Physician Educator Spotlight: David A. Young M.D., M.Ed., M.B.A., FAAP, FASA, CHSE


David A. Young M.D., M.Ed., M.B.A., FAAP, FASA, CHSE

Title and Faculty Appointment:

Professor of Anesthesiology
Co-Chair, Medical School Admissions Committee
Chair, Academy of Distinguished Educators
Vice-Chair, Simulation Medicine, Dept. of Anesthesiology
Senator-at-Large and Chair Education Committee, Faculty Senate
Baylor College of Medicine

Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education:

Undergraduate: Florida State University; Biochemistry [B.S.]
Graduate: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine [M.D.]
Graduate: University of Houston, Master in Education
Graduate: University of Texas at Dallas, Master’s in Business Administration
Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital [General Anesthesiology]
Fellowship: Miami Children’s Hospital [Pediatric Anesthesiology]

Brief Educational Biosketch:

I have been a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine since 2002. I am currently a Professor of Anesthesiology and I practice clinically as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. My main Departmental roles include being the Vice-Chair of Simulation Medicine, Director for the Pediatric Anesthesiology MOCA simulation course, and the Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology Simulation. At the College level, my main roles include being Co-Chair of the Medical School Admissions Committee, the Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Educators, and being the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate Education Committee.

I started my journey within SEA by first attending the Workshop on Teaching in 2006. After quickly realizing this society is a perfect fit for me, I’ve progressively expanded my involvement. I started the SEA Peer Coaching Program in 2008 and remain the current Chair.  Since 2013, I am the Co-Chair of the Faculty Development Committee. I was the Co-Chair of the 2011 Spring Meeting in San Antonio. Since 2011, I have been a member of the CME Planning Committee and from 2007-2010 was a member of the Educational Meetings and Faculty Development Committees. Finally, I’ve facilitated 14 workshops at SEA meetings on a variety of topics.

Society/Committee Memberships:

Society for Education in Anesthesia:

  • Co-Chair: Faculty Development Committee
  • Chair: Peer Coaching Program
  • Co-Chair 2011 Spring Meeting
  • Member: CME Planning Committee

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia:

  • Chair: Simulation Special Interest Group

Society for Simulation in Healthcare:

  • Vice-Chair: Anesthesia Section

American Society of Anesthesiologists:

  • Problem-Based Learning Committee; member
  • Professional Issues Educational Track; member

American Board of Anesthesiology:

  • Applied Examination; Full Examiner
  • Basic Examination; Question writer
What drew you to a career in anesthesiology education?

Being directly involved in educational activities has been an interest and a priority of mine during my entire career during and after training. I’ve always felt significant satisfaction after watching a student become engaged in an educational activity. My “laboratory” is within the classroom [or likely operating room] in which different methods and techniques are attempted in order to create the best possible educational experience and outcome for each learner.  

What are a few facts about you people may not know?

Facts about me that people may not know include my previous service in the US Army [after medical school] and my affection for animals.

What is your advice to an aspiring, young anesthesiologist educator?

Being a great listener and observer is key to an effective outcome. In addition, have flexibility while also seeking out appropriate mentorship [such as the networks available at SEA] will also result in increased satisfaction for the learners and teachers.

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