Simulation Society Honors Dr. Michael Gordon with its Pioneer Award

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, was honored this year with The Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s prestigious and second ever Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation Award.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is the largest organization in the world of its kind. The ceremony featured a stirring 15-minute video that encapsulated Gordon’s 50-year career at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and his dedication and commitment to the field of healthcare simulation. The ceremony was held at the Society’s Jan. 13 international meeting where Gordon was welcomed with a triple standing ovation from the more than 3,000 attendees.

During his emotional acceptance speech, Gordon quoted, “Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres. – Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are.”

Gordon attributed his success and daily happiness to the people with whom he has walked. He likened the team at the University of Miami to his family, one with whom he has been able to realize many dreams in developing innovative medical training systems that are now adopted around the world.

“I have the greatest colleagues in the world to walk with,” he said. “You have made my dreams come true, and I am going to claim that I walk with you, because the future will be ensured in that way. Thank you!”

Over his long and distinguished career at the Miller School, Gordon revolutionized medical education around the world. He created Harvey, the world’s first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, and UMedic, an innovative computer- and Web-based program, to train physicians, emergency responders and military personnel.

The life-saving systems and programs have been used at more than 2,000 healthcare institutions worldwide and created a new paradigm, leaving an indelible imprint on the way healthcare professionals are educated.

Past SSH President Paul E. Phrampus, M.D., said that pioneers such as Gordon are “visionaries who see what most others miss, an individual whose laser-like focus on what could become reality does not waver because of the various reasons it might not.” Gordon, he said, did not simply foresee the integral role that simulation would play in health professions education, he had the will and tenacity to make it happen.

In its newsletter article, the SSH also praised Gordon for his contributions in life-saving cardiovascular training through the development of Harvey and having the “ability not only to do, but to do things that needed to be done.”

“As a leader in the field, he has inspired others to dream more, to do more, to learn more and to become more,” stated the article.

To view the entire presentation, and video, click here.

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