27481-Mitchell, Sally

Sally A. Mitchell, EdD, MMSC

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia

FH 204
Indianapolis, IN
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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 have been uniquely supported by my prior work experience with anesthesiologist assistant education.  These skills provide me 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.  My in-rank record for teaching includes 2 educational teaching grants (totaling over $130,000), 2 national, multi-institutional education research projects, 8 presentations on teaching and faculty development, 2 senior editor learning resource productions, 4 Canvas course site major revisions, introduction and management of 9 educational technology software applications, and 7 manuscripts/abstracts/curricula published.

My 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

Mitchell, S. A. (2016). 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, MD. http://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/39743

Mitchell, Sally A., (Co-Author), Cox, LeeAnn M., (Co-Author). Panel/Commission Report, Teaching, State, peer-reviewed/refereed, invited, "Common Clerkship Evaluation Form". (April 2017 - May 2017).

Webb, T. T., Boyer, T. J., Mitchell, S. A., Eddy, C. S. (2020). Intraoperative sepsis: a simulation case for anesthesiology residents. MedEdPORTAL, 16, 10886. https://www.mededportal.org/doi/pdf/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10886

Mitchell, S. A., (Author), Boyer, T. J. (Editor). (2020). Deliberate Practice in Medical Simulation. StatPearls. Treasure Island, FL: StatPearls Publishing. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554558/

Boyer, T. J., Mitchell, S. A., Cartwright, J. F., Ahmed, R. A. (2020). Innovative use of high-fidelity lung simulators to test a ventilator splitter device. A&A Practice, 14(8), e01253.

Cartwright, J., Boyer, T. J., Hamilton, M. C., Ahmed, R. A., Mitchell, S. A. (2020). Rapid prototype feasibility testing with simulation: improvements and updates to the Taiwanese "aerosol box". Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 66, 109950.

Boyer, T. J., Ye, J., Ford, M. A., Mitchell, S. A. Modernizing Education of the Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Pediatric Anesthesia. Elsevier. 2020.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant 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

    Simulation in Healthcare

    Interprofessional Education

  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
    Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists
    Society for Education in Anesthesia
    Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Clinical Interests


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