Faculty and Staff Highlight: Brian Wilson

Each month, the Office of Institutional Advancement will feature a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty or staff member who exemplifies the vision and mission of our institution. Their journeys to become TTUHSC El Paso employees are unique and work experiences vary, but all have a passion to improve the lives of the people in our community.

This month’s employee is Brian Wilson, faculty associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of Simulation Education at the Training and Educational Center for Healthcare Simulation (TECHS).

Brian Wilson’s fascinating 42-year career in emergency medicine kicked off in a somewhat morbid way when he was handed the keys to his first “company car.”

“My first ambulance was a hearse,” recalled Wilson, who began his career in 1977 at Greek-Shears Mortuary in Indiana.  “A lot has changed throughout my 42 years in EMS (emergency medical services) relating to the mode of transportation of the sick and injured.”

During his career, Wilson has worked as a paramedic, volunteer firefighter, flight paramedic, education director, textbook writer and editor, and now, a faculty associate with the TECHS at TTUHSC El Paso. Unflinching nerves and a comprehensive knowledge of emergency medicine have made Wilson an encyclopedic EMS instructor who is composed under the most frenzied circumstances.

Brian Wilson, right, a faculty associate faculty associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of Simulation Education at the TECHS center, instructs a group of visitor in the use of a medical manikin.

Brian Wilson, right, a faculty associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of Simulation Education, instructs a group of TECHS center visitors in the use of a medical manikin.

As the longest-serving faculty member in emergency medicine, Wilson has reflected on his favorite parts of the job.

“Throughout my 26 years here at TTUHSC El Paso, I have found one of the most gratifying aspects of my job is when students, whether from TTUHSC El Paso, the El Paso Fire Department or the U.S. Border Patrol, utilize simulation to enhance their clinical skills and critical decision making.”

TTUHSC El Paso employees are the institution’s most valuable resource. Contact Katherine Vandertulip at kvandert@ttuhsc.edu to suggest candidates for future Faculty and Staff Highlights.