EducationOld Dominion University, Norfolk, VA - Ph.D. Counseling
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA - M.Ed. School Counseling
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA - BA English, minor in Hispanic Studies
BiographyDr. Rebekah Cole is the Director of Research in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at USU. She also holds a faculty appointment as a Research Associate Professor in the Center for Health Professions Education at USU. Dr. Cole conducts quantitative and qualitative field research during high-fidelity military medical simulations- Operation Bushmaster, Operation Gunpowder, and the Advanced Combat Medical Experience (ACME)- to determine their impact on military medical student readiness. With her clinical background in mental health counseling, Dr. Cole also studies the impact of mental health and wellness on performance in the operational environment. Throughout her career, Dr. Cole has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at more than 25 international, national, and regional conferences. She is currently co-chair of the Society for Academic and Emergency Medicine's (SAEM) Educational Research Interest Group.
Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications
Rudinsky, S.L., Weisbrod, E., & Cole, R. (2023). “Not for the Faint of Heart”: First-year military medical students’ professional identity formation during the innovative Patient Experience at Operation Bushmaster. Military Medicine. 188(3), 34-40. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac427
Cole, R., Egan, S., Schwartz, J., Rudinsky, S.L. (2023). The impact of high-fidelity simulations on medical student readiness. Military Medicine, 188(3), 7-14. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac382
Wager, R., Cole, R., Egan., S.J., Van Shufflin, M.W., & Tilley, L. (2023). The impact of special operations medics and corpsmen on military medical student training. Journal of Special Operations Medicine. doi:10.55460/RSA6-6FA7
Van Shufflin, M., Barry, E., Vojta, L., Yarnell, A., Cole, R. (2023). Students' leadership development during a high-fidelity military medical field practicum. Military Medicine, 188(3), 15-20. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac377
Cole, R., Garrigan, A.G., Peters, S.A., Conley, S.P. Rudinsky, S.L., Tilley, L., Vojta, L., Scwartz, J., Weston, C., & Goolsby, C. (2023). The impact of Operation Bushmaster on medical student decision making in a high-stress, operational environment. Military Medicine, 188(3), 28-33.https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac373
Cole, R., Garrigan, A.G. Peters, S.A. Tilley, L., Conley, S.P. Schwartz, J., Vojta, L., & Rudinsky, S. (2023). Medical students’ integration of formative feedback during simulation: A grounded theory study. Military Medicine,188(3), 48-55. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac378
Rudinsky, S.L., Weisbrod, E., & Cole, R. (2022). The impact of the patient role on medical student learning during peer simulation: A qualitative phenomenological study. Simulation in Healthcare. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000698
Cole, R., Peters, S.A., Garrigan, A.G.,Tilley, L., Conley, S.P. Schwartz, J., Vojta, L., & Rudinsky, S. (2022). Medical students’ professional identity formation during Operation Bushmaster. Military Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac132
Rudinsky, S.L., Spalding, C, Conley, S., Everett, L., & Cole, R. (2022). The development, implementation, and evaluation of a medical student peer teaching training curriculum during a high-fidelity pre-hospital trauma simulation. Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, 6(4). https://doi.org/10.1002/aet2.10782
Cole, R., Rudinsky, S., Conley, S.P., Vojta, L., Kwon, S.W. Garrigan, A.G., Prosek, E.A., & Goolsby, C. (2022). The impact of medical school on military physicians’ readiness for their first deployment. Military Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac049
Cole, R., Wagner, R., Egan, S.J. Van Shufflin, M.W. & Tilley, L. (in press). Military medical student experiences during a Prolonged Casualty Care simulation. Journal of Military and Veteran Health.
Cole, R., Steffins, K., Flash, Z., Conley, S., & Givens, M. (2023, in press). The impact of progressive simulation-based training on tourniquet application. Journal of Special Operations Medicine.
Cole, R., Herman, S., Hughes, J., & Rudinsky, S. (2023). The Military Medical Officer’s current day professional identity: An enhanced model. Military Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usad094
Cole, R., Durning, S., Reamy, B., Stewart, H., Williamson, S., Rudinsky, SL. (2023). A Comparison of HPSP and USU graduates’ preparation for residency. Military Medicine, 188(2) 98-105. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usac437
Cole, R., Wagner, R., Egan, S.J. Van Shufflin, M.W. & Tilley, L. (2023). Military medical student experiences during a Prolonged Casualty Care simulation. Journal of Military and Veteran Health. https://doi-ds.org/doilink/08.2023-87359537/Online First
Cole, R., Wightman, J. (2023). The impact of a high-fidelity military medical simulation on military medical students’ self-confidence. Military Medicine, 188(3), 21-27. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usad074
Cole, R., Van Shufflin, M., Smith, D., & Woodard, S. (2023). The Antietam Staff Walk at the Uniformed Services University: A program evaluation. Military Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usad317
Cole, R.F., Cowan, R.G., Dunn, H., & Lincoln, T. (2021). Investigating military spouse suicide: A qualitative phenomenological study. The Professional Counselor, 11(2), 203-217. doi: 10.15241/rfc.11.2.203
Cole, R.F. & Cowan, R.G. (2019). Mission reintegration: The professional school counselor’s role in helping military families successfully reunite after deployment. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 7(4), 63-76
Cole, R.F. (2019). Supporting children in military families during the pre-deployment stage: Operation intervention and prevention. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 7(1), 48-57.