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The End of an Era at WISER

Dr John Schaefer

Dr John Schaefer has been the tremendously innovating leader at WISER for more than one decade. Together with a very competent and loyal staff, he has developed WISER to the most advanced medical simulation center in the nation. Utilization of the internet for automatic data collection and immediate analysis remains unique. This is of outstanding importance for trainee feedback and publications. This rapid development began with a million dollar grant from the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine and funding provided by the Department of Anesthesiology, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing to more than match the Laerdal Grant. Dr Schaefer was quick to respond by creating the current, modern and quite large facility, with some 20 full size human simulators, 60 new combined lap top notepad computers for use by the trainee classes in the large Laerdal Lecture Hall. Close to 10,000 trainees have been educated in calendar year 2005 alone

All faculty and staff members have been invited speakers at various meetings and institutions with increasing frequency. Dr Schaefer is leading this activity with more than seven important invitations to lecture extramurally during the Fall this year. This includes the following:

October 24: Poster presentations and workshops in Atlanta at the annual ASA meeting.
November 12: Medical Simulation lecture at the AHA congress in Dallas.
November 15: Medical Grand Rounds at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
December 1: Anesthesiology Grand Rounds at Temple University in Philadelphia.
December 6-7: WISER presentation at the University of Miami Simulation Research Consortium Winter Retreat.
December 9: Presentation together with Dr J. Quinlan of "Difficult Airway Management in Medical Simulation" at the NY Postgraduate Assembly

The above is the background to a very honoring invitation for Dr Schaefer to move to South Carolina. On February 1, 2006, he will become Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston with secondary appointments at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and the Clemson University in Greenville. He will serve as Director of Simulations with an endowed chair in the Coalition of University and Health Systems in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston. He will also have an endowed chair for Medical Simulation at the South Carolina Center for Quality Health Care and Patient Safety. Obviously, South Carolina is in the forefront of coordinating medical simulation on a State wide basis. Dr Schaefer will report to the Board of Deans and Health Care Administrators at the Coalition of Health Sciences in SC.

Dr Schaefer will be thoroughly missed at WISER. We all congratulate him to this outstanding opportunity to move further in this relatively new and rapidly growing field of medical simulation.