Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Dr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based educational programs to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and online learning applications. With over 20 years of experience in the fire and EMS services, disaster medicine, and critical care transport as a firefighter, a paramedic, a researcher, and an educator, Amar's passion for improving quality and patient safety is seen in his work through process improvements and engagements across the healthcare system. Prior to WakeMed, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Dr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, Laerdal Simulation User Network Conference, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, SIMGhosts, IMSH, and the Air Medical Transport Conference. While educating EMS providers all over the state, Dr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, hazardous materials technician, and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications. Dr. Patel is currently involved in simulation-based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation and how process changes affect the healthcare delivery model. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles on education return on investment, administration, sustainability, just-in-time training, and simulation center design, and is an internationally recognized thought leader on simulation-based education and ROI. Dr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master's of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.