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Lead Simulation Specialist
Adam Dodson has been in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for over 25 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 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, and critical care field training officer. He started using simulation and teaching in 2003 with the University of Maryland and University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC). As the Lead Simulation Specialist, Adam often consults with medical professionals from around the world to discuss challenges of creating simulation centers and teaching in austere environments. Adam works with over a dozen international and government agencies on simulation initiatives, implementing educational strategies, and developing innovative solutions to improve patient safety and outcomes. Adam chairs the Benchmarking Committee for Hospital-Based Section of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), and he is the Chair of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section(SOTS). He has spoken at conferences on innovations and pushing the boundaries of simulation 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. Adam’s research interests include ultrasound, technology, and resuscitation.
Richard has held positions as a Paramedic, Healthcare Educator, Quality Improvement Specialist, Project Coordinator and most recently, Simulation Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. As a Simulation Specialist, Richard is responsible for providing technical and educational support for multiple programs and courses occurring on the Johns Hopkins Medicine East Baltimore Campus and community locations.
Lead Simulation Technician
Robert Blum is the Lead 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
Rick Barraclough is one of our new Simulation Technicians for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Rick has been involved in pre-hospital medicine since 2005 when he became an Emergency Medical Technician. As an Emergency Medical Technician, Rick has been on 911 and intra-facility transports. He is also a certified fire instructor, basic level. Rick started as a Simulation Technician at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center in September 2016. His responsibilities include: room and manikin preparations, simulation equipment maintenance, testing and running scenarios w/ faculty instructors, assisting with curriculum development, conducting simulations outside of the simulation lab, acting as a confederate within scenarios, maintaining proficiency in emerging simulation technology, and training faculty in operational aspects of simulation
Alexis Bell is a Simulation Technician for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Alexis served in the US Air Force before becoming a Nationally Registered EMT while living in San Diego, CA. Upon moving back to Maryland Alexis became a volunteer EMT at United Fire Co. 3 in Frederick MD. Alexis started as a Simulation Technician at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center in July 2016. Her responsibilities include: room and manikin preparations, simulation equipment maintenance, testing and running scenarios w/ faculty instructors, assisting with curriculum development, conducting simulations outside of the simulation lab, acting as a confederate within scenarios, maintaining proficiency in emerging simulation technology, and training faculty in operational aspects of simulation.
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.
Lynne Farrow is a Simulation Educator for The Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Lynne received her Bachelors in Science of Nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1997 and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lynne’s previous experience includes serving as the Training Center Coordinator for The Johns Hopkins Hospital from September 2012 to 2017. In this capacity, she coordinated all of the Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) classes for The Johns Hopkins Hospital/The Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore Campus. Lynne is an active member of the hospital’s CPR Advisory Committee, a hospital initiative for patient safety and improving outcomes. Her passion for resuscitation is evidenced by her teaching methods and dedication to the success of her students. She has focused her career on educating others about the importance of getting involved in emergency medical situations, on and off campus. She holds current American Heart Association Instructor Certifications in BLS and ACLS since 2006. Prior to her current role, she has held positions of increasing responsibility and scope: Interventional Radiology Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse, and Cardiovascular Step-down Unit Nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Lynne’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.
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.
Genito-urinary & Physical Exam Teaching Specialist
Rose Zaeske is a specialist in the field of standardized patient educators, with more than 22 years experience in the use and development of standardized patient methodology, and more than 18 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.
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 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
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 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.
Treasure Dunlap has worked in the administration field for over eight years with a focus in the medical field for the last five. She has worked for MedStar as well as other health entities as administrative support for several executives throughout the system. She is a 2009 graduate from Milford Mill Academy with a magnet focus in Business and Technology. She then earned her associate's degree in Business Management & Administration from CCBC in 2014. Her skills include calendar management, accounting, collections and social media management. Outside of her work life, Treasure is also a published poetic author and currently working on her first book. In addition to providing administrative support, Treasure is responsible for coordinating the daily instructional and teaching operations for the Sim Center.