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Staff


Diana Callender, MBBS, DM, is a professor of medicine and director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC). She provides oversight of the medical director of the CSSC and in collaboration with course directors and director of clinical skills oversees the development and implement of simulation-based clinical skills teaching and assessment at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She works with the director of simulation on the development and integration of simulation activities into the MD curriculum. She also oversees faculty development programs, the budget process, the operations and the development of programs and the acquisition of new technology and activities in the CSSC.



John L. Szarek, BSPharm, PhD, CHSE, is professor and director for clinical pharmacology in the Department of Basic Sciences. His role in the CSSC is to ensure the integration of basic sciences into simulation scenarios across the four years of the MD curriculum, and to assist in faculty development. Dr. Szarek is one of the leaders for interprofessional education (IPE) and works with other health professions faculty in using simulation in IPE. Dr. Szarek is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and completed a master training workshop for TeamSTEPPS.



Kathryn Powell, MA, is the manager of the Standardized Patient Program (SPP). In her role she oversees and administers all aspects of the SPP in the CSSC at Geisinger Commonwealth. She manages the training of all contracted standardized patients, develops and implements standardized patient protocols, training materials, cases, scoring, feedback and assessment. She collaborates with faculty on case development, creates innovative ideas and evaluates program quality and consistency. Ms. Powell serves as supervisor all contracted standardized patients.



Antonio Pellegrino, EMT-P, is the manager of simulation education & operations for the CSSC. He serves as the simulator operator and programmer, and helps with the planning, development and implementation of scenarios and academic events that integrate the use of the CSSC and its equipment. He is responsible for developing logistical blueprints for the successful execution of simulation activities and managing inventory, equipment and technology, the installation of AV equipment, equipment maintenance and student certification with CSSC HeartCode System. He also provides technical support for CSSC computer-based multimedia systems and information technology systems.