27481-Mitchell, Sally

Sally A. Mitchell, EdD, MMSC

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesia

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Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Most recent accomplishment: Applying Agile Innovation to leadership in my role as Vice Chair of Education. Passed the SHRM-CP exam in May 2022. Next up is to recertify with Quality Matters 7th ed.

Current scholarly interests: Clinical reasoning assessment; curriculum, course, and instructional design; qualitative research theories and models; OSCE development and learner assessment; educational technology UX to enhance medical education data collection, and research.

Background: After 18 years of clinical, didactic, and simulation work as a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant, and having completed my EdD from JHU, I made the transition from clinician to professional medical educator and researcher for the Department of Anesthesia at IUSM.  My passion for education, instructional design, and course management has been uniquely supported by my prior work experience with anesthesiologist assistant education. These skills provide me with a unique perspective as a medical educator in that I have spent many years teaching novices the basic KSA of anesthesia practice.  This substantiates my fit for the Statewide Assistant Clerkship Director position to design and develop curricula along with the Clerkship Director and physician anesthesiologist content experts.  My high level of training in the field of education complements the physician anesthesiologists engaged in medical education because I can speak the clinical language, know intimately the clinical learning environment, understand the perspectives of preceptors and students, and then apply educational theory and best practices to teaching and learning.

I have presented and published in the area of teaching, learning, and education research.  Most work focuses on simulation as an instructional method and assessment of clinical skills.  My in-rank record for teaching includes 3 educational teaching grants (totaling over $160,000), 4 multi-institutional education research projects, 10 presentations on teaching and faculty development, 3 senior editor learning resource productions, 5 Canvas course site major revisions, introduction and management of 12 educational technology software applications, and more than 30 manuscripts/abstracts/curricula published.

Career goal: "To apply empirical best practices and evidence-based education to medical education, and to advance the field through scholarly activity and collaborative research."

Key Publications

Davis BP, Mitchell SA, Weston J, Dragon C, Luthra M, Kim J, Stoddard HA, Ander DS. Situation, background, assessment, recommendation (SBAR) education for healthcare students: assessment of a training program. MedEdPORTAL. 2023;19:11293. PMID:36655140

Bhatia MB, Namazi N, Matthews J, Thomas C, Doster D, Martinez CJ, Collings A, Mitchell SA, Stefanidis D, Sankaranarayanan G, Saruni SI, Hunter-Squires J. Use of artificial intelligence to support surgical education personnel shortages in low- and middle-income countries: developing a safer surgeon. Global Surg Educ. 2023;2(1)64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44186-023-00142-4

Ahmed RA, Cooper D, Mays CL, Weidman CM, Poore JA, Bona AM, Falvo LE, Moore MJ, Mitchell SA, Boyer TJ, Atkinson SS, Cartwright JR. Development of a simulation technical competence curriculum for medical simulation fellows. Adv Simul. 2022;7(1):24. PMID:35945638

Haskett LA, Doster DL, Athanasiadis DI, et al. Resilience matters: student perceptions of the impact of COVID-19 on medical education. Am J Surg. 2022;S0002-9610(22)00023-X. PMC8782734.

Davis BP, Mitchell SA, Weston J, et al. SBAR-LA: SBAR brief assessment rubric for learner assessment. MedEdPORTAL. 2021;17:11184. doi:10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11184

Woodworth GE, Marty AP, Tanaka PP, Ambardekar AP, Chen F, Duncan MJ, Fromer IR, Hallman MR, Klesius LL, Ladlie BL, Mitchell SA, Miller Juve AK, McGrath BJ, Shepler JA, Sims C, Spofford CM, Van Cleve W, Maniker RB. Development and pilot testing of entrustable professional activities for US anesthesiology residency training. Anesth Analg. 2021;132(6):1579-1591. PMID:33661789

Boyer TJ, Mitchell SA. Utilization of embedded simulation personnel in medical simulation. StatPearls. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing. 2021. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK562294/

Webb TT, Boyer TJ, Mitchell SA, Eddy CS. Intraoperative sepsis: a simulation case for anesthesiology residents. MedEdPORTAL, 2020;16:10886. https://www.mededportal.org/doi/pdf/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10886

Mitchell SA, Boyer TJ. Deliberate practice in medical simulation. StatPearls. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing. 2020. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554558/

Boyer TJ, Mitchell SA, Cartwright JF, Ahmed RA. Innovative use of high-fidelity lung simulators to test a ventilator splitter device. A&A Practice, 2020; 14(8):e01253.

Cartwright JF, Boyer TJ, Hamilton MC, Ahmed RA, Mitchell SA. Rapid prototype feasibility testing with simulation: improvements and updates to the Taiwanese "aerosol box". J Clin Anesthesia, 2020;66;109950.

Boyer TJ, Ye J, Ford MA, Mitchell SA. Modernizing Education of the Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Pediatric Anesthesia. Elsevier. 2020.

Woodward DJ, Mitchell SA, Dunlap J. Teaching Pamphlet/Cognitive Aid, Teaching, Local, Peer-reviewed/Refereed, “Peds Anesthesia Pocket Reference". (June 2020).

Mitchell, SA, Cox, LM. Panel/Commission Report, Teaching, State, peer-reviewed/refereed, invited, "Common Clerkship Evaluation Form". (April 2017 - May 2017).

Mitchell SA. Instructional design, implementation strategies, and evaluation of ANES-525 Applied Anatomy for Anesthesia Practice: Transformation of a dissection-based basic science course into a technology and clinically-based anatomy course for anesthesiologist assistant students. (Doctoral dissertation). Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. 2016. http://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/39743

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesia
  • Vice Chair of Education
  • Statewide Assistant Clerkship Director
  • Education
    2016 EdD Johns Hopkins University
    1999 MMSC Emory University
    1995 BA Hanover College
  • Research

    Medical Education

    Assessment of and for Learning

    Simulation in Healthcare

    Interprofessional Education

  • Professional Organizations
    AAMC - Central Group on Educational Affairs
    American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
    American Medical Association
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
    Association of Anesthesiology Program Administrators and Educators
    Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists
    International Network for Simulation based Pediatric Innovations, Research & Education
    Society for Education in Anesthesia
    Society for Human Resource Management
    Society for Simulation in Healthcare
    Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • Clinical Interests


    Perioperative Medicine

    IPE and IDE team-based in-situ training

  • Awards
    Org: MedEdPORTAL
    Desc: ”Editor’s Choice Award” presented to article authors of SBAR-LA: SBAR brief assessment rubric for learner assessment
    Scope: National
    Date: 2021-06-27
    Org: National Academies of Practice
    Desc: "Interprofessional Group Award for 2021" to the Woodruff Health Science Center (WHSC) Interprofessional Team Training (ITT) Program Planning Group at the Emory University School of Medicine
    Scope: National
    Date: 2021-03-20

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