Ankeet Udani, MD, Wins New Scientist Award

Dr. Udani recently received a notice of award in the amount of $150,000 by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation for a two-year APSF Safety Scientist Career Development Award for his research project titled, “A Comparison of two learning theories on emergency manual use: Classroom-based experiential learning versus electronic-based self-directed learning.”

Ankeet Udani, MD, MSEd, is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, the assistant director of the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC), and an assistant director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Duke University. His primary mentor, Jeffrey Taekman, MD, is a professor of Anesthesiology, the director of the HSPSC, and the assistant dean for Educational Technology at Duke University. Dr. Udani completed a fellowship in Patient Safety and Simulation-based Medical Education at Stanford University and a Master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins University. He has previously designed and studied the impact of educational strategies in anesthesiology. With this career development award of $150,000 over two years, Dr. Udani will develop skills in implementation science to complement his knowledge in anesthesia education, simulation and patient safety. The proposed project, “A comparison of two learning theories on emergency manual use: Classroom-based experiential learning versus electronic-based self-directed learning,” will study the effectiveness of two exclusive educational strategies.

Using emergency manuals during intraoperative crises enhances patient safety by ensuring critical steps are considered and completed. Dr. Udani and his team of mentors and consultants will use quantitative and qualitative methodology to assess the impact of each educational strategy both in simulation and the clinical environment. Dr. Udani’s development through this award will give him the skills necessary to gain experience in implementation science and translational research design in medical education. Dr. Udani aims to be a leader in thematic and systematic design of educational interventions to best impact perioperative patient safety at the level of clinical care and population outcomes.

View Dr. Udani’s feature article about this award in the Newsletter, the official journal of the APSF.