Associate Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship

Associate Program Director, Education and Curriculum, Internal Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Leader of Innovation Strategy, Harvard Macy Institute

Arabella Simpkin, MD, MMSc is the Associate Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship. Dr. Simpkin joined the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2016 to help develop and grow CEIS, which aims to promote medical education research for faculty. Dr. Simpkin is also the Associate Program Director for Education and Curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
She has formal training in cognitive and behavioral psychology, instructional design, and faculty development and is committed to designing and researching innovative approaches to the teaching of medicine particularly in diagnostic reasoning, medical decision-making, resilience, and embracing uncertainty. With this focus, Dr. Simpkin hopes to reduce burnout, increase engagement and satisfaction, and increase patient safety especially looking to reduce diagnostic errors.
Dr. Simpkin is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she studied medicine. She trained in adult medicine and pediatrics in the UK, and holds Membership to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Dr. Simpkin has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School, graduating in 2016 from the inaugural class. She was the Co-founder of a new curriculum for medical students at Imperial College, London - the Integrated Clinical Apprenticeship - and directed this program from pilot through to implementation.