August 9, 2022

CSC Announces New Awardees

Clinical Simulation Center introduces inaugural yearly awards

In August, James Cooke, director of the UM Clinical Simulation Center announced three inaugural awards.

Nominated by colleagues, three faculty were selected by the University of Michigan Clinical Simulation Center Executive Committee as a “thank you” for their contributions to simulation training at the CSC. Their names will appear on a plaque displayed in the CSC. 

The three awardees follow along with descriptions of their award area and an excerpt from each of their nominations.

Innovator of the Year: Michael Cole, MD, Emergency Medicine 

Innovator of the Year recognizes individual(s) for significant contributions advancing simulation utilizing unique concepts & techniques. They are forward thinkers who bring new concepts, strategies and educational techniques or technologies to improve education, assessment and/or learner or clinical outcomes and those, who work positively to affect change in the simulation community. These efforts can include leadership or education, and can be at the local or national level.

“Dr. Cole has secured several foundation and internal grants to develop a first-of-its-kind multiuser virtual reality training application for managing in-hospital medical emergencies… Users also receive a combination of objective and colleague feedback in a virtual debriefing room and can immediately go back and repeat the experience to lock in the training (just like teams of athletes or aviation crews).”

Educator of the Year Karrie Martis, BSN, BA, RN, NPD-BC, Education Nurse Coordinator PD&E

Educator of the Year recognizes individual(s) for exceptional educational skill as recognized by colleagues through nomination and by learners through educational evaluations.

“Karrie Martis …has served as the lead or co-lead in multiple programs that challenge learners to develop new skills and knowledge through innovative teaching and simulation learning including: Nursing Critical Care Orientation; EKG Skill Building, Preceptor Development, New Educator Orientation and the Simulation Facilitation Course.”

Scholar of the Year Vitaliy Popov, PhD, Department of Learning Health Sciences

Scholar of the Year recognizes individual(s) for significant contributions advancing the field of simulation-based health professions education throughpublications and/or presentations

“Dr. Popov …led the development of an article recently published in Simulation in Healthcare evaluating complex networks of communication from accrediting organizations to simulation centers using Epistemic Network Analysis on 9 years of accreditation data highlighting an evolution in feedback. He also recently secured a significant multi-year National Science Foundation grant to study team learning in virtual reality. He is highlighting unique innovations here in the CSC and raising the bar in terms of objective and sensor-assisted feedback.”

Karrie Martis
Karrie Martis BSN, BA, RN, NPD-BC


Michael Cole, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Assistant Director, Emergency Medicine Medical Student Clerkship
Director, Emergency Critical Care Elective
Co-Director, Clinical Reasoning (CCC) Course
Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Trauma Team Training

Vitaliy Popov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information
Areas of Expertise:
Multimodal learning analytics in the context of co-located and virtually distributed teams in clinical simulations, shared-decision making, interprofessional teams