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GS02 KEYNOTE: Think Big

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM PT
Wednesday, October 20

Jennifer Arnold has faced some big challenges in her life. On the way to becoming a preeminent neonatologist and the medical director for the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital—as well as a parent and television star—she has faced prejudice, medical scares, and the uncertainty and daily pressures of life with special needs children. And even though she has dealt with fear, depression, hopelessness, and the urge to give up, she has found a way to persevere.

In this keynote Dr. Arnold shares her personal guide for dreaming big, setting goals, and taking the steps to get there. She will provide heartwarming anecdotes full of grace, humor, and wit as she shares stories detailing her unique approach to encountering life’s greatest difficulties.

Jennifer Arnold

Co-Star of TLC's Little Couple, Neonatologist & Cancer Survivor

Dr. Jennifer Arnold has a rare type of dwarfism that has required more than 30 orthopedic surgeries. She is also a survivor of a rare form of uterine cancer. She and her family are featured on The Little Couple, a TLC docu-drama that follows their personal and professional lives. Dr. Arnold completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, graduating in 2000. During her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine, she obtained a master’s of science in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified in neonatal medicine and is currently the medical director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She has been involved in simulation education, patient safety, and research endeavors for the last decade. Her areas of interest include use of simulation for evaluating new clinical spaces, team training, improving quality and patient safety, improving home care and skills for primary caregivers of medically complex children, and developing educational curricula for various departments throughout the hospital. She has spoken nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation and has made inspirational speeches on overcoming obstacles for the Texas Conference for Women, Shiners Hospital, Sloan Kettering, March of Dimes, and many more. She is an advocate who raises awareness about the unique challenges of children and families in our healthcare system.