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Margaret Sande, MD, MS

​​​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Medical Director of Work, Education, and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center

Director of Simulation, Denver Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045


With a background in biomedical engineering, Dr. Sande’s interests lie at the intersection of technology and medicine.  She has been involved in simulation-based educational research and the use of simulation as a means of proof-of-concept for novel technologies.  Dr. Sande employs high-fidelity mannequin simulation to train students, physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and interdisciplinary teams.  She has shared her expertise as a consultant with health organizations internationally.  She has spent additional time taking graduate medical education and research coursework.
Dr. Sande’s area of interest is educational innovation as it applies to the field of medical simulation. Her work uses simulation as a platform for innovation in medical education and device design, as ultimately both benefit patient safety.
Degree Year ​Focus
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA B.S. 2003 Engineering Science
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA M.S. 2004 ​Biomedical Engineering
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN M.D. 2008 Doctor of Medicine
Denver Health, Denver, CO 2012 ​Emergency Medicine Residency
​Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA ​2013 Medical Simulation Fellowship

Funded Projects

  • Integration of an Audience Response System into Simulation-Based Training:  An Educational Technology Enhancement
    Funding Agency: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
    Supplemental Funding Agency: John Marx Emergency medicine Education Research Grant
    Funding Period: December 1st 2014- November 30th 2016
    Aim: The completion of a mixed-methods study to evaluate a novel technique for simulation observer engagement, publication and dissemination of results within the simulation, emergency medicine, and graduate medical education communities.

Other Projects

  • Master Simulation Educator Workshop Series
    Funding Agency: Rymer Grant Recipient, University of Colorado School of Medicine's Academy of Medical Educators (2013-14)
    Funding Period: Spring 2014
    Aim: Develop a two-part master simulation educator workshop series focused on simulation scenario case development and an introduction to simulation debriefing.  Courses are offered as part of the Academy of Medical Educators Workshop and Seminars Series for educators interested in developing simulation educator expertise.
  • Sande MK, Broderick KB, Moreira ME, Bender B, Hopkins E, Buchanan JA. Sexual assault training in emergency medicine residencies: a survey of program directors. West J Emerg Med. 2013 Sep;14(5):461-6. PubMed PMID: 24106543


  • Smalley C, Jacquet G, Sande MK, Heard K, Druck JP.  Impact of a teaching service on ED throughput: A retrospective evaluation of length of stay and patient volume. West J of Emerg Med. 2014 March; 15(2): 165-9.


  • Sande, M.K., D. Thompson, A.A. Monte. “Fomepizole for Severe Disulfiram-Ethanol Reactions” American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2012; Vol 30, 1: 262. (PMID: 21208769)


  • Viola, F., M.D. Kramer, M.B. Lawrence, J.P. Oberhauser, W.F. Walker. “Sonorheometry:  a noncontact method for the dynamic assessment of thrombosis,” Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2004; Vol 32, 5: 696-705. (PMID: 15171624)
  • Kaiser Permanente Award for Clinical Excellence, 2012
  • COPIC Scholarship Recipient, 8th Annual Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable, 2012