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The Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) is the VHA's program for simulation in health care training. Serving the largest integrated health care system in the world, VHA's SimLEARN provides an ever-growing body of curricula and best practices that improve health care for our nation's Veterans. The use of innovative technologies in a safe learning environment enhances diagnostic, procedural and communication skills to support quality care and the best possible outcomes.

SimLEARN musculoskeletal training designer named VA's best physician assistant

By Gerald Sonnenberg
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Andrea M. Barker, MPAS, PA-C, was named the 2016 Veterans Affairs Physician Assistant Association’s (VAPAA) Outstanding Clinical Physician Assistant March 1 at the VAPAA annual conference, held in Houston, Feb. 27 - March 3.

Barker is recognized for her work as co-director and developer of the VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center Musculoskeletal Master Educator and Master Clinician Training Programs, and as a physician assistant and co-director of the Center of Excellence in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Care and Education at the George E. Whalen VA Health Care System (VAHCS) here. 

Barker left a private orthopedic practice in November 2011 to perform primary care for Veterans in VHA.

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