Our WISER staff spotlight this month is Jay Dunham, Simulation Operations Specialist at WISER. Jay has been with WISER for two years. Prior to coming to WISER, Jay was a BMET/Clinical Engineer at UPMC Passavant.
What have you gained by working at WISER?
I've gained a new perspective on medical professions. Before WISER I only saw how nurses and doctors broke machines, so it's a nice change up to see how they learn to treat patients and deal with situations.
What is the most rewarding project you have worked on at WISER? Why?
I really enjoy working with preceptors and visiting simulation specialists. It's very interesting to meet people from around the world and hear about their experiences and ideas for simulation. I also feel that they take a lot back with them, and hopefully it helps foreign countries have better education.
Where do you see WISER in 10 years?
I think WISER is going to expand and move into some new types of simulation like virtual reality and immersive games. I would also really like to see WISER step into custom simulators/task trainers.
Tell us something about yourself that nobody would know walking through the doors of WISER and meeting you?
I have been in the Army National Guard for 11 years and have spent 5 of those years on active duty. I am a Human Resources Specialist and a Biomedical Equipment Sergeant. I've been deployed to Iraq and will soon be deployed again to Bosnia for a NATO mission. I also really enjoy art and am working on a comic book. I have also sculpted, painted, and tattooed.