David M. Gaba, MD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) anesthesiologist, was recently named the first-ever recipient of the Under Secretary for Health's Award for Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research.
VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert A. Petzel, presented the award during the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare in New Orleans on January 24th, 2011.
Dr. Gaba was recognized with the 2011 Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Practice Award for his numerous contributions to the field of clinical simulation over the past two decades. Dr. Gaba created the first modern mannequin-based fully interactive simulator, which has since been commercialized and, along with his curricula, is in use in thousands of simulation training and education programs around the world. He has also conducted ground-breaking research in Crisis Resource Management (CRM) in clinical care settings and has designed CRM-oriented simulation instructor training designed to improve patient safety outcomes.
"This award honors an individual who has made a national impact through the direct provision of clinical simulation training, education and research in VA," said Dr. Petzel. "Dr. Gaba's influence on the skills of clinical staff throughout VHA has benefited the millions of Veterans cared for in our health care system."
In addition to his work at VAPAHCS, Dr. Gaba is the Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and Director of the Center for Immersive and Simulation based Learning (CISL) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also editor-in-chief of "Simulation in Healthcare," the official journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
The strategy of VHA's SimLEARN program is to improve clinical outcomes for America's Veterans by providing a safe and supportive environment in which practitioners master skills, practice protocols, learn system-based practices, apply critical decision making and promote communication and interpersonal skills. To learn more about the VHA SimLEARN program, visit the SimLEARN website.