Cynthia Shum

Cynthia Shum

Adjunct Faculty


Cynthia M. Shum, DNP (c), MEd, RN, CHSE-A is the Nurse Educator: Simulationist at the VA hospital in Palo Alto, California. In this position she is responsible for the operations of the center and development of new uses for simulation activities.

Cynthia is currently a DNP student at USF studying Faculty Development for Healthcare Simulation under the supervision of Dr. KT Waxman. She obtained her undergraduate degree in 1987 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and a Master's degree in Education with a focus on Measurement and Evaluation and specifically Research methodologies in 1991.

Ms. Shum started teaching within the Masters of Science in Healthcare Simulation this past summer. She is also involved with research with the California Simulation Alliance. Cynthia presents at numerous simulation conferences.

Outside of work, Cynthia is married and the mother of three boys.


  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Healthcare Simulation

Research Areas

  • Healthcare simulation
  • Deliberate practice


  • DNP student, University of San Francisco (expected graduation May, 2016)
  • MEd, University of Ottawa (research emphasis)
  • BScN, Dalhousie University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in reviewing for the "Clinical Simulation in Nursing" journal, 2015 

  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, 2012