A.J. Kleinheksel

Assistant Professor

A.J. Kleinheksel

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine

The Graduate School


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction University of Florida, 2015

  • MED, Educational Leadership and Adm University of Florida, 2009

  • BA, Religion/Religious Studies Michigan State University, 2004

  • BA, Social Relations Michigan State University, 2004


  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator - Advanced Society for Simulation in Healthcare , 2019

  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 6001

    Simulation Education
  • CAHS 9001

    Advanced Topics
  • MEDI 5088

    Medical Scholars Program

Teaching Interests

Healthcare Simulation, Learning Theory, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Assessment Instrument Design, Survey Design, Research Methods


Selected Recent Publications

  • Simulation as a Tool to Promote Professional Identity Formation and Patient Ownership in Medical Students, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Demographic and spatial trends in diabetes-related virtual nursing examinations, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Measuring the Adoption and Integration of Virtual Patient Simulations in Nursing Education: An Exploratory Factor Analysis, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Virtual Patients in Health Professions Education, 2016
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Empathic Communication in Virtual Education for Nursing Students: I'm Sorry to Hear That, 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Medical Education, Healthcare Simulation, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Health Professions Education, Student Assessment, Program Evaluation

Department Service

  • Translational Research Program 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Surgery Simulation Curriculum Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Simulation Council 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Library Advisory Committee 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • BMC Medical Education 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • AAMC MESRE 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • MedEdPORTAL 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article

Public Service

  • Lake Forest Hills Elementary School 2019 - 2019

    Role: Other