Dr. Rob Sweet, Executive Director of the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH), is seeking Clinical Directors for the 2018-2019 WISH Program.

Ideal applicants are clinicians with strong education interests/backgrounds in the following areas, and are prepared to: 

  • Represent the clinical stakeholders within your domain across departments for simulation across UW Medicine;
  • Provide leadership, guidance and direction to course directors who conduct courses within the core areas of specialty;
  • Provide guidance to the development of new initiatives that correlate with UW Medicine strategic goals and priorities;
  • Ensure integrity and integration across courses;
  • Serve on grant review team to grant resources to programs;
  • Chair multidisciplinary champion groups;
  • Provide annual report of activities and perceived successes and future projects;
  • Serve as a member of the Board of Clinical Directors which meets quarterly.

The following seven positions represent core skill sets that spans across UW Medicine departments/disciplines.

1. Clinical Director of Clinical Education
2. Clinical Director of Critical Care and Anesthesiology
3. Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care
4. Clinical Director of Image-guided skills
5. Clinical Director of Neonatology/Pediatrics
6. Clinical Director of Surgical specialties
7. Clinical Director of Team Performance


  1. The Clinical Directors will report to WISH Executive Director, Dr. Rob Sweet as it relates to the Clinical Director position, and will have access to administrative staff to help perform the above duties;
  2. The term of service is a one year period. Each Clinical Director will be allotted $5,000 to be used at their discretion for their service;
  3. Clinical Directors will be responsible for coordination and oversight of specialty specific committees and events as needed/requested. This may include recruitment/participation in the following:
    •  Annual Interprofessional Education Events (e.g., Capstone)
    •  Annual community outreach events
    •  WISH promotional events (high profile tours, etc.).


  1. All University of Washington clinical personnel qualified under one of the clinical areas outline above (based in Seattle or the WWAMI region) are eligible to submit an application.


Applications should address the following:

  1. Letter of support from their Department Chair
  2. Brief Personal Statement (1 Page Limit) to include which area/discipline you are applying
  3. CV


    Period for Nominations is now open!

    Applications will be accepted until August 15th

    Clinical Director Start Date:  September 1, 2018


Please send nominations/applications to Megan Sherman.



C-SATS Acquired by Johnson & Johnson - Congrats to WISH Faculty Dr. Thomas Lendvay and UW CoMotion

Johnson & Johnson announced the acquisition of C-SATS, a Seattle CoMotion Labs startup, co-founded by Dr. Thomas Lendvay, Associate Professor in the Department of Urology and long time WISH Faculty.  C-SATS uses technology to help surgeons improve skills and health outcomes by facilitating performance reviews. Read the full article here.

NEWS FLASH: Use of Live Tissue vs. Synthetic Models in Training and Assessment

We wanted to share a recent article published by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine authored by the University of Minnesota Combat Casualty Training Consortium (UMN CCTC) which includes our own Dr. Robert Sweet, Executive Director of WISH and CREST and Troy Reihsen, Director of the CREST Artificial Tissue Lab .

This timely article entitled, Training and Assessing Critical Airway, Breathing, and Hemorrhage Control Procedures for Trauma Care: Live Tissue Versus Synthetic Models, explores innovative simulation strategies for education in modern medicine.

Please click here to read the article in it's entirety. 

Dr. Rachel Umoren Awarded Grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

WISH Clinical Director for Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. Rachel Umoren was awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the maintenance of healthcare provider knowledge and skills in neonatal resuscitation. The project will develop and test an integrated mobile virtual reality training module and data collection tool to track key newborn care indicators in low and middle-income countries.

WISH, CREST, & UW Bioengineering Host Intriguing Lecture - 3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices

The development of methods for interfacing high performance functional devices with biology could impact regenerative medicine, smart prosthetics, and human-machine interfaces. The ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of devices possessing unique geometries, properties, and functionalities. 3D printing is a multi-scale platform, allowing for the incorporation of functional nanoscale inks, the printing of microscale features, and ultimately the creation of macroscale devices. This three-dimensional blending of functional materials and ‘living’ platforms may enable next-generation 3D printed devices.

Michael C. McAlpine is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University, and was Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (2008-2015). His research is focused on 3D printing functional materials & devices, including the three-dimensional interweaving of biological and electronic materials.

Fake it ‘til you make it

Surrounded by silicone livers, a 3D-printed rib cage, and a prosthetic arm covered in third-degree burns lies Frank, a prototype of the world’s most advanced manikin for medical simulations. Fresh off a nationwide tour to train combat medics how to respond to roadside bombs, his right leg is a mangled mess of blood, bone, and silicone, but he’s still serving an important purpose.