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Leadership of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS)


Effective immediately, Teresa Britt and Jarrod Young are serving as co-directors of CHIPS. Both have led the two largest units in CHIPS, have worked in simulation for more than four decades, and were mentored by Dr. Chad Epps. We are appreciative of their willingness to step into the role of Co-Directors.

Teresa Britt, MSN, RN, CHSE, joined UTHSC in 2005 as an Instructor in the College of Nursing where she contributed to the growth of simulation activities in the college. She transitioned to a central campus appointment in 2011, when the university moved to provide centralized support for interprofessional education and simulation. In CHIPS, she serves as the Director of Education. She was one of the founding board members for the Tennessee Simulation Alliance and is currently serving as the President of the organization. In 2016, Ms. Britt was selected by the National League of Nursing as a Simulation Leader. She is an active member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Jarrod Young, BSBME, CHSOS, joined the UTHSC Simulation Program in 2016 as the Simulation Operations Lead. In this role he manages all operations and activity in the UTHSC Simulation Program. He worked closely with Dr. Epps in the University of Alabama Birmingham’s (UAB) Office of Interprofessional Simulation. In that role, he led multiple strategic priorities of the office and was responsible for training and supervising simulation specialists, simulation technicians, and work study students. In addition to his Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering from UAB, Mr. Young holds a graduate certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety from UAB and has experience with quality improvement methodologies such as Lean, Sig Sigma, PDSA, and DMAIC.

For those interested, a virtual memorial service for Dr. Chad Epps is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 2:30-4:30pm (central time). If you would like to join us as we remember and honor Chad’s contributions to UTHSC and the areas of simulation and interprofessional education, please register here to receive the Zoom link and password to join.


Lori Gonzalez and Cindy Russell

Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs