Andrew Spain is the Director of Certification for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He came to SSH in November of 2010 first as the Manager of Certification, and then later became the Director of Certification. He was also the Director of Accreditation as well. He is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and also is currently a licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri.
Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990. He discovered Prehospital Medicine during this time while working at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, CO. He became an EMT in 1991, and then a Paramedic in 1992. He first worked in Littleton, CO with Columbine Ambulance, subsequently moving to Columbia, MO in 1994. He worked as a Paramedic and Flight Paramedic with the University of Missouri Healthcare, and eventually became the Manager of the EMS Education program for this Level 1 Trauma Center, a position he held for five years prior to coming to SSH.
Andrew has been active in many areas of EMS, including with the MO State Time Critical Diagnosis Initiative, various committees for EMS, and also working with the Missouri Hospital Association to set up a National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Regional Training Entity. He continues to teach disaster response and preparedness courses. He has presented at a number of national/international EMS conferences, and even was on the winning team for the National EMS Trivia Competition in 2010.
He received his M.A. in Political Science in 2005 at the University of Missouri. He is currently working on his PhD in Education at the University of Missouri, with an emphasis of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.