Stephen F. Austin State University

Archie McDonald Speaker Series

2018 Program: Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold M.D. was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and grew up in Orlando. She completed bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology at the University of Miami.

Arnold earned her medical degree in 2000 from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She later attended a Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

During her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine, Arnold received a Master of Science in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified in neonatal medicine and serves as the medical director for the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Arnold has been involved in simulation education, patient safety and research endeavors for the past 10 years. She was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Safar Center for Resuscitative Medicine from July 2006-07.

Her simulation areas of interest include use of simulation for evaluating new clinical spaces, team training, improving quality and patient safety, improving home care and skills for primary caregivers of medically complex children, and developing educational curricula for various departments throughout the hospital.

Arnold has spoken nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation, and she has been a speaker on topics about overcoming obstacles. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Pediatric Simulation Society.

She serves on the executive boards for the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education, and OpHeart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving care of children with complex congenital heart disease. She is a national ambassador for Speak Now for Kids through the Children's Hospital Association.

Arnold has a rare type of dwarfism, Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, Strudwick type, which has resulted in more than 30 surgeries. She is a four-year cancer survivor.

Arnold, her husband Bill, and their children, Will and Zoey, are featured on The Learning Channel's docu-drama, "The Little Couple," which follows the family's personal and professional lives.

About the Archie McDonald Speaker Series

The Archie McDonald Speaker Series was created in 2010 by the SFA College of Liberal and Applied Arts led by Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of the college. The annual event is designed to honor and preserve the legacy of a distinguished scholar, educator and community commentator who brings American culture to the average person. In the tradition of McDonald's writings and oral presentations, the speaker series will host a prominent national figure annually at SFA to discuss contemporary cultural issues-from politics to art. In the process, the national profile of SFA will be enhanced, and the community will be enriched.

SFA's Student Government Association sponsors the speaker series, which is open to the public. Passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 200 East Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-5406.

Read more about past Archie McDonald Speaker Series events.