Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Grossman, who recently completed her Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator exam! Dr. Grossman has been teaching in the Center almost since the day it opened in 2009. She is the lead faculty for the VCUHealth Interprofessional Code Team simulations and leads the simulation component of Walk the Walk – VCU’s Intern Orientation and Safety Culture program. She routinely receives kudos for her teaching from students and residents. As one of her former residents puts it: “Cathy sets an example that transcends medicine: having worked with her inspires us to not only be better doctors but also to be better people. She is a synergy of art and science, of humanism and empiricism, of the traditions and the future of medicine.”
Dr. Michael Vitto, DO, MS, RDMS, RDCS, FACEP is an Assistant Professor aof Emergency Medicine and serves as teh Director of Simulation for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the Associate Medical Director at the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety at the VCU School of Medicine. He has interests in multidisciplinary code team training, procedural simulation, and device design and innovation.
Dr. Patricia Lange is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia in 1996 and completed her general surgery residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1996-2003 (including 2 years of research in cell signaling). She completed a two year fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC in 2005 before returning to UNC as an attending from 2005-2012. She is currently involved in our American Pediatric Surgery Association’s Pediatric Surgical Society's Education Committee and the simulation sub-committee. While at UNC, she worked with other interested faculty in developing and implementing a new surgical skills lab for the general surgery residency program. She teaches both technical and non-technical skills for surgery students and residents in the VCU Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety.
Cheryl Bodamer, PhD, RN, M.P.H., is our simulation educator. She received her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from VCU with a concentration in Health Policy, an MPH from the VCU School of Medicine and a BSN from the VCU School of Nursing. Cheryl has worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 20 years to develop and implement a regional Perinatal Outreach Education program as well as the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program with VCU faculty, public health providers, and community physicians and nurses. Her clinical nursing experience includes Neonatal and Pediatric ICU; her simulation based experience is as Regional Trainer in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Neonatal Resuscitation Program and the Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) from the University of Virginia. She also coordinated the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) regional Fetal Monitoring program. This year, she taught the AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor Courses for the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety. In addition, Cheryl assisted with the development of and served on the Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Team with the Virginia Department of Health at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She is also a long time volunteer with the March of Dimes.
Kristin Canipe, MSN, RN, joined the team as a simulation educator in May 2016. As an emerging simulation educator, she has participated in the design and development of a variety of medical simulation courses. She enjoys the collaborative development of inter-professional simulation across the health system especially within the adult population. Her interests include scenario development, learning new technologies, and being creative. Kristin is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Kristin came to us from VCUHS where she was a founding team member of VCUHS’ Rapid Response Team. Prior to coming to VCUHS in 2011, she worked at Duke University Medical Center as a Medical ICU RN and Pulmonary/Renal Progressive Care RN. She received her MSN in Nursing Education from East Carolina University in 2011 and her BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2005.
Elizabeth Trent joined us as a Division Administrator in February 2017. She, previously, was a Senior Administrative Services Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics. Prior to her work with VCU, she has worked as a senior business system analyst and a quality assurance engineer with several local firms including Fareva and Anthem. She currently attends VCU.
Justin Fedoryk joined us as the Simulation Technology Supervisor in June 2019. He comes to us from the operating rooms of VCU Health, where he cared for the equipment in the rooms used during endoscopic surgeries, along with the equipment’s AV systems, streaming services, and EHR connectivity capabilities. He also served in the US Army, where he was a Computer/ Detection Systems Repairer, repairing electronics ranging from night-vision goggles to military vehicle navigation equipment. In Afghanistan, he managed the electronics maintenance shop alone, at his location with over 2,000 personnel. He attended VCU for his BS and MS in Information Systems.
Mark Hix, B.S., joined us as a Simulation Technology Specialist in October 2010. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned his B.S. degree in Business Information Systems, with a concentration in Networking. He has previous experience in the production of medical journals, as well as applied technology support in the areas of desktop, server, storage and network infrastructure services. Mark also has background knowledge in software programming, as well as customer service and project management experience in both the private and public sectors.
Antonio Sessoms joined us as a Simulation Technology Specialist in August 2017. He attended ECPI University where he earned his BS degree in Computer and Information Science, with a concentration in Network/Cyber Security and Cloud Computing. Tony has over 22 years of experience in emergency medical treatment while serving as a Health Care Specialist in the US Army. Prior to retiring from the military, Tony worked at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located in Frederick MD, where he managed the Special Immunization Program (SIP) before relocating to the Richmond area and becoming a member of VCU’s Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety team.
Stacie Rearden Hall, B.A.F.A, joined us in June 2011 as a standardized patient and transitioned into the role of Standardized Patient Coordinator in October 2013 then to Standardized Patient Manager in June 2017. After earning her degree from the University of South Carolina Aiken, Stacie worked as an actor with Virginia Repertory Theatre’s touring division, Theatre IV, where she performed in Hugs and Kisses, a child abuse awareness show that focused on teaching children about appropriate touching and how to identify sexual abuse. In 2007, she took on the role of program manager for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theatre youth playwriting program. Shortly after completing New Voices, Stacie became the production manager for Richmond Shakespeare where she also taught classes in classical text analysis and performance. Stacie is also skilled in makeup design, specializing in various moulage techniques.
Susan is a native of Richmond, VA. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, she moved across the country. Returning to Richmond in the 1980’s, Susan worked in full-time ministry, teaching, counseling and developing outreach ministries. In 1990 she accepted a position in the Department of Surgery and has worked there ever since. After spending 10 years in education administration, she accepted the position as the Surgical Simulation Coordinator before being promoted to Surgical Simulation Administrator in June 2017. She enjoys working with medical students and residents and organizing educational events for practicing surgeons and physicians.
Aaron Anderson, PhD, MFA, is Founding Director of VCU’s Standardized Patient Program. He is also Professor, Associate Chair and Head of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Theatre, Liaison for Arts + Health Research in the School of the Arts, and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine. He holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in Culture from Northwestern University and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.