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Meet Dr. Eric McCoy

Dr. Eric McCoy
Dr. Eric McCoy

Dr. Eric McCoy is a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine who has been extending the mission of UC Irvine Health in the fields of simulation and evidence-based medicine. He graduated from UCSF with an area of concentration in medical education and completed a residency in emergency medicine at UC Irvine. Dr. McCoy subsequently pursued fellowship training in Emergency Medical Services/Disaster Medical Sciences at UC Irvine while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Public Health Degree in health policy and management at UCLA. He has had teaching experience that span from physics, MCAT preparatory courses, anatomy, physiology, paramedic courses, ECG workshops, to building educational and fellowship training programs. His training and experience has allowed him to gain national and international recognition in the fields of simulation and evidence-based medicine.


Dr. McCoy is the fellowship director for southern California’s first Emergency Medicine simulation fellowship training program. Since its inception in 2013, the medical simulation fellowship program has grown at a tremendous pace. The Emergency Medicine medical simulation fellowship program offers advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, educational program implementation, research, and study design for graduates of accredited Emergency Medicine residency programs. He has also created an international medical simulation fellowship-training program for physician educators aspiring to build simulation programs at their home institutions in their respective countries. Fellows graduating from the program have been able to assume leadership roles in residencies, simulation centers, or healthcare institutions.

Dr. McCoy provides educational offerings in the form of large group lectures and workshops at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. It was at this conference where he introduced a unifying definition for a new niche in simulation, called telesimulation, to the simulation community. Telesimulation is a novel educational delivery method that leverages telecommunication and simulation resources for the education, training, and/or assessment of learners at an off-site location. As the director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for UC Irvine Medical Center, he also provides educational content on the use of simulation in EMS. He also provides workshops on how to implement concepts of evidence-based medicine to design strong simulation research study protocols. Scholarly work that has resulted from the fellowship training program includes randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of simulation compared to conventional educational modalities for the educating and training of healthcare providers. Dr. McCoy serves as the Chair of the Education Subcommittee for the Emergency Medicine section at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare where he is currently working with colleagues from around the world on creating a simulation book for healthcare educators. Dr. McCoy’s commitment to education and contributions to the field of simulation through his original research, educational offerings as national/international meetings, and fellowship program has allowed him to extend the educational mission of UC Irvine Health well beyond the boundaries of the University.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. McCoy’s uncanny skill of converting complex concepts into content that is engaging, fun, and informative has gained him the recognition from the very institution where Evidence-Based Medicine was born – McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. While enrolled in an evidence-based medicine workshop at McMaster University to grow his knowledge to contribute back to his students. Dr. Gordon Guyatt, the director of the evidence-based medicine workshop, who coined the term “evidence-based medicine,” and who many recognize as one of the living forefathers of evidence-based medicine, personally invited Dr. McCoy to return to serve in an educator role for the evidence-based medicine workshops at McMaster University. Dr. McCoy humbly accepted and now returns every year to provide educational offerings and serves as faculty lead for Emergency Medicine at the internationally recognized program for teaching evidence-based medicine to healthcare professionals.

Dr. McCoy’s commitment to only providing the highest quality experience for his learners has allowed him to extend the mission of UC Irvine Health around the world.