National Inventors’ Month at EngenuitySC’s Science Café: Revolutionizing Patient Care, August 13, 2013

July 21, 2013

The final segment of EngenuitySC’s inaugural “Year of the SmartState” Science Café series will feature a talk on healthcare simulation and innovative training methods by SmartState Chair Dr. John Schaefer. Sponsored by IT-ology, this installment of Science Café will take place on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Speakeasy cocktail bar in Five Points, in connection with National Inventors’ Month.  

Dr. Schaefer is the SmartState Endowed Chair for Patient Simulation and Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is an international expert in healthcare simulation who is transforming the way healthcare clinicians are taught, and in the process, helping to reduce patient injury and improve medical outcomes.   

Dr. Schaefer has previously worked at the University of Pittsburgh, where he helped establish the first simulation training. As a SmartState Endowed Chair, he has led the effort to establish a statewide network of simulation centers, collaborating with diverse partners to open or improve centers at the Clemson University College of Nursing, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Greenville Technical College, MUSC, Palmetto Health, the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, and Trident Technical College.   

Science Café Loyalty Perks 

Advanced registration is highly recommended in order to earn points towards the Science Café loyalty program, which awards prizes like Science Café pint glasses, drink vouchers, gift cards, VIP seating, T-shirts and lighthearted, honorary titles to frequent guests. For more information and to register for free admission to the next Science Café, visit   

 About Science Café 

 EngenuitySC hosts Science Café at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, featuring informal presentations by some of South Carolina's top leaders in science and technology in a casual atmosphere. Guests enjoy networking and a cash bar with high quality beer, wine and cocktails at Speakeasy in Five Points, a comfortable, pub-style environment with couches and expert mixologists behind the bar. The 2012-2013 season is "The Year of the SmartState" at Science Café; patrons have the opportunity to discuss the latest knowledge economy topics with SmartState Program™ Endowed Chairs in a relaxed environment that encourages questions, interruptions and discussion.    

About EngenuitySC 

Headquartered in Columbia, EngenuitySC is a public/private partnership formed to develop and grow the South Carolina Midlands’ knowledge-based economy by fostering an environment where entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of knowledge are fundamental elements of the region’s culture, identity, and economic development strategy. Through collaboration with business, government, and higher education, EngenuitySC leads initiatives that support research development, promote commercialization, and leverage the region’s assets. For more information, visit   

About the SmartState Program™ 

The SmartState Program™ serves the public interest by creating incentives for the state’s research universities, in cooperation with other institutions of higher education in the state, to raise capital from non-state sources to fund endowments for specialized research professorships.  These professorships in turn serve as the nucleus for unique, university-based research centers which cultivate critical, public-private industrial partnerships, expand the state’s knowledge base, create well-paying jobs, and enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information, visit   

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