Ongoing Projects & Project Leads

We have a number of ongoing SUGAR projects being led by colleagues across the country. Current projects and project leads include:

SUGAR for Medical Students – adapting the current SUGAR cases for use with medical students
Jackie Kuzminski, Medical College of Wisconsin

SUGAR EM Case Series – developing a series of Emergency Medicine specific SUGAR cases
Gabrielle Jacquet, Boston University

SUGAR OB Case Series – developing a series of Obstetrics & Gynecology specific SUGAR cases
Cynthie Anderson, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

SUGAR CANE (Cases About Non-Medical Experiences) – developing a series of SUGAR cases that put residents in situations they may encounter in non-clinical arenas (natural disasters, civil unrest, travel or illness related, etc)
Jennifer Watts, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Townsend Cooper, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SUGAR for All – evaluating the impact of using the SUGAR cases with all residents, not just those interested in global health
Jane Rosenman, Mayo Clinic

SUGAR - Practical Information from Core Educators (SPICE) – describing tips & tricks being used by SUGAR facilitators to increase the effectiveness of the SUGAR curriculum
Molly Shane, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

SUGAR CUBE (Care Using Basic Education) – creating teaching aids to be used with the SUGAR cases
Steve Warrick, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center
Lindsey Troy, Medical College of Wisconsin

SUGAR Community Based Case Series – developing a series of SUGAR cases set in community or clinic based sites
Heather Lukolyo, Baylor College of Medicine

SUGAR Immigrant/Refugee Case Series – developing a series of U.S.-based SUGAR cases that pertain to immigrant and refugee populations
Heather Peto, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

SUGAR PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource-Limited Settings) – creating a series of instructional videos about performing procedures using available supplies
Rachel Bensman, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center


While we have found using the current SUGAR case series useful with residents across many specialties, we would like to develop a collection of specialty-specific cases. Those interested in authoring specialty-specific cases should contact us at

Have another idea for a SUGAR project? Email us at

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SUGAR Testimonials


 “The simulations get at the emotional aspects of how you’re going to feel when you don’t have the resources you’re used to having. They also allow you to think about [medical issues] we don’t commonly see here. It’s profound how realistic they make it.”

“No matter how much you simulate it, you’re still going to have the emotional experience, and it’s going to be hard. But I was able to identify the emotions, particularly the frustration and helplessness, easier and reflect on it instead of getting more upset. It makes you more adaptable when you have those skills.”



"I was very impressed by my global health simulation experience. The level of immersion within the scenario, with convincing actors using foreign language fluency in a resource-limited environment, led me to feel like I was truly in that environment. It taught me to think outside-of-the-box, while also making full use of whatever limited resources are available to me ‘within the box.’ It was an extremely high-yield experience; I not only feel more capable, I've also recognized weaknesses and am very excited to try my hand at the simulation again."


“This has been a wonderful learning tool for our residents and they really enjoy participating. We have a program with a pretty equal mix of American and international graduates, so it leads to some great team dynamics that are often led by the international graduates who have more experience practicing in conditions with limited resources.”

“It helps prepare the residents for the psychological challenge encounter during their away rotation, and allows them to enjoy the actual learning experience, by having more realistic expectations.”

“Our residents love it and the feedback has been great with our residents who have already traveled this year.”