2020-2021 Simulation Candidate Statements

The Simulation Academy 2020-2021 elections will open on January 30, 2020. Balloting information will be made available in Simulation’s discussion page.

Before casting your vote, please take a few moments to read through the candidate statements listed alphabetically under each position heading.

President-Elect Candidate Statements

Nur-Ain Nadir, MD MHPE 
Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

NA NadirThe Simulation Academy has been a solid beacon of support, mentorship and collaboration for me for many years. I would like to give back to the Simulation Academy in gratitude of all I have received from the Academy over the last decades. I would like to serve as its President. I believe I have the necessary qualifications for this position in that I have formally trained as a simulationist; I have completed a Masters in Health Professions Education which allows for a breadth of perspective on research and scholarship projects; I have several years experience as an academic simulationist, simulation fellowship founding director and simulation curriculum director; last but not least I have served on the Sim Academy executive in different roles over the last 4 years, initially to lead the Sim Fellows Forum and subsequently as a Member at Large of the Executive committee to chair the Education Subcommittee.

I believe I can continue to make significant contributions from a scholarship and administrative perspective to the Simulation Academy. In addition to continuing the projects highlighted above I would also like to continue to lead the following projects which are fairly early in their inception:

1. Simulation for Teaching Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Curriculum – there is no published curriculum on this extremely significant subject and I hope to lead the efforts collaboratively with ADIEM.

2. A Simulation Education Resource Guide. The Sim Academy Simulation Resource Guide- A compendium of materials to assist Simulation faculty such as residency curricula, didactics, job descriptions , image and EKG bank etcetera.

In this last role I have been able to accomplish the following deliverables:

  • Collaboration with the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) Sim Community of Practice to establish a Simulation Consultation Service. This service is available for any member(s) who wish to obtain a focused assessment and recommendations pertaining to any simulation endeavors from those members volunteering to be Sim Consultants.
  • Co-sponsored the quarterly Simulation Journal Club with Brown University, now being offered through the SSIG platform. In the past year we have held four journal clubs which were very well received within the Simulation Community at large.
  • Headed a research project on Simulation Based Remediation and published it in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. I also served as the senior author for a second research collaborative on “Applying Educational Theory and Best Practices to Solve Common Challenges of Simulation-based Procedural Training in Emergency Medicine” that was also accepted for publication in the AEM Education and Training

I believe that I have a lot to offer the Sim Academy and look forward to serving it in this role.

Secretary Candidate Statements

Ambrose H Wong, MD, MSEd
Yale School of Medicine

A WongI am the Director of Simulation Research and Associate Fellowship Director for Medical Simulation at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation. I apply healthcare simulation technology to address workplace violence and find better strategies to manage agitation and behavioral care in the emergency department. I also have expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods techniques for health services research. I received his Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in Microbiology & Immunology in Vancouver, Canada and attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. I obtained my Emergency Medicine residency training at NYU & Bellevue Hospitals Center in New York City, serving as chief resident physician in my final year. I subsequently completed a medical simulation fellowship at NYU School of Medicine & New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences. I received a Master of Science in Health Professions Education at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. I have served on the SAEM Simulation Academy Executive Committee for the past four years, first as a Member-At-Large, then as Treasurer, and finally this past year as Secretary. I also lead the Research Subcommittee for the Academy.

After serving on the Simulation Executive Committee for the last four years, I have seen the need for transparency and strong communication to better serve the academy membership. I hope to continue serving a second term as secretary to help guide the executive committee’s work to reflect the wishes and needs of our members. I will accomplish this through a bidirectional contact on the listserve and propose scheduled large calls with the membership.

Since the new change that has opened SAEM members to joining academies without additional dues, the Simulation Academy has grown in size and is poised to foster better participation from the membership. My particular interest is to help build opportunities for members to perform rigorous scholarship and research. I believe that we can assist those of us with less experience initiating and conducting simulation studies by improving networking/collaboration/mentorship and creating pathways to be successful with the SAEM Foundation grants.

In addition, the Sim Academy needs to continue supporting and improving EM simulation fellowships. Emergency medicine has become the dominating force in training the next generation of simulation experts. However, the scope and structure of EM-based simulation fellowships are varied, and there is a need from fellows and fellowship directors for support in the application and recruitment process. Finally, fellows face challenges when searching for junior faculty positions, as some department chairs may not be familiar with the unique skillset of a simulation fellowship-trained emergency physician. The Simulation Academy can lead the way in ensuring the sustainability and recognition of the field in academic medicine.

Treasurer Candidate Statements

Aga De Castro, MD, MPH
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

A DeCastroI would like to express my interest for the Treasurer position on the Simulation Academy Executive Board. I hope to share my unique experience and viewpoint as a new faculty member to the Executive Board. As the most recent Chair of EMRA’s Simulation Committee, I would like to continue my work on the national stage by getting involved in the Simulation Academy Executive Board. I will ensure transparency in the Academy’s financial reports to our general membership and Executive Committee. I will also commit to assisting the Academy in any capacity the Executive Board would see fit.

I am a practicing Emergency Medicine Attending Physician at Hartford Hospital and hold an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. I completed my medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I then completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at the University of Connecticut. I subsequently finished the Medical Simulation fellowship at the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital. I served as the Chair of EMRA’s Simulation Committee during his time as an EM resident.


Sara Hock, MD
Rush University System for Health, Rush Medical College

S HockAs a current Member-at-large on the Simulation Academy Board, Dr. Hock has a proven track record of success that she hopes to continue in her service as Treasurer for the Simulation Academy. Dr. Hock completed residency at the University of Chicago and Simulation Fellowship at Cook County/Rush. She is now the Site Director of the Cook County/Rush Simulation Fellowship. She has been a member-at-large on the SAEM Simulation Academy board since 2018. During this time she has been an active member of the Awards Committee and was a founding organizer of the Resident/Fellow Travel Award; Dr. Hock has also served on the Faculty Development Committee and is currently developing the Meet-the-mentor podcast series for the Simulation Academy. She is a contributing member to the 2019 and 2020 SAEM Preconference courses sponsored by the Simulation Academy and has led the development of a similar course for the 2020 IMSH conference. Dr. Hock is the prior winner of the Simulation fellows Forum Presentation Award and the SAEMF Novice Research Grant Awardee for the Simulation Academy.

As treasurer, Dr. Hock hopes to continue her involvement in the SAEM Simulation Academy Board and use her prior experience with building budgets for the Simulation Academy and the Simulation division at her institution. She would like to continue the Simulation Academy’s support of junior members who have shown potential for leadership and improve the mentorship opportunities for junior residents, fellows, and faculty. Specifically, she would like to organize virtual “mentor chats” throughout the year with focused topics such as “Preparation for academic promotion for faculty in simulation-based education,” and continue her work on the development of enduring resources such as the podcast.

Your vote is appreciated! Thank you for reading.

Tiffany Moadel, MD
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health

T MoadelI completed my Simulation fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in 2015 and later stayed on to serve for several years as the Director of Medical Student Simulation at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation, before moving back to NY for my current position.

I am an attending physician and member of the core faculty at the North Shore-LIJ Emergency Medicine residency program, Director of Medical Student Simulation within the North Shore-LIJ Residency Program and Co-Director of Medical Simulation Fellowship at Northwell Health.

While I have been a member of the Simulation Academy for a number of years, I am interested in taking a more active role by serving on the executive board, so that I can help advocate for our unique community and to represent the interests of our members.

As a member of the Simulation Academy, I would like to defend our voices when it comes to major decisions regarding accreditation of simulation fellowships and protected time for academic faculty. Currently, there is a movement towards standardized accreditation of simulation fellowships. Additionally, stakeholders are looking to scrutinize or even eliminate protected time of academic physicians. As an academic physician and Co-Director of our simulation fellowship, I understand the strains these measures would have on our jobs and livelihood. I feel that it is more important now than ever for the Simulation Academy lead these discussions as the voice of academic emergency medicine simulationists and to defend our views amongst competing interests.

Expanding on previous initiatives, I would like to work with the Academy to develop “mini communities of practice” surrounding specific areas of focus within simulation, to connect members with interests and expertise in specific topics, to allow for collaboration, creation of enduring academic work and to push the bar in simulation-based research. I am also interested on drawing in experience from our more senior members to create a Simulation Junior Faculty Development Guide, to provide junior members with mentorship, advice on building a successful career, and resources to help them develop research projects, obtain grants and write manuscripts.

I feel that I am qualified to serve our community as a member of the executive board in full capacity. I have the energy, motivation, organizational and leadership skills to help defend and serve my fellow members. As a simulation educator working to do what I love and to foster a successful academic career, I understand the importance of mentorship and collaboration in helping to develop one’s career. I would like to help facilitate collaboration between simulation educators within our community and to develop resources and programs to assist other faculty to develop their careers in simulation.

Stephanie Stapleton, MD
Boston University/Boston Medical Center

S StapletonI completed my emergency medicine residency at University of Connecticut in 2013. During the following year, I was a simulation fellow at Hartford Hospital under the tutelage of Alise Frallicciardi and Thomas Nowicki. After fellowship completion, I became an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation for Boston Medical Center. For the last 2 years, I have served as secretary for the Simulation Academy Research Subcommittee.

The simulation academy has been a fertile collaboration ground for me as a junior faculty member at Boston University. I would like to give back to the academy and members by serving as treasurer.

I have three main goals that focus on collaborative organization, dissemination and public relations. The first goal is to form a collaborative research infrastructure for members to share and receive mentorship on their research initiatives.. This structure may be used for pitching ideas, designing research, writing manuscripts, or other troubleshooting. I currently serve on the research subcommittee that is beginning to work on this idea.

My second goal is to increase our web presence through maximizing our website and contribute to the FOAMEd community!. We have lots of collaborative material that we should disseminate. Imagine telling a global audience about your new model, debriefing technique or latest finding. The EM sim and sim-curious community need this information in a central place.

These goals are complementary to my third goal of improving our public relations, recruitment and retention of active members. Word of mouth advertising tends to be best. Productive collaborations and helpful websites often fuel these positive flames.

Let’s improve our collaborative organization, dissemination and public relations. Please elect Steph Stapleton as treasurer for the Simulation Academy.

Member-at-Large Candidate Statements

Tina Chen, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

T ChenAfter graduating from the University of Connecticut Integrated Residency in Emergency Medicine, I completed a medical simulation fellowship at the Center of Education, Simulation, and Innovation at Hartford Hospital in 2017. Currently, I serve as the Director of Simulation for the Saint Louis University EM Residency. In 2018, I was appointed Assistant Dean of Simulation at Saint Louis University School of Medicine; in this role, I manage the simulation lab and work to integrate simulation education into the medical student curriculum.

The SAEM Simulation Academy provides a rich environment for collaboration and dialogue, as well as a scaffold for mentorship opportunities. As a young simulation educator, I’ve benefitted tremendously from its resources. If selected for the Member-at-Large position, I would like to add to our current body of knowledge in two specific ways:

(1) I would like to draw upon the Simulation Academy network to make a list of essential articles that reflect core principles and best practices in medical simulation education. Many EM residency programs use “52 Articles in 52 Weeks” (https://www.aliem.com/2016/10/52-articles-in-52-weeks-2nd-edition-2016/), a list of seminal articles in EM that inform our current practice; the target audience is new EM interns. Similarly, I think the simulation community would benefit from a list of foundational articles in simulation education, specifically targeting simulation fellows, young simulation educators, or experienced educators who are inexperienced in simulation.

(2) I would like to create a series of sample budgets for simulation labs of varying sizes, including the cost of equipment, personnel, maintenance, and educator buydown. For EM residencies, we have a general idea of the administrative resources required to run a residency program; similarly, as a simulation community, we should have a general idea of the resources required to maintain high-quality EM simulation education. As the director of a small and growing simulation lab, I feel this data would be invaluable in budget or buydown negotiation.

We are lucky to belong to a friendly community of enthusiastic simulation educators. I would like to draw upon our shared knowledge to enhance our professional development resources. Please vote for Tina Chen for the Member-at-Large position.

Neel Naik, MD
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine

N NaikI am a Chicago native, attended Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, where I earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. I subsequently completed medical school at Northwestern University. I completed residency training at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, and was elected to be a co-Chief Resident. I continued training at NYU/Bellevue as a Simulation Fellow, focusing on curriculum design and remediation. I am currently overseeing and developing the simulation education program for the New York Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Department including residents, staff and faculty. In addition, I have helped develop and teach a simulation-based telemedicine curriculum for the institution which earned him the 2019 SAEM Simulation Innovation Award.

Simulation has continuously grown as a field within Emergency Medicine for the last decade and has become an integral part of Emergency Medicine education. As it has grown, it has become apparent that the simulation approach and mindset is not meant to be in a silo of just education, but it is a bridge between many aspects of Emergency Medicine. Its utility within disaster/austere medicine, ultrasound, EMS, toxicology, etc. is well documented in the literature. And as new areas of Emergency Medicine develop, simulation is likely to be a key aspect in its education and dissemination. My goal is to develop these bridges on the national leadership level and collaborate with other academies to create to continue to develop the tree of simulation within Emergency Medicine.

Glenn Paetow, MD, MACM
University of Minnesota

G PaetowI completed my Emergency Medicine Residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota followed by a Fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation at the same institution. After obtaining my Masters in Academic Medicine through the University of Southern California, I joined Hennepin County Medical Center as a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. I also have an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Since joining Hennepin Healthcare, I was selected to lead as Medical Director for the Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center where we manage a large, academic simulation center that serves a comprehensive healthcare system with a 473-bed academic medical center, a large outpatient Clinic & Surgical Center, and a vast network of neighborhood clinics located throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

I have been an active member of the SAEM Simulation Academy since graduating residency, more joining the Education sub-committee meetings, and taking on an active role in the collaborative teaching workshops put on by the Simulation Academy at both the SAEM Annual Meeting and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s (SSH) International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). Additionally, I have been an active member of the Council of Residency Directors in EM (CORD) Simulation Community of Practice and the SSH Emergency Medicine Section and Directors of SIM Centers Group.

Healthcare Simulation is now routinely integrated into health professions education and education scholarship, but I believe we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to its application into systems and quality improvement, organizational leadership and development, and support of clinical research. The Simulation Academy brings a tremendous amount of value to its members by fostering the creation, development, and curation of novel educational resources, by supporting networking and collaboration among its members, by helping to create a shared mental model for ways of demonstrating the value and ROI of simulation within institutional frameworks, and by promoting the advancement of healthcare simulation scholarship.

If elected to serve, I would collaborate with the members of the executive committee, the various subcommittees, and individual members of the Simulation Academy in order to develop and curate practical, off-the-shelf resources for simulation educators, scholars, and leaders/administrators alike. I would serve the community by helping to foster a collaborative community of practice where opportunities for scholarship are shared and co-created. I would also promote and prioritize the advancement of healthcare simulation science though integration of simulation into quality improvement and research frameworks, both locally and on a broader scale. Finally, I would work tirelessly with this community to create off-the-shelf resources to help make our day-to-day operations easier and more meaningful for all simulationists, whether you are focused on education, quality improvement, hospital operations and management, or scholarship.

Jessica M. Ray, PhD
Yale School of Medicine and Yale Center for Medical Simulation

J RayI am a Human Factors researcher and Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Yale Center for Medical Simulation at Yale School of Medicine. I hold a PhD in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology as well as a Masters of Science in Modeling and Simulation. During my graduate training I worked as a Consortium Research Fellow with the Army Research Institute’s Technology-based Training Unit. For the past seven years I have specialized in medical human factors and simulation, first as a simulation educator with the Yale New Haven Health System’s SYN:APSE simulation center and for the past two years as a faculty member supporting both education and research at Yale School of Medicine’s Yale Center for Medical Simulation. During my time with Yale-New Haven Health, I facilitated interprofessional groups working on process and system redesign, design and testing of new patient care areas, and developed educational simulations for both lab and in-situ settings. As an educator, I am interested in advancing patient safety through the development of clinical teamwork, communication, and decision making skills. As a researcher, I focus both on understanding pedagogical characteristics of educational simulation as well as utilizing simulation as a research paradigm to investigate cognitive and physiologic responses to features of the clinical work environment (e.g. interruptions, stressors, etc). I believe my diverse background and skills in both education and research prepare me well for a member at large position within the SAEM Simulation Academy. Emergency medicine as a field can benefit from increasingly diverse applications of simulation from design, process and systems improvement, education, to research. In the past year, I have collaborated with the SAEM Simulation Academy research sub-committee to understand the research needs of academy members. If elected I will work to understand and support the needs of academy members engaged in all types of simulation. To promote the growth and sustainment of our academy, I will also encourage collaborations for shared learning and the advancement simulation beyond traditional applications.\

Daniel Testa, MD
Hartford Hospital

D TestaI earned my undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University, followed by my medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine. I then moved to Connecticut for residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Currently, I am completing my Fellowship in Medical Simulation at Hartford Hospital. During residency and fellowship I have been engaged in designing course curricula for all levels of trainees ranging from medical students, to pre-hospital providers to residents and physician assistants. I have also had the privilege to work with both reserve and active duty military personal, developing customized courses to prepare them for active deployment. In my role as a teacher I have been responsible not only for instructing learners, but also for preparing and training other staff in how to be a simulation instructor. I have also been involved in the strategic planning that goes behind a large simulation center, participating in business recruitment for new groups, performing needs assessments and planning how to expand the scope of a simulation center.

Medical simulation is becoming an increasingly important component of training both at the medical school and residency level across virtually all specialties. Within emergency medicine we have the unique opportunity to be leaders of the medical simulation field. My goal as a member-at-large of the simulation academy would be to expand opportunities and support for those within emergency medicine who do not have formal simulation training but are in positions where they can step up and take leadership of simulation at smaller or newer institutions. I also want to build partnerships between EMS, wilderness, toxicology and other emergency medicine sub-specialties to expand the resources we offer through the Simulation Academy while also incorporating the expertise of our colleagues.

I believe that my experience working with a wide array of learners with differing levels of medical knowledge and seeing not only the medical, but also business side of simulation, has given me a broad perspective on how the Simulation Academy can continue to expand and move forward. It would be an honor to have the chance to give back to the simulation community and help be one of its leaders.