Meet the Staff

Chad Epps, MD

Chad Epps, MD


Executive Director of Healthcare Simulation

Chad Epps, MD trained in Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Human Patient Simulation at Mount Sinai's Human Emulation Education and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety and Professionalism. He joined UTHSC in 2016 as the Executive Director of Healthcare Simulation. As a fellow, faculty, and director of simulation he has been active in simulation education, research, assessment, and center management since 2004. He has successfully implemented high quality interprofessional simulations across both Universities and Health Systems. Dr. Epps is the President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and in the past served as Chair of the Council on Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs. He is published in the areas of simulation-based interprofessional education and co-edited the recently released textbook Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014).

Teresa Britt, M.S.N., R.N.

Teresa Britt, M.S.N., R.N.

Director, Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation

Ms. Teresa Britt, M.S.N., R.N., is the Director of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation (IPECS) for the UTHSC. Ms. Britt oversees the daily operations and functions of the IPECS Center (located in 920 Madison on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors) and facilitates the integration of interprofessional opportunities and clinical simulation into the programs offered across the UTHSC. Ms. Britt has been a nurse since 1977, in nursing education since 1982, and specifically in clinical simulation development since 1992. Previously she served as the Director of Nursing Simulation for the UTHSC College of Nursing.

In this new position, Ms. Britt will be overseeing the development and implementation of clinical simulations, using both standardized patients and a range of simulation technologies, designed to support education of professional students at UTHSC. Ms. Britt will be working with faculty and staff across the professional programs to support curriculum development and coordinate faculty development in both interprofessional education and clinical simulation.

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Jarrod Young, BSBME

Jarrod Young, BSBME

Simulation Operations Lead

Jarrod Young is the Simulation Operations Lead for the Simulation Program. He received his Biomedical Engineering Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and has experience in laboratory, educational, and clinical settings. As a former rehabilitation engineer, Jarrod worked with rehabilitation assistive technologies, including ergonomic considerations, product design, and product modifications. Jarrod entered into the field of healthcare simulation at UAB’s Office of Interprofessional Simulation (OIPS). During his time with OIPS, Jarrod was project lead on multiple OIPS strategic priorities, including product design projects with the School of Engineering, and was responsible for training and supervising simulation specialists, simulation technicians, and work study students in OIPS. He completed a graduate program in Healthcare Quality and Safety at UAB and has experience with quality improvement methodologies such as: Lean, Six Sigma, PDSA, and DMAIC. Jarrod has also completed the Technical Apprenticeship in Healthcare Simulation offered by the Center for Medical Simulation in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Nick Brauer, B.S.

Nick Brauer, B.S.

Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation

Mr. Nick Brauer, B.S., started his new position as the Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation on December 1, 2011. Mr. Brauer graduated with a biology degree from the University of Memphis and has been with the UTHSC since 2000 (serving initially as a senior research coordinator from 2000 through 2009). For the past two years he has serves as the Simulation Coordinator for Graduate Medical Education in the College of Medicine. Mr. Brauer has also served as an Emergency Services Officer for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since 1999, where he supervises teams on emergency medical and trauma calls throughout the county.

As the Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation, Mr. Brauer will coordinate the operations of an emerging comprehensive simulation program at the UTHSC, serving the needs of its professional programs. He will work with faculty and staff across UTHSC, particularly on the Memphis campus, in securing and facilitating the use of a wide range of simulation technologies to enrich the training of students and residents.

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V. Michelle Odell, B.A.

V. Michelle Odell, B.A.

Assistant Director of Clinical Simulation

V. Michelle Odell, B.A., joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in September, 2012, as the Senior Technology Specialist. Ms. Odell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Prior to moving to Memphis, she worked in Educational Technology for thirteen years for universities in California, Florida and Virginia.

In this new position, Ms. Odell will help to oversee the design and installation of new recording equipment for the simulation and control rooms plus the interactive technology for the debriefing rooms. She will be working with faculty, staff and students to enhance learning objectives through the applied use of technology.

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Venus L. Claxton, M.P.A.

Venus L. Claxton, M.P.A.

Program Administrator

Ms. Venus L. Claxton, M.P.A., started her new position as the Program Administrator for Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation in March 2012. Her responsibilities include overseeing budgets, managing the day-to-day operations of the office and emerging simulation center, and preparing regular financial reports to ensure key stakeholders are aware of the progress made. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration.

Contact Us

UTHSC Simulation Program
920 Madison Building,
Suite 700
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-4530
Fax: (901) 448-4532
Email: simulate@uthsc.edu