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  • Pre-Conference Sessions
  • Eric Bauman , PhD, RN

    Dr. Eric B. Bauman received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He 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.

    After receiving his PhD, Dr. Bauman held the position of Faculty Associate in the Department Anesthesiology at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He subsequently founded Clinical Playground, LLC, a consulting service focusing on game and simulation-based learning. Dr. Bauman is Assistant Dean for the Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy and was recently named Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction with the GLS. Bauman also currently holds the rank of Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Blooming Grove Fire Department.

    Dr. Bauman is a strong advocate for multidisciplinary and interprofessional education and research. Bauman’s experience spans various disciplines, including, adult education, human factors analysis, team dynamics, emergency medical services, firefighting, and healthcare. He has presented on various topics at numerous regional, national, and international conferences and has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on game and simulation-based education and evaluation. In addition, Bauman is the co-founder of the Games and Simulation for Healthcare website and blog: http://healthcaregames.wisc.edu/. He is co-chair of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSH) Serious Games and Virtual Environment Special Interest Group. He is also a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), and Sigma Theta Tau – The Honor Society of Nursing, where serves as an abstract and grant reviewer. Dr. Bauman continues to publish and present as both a vetted and invited speaker and author in the fields of simulation and game-based learning.


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