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iCELS-staff-interdisciplinary-team-diverse-inclusive-support-learners-competencies.jpgThe field of simulation is constantly evolving. A broad base formed by our interdisciplinary team brings together insights in clinical care, education methodologies, simulation technologies, and patient communication strategies, to keep pace with and create a launchpad for better outcomes through simulation. Our ultimate goal is increased patient safety and expert patient care.

An Interdisciplinary Team in Action

Melissa Fischer, MD MEd
Executive Director, iCELS
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (OUME), Curriculum Innovation and The interprofesional Center for Experiential Learning & Simulation (iCELS)
Melissa.Fischer@umassmed.edu

Kathleen Altomare
Staff Accountant
Kathleen.Altomare@umassmed.edu

Tom Bohigian
Simulation Technician
Thomas.Bohigian1@umassmed.edu

Lisa Hanson
Education Program Specialist
Lisa.Hanson@umassmed.edu

Matthew Kersey
IT MedXR Intern
Matthew.Kersey@umassmed.edu

Bridget Latour
Education Program Specialist
Bridget.Latour@umassmed.edu

Cesar Merida
Simulation Technician
Cesar.Merida@umassmed.edu

Melissa Puliafico
Director, Educational Affairs
Melissa.Puliafico@umassmed.edu

Mirela Skaka
Administrative Assistant to Melissa Fischer, MD, MEd
Mirela.Skaka@umassmed.edu 

Sylvia Stanhope
Administrative Manager
Sylvia.Stanhope@umassmed.edu

Jason T. Stepien 
Simulation Technician
Jason.Stepien@umassmed.edu

Isaac Torres Gutierrez
Education Program Specialist
Isaac.TorresGutierrez@umassmed.edu 

Kendra Vandervalk
Education Program Specialist
Kendra.Vandervalk@umassmed.edu

Jorge Yarzebski, BA, CHSE, NRP, FP-C
Simulation Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator
Jorge.Yarzebskijr@umassmed.edu

Anne Weaver, RN, MS, CHSE
Simulation Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator
Anne.Weaver@umassmed.edu


Partners

Laura Cardin
Training Coordinator, Surgical Skills
Laura.Cardin@umassmed.edu

Mary Zanetti, EdD
Senior Director, Institutional Research, Evaluation & Assessment
Mary.Zanetti@umassmed.edu


Center for Academic Achievement (CAA): Clinical Students

Tracy Kedian, MD
Director, Center for Academic Achievement
Assistant Dean, Academic Achievement
Tracy.Kedian@umassmed.edu

Nneka Onwubueke, MD
Clinical Mentor, Center for Academic Achievement
Nneka.Onwubueke@umassmemorial.org

Deanna Richmond, MD
Clinical Mentor, Center for Academic Achievement
Deanna.Richmond@umassmemorial.org

Lisa Shay
Project Coordinator
Lisa.Shay@umassmed.edu

Visit the CAA Website