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Academic Simulation Program

The Academic Simulation Program was founded in 2013 by James W. Fleshman, MD, chief of surgery, to support the simulation activities at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.


The Seeger Surgical Simulation Center, the previously existing Level II American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI), was incorporated into the program and has expanded its scope from surgical education to other specialties and professions.


The Academic Simulation Program now supports undergraduate and graduate medical education, nursing and allied health professionals making it a multidisciplinary simulation education program.


The Academic Simulation Program consists of three divisions:


The program also provides mobile simulation programs, providing outreach to other Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals throughout Texas.


The Academic Simulation Program has Level 1 accreditation through the ACS-AEI. It is the only program in Texas – and only the fifth in the world – accredited through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in all four areas of Assessment, Research, Teaching/Education and Systems Integration. It is also an FLS, FES and FUSE test center.






To improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery by providing aligned evidence-based simulation training solutions and services to health care providers



To serve health care providers at all levels of the continuum of care by delivering quality simulation training opportunities



Goals and Objectives



  1. 1. Provide facility and resources to adequately train health care providers, thus enhancing patient safety
  2. 2. Adopt quality curriculum-based approach to implement an Inter-Professional Educational model of simulation training
  3. 3. Promote research in evidence-based and/or technology-enhanced simulation and training
  4. 4. Offer community-based health care providers outreach with simulation training resources for delivery of training solutions to encourage their continued professional development
  5. 5. Become the leader in assessment of competency and skills using simulation technology



  1. 1. Use the foundations of adult learning theory to design simulation-based curricula and assist the faculty in implementing the training program(s) in high-fidelity training environment(s)
  2. 2. Collaborate with peer research organizations to advance the research in simulation-based educational methodologies and technologies, and educate the medical community regarding the science behind evidence based simulation.
  3. 3. Inform and assist the medical simulation community including national and international governing agencies, professional organizations, certifying boards, research organizations, industry partners, etc., regarding existing gaps in training and assessment of cognitive, affective, psychomotor, teamwork and communication skills, and propose potential solutions
  4. 4. Provide resources to identify, train and assess the skills of various health care providers at all levels in the continuum of care, who wish to learn new skills and/or maintain existing skills


Key Personnel


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Sanket Chauhan, MD

Director, Clinical Simulation, Baylor Scott & White Health

Dr. Sanket Chauhan completed his medical training in India and is the Director for Clinical Simulation at Baylor Scott & White Health and oversees the activities of the Academic Simulation Program.


He has a background in urology and has completed two fellowships in simulation, including the Surgical Simulation and Robotic Tele-surgery fellowship in Florida Hospital Nicholson Center and the American College of Surgeons-Accredited Educational Institute fellowship at the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Chauhan has extensive background in research including more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and over 75 presentations in various conferences. He is also Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery in Texas A&M Health Science Center.


Dr. Chauhan is a long-distance runner, has two dogs, is trained in Indian classical music (vocals) and enjoys opera, theater and Pittsburgh Steelers football.


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Fabian E. Polo, PhD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation; Director, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Fabian Polo earned his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in the field of Biomedical Engineering with emphasis in biomechanics. He completed a two-year fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and later received an MBA from Texas Woman’s University.


Dr. Polo has served as Director of Research for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center since 1996, and is now Chief Executive Officer at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation and Director of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center.


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Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD

Assistant Director, Center for Evidence Based Simulation

Dr. Ganesh Sankaranarayanan received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington. He was awarded a postdoctoral research associate position at the Advanced Computational Research Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).


He went on to become a research associate and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) and the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine (CeMSIM).


He is currently the Assistant Director of the Center for Evidence Based Simulation at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Sankaranarayanan has published over 70 peer reviewed publications in journals and conferences and specializes in surgical simulation, surgical robotics and haptics.


In his free time, he enjoys playing the mridangam, the south Indian drum and soccer with his kids.


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Lizzy Wooley

Simulation Technician, Seeger Surgical Simulation Center

Lizzy Wooley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and has worked in medical simulation industry for more than five years. She is a proctor for Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) and Fundamentals Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE). She is the main contact for any inquires related to the ASP.


Mrs. Wooley has facilitated several research projects that help the simulation program to grow. She is also a member of the Administration and Management Committee of the Consortium of ACS-AEI as well as the Board of Directors for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS).


Mrs. Wooley loves taking her puppy to the dog park and likes to cook for friends and family.


Ashley Atkinson

Executive Assistant

Ashley Atkinson is the Executive Assistant and supports the Academic Simulation Program.


She started with Baylor Scott & White Health in 2015 originally supporting the Revenue Cycle department and has since transitioned to the Department of Surgery. She has over 11 years of experience as an Admin and has worked in various industries throughout her career.


Ms. Atkinson was born and raised in Dallas. In her free time, she loves traveling, spending time with family and friends and her dog, listening to a good playlist, cooking and seeking adventure in the outdoors.


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