Use of the center and simulation mannequins with staff support is currently at no cost for learners from all four professional healthcare schools and the physical therapy program.

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Baum Family Faculty Scholars Program:

The UCSF Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholars Program was instituted in 2019 to support the career development of faculty with an academic career interest in simulation. The program provides salary support and mentoring for 2 faculty members for a period of two years, to develop expertise in simulation as an educational strategy. The program is funded through the Baum Family Presidential Chair Award funds, a generous gift from John and Mindy Baum.

2023-2025 Scholars

Paul K. Cheng

Paul K. Cheng, MD is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSF. Dr. Cheng's goal for the Baum Family Faculty Scholars Program is to develop simulation curriculum for anesthesiology residents and pain medicine fellows for scenarios related to the subspecialty of pain management. Specifically, this curriculum will provide simulation experiences for pain procedures and model how to respond to intraoperative/procedural complications and emergencies. Within this program he also plans to integrate new technologies including 3D printing and virtual simulation to continue to expand the role and reach of simulation in medical education.


Rosalyn Plotzker

Rosalyn Plotzker, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. Dr. Plotzker created the Virtual Approach to Gynecology Project, a gynecologic pelvic exam curriculum for health care trainees that utilizes 360-degree video and virtual reality (VR) simulation. The Project was made in collaboration with UCSF’s anatomy department and the CAPTC. She intends to use her time as a Baum Family Faculty Scholar to implement the Virtual Approach to Gynecology Project at UCSF, research the use of VR in medical education, and collaborate with UCSF’s educational technology champions to advance the use of extended reality in UCSF’s health sciences education. 


2021-2023 Scholars

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceDavid Bayne, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Urology at UCSF. He received his undergraduate training at Harvard College, where he earned a degree in Biochemistry. As a medical student in 2010 he assisted with the medical relief during the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. It was here that Dr. Bayne’s appreciation for surgical subspecialties was realized. He went on to receive his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2012. He was accepted to UCSF’s Residency in Urology and was invited to continue as a Fellow in the Endourology and Laparoscopy program.  In 2020, Dr. Bayne was recruited to join the faculty at UCSF.  He specializes in the performance of endoscopic, laparoscopic, and percutaneous surgeries and is interested in examining the clinical, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to kidney stone formation and influence treatment outcomes. Dr. Bayne also serves as the Director of Surgical Simulation Education in the Department of Urology at UCSF. His goals for the Baum Family Faculty Scholars Program are to develop a formal ultrasound-guided kidney stone surgery simulation curriculum for residents and fellows at UCSF. He hopes that in the long term this curriculum will serve as a model to teach the required skill set on an international scale in low-resource hospitals. This project can also inform development of curriculum for teaching of other minimally-invasive surgical approaches.

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceMaytinee Lilaonitkul, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSF and core faculty in the Anesthesia Division of Global Health Equity. Prior to joining UCSF in 2017, Dr. Lilaonitkul received her medical education at Imperial College, London and completed her anesthesia training in the UK. In 2012, she was a long-term clinical fellow at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda where she developed her passion for global health, medical education and patient safety.  She is the Associate Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and is currently developing a competency-based curriculum in obstetric anesthesia for the residency training program. Dr. Lilaonitkul is also the program director of the UCSF-WFSA Anesthesia Simulation Medical Education Fellowship which offers opportunities for anesthesiologists from low-and-middle-income countries to gain expertise in simulation medical education at UCSF.  Outside of UCSF, she is the Editor-in Chief of the WFSA flagship online educational resource, Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) and the Obstetric Lead for the international Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) program. Her goals for the Baum Family Faculty Scholars Program are to integrate simulation as an education strategy for effective patient communication and anesthetic management of obstetric emergencies such as major hemorrhage, eclampsia, cardiac arrest in pregnancy and neonatal resuscitation. She also aims to further enhance the UCSF-WFSA Anesthesia Simulation fellowship curriculum through provision of virtual simulation education courses, workshops, and remote mentorship.

2019-2021 Scholars

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceSneha Daya, MD, is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF. After receiving her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, she completed residency training in Medicine/Pediatrics at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware. She came to UCSF in 2016, where she practices as an adult hospitalist and pediatric urgent care provider at UCSF Medical Center. She quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher receiving several awards, including a UCSF Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award. She was inducted in the Academy in 2020. As a Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholar she designed and implemented an entrustable professional activity-based simulation curriculum for the entire 4th year medical school class, and helped develop a simulation-based curriculum for recognition and mitigation of microaggressions.

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceTushani Illangasekare, MD, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF. She is a UCSF graduate and did both her medical school and residency training at our institution. She joined the faculty in 2015, and has been an impactful teacher for both students and residents. She has received the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology no less than three times, and in 2018 received the UCSF Exceptional Faculty Award in Medical Student Teaching. She is the Director of Simulation Education in her department and used her time as Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholar to develop simulation-based education activities that help tackle inequity and bias. She also expanded simulation programs for obstetrics-gynecology residents.



In the News

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Actors cast as patients to teach medical students. 

From The Journal of American Medical Association: Medical Simulation Gets Real

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UCSF Simulation Email Distribution List

The UCSF Simulation email distribution lists aims to share information about simulation among faculty and staff at UCSF, including upcoming events, faculty development work shops, grant opportunities, recent publications etc.

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Community Links

Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE):

Curriculum development support, scenario templates and sample assessment tools through the collaborative learning environment.

Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE):

ASPE is the international organization for professionals in the field of simulated and standardized patient methodology.

Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH):

Society for Simulation in Healthcare promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcome.

Find more community links about the Kanbar Center.