Spotlight on David Omut
By Brent Davis, PhD
One of the strengths of our educational program is simulation training, and the man behind our manikins is David Omut. David was born here to Romanian immigrants and still has an uncle in Romania who has been ministering to Ukrainian refugees and Russians evading the draft. His father was an engineer before immigrating to the US. Healthcare is also a family affair as David is married to a nurse.
Our family were always heavily involved in Church, my parents in Leadership and events. All my siblings were in Orchestra, Choir, or serving in the Children’s ministry. Our church was mid-sized, about 350 members, so all members had a chance to serve in the Church. My contribution was to help with the audio/tech team. I have worked in Audio production for over 15 years, and only recently “retired” from leading the Technology department. The technical and computer skills that I gained in serving the church have been invaluable, and I recommend that every young person volunteer in their Church. I believe that I could not be in the position I am in now without the skills I learned by serving in the Technology department.
Before coming to AUHS, David worked for Los Angeles Unified School District and taught high school students skills that would prepare them for professions in the healthcare field. David has a great deal of experience in simulations and provides a number of scenarios for the interprofessional education programs here at AUHS.
Outside of work David is very involved in his church. “I am very involved with my church, Kindred Community Church. My wife and I are in the small groups and part of the team for the Couples ministry.”
David’s dream is to use evidence-based practice to improve learning through simulation and interprofessional education. A dream we all share here at AUHS! David makes a high level of training possible through providing scenarios and manikins for interprofessional education, and Trinium shines the spotlight on him.