Matt Charnetski

Matt Charnetski - Secretary

Director of Simulation Based Education and Research, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Adjunct Faculty - Masters of Medical Simulation Program, Drexel University

Matthew Charnetski is the Director of Simulation Based Education and Research at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He is actively pursuing his PhD in Medical Education at Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Matthew has been on a strange collision course with simulation his entire career, even if it was not immediately clear. Matthew started pursuing a healthcare career during his undergraduate studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa where he studied biology and anticipated a career somewhere in healthcare or related fields. During his upper class years of study Matthew became enthralled with the rest of the planet while studying microbiology and anthropology in East Africa and Central America. Discovering a love for intentional travel, Matthew ultimately found himself working for the United States Antarctic Program based out of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Matthew’s time in Antarctica was punctuated with time working in science support logistics and information technologies, as a member of the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue Team, and ultimately as a member of the Field Safety Training Program where he was a field mountaineer and instructor for survival school and wilderness medicine courses. Additionally he spent much of this time acting as a secondary medical provider on various guided trips around the world.

After seven years traveling the world and working in Antarctica, Matthew made his was back to Iowa; beginning paramedic school and working as an application analyst and project manager for several different hospital systems implementing their electronic health records. Staying in Central Iowa, Matthew spent the next few years working for several different ambulance services serving both rural and urban communities, counties, and cities as well as providing interfacility transport as a critical care paramedic for adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care services.

Having always had an eye on education, Matthew was fortunate enough to be picked up by Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa as a Simulation Specialist in the Iowa Simulation Center. It was love at first, sweet robotic tear… Shortly after starting at DMU, Matthew matriculated in to the Masters of Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program at Drexel University and was immediately smitten with the community and the field of medical simulation. Continuing to grow in the field and seek new challenges, Matthew moved to Astana Kazakhstan to be the Founding Director of Medical Simulation and an Assistant Professor of Practice at Nazarbayev University before returning to the USA in 2017.

In his spare time Matthew is an avid cyclist and photographer and is constantly looking for new adventures, near and far.