Tamara L. Owens, M.Ed

Ms. Tamara Owens is the founding Director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers at Howard University Health Sciences. She holds a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Communication. She serves on key curriculum committees for Howard University in an effort to develop clinical skills and simulation curriculum for a spectrum of healthcare professionals.

Ms. Owens served on the Board of Directors for the international Association for Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) as President and Chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee. She is also a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and served on the Subcommittee for Program Accreditation. Additionally, Ms. Owens served on a taskforce for the American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC) to develop a simulation inventory evaluation which was later published. Also, she has worked with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on research and development taskforce.

Ms. Owens has several publications and is first author of a chapter in the Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. She has presented at national and international conferences such as the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Ottawa Conference, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). She has also worked as a special technical consultant for the American College of Surgeons Education Division on the development of a 10 station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for surgical residents.

Ms. Owens' research interest have covered a diverse range of topics and has taken her globally, as far as South Africa. Her current international research is in Kenya where she will train standardized patients to portray adolescent patients in an effort to train healthcare professionals on how to communicate with adolescent patients with HIV and AIDS.