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The UCSF Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills is excited to recruit the second cohort for the UCSF Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholars Program. This program, offered in collaboration with the UCSF Center for Faculty Educators provides salary support and mentoring to up to 2 faculty members for a period of 2 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, and will provide 5% FTE salary support. The scholars’ department is expected to match this support for a total of 10% protected time to dedicate to the scholars program.

Eligible faculty include all faculty in any of the clinical departments of UCSF’s School of Medicine at the Assistant Professor level, interested in developing expertise in simulation and in advancing simulation at UCSF and beyond.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and a brief (500 word) statement of interest via the following link: A letter of support from the department chair, stating that the department will provide the applicant with protected time and matching salary support to allow for 10% FTE time dedicated to the scholarship, is required at time of the application.

Important dates: Application deadline April 1, 2021 // Notice of acceptance May 1-6, 2021 // Start date September 1,  2021.

Program details:

  • Faculty Scholars will complete a simulation-related project during the course of the 2-year scholarship period, which can be a curriculum development project, a research project or a combination thereof. As part of the program, the Faculty Scholar will participate in faculty development course work, attend weekly work-in-progress meetings, participate in simulation teaching relevant to their clinical area, and attend relevant sessions organized by the Center for Faculty Educators (CFE) and Office for Research and Development in Medical Education.
  • Faculty Scholars will be mentored by the Education Director of the Kanbar Center, with additional mentorship provided by CFE faculty and other simulation faculty as appropriate. At the beginning of the scholarship period, each Faculty Scholar will create an individualized plan with a timeline, project goals and outcomes as well as a sustainability plan for after the completion of the scholarship.
  • In addition to FTE support, the Faculty Scholars Program offers financial support for attendance of relevant conferences, with a maximum of $2,000 per scholar annually.

Current Baum Family Faculty Scholars:

Sneha 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.

"This program was designed with individuals in mind. The last two years I have grown as a medical educator because of an incredibly supportive program mentor, a dedicated space to learn about curricular design and assessment in simulation, and a brilliant co-scholar who helps me innovate and reflect on my work. Additionally, the sponsorship and collaborative opportunities I received as a Baum Scholar were beyond what I expected. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in simulation!"

Tushani 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.

Being a part of this program for the past few years has been an incredibly formative experience with so many opportunities for personal and professional development and growth. Being a Baum scholar has given me the time and space to further grow and evolve my interest in simulation and has given me the tangible tools to carry forward into my future career. The guided and structured mentorship from the program director, my co-scholar and the larger UCSF simulation community has been invaluable. I strongly recommend this program to people who are interested in developing innovative simulation curriculum, applying for grants and program support in the simulation space or who are interested in integrating simulation into their academic careers”

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