Samantha Brown Named Inaugural Director of Clinical Simulation at Sargent College

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Brown as the inaugural Director of Clinical Simulation at Sargent College. A clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Brown has more than 30 years of experience in clinical education and practice with demonstrated success as a skilled educator, clinician, and leader in rehabilitation care. 

As director of clinical simulation, she will collaborate with faculty across Sargent programs to integrate patient simulation into our curriculum and ensure the implementation of best practice standards for all simulation activities, including interprofessional education. In particular, she will provide leadership for the Sargent Center for Simulated Clinical Experience, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based simulation learning experiences. She will also coordinate Center activities and functions to achieve program goals and student learning outcomes. Brown will continue teaching half time in the Department of Physical Therapy to accommodate the new appointment. 

Prior to joining Sargent College in 2022, Brown was an assistant professor and assistant director of clinical education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College. She has served as director of rehabilitation and coordinator of clinical education at Life Care Center of Raynham as well as clinic director and rehabilitation department supervisor at Rehab Works in Milford, Mass. Her clinical background also includes extensive experience as a staff, in-patient, and acute care physical therapist, and she is currently licensed in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York. 

Dr. Brown brings extensive experience in simulation and interprofessional education (IPE). She developed and directed operations of the simulation laboratory in the School of Health Science and Human Performance at Ithaca College. Taking an IPE approach with faculty outside of PT, she received funding from the Hearst Foundation to assist in this development creating policies and procedures as well as to educate instructors from across the School.  Brown is also a member of the Simulation in Physical Therapist Education Consortium (SIPTEC), American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), and National Interprofessional Education Consortium.

Brown’s appointment will begin at the start of the 2024 spring semester.