A.J. Kleinheksel

Assistant Professor

A.J. Kleinheksel

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine


  • 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 Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • 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

  • 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
  • I Understand How You Feel: The Language of Empathy in Virtual Clinical Training, 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Virtually Nursing: Emerging Technologies in Nursing Education, 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

  • Simulation Council 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • AAMC MESRE 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • SGEA Faculty Development SIG 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Medical Education Online 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • AAMC Education Technology Working Group 2017 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Computers & Education 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article