Manager of Manikin and Procedural Skills Programs
Lead Simulation Educator for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center
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Julianne Perretta is an instructor with Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and works closely with pediatric faculty and staff in education and patient safety. She works with educators in the PICU to identify latent patient safety threats and design education interventions to narrow the gap between expected and actual clinical performance. She also assists in identifying system issues that compromise the interdisciplinary care team’s ability to effectively and efficiently provide care. Her work includes the development of courses for the PICU fellows’ initial training; a multicenter advanced PICU fellowship boot camp; PICU nursing orientation and continuing education; and interdisciplinary simulations relating to extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation, transport, and trauma events. The curriculum enables her to work with the PICU team and other researchers to develop new simulation devices for ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) simulation and to increase realism for resuscitation training.

Her responsibilities at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center include needs assessment, simulation curriculum design, programming and testing scenarios, and training simulation users on high-quality curriculum design and debriefing skills. She is responsible for quality improvement and curriculum assessment for all manikin-based simulation projects. She is also the current chair of the American Association for Respiratory Care Simulation Roundtable and author of the recently published textbook Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care: A Patient Case Method.

Ms. Perretta’s current research interests include using patient simulations for staff training and evaluation and improving the quality of resuscitation, respiratory, and mechanical ventilation simulations. She hopes to be able to use her education background and simulation expertise to create new and effective ways of teaching full-time clinicians how to manage low-volume, high-risk patient events.


Ms. Perretta completed her Baccalaureate Degree in Respiratory Therapy from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania/West Penn Hospital’s School of Respiratory Care, and her Master of Science degree in Education from the Johns Hopkins University, with focuses in Adult Learning and Multimedia Design for Internet-based Instruction. She is a certified healthcare simulation educator with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.