Bridgeport Hosptial Greenwich Hospital Yale-New Haven Hospital Northeast Medical Group
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SYN:APSE is a multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art healthcare
simulation and experiential learning center.

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Core Team

Stephanie Sudikoff, MDStephanie N. Sudikoff, MD, is the director of simulation for Yale-New Haven Health System, as well as an associate professor of clinical pediatrics in pediatric critical care at Yale Medical School. Her interests focus on optimizing the patient safety environment through the use of immersive simulation as an interdisciplinary educational strategy to teach clinical skills, critical thinking, and healthcare teamwork and communication.

Liana Kappus, MEdLiana Kappus, MEd, is a simulation learning consultant for SYN:APSE. She has a master's degree in education from Lesley University and served more than six years as simulator program manager at Children's Hospital Boston. Her experience in simulation-based education includes the development of curricula for clinical skills acquisition, competency-based training, quality improvement, crisis resource management and instructor training.

Cheryl Mayeran has more than 20 years of experience in program development, project management, emergency medical services education, emergency management operations and planning and public health administration in the public and private sector. She has successfully secured several millions of dollars in grant funding from federal and private sources for the projects under her management. She coordinates development and implementation of simulation activities for Bridgeport Hospital, an urban acute care institution that is part of the Yale New Haven Health System.

Jason FenstermakerJason Fenstermaker is the simulation supervisor. He has an associate's degree in science with a concentration in recording arts and audio engineering. Jason came to SYN:APSE from ESPN in Bristol Conn., where he was an audio engineer for five years. Before that, he lived in Nashville, Tenn., for almost seven years, where he was a recording engineer and producer. His interests are instructional and technology design with concentrations in audio and video.

Luis CruzLuis Cruz is a simulation specialist for SYN:APSE. He comes with over 20 years of experience in PC/UNIX hardware, software support. Most recently as a computer consultant providing support services for several firms. He also served as a UNIX systems administrator for Nielsen Media Research as well as a national field service representative supporting remote site commercial monitoring systems.