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Interprofessional Critical Care Simulations

About the Program


The Interprofessional Critical Care Simulations equips final year medical and nursing students with the capacity to manage deteriorating patients in an inpatient setting. In the six-hour, simulation-based course, students discover patients with a worsening clinical status and collaborate across professions to diagnose and manage the patient. Layered in this care is also practice in escalating both interprofessionally and across the medical hierarchy. After the course, students are more prepared for their first day as a floor nurse or intern. The program has also been featured in several national presentations.

Co-Directors

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Christopher Hogan, M.D., FACEP

Associate Professor
School of Medicine

Christopher Hogan is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Surgery. He is a course co-director of the Interprofessional Critical Care Simulations course. His dual appointment encompasses practice as an emergency physician and as a surgical intensitist. His research interests include resuscitation, heart failure and interpersonal cimmunication medelling in the setting of acutely ill patients.

Email: chogan@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Tanya Huff, M.S.N., RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

Tanya Huff is a clinical assistant professor of nursing and a co-course director of the Interprofessional Critical Care Simulations course. She is an experienced critical care nurse who brings that expertise to her teaching. For her teaching, she has received a number of accolades and also presented nationally about her curricular innovations.

Email: hufft@vcu.edu

Key People

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Cheryl Bodamer, PhD, RN, MPH

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Cheryl Bodamer is a simulation educator. Cheryl has worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 20 years to develop and implement a regional Perinatal Outreach Education program as well as the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program with VCU faculty, public health providers, and community physicians and nurses. 

Email: ccnunnal@vcu.edu

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Melissa Burton, B.S.

Academic Coordinator and Fiscal Administrator
Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

Melissa Burton is the Academic Coordinator and Fiscal Administrator for the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care Center at VCU.  She previously worked in the VCU School of Pharmacy in Admissions for seven years, and left for a short period to finish her degree in Christian Education.  She has worked for the IPE center for the last few years in an administrative and financial capacity.

Email: mhburton@vcu.edu

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Alan W Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

School of Medicine

Alan Dow is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. 

Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

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Kelly Lockeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Kelly Lockeman joined VCU IPE in 2013 to coordinate evaluation efforts for the Center for Interprofessional Education. She has been engaged in research on outcomes of an interprofessional case conference for early learners, a virtual case activity and interprofessional critical care simulations for senior students, and development of a measure for self-efficacy on the IPEC competencies, as well as a number of other data analysis projects. 

Email: kslockeman@vcu.edu

Carla Nye, D.N.P., CPNP, CNE

Director, Clinical Learning Center
School of Nursing

Carla Nye is the Director of the Clinical Learning Center at the VCU School of Nursing.  Her leadership and expertise in nursing education and simulation has enhanced both the graduate and undergraduate learning experiences at the School of Nursing.  She has published and spoken nationally about the power of simulation to impact the individual student,  the academic program, and the future of the health care environment.

Email: cnye@vcu.edu

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Michelle Orr, M.S.N., RN, CNE


School of Nursing

Micelle Orr is a faculty member at VCU School of Nursing; her primary responsibilities include the education of undergraduate, entry-level nursing students. She has been afforded the opportunity to be an integral part of interprofessional activities occurring on the university campus, and has helped develop and teach critical care simulations involving senior-level nursing and medicine students. 

Email: mlorr@vcu.edu