CMS Simulation Apprentice is the New Simulation Operations Manager at Maine Medical

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Tony Dancel with Mike ShepardThe Center for Medical Simulation (CMS)  congratulates Mike Shepherd, former Operations Director at HealthSim United in Wichita, Kansas on becoming the new Simulation Operations Manager at Maine Medical Center. Mike started his new role this past Monday. Everyone here at CMS has fond memories of Mike from the time he spent a week here in September of 2012 as a Technical Apprentice. Since then we’ve kept in touch with Mike and were very excited to learn about his recent career move. Mike stopped to visit Tony Dancel, CMS’ Technical Director, during his recent move to Maine and shared with him the impact that Tony and the week he spent at CMS had on his career. Here’s what Mike wrote to Tony.

“When I began my simulation journey more than five years ago, I didn’t know anything or anyone in the simulation world. Tony was the first simulation professional from outside my region to recognize and acknowledge my potential. After a weeklong apprenticeship working alongside Tony and his staff, I returned home with new knowledge and more confidence. That allowed me to help successfully lead the creation of simulation programming and activities that had never before existed in my community. Fast-forward five years and I’m beginning a new position as the Simulation Operations Manager at Maine Medical Center in Portland. I do not believe this opportunity would have been possible if not for the foundation that was formed during my week at CMS. Tony is not only a wonderful colleague but an even better friend. I am grateful everyday to have had the opportunity to learn from Tony at CMS. I am even more grateful now to be his neighbor, just a few short miles up the road.”

Thanks for the kind words Mike and best of luck with your new position.

Founded in 1993, The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) was one of the world’s first healthcare simulation centers and continues to be a global leader in the field. At CMS the focus is on communication, collaboration, and crisis management training in order to develop skills and teamwork behaviors that are best learned actively under realistic conditions. Since it first opened in 1993, CMS has trained thousands of participants in its innovative and challenging programs.

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