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Paul E. Phrampus, MD has been appointed Interim Director of the Institute. Tom Dongilli has been named Director of Operations. The two officially began their tenure on December 27, 2005 during the holiday break.
Dr. Phrampus has most recently served in the role of Assistant Director of Emergency Medical Programs for the Institute. He has extensive experience in simulation activities as has developed numerous simulation based training courses for Emergency Physicians and residents. He has also co-authored courses for the Stat Medevac Helicopter System owned by the Center for Emergency Medicine and is actively involved in simulation based training for prehospital care providers. He has lectured extensively on simulation based activities locally, nationally and to the military.
Mr. Dongilli has been involved with WISER since its conception thirteen years ago. He has extensive experience operating, designing and assessing simulation based training facilities. He has been integral in simulation based training activities for the US Army, as well as the University and UPMC. He has lectured locally and nationally as well as conducted numerous workshops on simulation technology. In his new role at WISER he will be responsible for management of all day to day operations and administration.
The combined experience and talent of Dr. Phrampus and Mr. Dongilli will ensure that WISER remains a state of the art simulation center serving the educational needs of the Schools of the University of Pittsburgh , the UPMC Health System and the Southwestern Pennsylvania healthcare community. They will continue an aggressive campaign to expand WISER's focus on simulation education research and educational programs designed to increase patient safety and enhance healthcare education.
The new appointments and restructuring of responsibilities has occurred after the resignation of the founding director Dr. John Schaefer who has accepted a position to lead the development of Simulation Training Programs in South Carolina .