Welcome from the Dean

Since its establishment in 1948 as the first collegiate nursing program in South Florida, the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS) has continuously raised the bar in healthcare education, research and practice. Our ongoing leadership is evident in our increasingly expanding capabilities and expertise in simulation.

The opening of the Simulation Hospital Advancing Research & Education (S.H.A.R.E.®) constitutes a monumental milestone in the history of our school.  This cutting-edge structure represents a concept unique among simulation centers and healthcare education programs worldwide. It will strengthen students’ clinical competencies, equip them with critical thinking skills, and prepare them to practice in complex interdisciplinary environments.  It also launches a new vision for healthcare education and disaster preparedness.  It is a research facility that also serves as a center for innovation in the form of university-industry partnerships and product design. At the same time it is a place for development of new simulation-based educational techniques targeting healthcare professionals. This includes expansion of our school’s Hemispheric University efforts, given that we will open the doors of S.H.A.R.E. to the international community to provide experiential learning opportunities for the global healthcare workforce. S.H.A.R.E. combines all these functions in a single facility that, unlike any other simulation facility in the country, can simulate a fully functioning, fully operating health care system, creating a synergy with unmatched power to address 21st century threats to health and human safety: pandemics, natural disasters and healthcare safety and quality issues in hospital and home settings.

Whether you are a current or prospective student or faculty member, alum, or a member of our University, local, national or international communities, I welcome you to visit this website.  On this site, you will learn how S.H.A.R.E. is ushering in a transformative era of healthcare education, research, and disaster preparedness at our school, university, in our community, and beyond.

Warm regards,

Dean & Professor