurse, firefighter and paramedic with more than 20 years of clinical, research, teaching, and command experience.

Awards and Recognition

Society for Simulation in Healthcare Award for Dedication and Service, January 2013

Society for Simulation in Healthcare Presidential Citation for dedication, January 2011

Award of Recognition, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, June 2010

Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, ANEF

Asst Dean of Research & Simulation Faculty Development

Dr. Kim Leighton began working with high-fidelity patient simulation in 2003 where she integrated simulation-based learning into a diploma and baccalaureate nursing curriculum and also introduced simulation to continuing education programs for clinical practitioners. She briefly left academia to work at Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (now CAE), where she served as the project manager for the Program for Nursing Curriculum Integration (PNCI), a library of broad and expansive evidence-based simulated clinical experiences developed and written by over 125 masters and PhD faculty.

Dr. Leighton completed her PhD in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at the University of Nebraska and returned to academia when she joined the administration of BryanLGH College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE as Dean of Educational Technology.

Dr. Leighton joined the Center for Excellence in Simulation Education as an Associate Director, where her main responsibilities focus on faculty development in simulation facilitation at the Chamberlain College of Nursing campuses across the country. She is an accomplished educator and researcher and has authored several book chapters related to nursing and simulation, as well as numerous published articles regarding a variety of topics in simulation.

Awards and Recognition

2014 Inducted as a Fellow in the National League of Nursing

2011 Service to the Organization Award for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

2010 Society for Simulation in Healthcare Presidential Citation for promoting collaborative relationships among various simulation organizations

Reid Adams, M.S.(c)

Director of Simulation Operations/Research Assistant

Reid Adams is Director of Simulation Operationsat the DeVry, IRCS Center for Excellence in Simulation Education at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland – Clinical Simulation Education Research Center. He has worked extensively in simulation with multiple healthcare disciplines at various levels of training, ranging from under graduate to practicing clinician. Reid’s previously work at the Ross University School of Medicine and played an instrumental role in developing the simulation center and curriculum.

Reid’s current work focuses on research and development creating custom educational software (mobile, web-based, and audiovisual) to enhance simulation-based learning experiences, as well as the fidelity and authenticity of simulation-based learning environments. His most recent work focuses on using virtual and augmented reality to train and assess novice and expert healthcare providers.

Awards and Recognition

The International Association of Medical Science Educators 16th Annual Association Meeting June 2012, Portland, Oregon - Outstanding e-Demo Award

Gregory E. Gilbert, EdD, MSPH, PStat®

Biostatistical Research Associate

Dr. Gilbert received a BA in Psychology from Baylor University in 1983, MSPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) in 1991, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University (Sarasota, FL) in 2011.

Dr. Gilbert has spent over 20 years as a biostatistician working in a number of different areas including: cardiovascular research, research investigating the health of Southeastern estuarine environments, transplant medicine, and disparities and implementation research at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. At the VA. Dr. Gilbert gained extensive experience in longitudinal data analysis including the use of mixed models. Dr. Gilbert also has substantial experience in medical education, experience. As Director of Research at HealthCare Simulation South Carolina Dr. Gilbert gained valuable experience in high-fidelity simulation and in Cooperative Learning Simulation Skills Training (CLSST™).His areas of interest lie in longitudinal data analysis and psychometrics.

Dr. Gilbert is a reviewer for a number of journals and is Statistical Editor for the Journal of the National Medical Association. Dr. Gilbert has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and has made numerous poster presentations in a variety of fields of study.

Lisa Buckley, PA-C

Simulation Program Manager

Lisa Buckley is the Simulation Program Manager for DeVry Medical International’s Center for Excellence in Simulation. She has earned a B.S. in Health Education and a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Lisa has been working in healthcare simulation education since 2011. In her previous work at Ross University School of Medicine, she played an instrumental role in the initial accreditation of their Simulation Institute by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has presented workshops and research at their International Meetings.

Lisa has a passion for developing clinical faculty into simulation educators. Her research interests include using simulation to improve learning outcomes when compared to a traditional curriculum.

Michael Nemirovsky M.D.

Patient Safety Fellow

  • Dr. Michael Nemirovsky is a Patient Safety Fellow for The Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy at DeVry Medical International. He earned his B.A. in Biochemistry from CUNY Hunter College and received his Medical Doctorate from Ross University School of Medicine in June of 2015. He has been working in the healthcare field since college, initially as an EMT and later conducted research on The Effects of Calcitonin and Parathyroid hormone on the Growth of Otoliths. He completed all of his clinical rotations in NYC area hospitals, which is where he became interested in teaching students how to succeed in their clinical clerkships. Dr. Nemirovsky plans to continue working with students during his year as a Fellow and provide interactive and informative simulations in order for them to gain insight and achieve success on their board examinations.
Maziel Arauz, DVM


Dr. Maziel Arauz is a Fellow for DeVry Medical International's Institute for research and Clinical Strategy. She was born, raised and educated in Panama where she obtained my DVM degree at the University of Panama.   She completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Cornell University. Dr. Arauz has taught systemic pathology and histology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM). During her time at RUSVM she served as the course director for General Pathology. She has been a professor University of Panama in the masters program in small animal medicine.

As a pathologist Dr. Arauz had been a collaborator and primary investigator in multiple research projects, publication as well as presentations in comparative pathology. She has also practiced veterinarian medicine in small and large animals as well as in exotic species in Florida, North Carolina and Panama.

At this time she is concurrently enrolled in the Master of Science by Research program at RUSVM.  Dr. Arauz’s goals within fellowship and MS program is to incorporate state of the art technology into veterinary medical education while applying her knowledge and experience as a pathologist.

Victor Kaytser M.D.

Victor Kaytser is the Patient Safety Fellow at the DeVry, IRCS Center for Excellence in Simulation Education located in the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland – Clinical Simulation Education Research Center. He earned his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 2010 and received his M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine (Dominica) in 2016. After undergrad, Dr. Kaytser received the Rosen Summer Student Fellowship Award from the National Fragile X Foundation in 2010 and moved to Rush University in Chicago, IL to pursue research in fragile X syndrome. He investigated the motor stereotypies in fragile X while working full-time in the fragile X clinic and molecular genetics laboratory as a Research Coordinator at Rush University. In the fragile X clinic, Dr. Kaytser managed many different projects, including implementing a PCR assay to evaluate CGG repeat mutations in the FMR1 gene for diagnostic testing. He also developed new assays for more extensive and accurate characterizations of this gene. His work on motor stereotypies in fragile x syndrome was published in the Journal of Pediatric Neurology, and his contributions have been featured in various other journals as well. Dr. Kaytser plans to use his time as a Fellow to facilitate the proper understanding of simulated interventions for medical professionals.




Paul Son M.D.

Patient Safety Fellow

Paul is a Fellow for The Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy at Devry medical international.  He was born in Korea, but spent most of his adult life in sunny California.  He completed his undergraduate course in Economics and International Relations at the University of California Davis and went on to pursue a career in finance as a Senior Research Analyst.  After answering the call to medicine, he left his career in finance, and went on to earn his medical doctorate from the American University of the Caribbean in 2016.  After completing his clinical rotations at Providence Hospital in Southfield, he will stay on to serve as a fellow for IRCS.