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Biography: William J. Stiers

William J Stiers, M.D.

Simulation Specialist
Assistant Professor
bstiers[at]samuelmerritt[dot]edu
510 869-6511x7646

William J. Stiers received his bachelor of arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1975. Bill earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1979. Fleeing the cold of the Midwest, he entered his surgical internship at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He received his board certification in Emergency Medicine in 1987 and practiced emergency medicine in a broad range of clinical settings, from rural hospitals to Level One trauma centers.

Bill became a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Medicine and continued his leadership role by serving on the board of directors of EPMG, the second largest provider of contracted emergency services in California. After retiring from clinical practice in 2006, Bill began working with Samuel Merritt University's Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) in October of that year just as the paint was drying. Through persistence he quickly became essential in his role as Simulation Specialist for the HSSC.

As the HSSC's Simulation Specialist, Bill works with faculty members from SMU's various schools of health to introduce, implement and integrate simulation methodologies into their course curricula.

In 2009 Bill spoke at the International MODSIM conference. He serves on the Advisory Board for the California Simulation Alliance. He has a special passion for projects with outside clients, such as hospitals and residency programs, to develop continuing medical education courses and critical event training modules.

You will usually find Bill smiling in the simulation control room, eager to help staff, students and faculty to design, program and operate scenarios for teaching and learning. Bill's mantra is: "If you can imagine it, we can simulate it."