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Gladys Fernandez, MD

Gladys Fernandez, MD currently serves as Chair of the SSH Surgery SIG.  Prior to this, she served as Vice Chair of the Surgery SIG from 2014 to 2016.   She has been a member of SSH since December 2010 and has been attending IMSH meetings annually since 2011.  Simulation experience began in 2005.   As Simulation Programs Manager and Director of Undergraduate & Graduate Simulation Education Programs at the Baystate Simulation Center & Goldberg Surgical Skills Laboratory, as well as Assistant Program Director of the Surgical Residency program and Assistant Clerkship Director of Students in Surgery at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, Gladys’ interests focus on cognitive and procedural skills core competency training, boot camp orientation and assessment of proficiency, use of simulation for remediation, behavioral assessments of performance in simulation, team training in crisis team situations and macrosystem simulation for institutional readiness programs.   She can be reached by email at:

Vice Chair
Gregory J. Wiet, MD, FACS, FAAP

E Gregory serves as the Vice Chair of the SSH Surgery SIG. He has been a member of SSH for 6 years. His professional interests include surgical/technical skills simulation for training and assessment. He has been involved in surgical simulation research and development for the past 25 years in the area of ear surgery. Under funding through the NIH/NIDCD he is PI for an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research group that has worked to develop and validate a temporal bone surgery simulator (1R01-DC011321). Additionally, he serves as a member of the Simulation Task Force for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and is the PI on a national randomized controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of a curriculum integrating simulation training for ear tube insertion. This study involves 65 of the 106 training institutions across the US. He can be reached via email at:

Surgery Special Interest Group

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Welcome to the Surgery SIG. This group represents a variety of members from numerous institutions coming together to form relationships, share information and collaborate in all aspects of simulation based surgical education.

The Surgery SIG is a venue for connection and mentorship in surgical simulation which takes advantage of the multidisciplinary and inter-professional participation in the SSH with the ultimate purpose to improve the care of surgical patients.

This SIG provides a unique and valuable global resource to support the development of surgical simulation addressing teaching, research, assessment and systems improvement. This SIG promotes information sharing, simulation program expansion opportunities, faculty and research development.

(1) share methods by which simulation based training and assessment foster the advancement of undergraduate, graduate and/or post-graduate education in the specialty;
(2) provide resources for curriculum development and implementation, research, expansion of the role of simulation in improving patient safety and quality outcomes;
(3) represent an important perspective within the multi-disciplinary and inter-professional activities of the simulation community and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.


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