Our Simulation Experts
Baystate's simulation team has expertise in clinical, collaborative and communications skills training, simulation technologies, and research. We provide consultation and support to our simulation champions in developing and implementing education programs for a variety of learners in multiple specialty areas.
Neal Seymour, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Program Director, Surgery Residency
Gladys Fernandez, MD
Assistant Program Director, Surgery Residency
Patient Simulation Technician
John Budrow, BS
Goldberg Skills Laboratory Specialist
Ron Bush, BS
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Cinnamon Desgres, RN, MSN
Kevin Hinchey, MD
Chief Education Officer
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
Rebecca Blanchard, PhD
Senior Director, Educational Affairs
We have at least one point person—called a simulation champion—for each of our many types of learners. For example, the Department of Medicine has simulation champions for their residents, PAs, attending physicians, and critical care fellows, hematology oncology fellows, cardiology fellows, and nephrology fellows.
Champions are appointed and responsible for oversight of all departmental simulation activities. They are educators who are responsible for developing and implementing simulation education in their department or area of expertise. They create curricula and act as instructors.
Our simulation staff help with professional development for the simulation champions, conducting training workshops and conferences around simulation education curriculum development and implementation.