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 Sean Cavanaugh 

 Sean Cavanaugh serves as Chair of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section. He is Associate Director of Simulation Education at NYU Winthrop. Sean’s career in Simulation began as an Operations Specialist in 2006 at the Stony Brook Clinical Skills Center. 

Sean holds both the CHSOS AND CHSE certifications with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He is a Fellow of the PI Science Academy at NYU Winthrop. 

In addition to serving as Chair of SOTS, Sean is a member of the Meetings Oversight Commission and the Certification Council Subcommittee. He also facilitates online and in person CHSOS Readiness Review Courses. 


Vice Chair

Melissa Lowther

Melissa is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist who works with healthcare providers of all levels to facilitate training and professional development. 

 After completing an Associate of Science in Multimedia, Melissa was able to use her knowledge and training to modernize the simulation program at Linfield College School of Nursing as the Simulation Operations Coordinator.  Three years at Linfield lead to Melissa landing a position with Oregon Health and Science University as a Simulation Operations Specialist at the Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center where she focused on the hospital’s continuing clinical education program.  After two years at OHSU, Melissa was offered the opportunity to develop the simulation program at Idaho's first medical school, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Melissa supports regional simulation as the Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Simulation Collaborative.  She also contracts with the Idaho Simulation Network to provide educational opportunities through simulation to critical access hospitals in the Pacific Northwest.

Melissa is also actively involved in the Society.  She is currently the Vice Chair of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section, a member of the CHSOS Education Advisory Team, and the Technical Operations Content Lead for IMSH 2019.  Previously, Melissa was one of the Planning Co-Chairs for SimOps 2018 and a Technical Operations Content Team Co-Lead for IMSH 2019.

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  Welcome to the Simulation Operations and Technology Section

This group was formed at IMSH 2008, and became a section at IMSH 2013, bringing together like minded individuals who are interested in the technical and operations aspects of simulation, guided by the mission we have chosen to accept:

To foster a community that openly contributes and shares technical knowledge and technology wisdom in the medical simulation world

Our long term goal is to support and advocate for the educational and professional development needs of this new professional generalist, the simulation technology specialist.

When a sim tech is really good, you might not even notice they're there.  But like the stage-hands and stage managers of Broadway, without them, the show would not go on.

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