Our Team of Simulation Educators



Simulation Fellowship Director, Site Director Cook County Hospital

With more than ten 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 Training Center and RUSH University Simulation Center a resource-rich and collaborative environment for simulation users and super-users. Dr. Sergel is the past president of the Chicago Simulation Consortium (CSC). Her main goal, with respect to the CSC, is to generate an open forum among ‘simulationists’ in the Chicagoland area in order to share resources providing professional development programs, developing shared resources, and facilitating collaborative research.


Simulation Fellowship Director, Site Director NorthShore

After falling in love with simulation education during her 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. 
Her interests include curriculum design and gender in simulation.

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Asst. Simulation Fellowship Director, Site Director RUSH Hospital

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.


Asst. Site Director, Cook County Hospital

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.



Asst. Simulation Fellowship Director, Cook County Hospital
EM Faculty NorthShore

Dr. Hoffman trained in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital, and is also a graduate of the Simulation Fellowship. He is currently Assistant Simulation Fellowship Director at the Cook County Hospital Site. He is a staunch supporter of simulation integration into resident education, and is developing a new EM resident simulation longitudinal curriculum. He 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 works clinically at Cook County Hospital and at NorthShore. He is is also the editor of this website, so if you have any issues with it, it's all his fault! :)