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The Director of the Patient Simulation Laboratory, Dr. John Thomas, is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology who enjoys teaching a variety of residents and students, particularly in the PSL.  The Assistant Director of the Lab, Dr. Ashley Tonidandel, Assistant Professor, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, enjoys teaching both obstetrical and general anesthesia.  Dr. Michael A. Olympio, founder of the Simulation Laboratory, is a Professor of Anesthesiology who still enjoys spending time actively teaching Anesthesiology residents and medical students in the Simulation Laboratory. Ian Saunders, Cer. A.T. is the Patient Simulation Laboratory Operations Manager. He is in charge of the day-to-day operations and keeps the Sim Lab running smoothly, in addition to teaching multiple groups. A team of "Simulation Specialists"provide representatives from various departments to extend the utilization of the learning center. For example, these specialists might come from Nurse Anesthesia, OR Nursing, Pharmacology, or any branch of Medicine or Surgery. Assistant instructors frequently accompany a group to the PSL, but do not physically control or program the simulator.


Thomas John A
Thomas, MD
Associate Professor
Medical Director of PSL

Tonidandel Ashley Maner
Tonidandel, MD
Associate Professor,
Assistant Director of PSL
Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator

Traunero Justin R
Justin Traunero, MD
Assistant Professor



Ian Saunders 1
Ian Saunders
Cer. AT
Operations Manager, PSL




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Patient Simulation Lab
John Thomas, MD


Ashley Tonidandel, MD
Assistant Director


Michael Olympio, MD


Ian Saunders
Operations Manager


Sherry Meacham


Patient Simulation Laboratory
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Patient Simulation Laboratory (PSL) is an ongoing teaching project that began in 1999, in the Department of Anesthesiology, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Olympio, with the support of the Baptist Medical Center

Last Updated: 10-12-2016
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