Educational AffairsOffice of Clinical Simulation

Contact the Staff

    Paula Olsen
  • Paula Olsen
    Operations Director
  • (409) 772-6317
    pjolsen@utmb.edu
  • Paula Olsen received her Bachelor in Science degree in Allied Health Sciences - Health Care Administration from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  She completed the Teacher Education Alternative Certification Program at the University of St. Thomas and is certified to teach Special Ed (grades K-12) and Elementary Education (Math) (K-8). Paula has held a variety of leadership roles in the Healthcare Industry.  Her management roles at UTMB have included positions within Anesthesiology, Radiology, and Pediatrics.

    As the Operations Director in the Standardized Patient Program, she utilizes her background in healthcare administration to manage the daily operations of the Office of Clinical Simulation to ensure quality services and efficiency of operations which includes financial and personnel management.  Paula collaborates with clinical faculty and course coordinators for timely preparation and effective implementation of activities conducted in the Center.


    Karen Szauter, M.D.
  • Karen Szauter, MD
  • Medical Director
    (409) 772-6318
    kszauter@utmb.edu
  • Dr. Szauter received her M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University, completed a residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowships in Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She is an assistant dean in Educational Affairs and the Medical Director of the Office of Clinical Simulation. She is also Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology and Co-director of the Internal Medicine year-3 Clerkship.

    Dr. Szauter works with the SP staff to ensure that medical aspects of the SP cases and portrayals are accurate. She also coordinates projects and research in the SP Center. Her areas of interest in addition to Standardized Patients include the teaching and evaluation of clinical skills, professionalism and professional development.


    Bill Boudreaux, Ed.D, R.N.
  • Bill Boudreaux, EdD, RN
  • Medical Educator-Clinical Simulation
    (409) 772-0095
    rwboudre@utmb.edu
  • Dr. Boudreaux has his doctorate in Allied Health Education and Administration from the University of Houston which included a concentration in curriculum and instruction, evaluation and assessment, educational psychology and research. He has a Masters degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake. He is nationally certified as an emergency nurse, with TNCC, ACLS, and BLS credentials. His background includes the development of the nationally recognized, "Project Failsafe," a proven program designed to remediate at risk nursing students through identifying their learning styles, improving study habits and test taking skills, resulting in improved performance on exams and board success. His completed evidenced based research has recently been presented nationally and he is currently working to combine live and simulated experiences for medical education.


    Darlene Self, M.Ed.
  • Darlene Self, MEd
  • Coordinator II, Special Programs
    (409) 772-6319
    pdself@utmb.edu
  • Darlene Self has a Masters degree in Allied Health Education and Administration from the University of Houston. She completed the Teacher Education Alternative Certification Program at Blinn College and is certified by the Texas Education Agency to teach Life Sciences (grades 8-12). She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology with a minor in chemistry from Northwestern State University. She is nationally certified as a medical technologist (MT) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). As a medical educator in the Office of Clinical Simulation (OCS). She utilizes her background in science, healthcare, and education to recruit, train, and supervise Standardized Patients (SPs). She also assists other SP Program staff with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of high fidelity simulation exercises. Together, they design activities which teach students how to become the best clinicians possible.


    Hazel Smith, AAS
  • Hazel Smith, AAS
  • Administrative Coordinator
    (409) 772-6320
    hacsmith@utmb.edu

    Hazel Smith received her AAS from Galveston College. She is an Administrative Coordinator with the Standardized Patient (SP) Program. Her responsibility is to support the SP Program from the administrative side. She handles payroll, accounting, equipment, medical and office supplies, coordination with courses, catering/food supplies, and SP records in her role.


    Amy Shanks, BA, MA
  • Amy Shanks, BA, MA
  • Medical Educator-Standardized Patient Trainer
    (409) 747-3407
    amshanks@utmb.edu
  • Amy Shanks has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from East Texas Baptist University. She is a Medical Educator for the Office of Clinical Simulation. Utilizing a background in education and course coordination, she recruits, trains, and supervises standardized patients.


    Lori Kusnerik, AAS
  • Lori Kusnerik, AAS
  • Software Systems Specialist
    (409) 747-0261
    lkusneri@utmb.edu
  • Lori received her Associates in Applied Science from Galveston College. She is a Software Systems Specialist/Programmer Analyst in the Standardized Patient Program. She manages online forms, various curriculum databases, and test evaluations. She coordinates, enters and scores student exams and does statistical reporting. She manages the video equipment and software as well as video editing. She is a member of the Educational Technology Support group. They discuss issues, test packages, and assist in recommendations of future software needs related to our simulated testing system and educational software/hardware. Lori is also the webmaster of the OCS website..


Office of Clinical Simulation
3.312 Marvin Graves Building
(409) 772-6300

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