Demian Szyld Joins CMS as Senior Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation

Demian SzyldThe Center for Medical Simulation is pleased to announce that this fall, Demian Szyld, MD, EdM, will be joining us as Senior Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS), our simulation educator training program, succeeding his mentors Jenny Rudolph, PhD, and Robert Simon, EdD. Demian will be working with IMS Associate Director Mary Fey, PhD, RN, to build on a long-standing commitment to innovation and excellence in curriculum and faculty development. Demian will also work closely with Robert Simon to coordinate and advance the CMS Affiliate Program.

Demian will serve on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine. He will practice Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) with a joint appointment in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He will work closely with CMS, BWH, and MGH colleagues to advance our research program in the areas of debriefing and feedback.

Demian teaches several of the Institute for Medical Simulation Program’s courses in English and in Spanish. He helps others perform at their best via his excellent feedback and reassuring support. Demian has a strong commitment to reflective practice both in everyday work and in formal processes of faculty development.

Demian will be moving on from his post as the founding Medical Director of the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, where he created the fellowship program, served as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and worked clinically in the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department. Demian currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He is the cohost of the bi-monthly podcast, Simulacion de Sur a Norte, and an Editor for Advances in Simulation. He publishes, presents and teaches widely in the field of simulation including at international meetings in Chile, New Zealand, Canada, England, the USA, and Mexico.

Demian represents a new generation of clinical educators with formal training in simulation-based education. Mentored by Chuck Pozner, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the STRATUS Simulation Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he was in the avant garde as the first simulation fellow at STRATUS. During that time, he pursued a Master’s in Education with a focus on Technology, Innovation and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This focus on technology-enhanced learning will serve him well as he and Mary Fey work with Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP and Roxane Gardner, MD, PhD, MHPE to connect the CMS high-touch in-person learning model to our online collective learning initiative known as the Interprofessional Community of Practice (iCoP), funded by a two year grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.