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Formal Training Programs AG



Demian Szyld, MD, EdM

Dr. Demian Szyld is the Chair of the Affiliations Committee of SSH and is an active member of the SSH Acreditation Council.  He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital and NYU School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director and Fellowship Director at The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM), a partnership between The City University of New York (CUNY) and NYU Langone Medical Center.  Demian trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and in Simulation Education at STRATUS, the center for medical simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Demian teaches simulation instructor courses at NYSIM, The Center for Medical Simulation in Boston as well as in Spain and Latin America with the Hospital Virtual Valdecilla team.  Demian does research in the areas of Interprofessional Education and Teamwork and the Assessment of Technical Skills.  He is the founder and co-host of the monthly podcast Simulacion de Sur a Norte ( 

Vice Chair
Grace Ng, MD, EdM

Grace is currently the nursing director at the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, one of the largest healthcare simulation centers in the U.S. She has been a nurse since 1998, with a clinical background in obstetrics nursing and midwifery. In her teaching career, she was an adjunct faculty member at NYU College of Nursing; a professional development educator at NYU Langone Medical Center, and currently serves an associate faculty member at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston in addition to her role at the New York Simulation Center. Additionally, she is currently completing her PhD in Nursing at the City University of New York.

Grace’s work is currently focused on faculty development in simulation-based education, especially in the art of debriefing. She finds teaching teachers to be a special honor, and she spends much of her time in the U.S. and in Asia working with faculty to develop their teaching skills in simulation. Her goal is to empower faculty with this powerful teaching tool to reach their learners wherever they are. 

Communications Director
Ambrose Wong, MD

Ambrose Wong, MD serves as the Communications Director of the FCMP Affinity Group. He is an emergency physician and Director of Simulation Research at Yale School of Medicine. He completed a medical simulation fellowship at NYU School of Medicine and New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences. As a simulation fellowship graduate and a current administrator of a simulation fellowship, Dr. Wong is committed to support SSH members and other simulation colleagues engaged in the training and development of the next generation of healthcare simulation experts. Dr. Wong has an interest in utilizing simulation to improve interprofessional collaborative practice and patient-centered care. His current study applies a simulation-based interprofessional education curriculum to decrease workplace violence and improve the care of acutely agitated patients during times of crises. Dr. Wong can be reached at ambrose.wong@yale.eduTwitter @ambrosehwong

Shannon McNamara

Shannon McNamara, MD serves as the Secretary of the FCMP Affinity Group. She is an emergency physician and Associate Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West, where she completed a fellowship in medical simulation. Through the FCMP Affinity Group, Dr. McNamara looks forward to building a community of trainees and scholars in health care simulation. Dr. McNamara is interested in improving interprofessional teamwork and systems based practice through simulation. She can be reached at Twitter @shannonomac

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