Director's Message


GCRME Director S. Barry Issenberg

Barry Issenberg

Together, our team of faculty, administrators, technicians and local, national and international collaborators have helped our Center achieve its most productive year in training learners, developing curricula and disseminating life-saving programs. The result is an increase in the number of institutions we serve worldwide to more than 2,000.

All of us at the Gordon Center are very proud of our Director Emeritus, Dr. Michael Gordon, and his recognition from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare with its prestigious and second ever Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation Award. Click here to see video of the ceremony. We are also proud of our Director of Cardiology Training Programs, Dr. Joseph Esterson, for winning his 9th George Paff award from senior medical students for his outstanding teaching in clinical medicine.

Led by Dr. Ivette Motola, our Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare (PEH) programs trained thousands of students and providers in numerous life-saving programs. In addition, Dr. Motola's team spearheaded several research projects integrating multiple technologies to improve learners' clinical skills, including:

  • Using "Augmented-Reality," in which third-year medical students and first-responders viewed special monitors that superimposed the underlying anatomy while they learned to perform invasive procedures such as central venous access and pediatric intubation.
  • Developing and implementing in the field use telemedicine for patient triage. An integration of our Advanced Stroke Life Support training module with telemedicine devices is leading to more rapid triage and more efficient use of helicopter transport of patients from the Florida Keys to University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital facilities.


The GCRME Division of Research and Technology continued advancements in Harvey, the Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator, and UMedic Multimedia Curriculum.

  • Our faculty worked with engineers to improve the software operating system and interface that will enable Harvey to be integrated with more universal simulation platforms.
  • Our consortium of cardiologists, physician assistants and educators completed and published a multi-center national study that demonstrated the benefit and impact of integrating Harvey throughout a PA curriculum.

Under the direction of Mr. Al Brotons, our Director of Training Operations, the Gordon Center underwent significant renovations to its infrastructure, audio-visual, simulation and training areas. The result is the most innovative, state-of-the-art facilities for large-scale training and assessment. We were able to provide facilities / AV support for non-GCRME Miller School programs for more than 2,000 participants in UME, GME & CME.


Our faculty presented at numerous national and international scientific meetings and published in several peer-reviewed journals.



During the past year, we also collaborated with several national and international groups studying medical and interprofessional healthcare training. These studies include:



Several of our faculty have worked closely our colleagues at the UMMSM on a wide range of projects:



We are grateful to our faculty and staff and our colleagues in the Office of Medical Education under the leadership of Drs. Lanny Gardner and Alex Mechaber for their commitment to our mission of "saving lives." We also recognize our long-time friends and colleagues, the Feldman/Stein family, Lois and Richard Werner and Joan K. Stout, RN and the Hugoton Foundation for their support for our interprofessional training programs.



Finally, we are grateful to be part of Dean Goldschmidt's team and welcome our new University President Dr. Julio Frenk and his wife, Dr. Felicia Knaul, and their family to the University of Miami.



Barry Issenberg
Director, GCRME.



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