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 is Assistant Professor and Director of Simulation for the Department of Emergency Medicine Residency at VCU. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Assistant Director. His area of research and interests include ultrasound, pre-hospital medicine, trauma, and resuscitation.
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.
David Walton, M.S., B.B.A., comes to us from the Clinical Simulation Center at Radford University and Roanoke High Education Center. David managed both simulation sites which were responsible for helping to address the nursing shortages in Virginia with participants from New River Community College, Wytheville Community College, Jefferson College of Health and Science, Virginia Western Community College and Patrick Henry Community College. David has a B.B.A. from Radford University and extensive experience in simulation, managing IT infrastructures, audio video, implementation of multi-terabyte systems, strategic planning, and risk assessment. David earned his M.S. at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012.
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 us a simulation educator in May 2016. Currently she assists with sedation simulations for practicing providers, provides clinical expertise to our standardized patients for training purposes, and assists with various simulation events within the simulation center. Kristin came to us from VCUHS where she was a founding team member of VCUHS’ Rapid Response Team. Prior to coming to VCUHS, she worked at Duke University Hospital where she worked 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.
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.
S.Winter Horn joined us as a Simulation Technology Specialist in April 2013. He attended VCU where he earned his BS degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Physics. His previous simulation expense is designing and testing projects to allow individuals to work in extreme temperatures for the private sector. There he developed an understanding of cooling methods for the human body and skills in rapid prototyping and CNC machining. He then ventured on to an emerging technology of wireless data transmission to the home. There he applied technical services to desktops, networks, servers and obtained further project management experience.
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.
Cody Symanietz joined us as the Simulation Program Coordinator in November 2016. He attended North Dakota State University earning a BA degree in Theatre Arts and then the University of Delaware earning an MFA degree in Stage Management. After working for over 5 years as a professional Stage Manager in Opera, he moved into the office coordination and management world. In his spare time, he plays tuba for the Richmond Concert Band and is an active volunteer at the Richmond SPCA.
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 completed 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 also serves as Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Head of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Theatre, Associate Director of the MFA Program in Movement Pedagogy, 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.