Paul E. Phrampus, MD, WISER's Assistant Director for Emergency Medical Programs since 2003 has been named Director of the Institute. Over the past eleven months he has served in the capacity as interim director while a national search for a permanent director was conducted. During his tenure as interim director he has presided over the largest expansion of the Institute since its inception.
A simulation education veteran, some of his past accomplishments include the authoring of the Emergency Medicine Difficult Airway Management Program for Academic Emergency Medicine Faculty, Residents as well as a version for community physicians. He has co-authored an Air Medical Crew Training Program for Stat Medevac, operated by UPMC, which is one of the largest air medical transportation systems in the country.
Dr Phrampus has lectured on simulation topics regionally, nationally, internationally as well as to the US Army Combat Field Medic Educators. He appeared on NBC's Today Show as part of a campaign to educate the public on the important patient safety efforts that come from the implementation of simulation based education.
Dr Phrampus has a distinguished career as an educator. He has received a number of awards for these activities, indicative of the excellence he brings to his educational endeavors He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Emergency Medicine Residency in 2000, the Faculty Excellence Award in 2004 and the Clerkship Preceptor of the year from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in May of this year.
Dr. Phrampus' work in the field has generated special interest and resulted in his selection as a member of the Program Committee for the National Association of EMS Physicians in 2005 as well as the Program Chair for the same organization in 2006 and 2007. He serves on the Program Committee for the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) for 2007. He also serves as a member of the UPMC Patient Quality Care Committee and remains committed to creating a safer environment for patients.
Phrampus is a graduate of Old Dominion University, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.