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Sept. 6, 2007

Leader in medical simulation is Ida Beam Visiting Professor Sept. 18-20

David M. Gaba (photo, left), M.D., a pioneer in the use of simulation in medical education to improve patient safety and health care practice, will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Sept. 18-20.

Gaba, who invented the modern, full-body patient simulator, is a professor of anesthesia and associate dean for immersive and simulation-based learning at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also directs both the Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning (CISL) at Stanford and the Patient Simulation Center of Innovation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

Gaba's research focuses on how simulation training can improve public policy and public safety. His wide-ranging areas of expertise include understanding effects of fatigue on clinicians' performance; evaluating the "culture of safety" in health care institutions and improving the safety through specific interventions; and the human factors involved in the use of medical equipment.

During his visit, Gaba will give two public lectures and take part in a radio interview. The schedule for his public events is as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 18:
--Radio interview with Ben Kieffer on Iowa Public Radio's "The Exchange" at 10 a.m.
--Lecture, "What Is Culture of Safety, Why Do I Care, and What Does it Have to Do with Patient Safety and Simulation?" 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Prem Sahai Auditorium (Room 1110A) in the Medical Education and Research Building (MERF).

Thursday, Sept. 20:
-- Lecture, "Drivers and Implementers: Public Policy Aspects of the Evolution of Simulation Applied to Healthcare," 7:30 p.m., the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

In addition to his public events, Gaba also will present a joint Grand Rounds session to the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery and meet with trainees and faculty from those departments to discuss the use of simulation in postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate medical education. Gaba also will visit the National Advanced Driving Simulator, meeting with faculty and staff from the UI Public Policy Center, and he will discuss simulation-based performance assessment with faculty from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Nursing.

Gaba's activities are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorship Program, and his visit is co-sponsored by the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery in the UI Carver College of Medicine, and the UI Public Policy Center.

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Gaba received a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, a medical degree from Yale University, and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Stanford. He is editor-in-chief of Simulation in Healthcare, the official journal of the Society for Medical Simulation. Gaba also is secretary of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate, please contact Barbara Bewyer at 319-353-7559 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135
Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACTS: Barbara Bewyer, 319-353-7559,; Jennifer Brown, Health Science Relations, 319-335-9917,