Jason A. Grafft


Mastery American English (spoken, written), Didactic instruction, Educational pedagogy, Psychomotor instruction
Proficiency Functional programming, Graph modeling, JavaScript, Julia, Statistical modeling, Data visualization
Competence APL, Machine Learning, Python, Scala

Recent Projects

Causal Modeling of Psychomotor Task Performance
The aim of this project is to represent sequences of psychomotor action generically and computably; its central challenge is establishing meaningful relations between events in a multi-actor system. Causal models effectively abstract the distinction between group and individual action, enabling the composition of multiple input types—e.g. event sequences, physiology data, rater evaluations—and ad hoc definition of groups for comparison. Valid task models can be connected to data streams to provide on-the-fly evaluation.
Longitudinal Development of Rapid Sequence Induction and Intubation (RSII) Psychomotor Skills in Anesthesiology Residents
RSII is a widely performed and relatively high difficulty procedure. There are strong suggestions that defining a successful RSII by lack of observed adverse effects is inappropriate, and that this model complicates effective evaluation of RSII delivery. This study looks into the development of RSII psychomotor skill over time, with a focus on how learner populations trend toward expert practice patterns.
vision Open-Source Data Service for Medical Simulation
vision is a platform of distributed microservices targeted at Human Factors research for coordinated capture from multiple data sources. Specifically, vision leverages PM2 to offer an "open" backend capable of interfacing with any device that can be accessed programmatically.


University of Minnesota SimPORTAL
Minneapolis, MN
  • Model expert decision systems, predominantly using Bayesian and graph methods.
  • Implement models in computer code, primarily APL and Julia.
  • Design and oversee human factors studies which measure psychomotor task competence in healthcare providers.
  • Provide expertise and research support to administrators and clinical experts investigating psychomotor task performance.
  • Created vision to coordinate the capture and storage of audio, text, and video data output from hardware and software systems commonly used in simulation training.
Data Science Mentor
Brooklyn, NY (remote)
  • Provide targeted, one-on-one instruction in the Data Science curriculum twice per week per student.
  • Develop student in competence core Data Science methods and tools, from summary statistics to unsupervised machine learning with TensorFlow and Keras.
  • Create and maintain accountable relationships that incentivize consistent student engagement.
Laerdal Medical
Education Services Specialist
Wappingers Falls, NY (travel)
  • Developed clients' skills with the Laerdal simulation platform by delivering on-site, product-specific professional education courses to technical audiences.
  • Improved clients' specific skills by designing then delivering on-site custom instructional content; most often this related to programming on the LLEAP platform.
  • Contributed to clients' independent use of their simulators with post-course written communication that included targeted hints, summaries, technical instructions, and resources.
  • Retained longitudinal engagement for Laerdal through timely pre- and post-course communication, on-time arrivals, professional conduct, and exceptional education delivery.
Spring Lake Park Schools, Opportunities in Emergency Care
Spring Lake Park, MN
  • Directed EMT internship program, guiding High School seniors certified as EMTs through curricula targeted at employment in EMS and foundational skills for higher education.
  • Certified EMT Interns as American Heart Association CPR/First Aid instructors to help meet first response training needs of program and school district.
  • Served as liason to Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department for student ride-along program, scheduling students and addressing issues brought to me by students and the department.
  • Revised evaluation materials and testing protocols for EMT and internship programs, increasing intra- and inter-rater reliability.
Metropolitan State University
Adjunct Faculty
St. Paul, MN
2004–2007; 2011–2013
  • Revised Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) curriculum, improving alignment between course materials and examinations.
  • Developed lectures for anatomy and physiology content which permanently improved student test scores by ~20%.
  • Approved ~100 students per year as EMRs in the State of Minnesota, a substantial portion of total students for the year.
Customized Safety Training
Lead Instructor
Stacy, MN
  • Served as primary auditor for American Heart Association Quality Improvement Initiative, conducting ~75 site visits across the United States and submitting written assessments of individual program quality.
  • Developed three curricula, with coauthors, for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that were each awarded 40 hours of Continuing Education credit by the County of San Diego EMS.
  • Advised Forest Lake Area High School and Simley Senior High Opportunities in Emergency Care programs during their launch year (2012); both programs are still in operation and remain highly popular.
University of California, Los Angeles
EMT Program Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA
  • Managed ~600 students and 30 instructors yearly, approximately half of the nation's largest EMT program.
  • Managed scheduling and work hour reporting for EMT instructors, covering ~35 individual shifts per week.
  • Collected, verified, recorded, and reported on paperwork from EMT instructors and students, ~3500 records yearly, to maintain program accreditation and ensure compliance with California rules and regulations.
  • Reduced reporting overhead for American Heart Association Training Center operations by ~60% with no interruption in high-volume schedule (~20 classes/month).
Office of Emergency Medical Services
EMS Specialist
Washington, DC
  • Managed administrative duties for the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) and National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC), 8 and ~50 members respectively and ~100 combined meetings, remote and in person, per year.
  • Produced and submitted reports on committee and subcomittee work as required by Federal law, 3-5 reports per week.
  • Oversaw contract for in-person meeting support, providing contractors with all information necessary to book appropriate venues as well as lodging and travel for attendees.
  • Maintained digital and physical archive of minutes, reports, and supporting documents as required by Federal law; adding ~20 documents per week.
Moreno Valley College
Adjunct Faculty
Moreno Valley, CA
  • Comprehensively revised examinations for the EMT program, improving their reliability as a metric of student performance and increasing their resillience to cheating.
  • Increased activity of American Heart Association Training Center from 1 class per 2-3 months to 3-4 classes per month.
  • Taught EMT psychomotor skills, improving students' first-time pass rates by 30-50%.

Abstracts and Publications

Grafft, Jason A, Alex Otto, Leida Voulgaropoulos, Iryna Chugaieva, Mojca Remskar Konia. Assessing Psychomotor Performance of Rapid Sequence Induction and Intubation (RSII) in Anesthesiology Residents with Causal Models. In progress.

Alex Otto, Jason A Grafft, Mojca Remskar Konia. Using Casual Models in Psychomotor Performance Assessment. American College of Surgeons. In progress.

Alex Otto, Jason A Grafft, Mojca Remskar Konia. Using Casual Models in Psychomotor Performance Assessment. American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Consortium, 15–16 March 2019. Chicago, IL.

Chugaieva, Iryna. Jason A Grafft, Marcos Molina, Mojca Remskar Konia. Computerized Data-Driven Assessment Tool for Learner Evaluation. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 21-25 October 2017. Boston, MA.

Molina, Marcos. Jason A Grafft, Jon Chaika, Jung Nam, Matthew Quast, Co Duong, Alex Otto, Nicholas Newman, Robert Acton, Mojca Remskar Konia. Increasing Survival of Healthcare Personnel During an Active Shooter Attack: Establishing Face Validity of an Interactive Simulation Training as Best Teaching Modality (Pilot Study). American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Consortium, 17-18 March 2017. Chicago, IL.

Grafft, Katherine. Joseph Grafft, Jason A Grafft (ed). Essentials for the Emergency Medical Responder, 2012. Delmar, Cengage Learning.


2013. Bachelor of Arts, Natural Sciences/Mathematics. Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ.

2006. Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac). Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN.