Aaron W. Calhoun, MD

Faculty Associate

AaronCalhounMDAaron’s work with IPEP began during his fellowship training.  Since then, he has maintained close ties to the Institute, and has been instrumental in integrating its ethical and communication approaches into the educational programs at the University of Louisville in northern Kentucky.

“Medicine is more than just the technical.  From the intense teamwork of a medical crisis, through the pastoral conversations with a family in distress; each is a crucial part of the calling of a medical professional. The Institute’s work is invaluable in enhancing our ability to do this with integrity.”

Aaron is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Aaron earned his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed residency training in General Pediatrics at Northwestern University, as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Boston. In addition to his clinical activities, Aaron also directs the Simulation for Pediatric Assessment, Resuscitation and Communication (SPARC) Program at Kosair Children’s Hospital, and is a senior advisor for the University of Louisville Pediatrics Residency Communication Skills Curriculum. Recently, Aaron received the Kentucky Medical Association Educational Achievement Award for his educational contributions.

Aaron’s research focuses on the use of high-fidelity simulation and standardized patients to teach interdisciplinary crisis teamwork skills and difficult doctor-patient conversations. An additional area of research is the use of multi-rater feedback and gap analysis, a technique that allows the quantification of learner self-insight, in the assessment of team and doctor-patient communication. His work is published in Simulation in Healthcare, Patient Education and Counseling, and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.