Thomas Dongilli, AT, CHSOS-A, FSSH

Operations Director

Director- Inpatient Crisis Response System Evaluation Program UPMC

Administrator- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology

Associate Director- Fellowship Programs

Thomas Dongilli AT, CHSOS-A, FSSH has worked in the healthcare education industry for over 27 years. Tom is the Director of Operations at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). In this role, Tom supplies operational leadership to WISER’s main facility and its’ 8 satellite centers. WISER currently is accredited in all categories by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, including Fellowship Programs. Prior to this role, Tom was the Chief Anesthesia Technologist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Tom has extensive experience in simulation center design, integration, and operations. Some of Tom’s published works include chapters in “A Manual of Simulation in Healthcare” and “Concepts, Trends, and Possibilities for Using Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education”. Tom has authored many courses pertaining to simulation center operations as well. Courses include: TechSim (Simulation Operations Specialist Training Program), Designing Your Simulation Center and Operational Best Practices for Your Simulation Center. Tom’s area of clinical interest is in the field on patient safety and identifying latent threats to hospitals and health systems. This work has led to the creation of the In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation Program and the First 5 Minutes – What to do Until the Code Team Arrives training program. He also contributes expert knowledge and experience in the practical design, implementation, operation and monitoring of simulation-based programs and medical learning systems.

Tom was the 2014 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare meeting co-chair. Tom has been an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare since its inception. Veteran’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Simulation Center Steering Committee, Previous SSH (CHSOS) Exam Prep committee and the SSH Meeting Oversight Committee. Tom was the lead author on the creation of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s “2012 and 2021 Simulation Center Policy and Procedure Manual”.

In 2018, Tom was selected by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, to the SSH Fellowship Academy. These individuals were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the development of SSH and to the field of healthcare simulation. Their skills and knowledge are a vital component of the Academy’s success, as the Fellows will initiate important work to keep our field moving forward.

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