Kim Cooley has worked in the medical field for over 16 years. Recently she has joined the research team at Jump Simulation coordinating educational simulation research and usability studies. Prior to that she worked closely with Dr. Dennis Garwacki at the Illinois Neurological Institute (INI) MS Center for 7 years and helped build their research program to include not only successful clinical trials coordination but also assisted with several investigator initiated projects in the neurological arena.
A main focus for Kim the past few years has been in the development of a local MS Flowsheet database registry that includes pertinent MS medical information that cannot be easily captured in the medical institution's current electronic health record (EHR). The collaboration of investigators from the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria, INI, and Saint Francis Medical Center has enabled this project to come to fore front.
Kim graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1999 from Illinois Central College and later received her BSN from Illinois State University in 2010 where she graduated sum cum laude. She gave the RN to BSN Reflection Speech at her ISU graduation ceremony and has also presented at MS support groups in her local community.
She volunteers on a MS Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) initiative which has established a local MS Community Patient Led Research Group. She has published an article in Austin Journal of Multiple Sclerosis and Immunology in 2015 on the MS Flowsheet and was accepted for poster presentation for the same topic at the Association of Clinical Research Professional conference in Atlanta, Georgia this April and at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Center Conference in National Harbor, Maryland in June. MS patients will always hold a place in her heart.