Jen Arnold, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP, is coming home.
The nationally known pediatric expert in educational medical simulation joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in July as medical director of the hospital’s expanding Simulation Center. She also will serve as a part-time assistant professor with Johns Hopkins University.
Born at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., she first came to Johns Hopkins All Children's as an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. She married at St. Petersburg’s St Mary Our Lady of Grace Church, which is near the hospital campus.
Arnold returns to her roots after nine years as medical director of simulation at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
“I’m thrilled to return home to Florida,” says Arnold, who has family in central Florida. “The opportunity at Johns Hopkins All Children’s is a perfect fit personally for me, my husband and two kids and professionally with the growing education and research resources at the hospital.”
Arnold, a neonatologist, received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed a residency, master of science in medical education, and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Arnold collaborated in health care simulation with Betsy Hunt, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center in Baltimore, Md.
“Her training is really excellent,” says Sylvia Powell, MBA, associate dean of administration at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. “She has trained and worked in prominent and highly ranked institutions and brings excellent experience to lead our Simulation Center team.”
Arnold and her husband, Bill Klein, star in the TLC series The Little Couple, which chronicles her life as a doctor with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a random genetic mutation that led to her shortened growth and orthopedic complications.
At Johns Hopkins All Children’s, Arnold will lead the Simulation Center as it moves into the new Research and Education Building next year, tripling its space and expanding its mission. The Simulation Center enables training in a realistic clinical environment on high-risk or emergency situations. The flexible design will allow training in such settings as a trauma center, critical care unit, patient rooms and neonatal intensive care unit. Simulation provides a safe learning environment for health care providers to practice high risk and sometimes rare emergency and other patient care situations. It is a tool for enhancing medical education and improving patient safety and outcomes.
Arnold plans to expand Johns Hopkins All Children’s training beyond the clinical staff and graduate medical students to include instruction for parents on how they should care for premature babies when they take them home. Eventually, Arnold intends to extend training beyond the hospital to first responders and military personnel.
“Our mission at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital includes a commitment to the community and improving the quality of care overall,” Powell says. “We believe Dr. Arnold can help us spread and broaden pediatric simulation training and expertise throughout the state and beyond.”