University of Pittsburgh

Presenter's Biography
Paul Phrampus, MD

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Paul Phrampus, MD

Paul E. Phrampus is the director of the Peter M. Winter Center for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He received a BS in biology from Old Dominion University and an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a board certified emergency physician who completed residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is an assistant professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has led WISER through a significant programmatic expansion over the last five years.

Dr. Phrampus has an extensive background in Emergency Medical Services and serves as an active EMS medical director. He has deployed simulation technology for both testing as well as competency assessment measures in EMS services in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He co-authored a simulation course for flight crew training for Stat Medevac, which operates 16 helicopters, multiple fixed wing aircraft and employs about 200 crew members. He has been involved with WISER since working with local paramedic airway training efforts dating back to 1998.

Dr. Phrampus has been active in medical education for many years and was recently awarded the Faculty Excellence Award by the University of Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Residency, for which he has created and deployed simulation-based education exercises. He is co-director of the third year medical student course, “Combined Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship.” He serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare.

Continuing Medical Education


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.