2020-2021 SIMULATION SECRETARY CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

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.