Dr. Ahmed is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Simulation Division Chief, Medical Simulation Fellowship Director, and Director of Simulation in the Interprofessional Practice and Education  Center.  

Dr. Ahmed was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  He completed his undergraduate degree at John Carroll University and completed his medical school training at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  During college and medical school Dr. Ahmed served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army Reserves. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, OH. He then went on to complete his medical simulation fellowship at Harvard Medical School and his masters in health professions education (MHPE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He returned back to Summa Akron City Hospital after his fellowship to become the simulation medical director where he started the first medical simulation fellowship in the state of Ohio. He developed a nationally recognized simulation program in the 9 years he served in that role, graduated 10 simulation fellows, served as a consultant for NASA on simulation related projects, co-developed a novel transvenous pacemaker simulator, and published numerous simulation related research studies.

Dr. Ahmed was the recipient of the Donald O’Hara teaching award at Harvard Medical School in 2009, Emergency Medicine residency faculty of the year for the Akron City Emergency Medicine residency program in 2010 and 2012, the 2017 ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award, and the SAEM Simulation Academy "Distinguished Educator" award in 2020.  Dr. Ahmed is passionate about training emergency medicine residents into highly effective team leaders.

His wife is a pediatric palliative care and hospice physician at Riley Children’s Hospital. They have 2 boys. In his free time he enjoys spending time  with his family,  all Cleveland sports (yes, even the Browns), and martial arts.

  • Ahmed RA,Weaver L, Falvo L, Bona A, Poore J, Schroedle K, Cooper D, Sarmiento E, Hughes M, Hobgood C. Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice: Death Notification. Clinical Teacher. March 2020.PMID: 32472732.
  • Hughes PG, Hughes KE, Ahmed RA. Does my PPE really work? A simulation based approach. Medical Education. March 2020. PMID:32333405.
  • Meguerdichian M, Bajaj K, Walker K, Cheng A, Ahmed RA. Simulation Fellowships: Survey of Current Summative Assessment Practices. Simulation in Healthcare. 2019. PMID: 31596770.
  • Ahmed RA, Botsch A, Ballas D, Benner A, Hammond J, Schnick T, Khobrani A, George R, Polansky M. Advanced Practice Provider Critical Care Boot Camp: A Simulation-Based Curriculum. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. 2019. PMID: 31001592.
  • Riefkohl-Ortiz E, Yee J, Gothard MD, Frey J, Hughes PG, Ballas D, Ahmed RA. Iatrogenic Critical Care Procedure Complication Boot Camp: A Simulation Based Pilot Study. Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training. PMID: 31008431.
  • Gardner AK, DW Gee, Ahmed RA. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s) for Simulation Leaders:The Time Has Come. Journal of Surgical Education. 2018.PMID:29653840.
  • Ahmed RA, Hughes PG, Wong A, Gable BD, Gray K, Ballas D, Khobrani A, Selley RD, McQuown C. Iatrogenic emergency medicine procedure complications and associated trouble-shooting strategies: a narrative review. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance. 2018.
  • Ciullo A, Yee J, Frey JA, Gothard MD, Benner A, Hammond J, Ballas D, Ahmed RA. Telepresent mechanical ventilation training versus traditional instruction: A simulation- based pilot study. British Medical Journal of Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning. 2018.
  • Ahmed RA. Our first simulator-A fond farewell. Academic Medicine. 2017. PMID: 28654538.
  • Ahmed RA, McCaroll M, Schwartz A, Gothard MD, Atkinson S, Hughes PG, Cepeda Brito J, Assad L, Myers J, George R. Development, Validation, and Implementation of a Medical Judgment Metric. Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice. 2017.
  • Ahmed RA, Hughes K, Hughes PG. The blindfolded code training exercise. The Clinical Teacher. 2017.
  • Ahmed RA, Hughes PG. Simulation Directors as Improvement Leaders. Physician Leadership Journal. Jan-Feb 2017.
  • Ahmed RA, Frey JA, Hughes PG, Tekian A. Simulation Fellowship Programs in Graduate Medical Education. Academic Medicine. June 2017.  PMID:28590944.
  • Ahmed RA, Atkinson SS, Gable B, Yee J, Gardner AK. Coaching From the Sidelines: Examining the Impact of Teledebriefing in Simulation-Based Training. Simulation in Healthcare. October  2016.(11)5:334-339. PMID: 27388866.
  • Ahmed RA, Frey J, Gardner A, Gordon JA, Yudkowsky R, Tekian A. Characteristics and core curricular elements of medical simulation fellowships in North America. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. May 2016. PMID: 27168898.
  • Gardner AK, Ritter EM, Paige JT, Ahmed RA, Fernandez G, Dunkin BJ. Simulation-Based Selection of Surgical Trainees: Considerations, Challenges, and Opportunities. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. September 2016: 223(3):530-536. PMID: 27214775.
  • Yee J, Fuenning C, George R, Hejal R, Haines N, Dunn D, Gothard MD, Ahmed RA. Mechanical Ventilation Boot Camp: A Simulation-Based Pilot Study. Critical Care Research and Practice. 2016 February. PMID: 26949545.
  • Ahmed RA, Gardner AK, Atkinson SS, Gable BD. Teledebriefing: Connecting Learners to Faculty. Clinical Teacher. 2014 July; 11(4): 270-3. PMID: 24917095.
  • Gardner AK, Ahmed RA, George RL, Frey JA. In Situ Simulation to Assess Workplace Attitudes and Effectiveness in a New Facility. Simulation in Healthcare. 2013 Dec; 8(6): 351-8. PMID: 24096917.

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