AIMS Conference attendees will hear about the federal government's simulation priorities directly from Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AIMS is extremely honored to have Dr. Clancy share her thoughts on simulation and the role she sees AHRQ playing in the advancement of simulation in the civilian healthcare community.

AHRQ is the lead agency in the simulation bill, which will be re-introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative J. Randy Forbes (R-VA). This makes her appearance at AIMS extremely timely! As one of the 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research dedicated to improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare services. Recently, AHRQ partnered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a national initiative to develop strategies focused on improving and integrating patient care and building operational excellence.

Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Clancy was an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Clancy is also a member of the Institute of Medicine, where she was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. Dr. Clancy holds an academic appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine) and serves as Senior Associate Editor for the journal Health Services Research. She also serves on multiple editorial boards, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Medical Care Research and Review.