Steve Vance, MD, FACEP
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Dr. Vance joined CMU
in November 2011 where he currently serves as Interim Program Director
for the Emergency Medicine residency and Associate Dean for Academic and
Clinical Technology. A Saginaw native, he graduated from the Michigan
State University College of Human Medicine in 2001. In 2004, he
completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Spectrum Health
Butterworth in Grand Rapids. Steve then joined the Covenant Healthcare
Emergency Physicians Group and shortly thereafter became core faculty
with the Emergency Medicine residency program. His primary focus was
ultrasound education and critical care, especially in the area of
ultrasound-guided procedures. He presented on this topic regionally,
and remains committed to further advancement of the use of ultrasound in
Under Dr. Vance's leadership, SYNAPSE (Synergy Medical Advanced
Practicum and Simulation Environment) was completed in March 2008.
Since that time, the center has continued to expand its learner base and
educational opportunities, conducting over 15,000 learner-hours of
training annually. In addition to simulation-based curriculum
development, Steve has taken the lead in development of web-based
learning and assessment and presents regularly on the topic at the ACEP
Teaching Fellowship. He served as Chair of the Emergency Medicine
subsection of the Society for Simulation in Medicine in 2013, and is
actively conducting research on outcomes for simulation based training
Dr. Vance's goals at CMU are to provide leading
edge educational opportunities for our medical and health professions
students, as well as continue regional leadership and excellence in the
areas of simulation, medical team training, and patient safety.
Michelle McLean, MD, FACEP|
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Dr. McLean came to SYNAPSE from Covenant Healthcare, where she has practiced emergency medicine for the past 9 years. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2002. In 2005, she completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance. Michelle has been active with the Emergency Medicine residency program by assisting residents with their peer reviewed publications. Since 2007 she has been the medical director of LifeNet of Michigan.
In her new role at SYNAPSE she will design and conduct simulation based training session for our UME, GME, and CME programs. She will also focus on outcomes research for simulation based training. She is excited to be joining our Simulation team and looks forward to assisting medical professionals with their training goals.
|Michelle Mora, RN, BSN, EMT-P|
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Michelle graduated from Lake Superior State University in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Since then, she has pursued a paramedic license and a license to instruct EMS along with several certifications that include ACLS Instructor, PALS Instructor, ATCN Provider, ATLS Coordinator and FCCS Coordinator. Michelle has worked a wide range of positions in the nursing field including the Emergency Department, Critical Care Transports, Emergency Preparedness, Industrial Healthcare, Home Care and Telephone Triage for various healthcare providers as well as healthcare facilities. Michelle has held numerous roles in management that include Mobile Intensive Care Units, Medical Control Authority, Telephone Triage and prior to coming to CMU, she was the State Trauma Manager. Her primary focus over the past several years has included management with a focus on healthcare education.
As the Manager of SYNAPSE, Michelle coordinates and assists in implementation of all aspects of simulation education, including curriculum development, outcome and resource analysis, and publication of findings. The target audience includes Residents, Med Students, Physicians, Mid-level Providers, Nurses, Paramedics and Respiratory Therapists, both locally and outside the Saginaw area.
Michelle’s ultimate goal is to be the leader in simulation based training and research in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
|Cheryl Such, EMT-P |
AHA Education Coordinator
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Cheryl began her career in
healthcare in 1988 as an Emergency Medical Technician for Faith Ambulance. In 1991 she obtained her paramedic license and
continued to work for both Mercy and Faith Ambulance, which later became Mobile
Medical Response, Inc. She worked as a Road Paramedic and 1996 she was assigned
to the Mobile Intensive Care Unit as a Critical Care Paramedic.
In August 2002 Cheryl took a
position with Saginaw Cooperative Hospital in the Clinical Trail Department and
Ages Senior Healthcare. In July 2003 Cheryl became the EMS Coordinator for Saginaw Valley Medical Control Authority under the auspices of Synergy Medical
In 2010 Cheryl was hired as the AHA
Education Coordinator in the Department of Simulations – Synapse at CMU –
Medical Education Partners. Cheryl Coordinates and instructs Basic Life Support,
Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Cheryl has made the AHA Course Program at CMU
– Medical Education Partners highly successful and that has drawn students to
our program from Northern Michigan and the Thumb area Hospitals, currently
coordinating and instructing 450 – 600 students yearly.
Cheryl goal is expand the AHA courses offered
at CMU – Medical Education Partners, and become the leader in AHA training for
the Great Lakes Region.
|Jody Nitz, RRT|
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Jody became part of the CMU
Simulation Laboratory team where he works as a Registered Respiratory Therapist
(RRT) and Professional Educator. His
degree and respiratory training was accomplished through the United States Air
Force. He has over 13 years with the Air
Force at Selfridge Air National Guard as part of a Critical Care Air Transport
Team. His Air Force career includes many
deployments to overseas sites and numerous accolades for his service. Following his graduation from the Air Force
respiratory program, Jody has worked with the Covenant Healthcare Respiratory
Department. Within this department he
has grown to be a leader with education both with his peers and college
students. His passion to teach led him
to transition into a role with Simulation at Synapse while maintaining patient
care at Covenant and with the U.S. Air Force.
Jody’s clinical experience affords
him the ability to play many different roles in the High-Fidelity simulation
that SYNAPSE provides. His focus with
teaching is to provide the highest level of care to any patient which is
achieved though attention to detail.
With SYNAPSE, Jody teaches many of the classes offered and adds his own
“Respiratory Flare” or insight. He also
works closely with many of our outreach services to include: Mock Code
Services, Community Based CPR/AED programs, etc.
|James Wooden, BS|
Medical Simulation Specialist
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James became part of the CMU
Simulation Laboratory team where he works as the Medical Simulation Specialist.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science, with a focus in pre-med, from The
University of Michigan. Through his undergrad he worked at Covenant HealthCare
Emergency Care Center as a clinical associate. His passion for medicine and technology
led him to SYNAPSE at CMU.