David Rodgers is the manager of the Clinical Simulation Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rodgers earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and Master’s Degree in Communications Studies from Marshall University. Clinically, he is a national registered paramedic with over 30 years experience including time as a flight paramedic, EMS supervisor, and manager of a hospital-based critical care transport service.
With over 20 years experience in simulation education, Dr. Rodgers has a wide range of experience in simulation center operations and simulation educational program development. He was the founding director of a large teaching-hospital based simulation center, helped expand the capabilities of an established pediatric simulation center, and operated his own simulation education consulting company. In his role as a consultant, Dr. Rodgers worked with medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, EMS agencies, and simulation industry entities on a variety of simulation projects.
Additionally, Dr. Rodgers has been active as a volunteer with the American Heart Association (AHA) having served as chairperson of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Education Subcommittee and as a member of the Program Administration Subcommittee (PROAD). He has been active with the AHA in international activities, serving as a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), conducting ACLS and BLS instructor courses in Japan, Germany, and Ireland, and was an AHA representative to the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Consensus 2005 and 2010 conferences. In recognition for his contributions to Emergency Cardiovascular Care, Dr. Rodgers was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association.