Dr. David Kessler, MD, MSc
Vice Chair of Innovation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
What are your research interests?
My primary interest is to understand how best to leverage new technologies to improve patient care. I am passionate about the use of simulation techniques to study (and improve) our environment and processes of care. Lately I’ve been very interested in the use of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and visual recognition software to automate assessment and feedback for learners.
What is the most innovative sim-related activity you do in your work?
I would have to say it is the sustainable manner in which we built a continuous weekly curriculum of In Situ simulation in our emergency department. The program is cross-disciplinary and inter-professionally run. There are so many layers of learning, from the trainee to the system level. It is a true model of system integration where we made “practice” a part of our routine clinical care.
Why did you join IPSS?
Such a highly concentrated group of talent all in one room- it is like the VIP section of the Pediatric Simulation party! Joining IPSS was a first -class ticket directly into the room where it happens. (Speaking of amazing rap, I still have not achieved my life’s mission to make it into a Peter Weinstock verse– so that’s why I keep showing up).
What do you gain from your IPSS membership?
IPSS has brought me amazing mentorship, inspirational programming, and incredible life-long friendships. What are you looking forward to at IPSSW? I’m excited to see how the creative and resilient community of IPSS comes together to innovate with our first ever IPSS-V event! IPSS is never a stale conference, they are always on the leading edge (if not creating that edge themselves).
David Kessler, MD, MSc is the Vice Chair of Innovation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. David is one of the original co-founders and past co-chairs of INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education) and has dedicated his career to building community and research in the fields of healthcare simulation and emergency ultrasound.