David Feinstein, MD
Rabkin Senior Fellow in Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Designed a simulation-based research protocol to examine the competency of end users of the Anesthesia Information Management System (AIMS)
Dr. David Feinstein received his A.B. in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 1979. In 1983 he graduated from Tulane University with a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He then went on to Dartmouth Medical School where he graduated in 1987. He did his Preliminary Medicine Internship at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI and from there entered the Anesthesia Residency Program at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. David was appointed Chief Resident for his final half year of residency. During that CA-3 year, his clinical work concentrated on cardiac anesthesia at the Beth Israel Hospital, and he conducted research in physiologic modeling at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
In 1991, David joined the hospital as a Staff Anesthesiologist and as an Instructor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He is currently Director of Information Technology and Simulator Training in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has special interests in simulation training, airway management, safety training and technology assessment.
Dr. Feinstein was an invited member of the original Harvard Simulation Task Force, which formed in 1991 to investigate the possibility of using human patient simulators for medical education at Harvard. He helped design both the first and the current simulation facilities and through his fourteen-year involvement, has played a significant role in the development and implementation of simulator-based curriculum at the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge/Boston. He has contributed significantly in the creation and teaching of the Clinical Anesthesia first year curriculum, Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM) I, II and Faculty, ACRM Instructor Course, Anesthesia for Amateur Course and Tele-Simulation programs. He has also participated in many other CMS projects including those with Harvard Medical School and hospital-based Mock Codes. One of David's interests is the advancement of simulation realism and from its inception has helped modify the patient mannequin and simulation environment to enhance the simulation experience. He also has an interest in employing simulation for medical technology development and training and has participated in a number of studies in this area.
As Director of Information Technology in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical at BIDMC, Dr. Feinstein has led the development team for a data driven department intranet site and various web applications which are currently used for sharing crucial department information among its members. He also is the Anesthesia Department's Project Manager for the new Anesthesia Information Management (AIM) system recently configured and deployed at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As a Senior Rabkin Fellow at the Institute, Dr. Feinstein continued his work at the Center for Medical Simulation and designed a simulation-based research protocol to examine the competency of end users of the AIM system.
Dr. Feinstein remains highly involved in simulation and medical technology at BIDMC and on a national level. He was recently appointed Co-Director of the Simulation and Skills Center of the BIDMC. He has also been elected to the Board of Overseers and Board of Directors for the Society for Medical Simulation. David also sits on the Board of Directors of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia. In addition, Dr. Feinstein remains active in advising and teaching residents and staff in both inpatient and outpatient settings.