is led by Dr. William Hamman, M.D., Ph.D., a doctor and pilot and former
manager of human factors and risk assessment for United Airlines.
for 15 years, Hamman is also a 30-year aviation veteran, currently serving as
an international captain for United Airlines.
Before resuming his piloting
position, Hamman was a leader in the industry in applying risk analysis
processes to airline operations.
Through his research, Hamman has established
a reputation as one of the foremost experts on the science of simulation tools
William Hamman, M.D., Ph.D., cardiologist, pilot and former manager of human factors and risk assessment for United Airlines, has been a leader in adapting in situ simulation technology to healthcare models.Dr. Hamman, Director of CESR, said, "Communication among team members is a critical element to shoring up safety and improving performance.
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PSO One is the product of more than three years of research by the Center of Excellence for Simulation Research (CESR), a research firm founded locally by Dr. William Rutherford and Dr. Bill Hamman, both physicians and commercial pilots working for WMU's aviation college.
So how did Hamman and Rutherford make the decision to take aviation simulation training and apply it to health care?
Hamman, who has been in medicine for 15 years and in aviation for 30, said being both a cardiologist and a commercial pilot has given him intimate knowledge at how one small mistake can lead to deadly results in both fields.Hamman, currently an international captain for United Airlines, also served as Manager of Human Factors and Risk Assessment at United Airlines.
In this position, Hamman was a leader in the airline industry for applying risk analysis processes in airline operations.
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"During that time, I was fascinated with the fact that safety data showed that in most aviation accidents, human error, not technical problems was the cause," Hamman said.
"And (data showed) that human error was a major issue in the health care field, too."
At United Airlines, Hamman also was instrumental in developing the team training and assessment of flight crews in the Advanced Qualification Program.
It was there, he said, that he learned to importance of developing strong teamwork and communication among crew members in emergency situations.
Identifying these gaps, Hamman and Beaudin-Seiler said, can create far more efficient and safer hospital procedures
Hamman, an airline captain who lives in Michigan, claimed...
As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing.
He shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups.An Associated Press story featured him leading a teamwork training session at an American College of Cardiology convention last spring.
But it turns out Hamman isn't a cardiologist or even a doctor.
The AP found he had no medical residency, fellowship, doctoral degree or the 15 years of clinical experience he claimed.
He attended medical school for a few years but withdrew and didn't graduate.
His pilot qualifications do not appear to be in question - he holds the highest type of license a pilot can have, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said.
However, United grounded him in August after his medical and doctoral degrees evaporated like contrails of the jets he flew.
He resigned in June as an educator and researcher at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., after a credentials check revealed discrepancies, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Doctors who worked with the 58-year-old pilot are stunned, not just at the ruse and how long it lasted, but also because many of them valued his work and were sad to see it end.
"I was shocked to hear the news," said Dr. W. Douglas Weaver, who was president of the cardiology group when it gave Hamman a training contract for up to $250,000 plus travel a few years ago.
Now, groups that Hamman worked for are red-faced that they hadn't checked out the tall, sandy-haired man who impressed many with his commanding manner and simple insights like not taking your eyes off a patient while talking with other team members about what to do.
Hamman did not return several phone calls and e-mails seeking comment.
"It's Mr. Hamman's desire that he clear up any misconceptions about his background that he has caused.
Hamman does have an associate's degree in general aviation flight technology and a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University.He also has "type ratings" to fly half a dozen very large commercial planes, according to the FAA.
United would not discuss his job history, citing employee confidentiality.
But the company confirmed that he is not currently authorized to fly.
Hamman lives in Michigan and is based in Chicago.
As long ago as 1992, an FAA workshop listed Hamman as an M.D. from United's flight center in Denver.
In an interview last year with Cath Lab Digest, a publication for heart specialists, Hamman says that being a doctor may have "opened up some doors at United, and I ended up as manager of quality and risk assessment."In 2004, he joined Western Michigan University, a Kalamazoo school with a big aviation program in nearby Battle Creek, as co-director of its Center of Excellence for Simulation Research.
Hamman resigned June 15.
After fessing up, Hamman asked the AMA and the cardiology group to let him continue, saying, "the work is the work."
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