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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.

Director

Dr. Neal Seymour

Neal Seymour, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Program Director, Surgery Residency

Administrative Manager

Dr. Gladys Fernandez

Gladys Fernandez, MD
Assistant Program Director, Surgery Residency

Staff

Patient Simulation Technician

John Budrow, BS

Goldberg Skills Laboratory Specialist

Ron Bush, BS

Nursing Professional Development Specialist

Cinnamon Desgres, RN, MSN

Academic Leadership

Kevin Hinchey, MD
Chief Education Officer
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine

Rebecca Blanchard, PhD
Senior Director, Educational Affairs

Simulation Champions

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.