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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
Lead 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.

Shannon Poling

Shannon Poling, MeHP, RRT-NPS, CEBT, CHSE
Simulation Educator

Shannon Poling is a simulation educator for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center in Baltimore, MD. Shannon has a Baccalaureate Degree in Science with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy from Salisbury University and has also completed her Master’s Degree in Education for Health Professionals (MeHP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.  Shannon is also certified by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Healthcare Simulation Educator. Shannon’s previous experiences include: neonatal respiratory therapist, blood gas lab coordinator, respiratory staff educator, adjunct faculty for the BCCC respiratory therapy program and simulation coordinator as well as volunteering her time as a representative for  the MD/DC Society of Respiratory Care. Shannon’s responsibilities at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center include assessing the needs of the Simulation Center’s users/faculty and simulation curriculum design and debriefing. She is also responsible to provide facilitator training on the appropriate use of simulation technology in the education or assessment of healthcare providers and providing technical and instructional support to customers of the Simulation Center. 

Neva Krauss

Neva Krauss
Standardized Patient Teaching Specialist

Neva is a Standardized Patient Training Specialist for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. She has over 18 years of experience working with the Standardized Patient Program at Johns Hopkins and other medical institutions. Neva is an accomplished actress with over 38 years of performing on stage, motion pictures, video and television. She also has over 20 years of educating students in the fine art of acting, and travels throughout the USA and Canada educating and entertaining audiences.  Neva has  a Liberal Arts Degree.

Starting as a Standardized Patient at Johns Hopkins, Neva has effectively aided in educating medical learners by portraying an assortment of patients with a variety of needs including medical, psychological and emotional. Neva collaborates with faculty members and aides in the development of projects and cases for learner education.  She also recruits and trains standardized patients and manages projects that require standardized patients.

Along with her work for Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center, Neva serves as an educator of high school scholars for the Envision National Youth Leadership Advanced Medicine Program, assisting them in mastering the skills needed to successfully carry out a clinical encounter.

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.

Towanda Underdue

Towanda Underdue
Standardized Patient Teaching Specialist

Towanda Underdue currently serves as a Standardized Patient Education Specialist with The Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Towson University. She has over 15 years of experience with Johns Hopkins Medicine and over 6 years of involvement with the Standardized Patient Program at Hopkins and other institutions as well as over 20 years of performing on stage, screen, video, television and radio. Towanda is a SAG-AFTRA Washington – Mid Atlantic Local Executive Board member, award winning actress, standardized patient, writer, and producer who is known by critics as 'the chameleon' of stage and screen for her ability to change her look, voice and emotional depth for any role. As a standardized patient, she has participated in over 50 cases effectively portraying individuals with a variety of ages and needs including medical, psychological and emotional. Towanda collaborates with faculty members and aids in the development of projects and cases for learner education. She also recruits, trains and manages Standardized Patients. 

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown
Simulation Fellow

Kristen Brown is the current Johns Hopkins Zamierowski Simulation Fellow. She also works as a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She has worked in the PICU for 10 years and has helped to develop the nurse practitioner program.  She also has a special interest in the care of children with congenital heart disease and currently works as the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Coordinator for the PICU.  In this role, Kristen focuses on research, education, and protocol development for critically ill children with congenital heart disease. Kristen obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (BSN) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 2001.  In 2006, she obtained her Master of Science degree with an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner focus from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  Currently, Kristen is working on her doctoral degree (DNP) at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


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.

Dana Early
Administrative Coordinator

Dana Early

Dana Early is the Administrative Coordinator for The Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. She is a graduate of the Sollers Point Technical High School in the Information Systems Management program providing her background and extensive training in business administration. In addition to providing administrative support, Dana is responsible for coordinating the daily instructional and teaching operations for the Sim Center along with the Hopkins Outreach Pediatric Education (HOPE) Program, for which she provides guidance and direction to instructors and learners regarding logistical issues.