Wendy Coates, MD

UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Wendy C. Coates, MD is Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She served as Dean of the UCLA Acute Care College and Director of Education at Harbor-UCLA where she founded the first Fellowship in Medical Education Scholarship in 1997. She enjoys continued active mentorship of her fellowship graduates. Coates graduated with honors from Allegheny College, earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University, and completed the EM residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Allegheny General. 

Dr. Coates’ research focus is Health Professions Education with an emphasis on faculty and learner development, mentorship, curricular innovation and evaluation, creativity in medicine, and qualitative methods. In addition to several peer reviewed publications and textbook chapters, she is a founding member of the Editorial Board for AEM Education & Training, member of the AEM Editorial Board, Associate Editor for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and was an ABEM Item Writer for 9 years.

Dr. Coates serves as the President and member of the Executive Committee on the Board of Directors for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) after many years of active service and leadership activities within the Society that focused on advancing its mission of supporting research and education in EM. She is co-directing SAEM’s new Advanced Research Methodology course for Medical Education Research, “ARMED MedEd.”  

Twitter: @CoatesMedEd