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, 2016
Faculty Teaching Award: Special Recognition for Innovation in Simulation in Education 2016
UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators Excellence in Teaching: Innovation in Teaching Award 2016
Faculty Development Award: Simulation Education (2013, 2014)
Faculty Development Award: Practice Managament (2012)
UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators Inductee
UNC School of Medicine Junior Faculty Development Research Award 2014- Anesthesiology Resident OSCE
Other Simulation Activities/Presentations:
Comprehensive Instructor Course at the Institute for Medical Simulation at the Center for Medical Simulation (Boston, MA) - 2013
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)
Society for Education in Anesthesiology 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: http://accessanesthesiology.mhmedical.com/cases.aspx#tab=7
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
International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2016) - Expert Panel. Incorporating Standardized Patients into a Milestones Based OSCE
Society for Education in Anesthesiology 2016 - Workshop - OSCE to Assess Resident Milestones
Selected Publications and Abstracts:
Isaak, R., Hobbs, G., Kolarczyk, L., Balfanz, G., Bass, C., Stiegler, M., Real Time vs. Delayed Assessment of ACGME Milestones Through Simulation Scenarios. Published Abstract. Simulation in Healthcare, 2015 Dec ;10(6): 399
Isaak, R, Stiegler, M. Review of crisis resource management (CRM) principles in the setting of intraoperative malignant hyperthermia. Journal of Anesthesia, 30(2), 298-306.
Isaak R, Balfanz G, Serrano R, Stiegler M. Neuraxial Management of the Obstetric Patient. In: AccessAnesthesiology Virtual Cases. http://accessanesthesiology.mhmedical.com/MultimediaPlayer.aspx? MultimediaID=8805746 McGraw-Hill Education. Published November 2014.
Rebel, A., Isaak, R., DiLorenzo, A., Schumacher, M., Stiegler, M., Schell, R., Scientific and Clinical Research Abstract. International Anesthesia Research Society 2016 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium, San Francisco, CA, May 2016..
Isaak, R., Hobbs, G., Kolarczyk, L., Balfanz, G., Bass, C., Stiegler, M., Research Abstract. International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, Real Time vs. Delayed Assessment of ACGME Milestones Through Simulation Scenarios. San Diego, CA, January 2016.
Isaak, R., Stiegler, M., Martinelli, S., Kolarczyk, L., Arora, H., Research Abstract. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. Mixed fidelity Simulation for Assessment of ACGME Milestones and ABA APPLIED Exam Preparation. San Diego, CA, October 2015..
Isaak, R., Stiegler, M. Innovative Ideas Abstract. Successful Use of Crisis Resource Management, a Cognitive Aid, and a “Reader” During and Episode of Malignant Hyperthermia. 15th International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare ∙ New Orleans, LA, January 2015.
Isaak, R., Chen, F., Hobbs, G., Martinelli, S., Stiegler, M., Arora, H. Standardized Mixed-Fidelity Simulation for ACGME Milestones Competency Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Exam Preparation. Medical Science Educator. In publication.