The members of the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program team bring together a wealth of experience in health care, academics and technology to provide simulation training for health sciences students and health care professionals within and outside the UW Health system.
Ryan Thompson, MD
Dr. Ryan Thompson graduated from Upstate Medical University before completing his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin. During his final year of residency, he served as a chief resident. He went on to complete a fellowship in medical simulation before being recruited as the director of simulation for emergency medicine. Dane County EMS also enlisted him in developing a county-wide EMS simulation training program. He has a passion for simulation education, especially interprofessional education. Other interests include simulation for quality improvement, process development and testing, and product development.
Outside of health care, Ryan enjoys sailing, kayaking, travel and the outdoors.
Mark earned his bachelor of arts in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has 10 years of experience working for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, six as a technology liaison for the Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center. Mark is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys travel.
Mary Kate O'Leary
Mary Kate earned her bachelor of science in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied conservation biology and global health. After graduation Mary Kate traveled to Kenya for six months to work with various non-governmental organizations to promote health education and sustainability. She worked at the Waterford Assisted Living for four years as a shift lead and was certified in medication administration. Mary Kate is passionate about community involvement and loves spending time outdoors.
Erick earned his bachelor of liberal studies in organizational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is in the 2019 master of science in health care and medical simulation cohort through the Drexel School of Medicine. His areas or interest include pre-hospital care and interprofessional education.
Erick spent a majority of his career working in the air medical industry as a paramedic and regional educator, which allowed him the opportunity to live in Arizona and Tennessee. He moved back to Wisconsin in 2016. He enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.
Gina is a full-time simulation educator. Her passion for simulation began when she started at the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program in 2013 as student help while in nursing school. Upon graduating from Edgewood College with her bachelor of science in nursing, she started at UW Health on D6/5 acute medical and progressive care while staying on as a part-time simulation educator at the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program. Fall of 2018, she began a master's program at Drexel University for medical and health care simulation.
Samad Qawi is a kinesiology-exercise and movement undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He strives to become a sports physician and to open up his own community centers in low-income neighborhoods. His hobbies are exercising, playing basketball and going to the Memorial Union Terrace. He's excited to continue to work for the Clinical Simulation Program and learn a multitude of skills to implement them into his career goals.
Mengizem Tizale attends UW-Madison as an undergraduate biomedical engineering student. He joined the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program team as a student hourly the summer of 2018. Mengizem has previous experience with simulation as a research assistant at the Simulation and Engineering for Surgical Education (SEnSE) lab before the departure of Carla Pugh, MD-PhD, the Clinical Simulation Program's former medical director. Mengizem grew up on the east coast in Maryland. He enjoys playing soccer, running, biking, listening to music and reading.
Kenton earned his bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied communication sciences and disorders. He is pursuing a master of science through UW-Madison's speech-language pathology program. Additionally, Kenton is involved in research at the Swallowing and Salivary Bioscience Laboratory. Outside of health care, Kenton enjoys traveling, basketball and playing the piano and cello.