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Our Team of Simulation Educators



Simulation Fellowship Director – Cook County Hospital
Director of the Cook County Health and Hospitals Simulation Center
Executive Director of the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation

With more than 20 years of experience using simulation-based medical education, Dr. Sergel, board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, has concentrated on making The Cook County Simulation Center and the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation (RCCSS) resource-rich and collaborative environments for simulation users and super-users. Dr. Sergel is the past president of the Chicago Simulation Consortium (CSC).
She and Dr. Desmond developed the Simulation Fellowship Collaborative in 2017, uniting the positions at Cook County, Rush University, and North Shore Hospital.
Her main goal, with respect to The Collaborative, is to generate an extensive learning environment for future “simulationists” and to help create academic clinician leaders in emergency medicine.



Simulation Fellowship Director
NorthShore/University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

After falling in love with simulation education during her EM residency, Dr. Desmond has dedicated herself to educating further leaders in the field. She completed her residency at Kings County/SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn and returned to the Chicago-area to do her simulation fellowship at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She has stayed on as simulation faculty and became the program director of the fellowship in 2016. She is currently working on her MHPE through the University of Illinois at Chicago. 
In 2017, she and Dr. Sergel developed the Chicago Simulation Fellowship Collaborative, uniting NorthShore/U of C, Cook, and Rush to create a unique and enriching approach to the education of future simulationists.
Her interests include curriculum design, low-cost simulations, and gender roles in simulation.

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Simulation Fellowship Director
RUSH University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Hock trained in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago and completed the Simulation Fellowship in 2016. She is now on Faculty at RUSH University Hospital.  Her interest in simulation stems from a desire to give learners formative debriefing opportunities that are not possible in clinical settings.  She sees simulation as the opportunity for dedicated learning in a similarly stressful environment, where the curriculum of cases and learning points can address the learner's specific needs.
Dr. Hock's simulation-based work and research include creating and evaluating a novel high-frequency high-fidelity curriculum for EM residents at Rush; creating the M3 Standardized patient-based OSCE curriculum for Rush Medical College; developing procedural and high-fidelity training curricula for attending physicians in EM as well as surgery, neurology, and interventional radiology.

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Simulation Fellowship Director
Loyola Medical Center
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Throughout his career in emergency medicine, Dr. Reed has focused on simulation education, assessment, and scholarly work, and now serves as the Assistant Dean of Simulation Education for the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) and as the Medical Director of Loyola’s Center for Simulation Education. Dr. Reed also serves as the Chair of the Department of Medical Education at SSOM with involvement across the continuum of medical education including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. While his interests in simulation are broad, his scholarly work in simulation focuses on simulation-based mastery learning, interprofessional simulation education, and innovative simulation curriculum.



Assistant Fellowship Director
Cook County Hospital
Associate Director for the Cook County Hospital Simulation Center

Dr. Ashlea Winfield is a board-certified emergency medicine physician, Assistant Director of the Cook County Health Simulation Center, and the founder and current chair of the Cook County Department of Emergency Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. 
Dr. Winfield uses her interest in simulation to bridge educational gaps for students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in emergency medicine and to expose youth to careers in medicine via medical simulation. She also coordinates the Cook County Department of Emergency Medicine procedural curriculum where she uses simulation-based education to enhance procedural teaching.


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Assistant Program Director
Rush University Medical Center. 
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Martin is the director of the Residency Emergency Medicine education. He also serves as a clinician educator and M3 Enrichment lead for the Simulation Team at Rush Medical College. Dr. Martin has an interest in process improvement, in situ education, and incorporating diversity in residency education via simulation.



Simulation Faculty
Cook County Hospital
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Dr. Hoffman trained in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital and is also a graduate of the Simulation Fellowship. He is a staunch supporter of simulation integration into resident education, and has been continuing his work as Sim Faculty since 2018. He and has developed several projects, including the Cook County Sim Wars, the Medical Simulation Escape Room, Simulation Olympics, as well as a video-based interactive medical simulation medium, utilizing his past hobbies of film-making and video editing. He was drawn to simulation after realizing the creativity it entailed in replicating the clinical environment and developing the clinical skills of the learner. 
Dr. Hoffman splits clinical duties at Cook County Hospital and at NorthShore. 



Simulation Faculty
Cook County Hospital

Dr. Staudt attended medical school at the University of Chicago.  She completed a 1-year pediatrics residency at Comer Children's Hospital before transitioning to the emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago where she served as chief resident.  She completed fellowship training in Emergency Medicine Simulation at Cook County and joined the faculty in 2023.  Her clinical interests include hands-on medical education, code and resuscitation team performance, and procedural skills.

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Simulation Faculty
Loyola University Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Residency Simulation Director

Dr. Heiferman is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), where he holds academic appointments in the Departments of Emergency
Medicine and Medical Education. He completed both his emergency medicine residency and simulation fellowship at LUMC and has an interest in undergraduate and graduate medical education curriculum design and case development. Dr. Heiferman is the residency simulation
director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at LUMC.

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