Clinical Simulation Whitepapers & Recorded Webinars From SimulationIQ

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SimulationIQ is the new face of Education Management Solutions, which provides learning management and a/v systems for clinical simulation environments. By subscribing to EMS, you can gather a bundle of resources including whitepapers, recorded webinars and upcoming webinars. Just a handful of examples of their Whitepapers available for download include:

  • Managing the Simulation Data Storm: Choosing an Appropriate Platform
  • Simulation Training and Healthcare Reform: Maximizing Skills, Lowering Risk
  • Eliminate Latent Safety Threats in New Clinical Settings
  • Technology Allows Regional Medical Campus to Educate Top Physicians
  • Community College Replaces Simulation Technology
  • Simulation Addresses Healthcare Worker Shortage
  • What is IT’s Role in Human Patient Simulation?
  • Counselors-in-Training at the University of Alabama
  • And many more…

Recorded Webinars, among others, include:


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  • Webinar Archive Request Apr 2014 – Constructive Feedback Post Standardized Patient Encounter
  • Mar 2014 – Interprofessional Simulation: More Than Nurses and Physicians
  • Feb 2014 – A Conversational Approach to Feedback: an Interactive Exploration
  • Jan 2014 – Confederates in Simulation: Benefits and Challenges
  • Dec 2013 – Advanced Approaches For Screening, Hiring and Training of SPs
  • Nov 2013 – Effective Debriefing in the Patient-Care Setting
  • Oct 2013 – Scenario Development: It’s More Than Just Writing Up The Case
  • And many more..

Education Management Solutions (EMS-works) is an industry pioneer in simulation-based solutions for healthcare training environments – ranging from clinical simulation management software and hardware to counselor education and case authoring, content for nursing simulation scenarios, and interactive computer-based training tools.

Stay tuned for my upcoming IMSH 2014 video interview with the founder and CEO of EMS, Anurag Singh – but for now learn more at: http://www.simulationiq.com/

Dozens of New Medical Simulation Jobs Posted

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HealthySimulation.com’s free medical simulation jobs listing page has all the latest positions available from around the world. Looking for a new career in healthcare simulation? Interested in relocating? Ready for more responsibility or higher pay? I have updated the job’s page with all the latest positions available and cleared out the many jobs we helped to fill!

Since medical simulation experience is hard to come by, there are a lot of opportunities around the world for those who already have even just a year’s worth of experiencing operating, teaching with, or administrating medical simulation technology & spaces.

Simulation Technician, Educator, Coordinator, Manager and Researcher Positions available now in locations like:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Los Angeles, CA

Upper St. Clair, PA

Doha, Qatar

Chicago, IL

Coral Gables, FL

Harrison, MI

Des Moines, IA

San Pedro and Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA

NYU, New York

San Antonio, TX

Geneva, IL

Miami, FL

Knoxville, TN

Worcester, MA

Bay City, MI

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Jacksonville, Florida

San Diego, CA

MINEOLA, NY

St. Paul, Minnesota

Commonwealth of Virginia

Annapolis, MD

Allentown PA

Moon Township, PA

Monaca, PA

Camp Pendleton, CA

Pensacola, FL

Jacksonville, FL

San Diego, CA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Houston TX

Dallas TX

Riverside Methodist Hospital, OH

Washington D.C.

Peoria, IL

Cleveland, Ohio

Have a medical simulation position at your facility? It’s free to post your healthcare simulation job as long as you are not a recruiting firm!

Sim Techs: Two Weeks Left to Apply for Pocket Nurse Scholarship to SimGHOSTS 2014 USA

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Pocket Nurse has been a long standing supporter of those operating healthcare simulation labs and the 501(c)3 non-profit organization SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. To extend this support to simulation programs in need, Pocket Nurse has provided (2) $1500 scholarships to attend the SimGHOSTS 2014 event, taking place August 5th-8th at the new American College of Chest Physician’s new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center. Sim Techs who would otherwise be unable to attend are encourage to apply!

From SimGHOSTS.org:

“Pocket Nurse® (PocketNurse.com) is the world’s leading supplier of healthcare education products and a proud supporter of those operating medical simulation. This year, Pocket Nurse® continues its “Founding Sponsorship” of the SimGHOSTS meeting by providing $3000 in nontransferable scholarships to individuals/institutions in need. These scholarships are designed to support participation in the development and advancement of those operating a medical simulation lab through the payment of conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Eligibility The Pocket Nurse ® Scholarships are open to all healthcare simulation technology specialists (“Sim Techs”), or individuals responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment of a medical simulation lab. Priority will be given to first time attendees who are currently employed at a not-for-profit simulation lab (part or fulltime), and those without significant financial support from their employer.”

Learn if you qualify, download the complete announcement guidelines and apply today at the
SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Pocket Nurse Scholarship Page!

Sidra Medical and Research Center To Orient Using Medical Simulation

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At IMSH 2014 HealthySim had the opportunity to interview Joanne Davies, Director of Simulation at Sidra Medical and Research Center which is located in Doha, Qatar. Sidra Medical and Research Center is an ultramodern, all-digital academic medical center which will set new standards in patient care for women and children in Qatar, the Gulf region and internationally. It encompasses three essential missions: World-Class Patient Care, Medical Education and Biomedical Research. Joanne and I talked about how Sidra will use medical simulation to orient new staff, equipment and systems before opening in 2015, living and working in Qatar and the exciting career opportunities just becoming available:

Over 5000 new hospital staff from around the world will be coming to Sidra and will all go through the Hospital’s healthcare simulation program, so that they can better learn how to work together in the new building. This will also provide administrators a great bird’s eye view of work flow and system bugs before opening the center to patients.  Sidra’s Medical Simulation team is passionate about supporting the development of this innovative field, as demonstrated by their connection to the IPSS Malawi project. Joanne shared a great fondness for Qatar and the immense support of the country’s leadership for healthcare, education and economy. There is a lot of opportunity here for Simulation Champions, especially technicians, who are open to the idea of working abroad in the middle east.

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Sidra is Hiring:

Sidra is seeking highly qualified and dedicated individuals worldwide who want to make a lasting contribution to health care and the scientific community. You can see the simulation specific positions they are hiring for in our medical simulation jobs section!

From doctors, nurses and researchers to information management experts, Sidra will be an elite community of innovators working together in an environment that is collaborative, inclusive and open. Working at Sidra will mean working alongside colleagues of the highest caliber in a paper-lite environment that has been designed to enable healthcare professionals to spend less time on administration and more time caring for patients, participating in research and developing new skills.

About Qatar:

Qatar is one of the most rapidly changing and exciting countries in the world. Located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, the country is a melting pot of old and new.

  • The population of Qatar is approximately 1.7 million people, the majority of which are expatriates. Approximately 300,000 of the population are Qatari nationals.
  • Topping the Forbes list of the World’s richest countries, Qatar has the world’s highest per capita gross domestic product (GDP) as a result of its oil and natural gas revenues.
  • Qatar has one of the highest standards of living and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
  • Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world and is ranked 12th out of 153 countries in the Global Peace Index. Incidents of violence are rare in Qatar and crime rates are generally low.
  • While the official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken and understood. One can easily live in Qatar speaking only English.
  • Autumn and spring in Qatar are warm with maximum temperatures between 25 – 35°C, and the summer (June to September) is hot with temperatures reaching 40°C and above. Winter is cooler (15 – 20°C) with occasional rainfall.
  • Qatar has hosted several major international sporting events and will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
  • Women in Qatar have full rights, including voting, driving and working rights.

Learn more by visiting Sidra.org or by emailing Joanne Davies.

SimEMR From Pocket Nurse Interview from IMSH 2014

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SimEMR.com, a division of Pocket Nurse, was on hand at IMSH 2014 to showcase their online simulated electronic medical record learning tool. I spoke with Beth Telesz RN, MSN about the product, including learning opportunities, utilization and fee structure. The product is very comprehensive and will defiantly add a great deal of learning potential to  your healthcare simulation program! SimEMR can be used on any web enabled device including laptops, ipads or other handheld devices.

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SimEMR Benefits:

  • Web based
  • Easy to navigate
  • No software to install
  • Access to updates automatically
  • Accessible from mobile services
  • Economical yearly fee
  • No set up fees

SimEMR Features:

  • Realistic hospital charting from
  • Admission to Discharge
  • Ability for instructors to customize own scenarios
  • Care plans structured to schools own format
  • Ability to shadow students on-lineStudents can create medication cards on-line
  • Online forum allows instructors to communicate with other instructors across the state or globe

Here’s the official SimEMR video product breakdown:

For more information or to schedule a webinar visit SimEMR.com today!

Industrial Plant Operators Now Train for Safety with Virtual Simulators

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The International Society of Automation (ISA) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. Recently their writer Peter Richmond shared how “Operator training simulators raise operator competency, improving plant performance and reliability“.

This article is a great read because it demonstrates that the same process we use in medical simulation for learning outcome identification and, design, implementation and evaluation is also utilized in their industry. Furthermore, the advancement of 3d technology enables them to train operators like never before.

Using 3-D Virtual Simulators:

Process Automation: Operator training simulators in the modern plant 4

Once reserved for cutting-edge engineering and creative industries, 3-D visualization is being used in new and innovative ways across a number of industrial sectors, helping to safely and effectively train plant operators and staff.

The emergence of 3-D visualization as a method of training has grown out of the need of many industrial companies and organizations to instruct their employees in a safe and secure environment. In addition, the nature of continuous process plants necessitates minimal downtime, and there are often few opportunities for initial training of new staff and for ongoing training for experienced staff, particularly in scenarios that may only occur rarely.

Five-phase, performance-based training approach

Plant operators can benefit from incorporating 3-D visualization into their training systems in many ways. Chief among these is the ability to have high-fidelity operations, maintenance, and safety training in a cost-effective, low-risk setting. Putting people in the field in dangerous and often remote locations, such as offshore energy platforms, strictly for training purposes, is not only costly, but also risky to platform operators, their co-workers, the facility itself, and the environment. Because of advances in simulation, visualization, and interactive gaming technology, it is now possible for offshore operators to learn much of their craft in a safe, realistic training environment.

Virtual reality simulation is particularly well-suited for industrial training, where remote, unsafe, and pressure-filled sites are increasingly common. This type of technology enables platform operators to receive a large portion of their training in a virtual environment, reducing cost and risk. For example, risk of injury can be eliminated because operators are not immediately placed in an unfamiliar environment. After going through such training programs, operators are less likely to make mistakes such as spills or shutdowns, which could have serious consequences. They are also less likely to encounter emergencies they have never before experienced. In situations where units are shut down only once every year or less often, virtual reality training is an invaluable practice tool for staff at all levels.

Many believe this approach fits especially well with the new generation of engineers and plant operators who are already familiar with this technology and who are used to an entirely different learning environment than previous generations experienced. In addition to providing a more realistic training environment, 3-D virtualization training ensures a more interactive and hands-on experience.

It is a very exciting time for many industrial companies and organizations as they help drive virtual reality solutions and create innovative and practical applications directly relevant to their staff’s needs. As the conditions and demands on the industry evolve, plants of all kinds are increasingly using virtual environments to help plant operators and staff rapidly adapt and hone their skills.

Read the Full Plant Operator Simulator Article here.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting Medical Simulation A/V Systems, From CAE Healthcare

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CAE Healthcare just shared “5 Mistakes to Avoid when Installing your AV Debriefing System” on their company blog. Mike Bonner, Team Lead of LearningSpace Operations at CAE Healthcare shares these top 5 tips:

1 – Keep IT in the loop - Woe to the educator who selects and purchases an AV system without consulting IT and facilities staff first. You’ll need to call on both after you buy, whether it’s to establish your networking and backup system or rewire your simulation room with more outlets. They’ll know what questions to ask to ensure a smooth installation.

2 – In fact, involve everyone who is going to use the AV system – Sometimes the people making the purchase decision do not have a clinical perspective of simulation learning. Or in a new building, it may be left to the architect to design the system and make assumptions on their behalf.  Make sure all the future users are around the table.

3– Choose the right camera for the right task – “A camera for suturing is not the right camera for a round table discussion,” says Bonner. “And for team training, you need a camera with a room-centric view.” Consider what you want to record, and choose cameras with higher zoom capabilities for detail work and cameras with wider angles to capture team interaction.

4 – Understand your timeline – Your crackerjack AV team arrives for the big installation day, but your sim room is empty. The furnishings or simulators haven’t arrived, and that’s a problem. Schedule your AV installation after everything is in place so the team can aim each camera properly and show you how to operate your system.

5 – Plan ahead for growth - What types of simulations are you doing now? What will you be doing next year, and what will you be doing in the next five years? Consider multi-purpose rooms. If your AV team understands your plans up front, they might recommend adding additional cameras to allow for more flexibility as your program expands.

Read the full article here, and be sure to check out the CAE Healthcare Blog for more great tips!

4th Annual SimGHOSTS Sim Tech Training Symposium Opens Registration

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SimGHOSTS.org just announced that registration has opened for their 4th annual SimGHOSTS 2014 USA event hosted by the American College of CHEST Physicians in Greater Chicago, IL. Taking place this August 5th-8th, SimGHOSTS has been called the innovative leader in medical simulation technology community and training opportunities. Whether you are just starting your operation of healthcare simulation technology or you have been fixing manikins for years, SimGHOSTS 2014 has almost 50 courses covering beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons in a huge range of topics including:

  • Manikin Hardware Repair & Maintenance for Laerdal, Gaumard and CAE Healthcare products
  • Audio recording, mixing and publishing
  • Video cinematography and in-situ camera placement
  • Advanced Video editing for sim lab promotional and orientation videos
  • Building your own task trainers
  • Medical pharmacology, jargon and educator needs for sim techs without healthcare backgrounds
  • Manikin programming and control room reconfiguration with virtual firmware
  • Budget A/V systems including GoPros
  • Professional development workshops to help lead the simulation technology community
  • Inventory control systems & technology procurement techniques
  • Identifying Sim Tech challenges
  • Sim Lab DIY project innovations from around the world
  • SimGHOST TroubleShooting Competition
  • IT Networking workshops
  • Download the SG14 USA brochure for this and much much more!

The live-streamed Keynote Address will be provided by newly appointed SimGHOSTS Interim President James Cypert who will be speaking on basic research methods that Sim Techs can apply, then begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research. The goal is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from the community.

The Laerdal Plenary address will be presented by Jane Nicklin and members of the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Guests from the United Kingdom will discuss an initiative that is the first in the UK and provides an opportunity to start an exciting career in one of Yorkshire and the Humber’s simulated healthcare learning environments. The goal of this apprenticeship will be to achieve nationally accepted qualifications that will be recognized by employers and support career progression in science and technical roles.

B-Line Medical will be hosting their famous Video Contest, with this year’s theme being best “How-To” video. Over $1000 in prizes will be given to SimGHOSTS attendees whose video helps other Sim Techs learn “how-to” increase efficiency or realism in their medical simulation labs.

Finally of great note here is the Pocket Nurse Scholarships due April 30th, which will provide (2) $1500 scholarships to Sim Techs in need to help cover the cost of attending the 2014 event!

Apparently last year 1/3rd of the available Early-Bird passes sold out on the first day, so SimGHOSTS recommends those that want to sign up for the limited advanced courses or secure the discounted rate be sure to register early!

Learn more at SimGHOSTS.org’s 2014 USA Event Page!

Short Video: Resident Education in Ultrasound Using Simulation and Social Media

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Earlier this month Dr. Jason Nomura posted a fast-paced 15-minute review of resident education in ultrasound training using simulation and social media on youtube. I have previously written about how social media has been effective in a nursing school, so I was eager to learn how it could play a part in resident training. This is a great short presentation on these two topics:

About the video: “There was a session at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting focusing on education in Point of Care Ultrasound. There were several speakers and I was asked to speak on resident education, particularly to focus on simulation and social media and how it fits with EM Resident ultrasound education. This is a fairly large and broad area to cover in 15 minutes or less.

I chose to focus on how to simulation and social media can assist in education and deliberate practice to get learners to an “expert performance” level. The information may not be new to people who are familiar with simulation or social media. My goal was to show how these things can be helpful from a conceptual and design view for education. Also to provide information that you can use if you have to justify to others why social media or simulation is important to your educational program and why it should be supported.”

I learned more about Jason from his website http://takeokun.com:

Jason T Nomura MD RDMS FACEP FACP FAAEM is a Board Certified Physician in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.  He currently practices at a large tertiary care facility with over 160,000 annual Emergency Department visits per year.

Dr. Nomura serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound.  He also serves as educational and research Faculty for the Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine Residencies.

CliniSpace Offers Healthcare Training Applications & Engine Platform

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Continuing my exploration into medical simulation technology platforms beyond high-fidelity manikin environments, today we take a look at Clinispace which provides both stand alone healthcare education training applications and a fully immersive game engine to build your own training programs. As a hosted application, accessed over the Internet, CliniSpace is a cost-effective and scalable addition to all simulator training. Check out this introductory video to Clinispace below:

The CliniSpace application offers the next generation of training environments for healthcare professionals – immersive, authentic, 3D virtual environments that replicate the familiar surroundings of daily work.Logging into these environments, learners encounter realistic scenarios and problems. They practice alone and in teams, learning to make decisions, to communicate effectively, and to recover safely from errors.As a hosted application, accessed over the Internet, CliniSpace is a cost-effective and scalable addition to all simulator training.

CliniSpace is a also platform for development of a wide range of immersive medical applications. Its modular design supports rapid design of spaces, reconfiguration of equipment and furniture, and reuse of its many characters (avatars). The virtual patients in CliniSpace are represented by detailed physiologic and 3D graphic models. The models exchange data with the instruments and devices using a modular approach that also supports addition of devices and tests as appropriate. Work with Clinispace to build custom applications for various organizations.

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Recently Clinispace launched BattleCare, which was built with the goal of training in the basics of battlefield trauma triage. The target audience is the 18-24 year old medic who is familiar with interactive technology and expects to receive both fun and learning through the same device.

In BattleCare, the learner plays the role of Airman Collins, who is the medic on duty in Gardez near the Afghanistan border. In the episode shown, Airman Collins learns the basics of A-B-C in triage, that is, checking for Airway, Breathing and Circulation in a trauma patient. His mentor, Sergeant Rodriguez, allows Collins to make his own choices (Discovery Learning) but provides feedback on the choices (Guided Discovery). The episode begins with the arrival of the trauma case and ends with successful stabilization and helicopter evacuation of the patient. The rendering style, character positioning, and page layout is based on graphic novel conventions. Gesture-based interaction makes the learner feel like they are touching the patient. Exploration gives a sense of game play while the mentor’s guidance means the learner does not get lost.

Without a doubt you can see how powerful Clinispace is to teach and build learning programs for healthcare providers above say generic development systems such as SecondLife. While SecondLife may be a more affordable option, the time saved in learning how to develop and build your specific learning environments will probably end up costing more than utilizing an application like Clinispace. However, this is an estimation on my part — so I would love to hear from experienced users of either of these systems!

Learn more about Battlecare here, and be sure to visit Clinispace.com for more details!