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Adam Dodson

Adam Dodson, NCEE, NRP, CCEMTP
Lead Simulation Specialist

Adam Dodson has been in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for over 20 years.  He obtained his Paramedic Degree and License through Cecil College at a young age. He began teaching in 1997 for the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S).  He taught several surgeons and medics for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve before his honorable discharge.  Adam’s career with Johns Hopkins Hospital began in 1997 as a Critical Care Paramedic.  He was instrumental in the development of new employees as a field training officer. He started using simulation and teaching in 2003 with the University of Maryland and University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC).  Adam has taught interdisciplinary hospital team members for more than a decade.Adam is a part of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center as the Lead Simulation Specialist.  He often meets with medical professionals from foreign countries and discusses challenges of teaching in austere environments or creating simulation centers.  Adam works on international projects with the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins International (JHI) and Johns Hopkins International Global Services.  In addition to working with all of these programs in 2015 he assisted in the launch of the train-the-trainer program in Nigeria. Adam presently is a technical advisor for the Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Department.  Every year they create several low-cost task trainers for countries around the globe.  Adam also chairs the Benchmarking Committee for Hospital-Based Section of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), and he is the Vice-Chair of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section.  He has spoken at several conferences on innovations and pushing the boundaries of technology.  He is a contributing author in the recently published textbook "Healthcare Simulation: A guide for Operations Specialists "by Wiley Publishing Company.  In 2016 he was selected by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Meetings Oversight Committee to Co-Chair the SimOps 2016 meeting in Greeneville, SC

Robert Blum, EMT, CNA
Simulation Technician

Robert Blum is the Simulation Technician for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Robert has been involved in pre-hospital medicine since 2004 when he became an Emergency Medical Technician. As an Emergency Medical Technician Robert has been on 911, intra-facility, NICU, PICU and critical care transports. He is also an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor.  Robert began as the Simulation Technician at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center in June 2011. His responsibilities include: room and manikin preparations, simulation equipment maintenance, testing and running scenarios w/ faculty instructors, assist with curriculum development, conduct simulations outside of the simulation lab, act as a confederate within scenarios, maintain proficiency in emerging simulation technology, and train faculty in operational aspects of simulation.

Neva Krauss

Neva Krauss
Standardized Patient Teaching Specialist

Neva Krauss is a highly trained Actress and Standardized Patient who is currently a Standardized Patient Training Specialist for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center.  With over 15 years of involvement in the Standardized Patient Program at Hopkins and other medical institutions as well as over 30 years of performing on stage, screen, video and television – she has participated in effectively portraying individuals with a variety of needs including medical, psychological as well as   emotional. She also has toured the US and Canada as a performer.   Neva collaborates with faculty members and aids in the   development of projects and cases for learner education. She also   recruits, trains and manages the Standardized Patients.

Rose Zaeske, BFA
Genito-urinary & Physical Exam Teaching Specialist

Rose Zaeske is a specialist in the field of standardized patient educators, with more than 18 years experience in the use and development of standardized patient methodology, and more than 13 years experience running and maintaining a high quality Male and Female Genito-urinary Teaching Associate Program that has grown rapidly and currently meets the needs of numerous institutions in the region (medical, nursing and osteopathic schools, PA programs, and residency programs). Ms. Zaeske is also experienced in developing and maintaining a high quality Physical Exam Teaching Associate (PETA) program which has also grown since its inception in 2001. She collaborates on project and case development, and recruits and trains the genito-urinary and physical exam teaching associates.

Andrew Stella

Andrew Stella, M.S., M.A.
Multimedia Manager

Andrew Stella has more than a decade of experience working with multimedia technology in the educational context.  Professionally, he has worked extensively within the Johns Hopkins University system, as an e-learning multimedia production specialist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, as the Digital Audio Specialist at the Digital Media Center on the Homewood campus, and as an adjunct faculty member of the Peabody Institute.  Andrew’s educational background is focused in music and media production, including a B.S. in Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University, and a M.A. in Recording and Acoustics from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  Additionally, he has received a research-oriented master’s degree in Sound and Music Computing from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.  Andrew’s research and professional interests involve exploring the intersection of technology, media, art and education.  

Tracy Welsh

Tracy Welsh
Senior Administrative Coordinator

Tracy Welsh has been with the Simulation Center since 2012, bringing with her over 15 years of administrative experience.  As the Senior Administrative Coordinator, Tracy acts as an intermediary between faculty, learners and staff to ensure an efficient operation by managing staff and skillfully coordinating training activities.  Additionally, Tracy provides administrative support to the Director of the Sim Center. Each year the Sim Center is host to the Advanced PICU Fellows Bootcamp, of which Tracy is the lead coordinator.  In the 4 years she has managed the Bootcamp, the program has grown exponentially and her contribution is instrumental in the continued success of this highly rewarding teaching/training event. The Sim Center assumed management of the Hopkins Outreach Pediatric Education (HOPE) Program in 2013 and Tracy became the American Heart Association (AHA) Training Site Coordinator.  She serves as a principal resource providing information, administrative support and quality control for the AHA instructors.