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Teresa Britt, MSN, RN, CHSE-A
Co-Director
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Teresa Britt, MSN, RN, CHSE-A is the Director of Education for the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation at UTHSC. Britt has been a nurse since 1977, in nursing education since 1982, and specifically in clinical simulation development since 1998. She was one of the founding board members for the Tennessee Simulation Alliance, and is currently serving this organization as President. Teresa was selected by the National League of Nursing as a Simulation Leader in 2016, an honor which has provided her with opportunities to collaborate with Simulation Nursing Leaders from across the nation. She has extensive knowledge of current methodologies and best practices for utilization of Simulated Patients in healthcare education and is an active member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators. She has been involved for many years with both the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, where she is part of several committees and Special Interest Groups and has served as a Simulation Mentor to new members. As the Director of Education, Britt assists the development of clinical simulations, using both standardized patients and a range of simulation technologies. She will facilitate simulation development activities and serve as a mentor for simulation implementation. Mrs. Britt's interests are in faculty development, patient safety and simulation for replacement of traditional clinical training.

Jarrod Young, MBA BSE, CHSOS-A
Co-Director
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Jarrod Young, MBA, BSE, CHSOS-A joined The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in 2016 as the Simulation Operations Lead for the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS). Mr. Young received his Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2012 and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Martin in 2020. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety from UAB, a certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist- Advanced (CHSOS-A), as well as the Technical Apprenticeship in Healthcare Simulation offered by the Center for Medical Simulation in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

At CHIPS, Mr. Young oversees the operations of all healthcare simulation activities for the 45,000 square foot facility. With a strong focus on process management, operational efficiency, and quality improvement methodologies, Mr. Young organizes the day-to-day operations of CHIPS and provides guidance to the Simulation Specialists and Simulation Technologist that make up the operations team.

Prior to his time at CHIPS, Jarrod served as a Clinical Simulation Specialist at UAB’s Office of Interprofessional Simulation (OIPS). During his time with OIPS, Jarrod was project lead on multiple OIPS strategic priorities, including product design projects with the School of Engineering, and was responsible for training and supervising simulation specialists, simulation technicians, and work study students in OIPS. Before entering the field of healthcare simulation, Jarrod worked as a rehabilitation engineer where he specialized in rehabilitation assistive technologies, including ergonomic considerations, product design, and product modifications.

In addition to his responsibilities at CHIPS, Mr. Young volunteers in many different roles and committees within the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He is currently a volunteer Accreditation Site Reviewer for SSH and an active member of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section (SOTS). Mr. Young served as a Planning Team Member for the SimOps 2021 conference in Tampa, FL.


Kuan Xing, PhD, MEd
Director of Assessment and Research
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Kuan Xing, PhD, MEd, is the Director of Assessment and Research for the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation and Assistant Professor in Interprofessional Education at UTHSC. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a master’s degree in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, & Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His expertise in simulation for healthcare includes assessment in simulation-based practice, reliability/validity analysis (e.g., measurement tool validation), and rater models; he also conducts educational/psychometric research predominantly using quantitative methodology. He published research papers with colleagues in both healthcare and education measurement fields, such as Simulation in Healthcare, Academic Medicine, Applied Psychological Measurement, Multivariate Behavioral Research among others.

Jamie Pitt, BA, MMHPE
Assistant Director of Education for Standardized/Simulated Patients
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Jamie Pitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lindenwood University and a Masters in Medical & Health Professions Education from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Ms. Pitt is an award-winning professional actor with national tours for Missoula Children’s Theatre and Metro Theatre Company. She is a founding cast member of Paper Slip Theatre Company specializing in educational improvisational performances and classes. Before joining the UTHSC team in 2018, she spent over 10 years at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO as the Standardized Patient Program Manager. Her research focuses on identifying the key behaviors that drive team performance as well as patient and team satisfaction across different health disciplines to provide individualized coaching that improves the performance of healthcare teams. She is a co-author of the chapter on The Human Simulation Continuum Model, found in the book “Comprehensive Healthcare SimulationImplementing Best Practices in Standardized Patient Methodology”.

In her role as Assistant Director of Education for Standardized and Simulated Patients (SPs), she oversees all aspects of the SP program and educational activities involving the human simulation methodology at CHIPS.

Jacque Bradford, EdD, DPT, MS, CHSE
Simulation Educator
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Dr. Jacque Bradford, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, CHSE is a Simulation Educator for the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation at UTHSC. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2009. Her PT clinical practice experience resided primarily in the inpatient acute care setting. She moved into academia in 2014 with teaching in the Doctor Physical Therapy Program at UTHSC. She completed her Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Instructional Design & Technology at the University of Memphis in 2018. Her doctoral dissertation explored simulation-based education and the use of standardized patients in physical therapy education. Dr. Bradford was appointed to the Academic Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Strategic Initiative Panel on Simulation in 2018. In Fall 2019, Dr. Bradford moved into the CHIPS Simulation Educator position following her passion for integrating simulation experiences in healthcare professionals education to elevate learning outcomes and ultimately patient safety. She became a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE) in 2020. As a simulation educator, Dr. Bradford assists in the development of clinical simulations for a variety of learners, simulation development activities, and faculty development education. Dr. Bradford's interests are in simulation-based education and simulation educator professional development.

Tim Dotson, BA
Standardized/Simulated Patient Trainer
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Tim Dotson received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Tennessee State University and is co-founder/Executive Director of a theatre production company called Inner City South. Mr. Dotson started at UTHSC as a standardized patient/ proctor in the Kaplan Clinical Skills Center in 2014. In 2019, he joined the CHIPS staff as a Standardized Patient Trainer. Tim looks forward to serving CHIPS clients and broadening his knowledge in the world of healthcare simulation.

Amy Rush, MA
Standarized/Simulated Patient Trainer

 

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Amy Rush brings years of experience in theater and improvisational comedy performance, workshop leading, university teaching and simulation work to her role as a Standardized/Simulated Patient Trainer at UTHSC. She has a B.S. in journalism from The University of Kansas, an M.A. in dramatic arts from University of Connecticut and completed graduate-level work at Portfolio Center, where she studied graphic design. She has performed regularly at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, in many venues while living in New York and she participated in English language theater and improv comedy when she recently lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Amy was a standardized patient at Emory University and has worked many years as a forensic actor in child abuse forensic interviewing protocol training sessions. She started working on the CHIPS team in the fall of 2020.

Nick Brauer, BS, CHSOS
Senior Simulation Specialist
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Mr. Nick Brauer, BS, CHSOS, graduated with a biology degree from the University of Memphis and has been with the UTHSC since 2000 serving as a Senior Research Coordinator and Simulation Coordinator for Graduate Medical Education before joining the simulation team in 2011.  Mr. Brauer has also served as an Emergency Services Officer for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since 1999, where he supervises teams on emergency medical and trauma calls throughout the county.

Mr. Brauer will assists in the coordination of operations in the emerging comprehensive simulation program at the UTHSC, serving the needs of all its professional programs. He works with faculty and staff across UTHSC, particularly on the Memphis campus, in securing and facilitating the use of a wide range of simulation technologies to enrich the training of students, residents, and healthcare professionals.

James Orr, NRP, FP-C
Simulation Specialist
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James Orr, NRP, FP-C recently returned to UTHSC and joined the Simulation Center as a Simulation Specialist. He brings 33 years of prehospital EMS and aeromedical experience to the program. His background in EMS coupled with previous simulation experience provides valuable insight into the application of scenario based simulations.

Previously employed with UTHSC in the prior UT Bowld Hospital ER contributed to 18 years of prior ER experience. James recently retired from the Memphis Fire Dept. after 25 years of service to the citizens of Memphis, TN. His experience also includes 8 years in prehospital aeromedical service as a flight paramedic. The experience gained during his career is incorporated and accentuates the application of scenario based simulations in our program.

Harold Weaver, MS
Simulation Technologist
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Harold Weaver, BSET, MSTE, joined the CHIPS team in August 2019. He came to CHIPS after an extensive career in the academic realm beginning at the University of Memphis in 1989 and continuing throughout the next three decades at various non-profit and for profit colleges with a few stints in corporate training along the way. He holds a BS in Engineering Technology and an MS in Technical Education from the University of Memphis. In his free time he volunteers his technical support and media skills in the Memphis theater community and his local church. His wife and daughter are SPs at CHIPS.

Sophia Mosher, MPA
Simulation Logistician
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Sophia Mosher joined the CHIPS team in November 2019 as the Simulation Logistician. She first joined UTHSC in the Office of Equity and Diversity, coordinating the office’s strategic programs. Previously, she worked as an English teacher in Clarendon, AR, through Teach for America. As Simulation Logistician, Sophia uses her education and logistics experience to assist with the management of CHIPS experiences across their lifecycles. She works collaboratively to plan, implement, and assess simulated experiences. Post-experience, Sophia works with the CHIPS team to develop project improvement plans to ensure improved outcomes for future simulations. Additionally, she oversees CHIPS web and social media presence. Sophia is originally from northern Michigan, and is an alumna of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, where she received a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis in May 2017.

Anthony Correale
Simulation Technologist
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Anthony Correale began working with the CHIPS team in March of 2020. Born and raised in Memphis, he attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate degree following his graduation from Christian Brothers High School. It was there that he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018. Upon graduation, Anthony returned to Memphis, where he began working as a Scribe in the Emergency Department at Methodist Germantown Hospital, gaining thousands of hours of hands-on, clinical experience. Additionally, as a teenager, Anthony co-founded a small pressure-washing company with his two brothers that served as a subset of his parents’ construction and real estate company. It was the experience gained from this venture that prompted him to pursue a Master of Business Administration, which he was able to complete in 2019. The thorough knowledge of medical terminology and procedures, in combination with his diverse background in business, allows Anthony to bring a unique perspective to the Simulation Technologist role.

Katelyn Porcaro, 
Simulation Specialist
 
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Katelyn Porcaro started with CHIPS in September of 2020. Having spent her whole life in Memphis, she graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her education centered around both qualitative and quantitative statistics and the implementation of data in research. Katelyn served as the Psychology Laboratory Manager during her studies, where she supervised correlational and experimental research being conducted in the lab. She also had the opportunity to partner with faculty on various research experiments, which allowed her to gain knowledge of psychophysiological measures such as fEMG and EEG through hands-on experience.

Since graduation, Katelyn has spent the past five years climbing the corporate ladder in retail management at H&M. She had worked her way from entry level to store manager during her time with H&M, gaining extensive people management and organizational skills along the way. Her education and experience with laboratory technologies and procedures, along with her thorough background in customer service, both serve as essential tools to be used in her role as Simulation Specialist.

Venus L. Claxton, MPA
Program Administrator
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Ms. Venus L. Claxton, MPA, started her new position as the Program Administrator for Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation in March 2012. Her responsibilities include overseeing budgets, managing the day-to-day operations of the office and emerging simulation center, and preparing regular financial reports to ensure key stakeholders are aware of the progress made. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration.

Last Published: Oct 19, 2021