Sharon Muret-Wagstaff Appointed Director of ExCEL

October 2018

Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, is the new director of the Emory School of Medicine's Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL). Dr. Muret-Wagstaff is associate professor of surgery, Thalia and Michael Carlos and Alfred A. Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT), Department of Surgery, as well as founding director of CSAT's High Fidelity Simulation program. Outside of Emory, she chairs the Simulation Teaching and Research Initiative of Atlanta.

Dr. Muret-Wagstaff's advocacy of simulation-based education and direct participation in this training discipline is extensive and diverse. In addition to her current Emory positions, she recently founded and directs Emory's Co-management of Operating Room Emergencies (CORE) Simulation Program, which provides teams of Emory surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses with opportunities to sharpen their interdisciplinary teamwork skills during simulated crisis scenarios in a mock operating room.

At the national level, Dr. Muret-Wagstaff is associate editor of Simulation in Healthcare, and serves on scientific review panels for several organizations. She is an elected Academy Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, where she also serves as chair of the Surgery Special Interest Group, vice chair of the Research Committee, and accreditation site reviewer; and is vice chair of the Research and Development Committee of the American College of Surgeons' consortium of accredited simulation programs.

ExCEL encompasses over 10,000 square feet of educational space in the School of Medicine Building, and houses low-tech task trainers, sophisticated human patient simulators, and virtual reality equipment for surgical techniques, all with the capacity for direct and remote observation and recording. The program's facilities are easily converted into such environments as an operating room, trauma bay, patient or clinic room, and can accommodate standardized patient education, procedural training, high fidelity simulation, and debriefing for individuals and healthcare teams including students, residents, fellows, faculty, staff, and continuing medical education participants.

"I am eager to talk with faculty about innovative ways that simulation can support their educational goals, research questions, and clinical challenges," says Dr. Muret-Wagstaff. "Ultimately, our aim with simulation is to accelerate learning, discovery, collaboration, and impact on the quality and effectiveness of patient care."

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