Rob Isaak - Director of Residency Simulation Program; Assistant Director of CAPSEL

Dr. Isaak NewDr. Rob Isaak is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UNC in the clinical division of Liver Transplant Anesthesia. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed in residency in anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Dr. Isaak is a co-founder of CAPSEL and currently serves in the role of Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Simulation Program. He attended the Center for Medical Simulation’s Institute of Medical Simulation Instructor Training course as part of a departmental faculty development award program. His interests include simulation scenario development, simulation debriefing, OSCE, and faculty development. 

UNC Simulation Activities:

Director of Residency Simulation Program - Activities include: Critical Event Management Case Series, Mock OSCE/ACGME Milestones Assessments, New Anesthesia Resident Bootcamp


Faculty Teacher of the Year 2011-2012

Faculty Teacher Honor Roll 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Faculty Development Award: Simulation Education (2013, 2014)

Faculty Development Award: Practice Managament (2012)

Comprehensive Instructor Course at the institute for Medical Simulation (Boston, MA)

UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators Inductee

UNC School of Medicine Junior Faculty Development Research Award - Anesthesiology Resident OSCE


Other Simulation Activities/Presentations:  

Faculty Instructor for TEE Simulation Workshop. Thoracic Surgery Director's Association (TDSA) Annual Boot Camp (2012, 2013, 2014).

Faculty Instructor for TEE Simulation Workshop.  Carolina Refresher Course  (2013)

SEA Abstract Presentation/Oral Presentation (2014)- 1st place in Research Category: The Effect of Intern Level Physician Performance During Critical Events When Using Emergency Manuals as Cognitive Aids

International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2015 - Pre-conference Workshop Faculty - Frames, Knowledge Gaps, and Cognitive Errors: Advanced Debriefing Tools for Exploring Decision Behavior

International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2015 - Expert Panel Lead Speaker and Moderator - Assessment of ACGME Milestones Using Simulation: Multi-Institutional Perspectives

International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2015 - Innovative Ideas Abstract - Successful Use of Crisis Resource Management, a Cognitive Aid, and a "Reader" During an Episode of Malignant Hyperthermia

Neuraxial Management for the Obstetric Patient - AccessAnesthesiology Virtual Cases: 

International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2016 - Workshop - Milestones and OSCEs: Putting it all Together from Start to Finish Simulation: A Multi-Institutional Approach

International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2016 - Research Abstract - Real Time Versus Delayed Assessment of ACGME Milestones Through Simulation Scenarios