Michael Yashar, MD, FACEP, CHSE-A

Dr. Yashar is an assistant professor and attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also serves as the Department's Director of Simulation, Education Committee Co-Chair for the Simulation Center, and teaches regularly to a variety of learners, including nursing, residents, students, prehospital care providers, and fellow faculty -- both clinically and though a collaborative and multidisciplinary simulation curriculum he holds regularly at the campus simulation center. His interests include mastery learning, simulation debriefing, and medical education.

On the national level, he has been involved in the simulation community as the course co-director for the American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP) EM Academy, Procedure and Skills Course, as a faculty educator for the ACEP Simulation-based Immersive Medical (SIM) Training Course, and as an author for numerous SimWars cases held at national educational conferences. He also serves as a member of ACEP's Education Committee, which helps steer the educational objectives of the organization for all of its members.

Regionally, he has been active as the co-director of the annual Northern California SimWars Educational Conference, and has lectured at Cedars-Sinai's Emergency Medicine Symposium, hosted annually by the Department of Emergency Medicine. Within his home institution, he has worked closely with the Department of Graduate Medical Education in developing an institution-wide central line insertion universal protocol and educational training course, has lectured multiple times at the annual Cedars-Sinai Emergency Medicine Symposium, and has taught each year at the Simulation Center's Intern Simulation Course. He has also been invited as a speaker at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's Annual Career Choices in Medicine Conference, and as a panelist on topics targeted to medical students, such as Leadership in Academia and Medicine. Additionally, he is a member of the Medical Oversight Board for SimX, where he assists with the development of cutting-edge virtual reality medical simulation educational content.

He pursued his undergraduate and medical student education at the University of California, Los Angeles, followed by his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago where he was the Resident Director of Simulation. After residency, Dr. Yashar was then appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University where he concurrently completed an emergency medicine simulation fellowship.

Dr. Yashar's academic accolades include having received the Medical Education Award in Simulation from the Director of Medical Education and the Circle of Friends award twice at Cedars-Sinai, as well as having various publications in simulation, including in Simulation in Healthcare, and having co-authored a chapter in the textbook, Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Emergency Medicine Edition.