Dr. Motola is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Director of the Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare Division at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. Dr. Motola received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) in Boston, MA in 2004. She received an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005 as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Health Policy and Health Disparities.

Dr. Motola is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She maintains an active clinical practice as a physician educator at Jackson Memorial Hospital and is active in teaching medical students and residents in emergency medicine and disaster response.

Dr. Motola has a special interest in developing curricula for prehospital and hospital-based emergency providers and the application of simulation to emergency medical education. She has led quality improvement initiatives at the hospital level in response to emergencies by implementing rapid response team training and in situ simulation. Dr. Motola has also focused on developing and implementing training programs for disaster response and is a team member of the Florida-5 Disaster Medical Assistance (DMAT) Team. Dr. Motola has served as PI or Co-PI on multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Florida Department of Health and several foundations. Her research interests include effective use of simulation and technology for skills acquisition and retention, team training, training for disaster response, and stroke education. She has served as the Vice President of Women in Academic Medicine at the UMMSM for 2 years and serves on several other University committees and taskforces. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Health Foundation of South Florida.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership, Professional Development, Wellness
  • Medical Education (Simulation, FOAM, Innovations)
  • Cardiac Emergencies (EKGs, POC Echo, ACS)
  • Research (Methodology, Funding)
  • EMS and Disaster Medicine