Sara Kim | PhD

Director of Educational Innovations and Strategic Programs, WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare

Research Professor, Department of Surgery, George G. B. Bilsten Professor in the Art of Communication with Peers and Patients



Dr. Kim is the Director of Educational Innovations and Strategic Programs at WISH. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Medical Education that is newly instituted in the Dean’s Office, School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Education from the University of Washington in 1999. 

Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Kim served as Associate Professor and Director of Instructional Design and Technology Unit between 2010 and 2012 at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Her role included implementing major educational technology initiatives to sustain the medical school curriculum and developing interactive elearning modules to support medical student and resident training.  She also served as a mentor in the medical school’s Medical Education Fellowship.

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Between 2000 and 2010, Dr. Kim served as a faculty member in the School of Medicine, University of Washington. She was an education faculty in the Department of Family Medicine (2000-2006) and in the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics (2006-2010).

In addition, she was the Education Director at WISH with funded faculty responsibilities in the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Department of Surgery. Her main faculty activities included mentoring junior clinician educators in scholarship and promotion, overseeing curriculum development and evaluation programs, and conducting collaborative research in medical education.

Dr. Kim is the Vice Chair of the Curriculum Committee, ACS-AEI (American College of Surgeons-Accredited Educational Institutes), Chair of the Re-Accreditation Committee of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), committee member of the SSH Accreditation Council as well as AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) RIME (Research in Medical Education).

Dr. Kim has numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading medical education and surgery journals, covering topics of technology-facilitated educational interventions, faculty development and other teaching and learning practices.