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Nicole Shilkofski, MD

Nicole Shilkofski, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bllomberg Children's Center 6349J
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
Telephone: 410-614-1130
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Dr. Nicole Shilkofski’s area of research is in the use of high fidelity mannequin simulation and computer-based screen simulation as educational modalities within biomedicine. She is working toward the design, implementation and evaluation of an integrated web-based curriculum to teach pediatric resuscitation via simulation techniques. This curriculum is designed for use at multiple training levels in different specialties and will ultimately be disseminated in residency training programs across the United States through the support of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. Her ultimate goal is for a modified version of this simulation curriculum to be utilized to teach both neonatal and pediatric resuscitation in developing countries with the aim of reducing infant mortality rates in the developing world. Dr. Shilkofski’s research group is also involved in studies designed to investigate communication, behavior, and functionality of teams during medical crisis situations, with a particular emphasis on resuscitation scenarios. Her background in medical education has also fostered research interests and ongoing projects in the improvement of cognitive strategies to teach advanced cardiac life support techniques to medical students and other trainees. Specifically, she is interested in how student learning styles impact cognitive domains and affect medical decision making during resuscitation. Her research is conducted as part of the research group of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Simulation Center. The Center has several high-fidelity computerized mannequins used for educational and research purposes, including the Laerdal Sim-Man and Sim-Baby. The overall goal of the Center and her research efforts is to improve patient outcome and enhance patient safety through the use of simulation and education.

Professional Activities

  • 1999 - Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA)
  • 2000 - Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • 2003 - Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • 2005 - Member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)
  • 2005 - Member, Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM)

Selected Publications

  1. Yuan C, Guo Y, Ravi R, Przyklenk K, Shilkofski N, Diez R, Cole RN, Murphy AM. Myosin binding protein C is differentially phosphorylated upon myocardial stunning in canine and rat hearts—evidence for novel phosphorylation sites. Proteomics 6(14):4176–86, 2006.
  2. Hunt E, Nelson KL, Shilkofski NA. Simulation in medicine: addressing patient safety and improving the interface between healthcare providers and medical technology. Biomed Instrum Technol 40(5):399–404, 2006.
  3. Shilkofski NA, Hunt E. A pediatric medical emergency team manages a complex child with hypoxia and worried parent. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 33(4):236–41, 2007.
  4. Hunt EA, Shilkofski NA, Stavroudis TA, Nelson KL. Simulation: translation to improved team performance. Anesthesiol Clin 25(2):301–19, 2007.
  5. Hunt EA, Zimmer KP, Rinke ML, Shilkofski NA, Matlin C, Garger C, Dickson C, Miller MR. Transition from a traditional code team to a medical emergency team and categorization of cardiopulmonary arrests in a children’s center. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 162(2):117–22.


  • James J. Kerrigan Academic Scholarship from Merck Pharmaceutical Company (1996)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1999)
  • New Orleans Pediatric Society Award (2000)
  • American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation (2000)
  • Pediatric Chief Residency (2004)
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors research grant award (2005)
  • Best Trainee Abstract Co-author, International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (2007)