On Wednesday, January 24, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. approximately 50 medical educators from across the University of Pittsburgh Campus attended a Medical Educator Symposium held at WISER. The goal of the evening was to introduce the capabilities, facilities and support WISER can offer medical educators in trying to convert traditional coursework in medical education to a simulation based, hands-on format. Educators for both medical students as well as residency and fellow level trainees attended the event.
The evening began with a presentation of an overview of WISER and the process of implementing simulation into a curriculum given by the director of WISER Dr. Paul E. Phrampus. Following the opening presentation the audience was split into groups and rotated through a number of stations hosted by course directors of currently available WISER programs. The audience received a demonstration of many of the programs as well as the opportunity to have discussions with course directors regarding information to allow a successful utilization of simulation based education.
WISER faculty members that participated in the symposium and demonstrated their coursework included Dr. Susan Dunmire, Dr David Metro, Dr Bill McIvor, Dr Mindy Feidor, Dr Amy Seybert, Dr Michael Mohr, Dr. John Mahoney, Dr Lillian Emlett. WISER's Director of Operations Tom Dongilli and curriculum project manager Aimee Smith hosted a station demonstrating the process of creating curriculum and the AV technology support available at the institute.