SIM-one Promotes #IntegrateSIM Twitter Competition To Showcase Simulation Program Improvements

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Timothy Willett MD, MMeD, (@SIMtim_oneDirector of Research & Development at the SIM-one Ontario Simulation Network wrote in today to share about “a twitter competition to learn how simulationists are moving beyond simply adopting/adding sim to meaningfully and deliberately integrating it into curricula and safety/QI processes.”

How do you #IntegrateSIM?

SIM-one wants to hear how you integrate simulation into your curriculum, clinical placement, quality improvement or patient safety practices. Let us know and you can win* a FREE ticket to this year’s #SIMexpo. *(The prize includes a free two-day admission ticket to the 2015 Ontario Simulation Exposition, but does not include travel or accommodation expenses. One entry per person. Odds of receiving the prize depend on the number of entries received.)

How to Play

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Simply tweet how you integrate SIM and include #IntegrateSIM. Photos, videos & links are encouraged for your submission. The recipient will be announced on July 15, 2015. All eligible entries will be entered into a draw. Contest closes on June 30, 2015.


The recipient will receive one two-day admission* to the 2015 Ontario Simulation Exposition—Canada’s largest healthcare simulation event. The 2015 SIM Expo will be held on December 14 & 15 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto. View more details on the 2015 SIM Expo.

Updates and additional info will be posted @WelcometoSIMone. Make sure to follow SIM-one and include the hashtag #IntegrateSIM

Visit Sim-One.Ca for the complete competition guidelines and to learn more about the 2015 SIM Expo!

Sponsored Advertisement: Article Shares How “Simulation Builds Skills” in OB/GYN & Surgery

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Today a recent article from two Doctors on covering the fact that Simulation Builds Skills in Contemporary OB/Gyn & Surgery departments from Dr. Levine, clinical fellow, and Dr. Goldschlag, Assistant Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine, both from the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Excerpt from the Article:

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued the report To Err Is Human. In it, the IOM’s Committee on Quality of Health Care in America stated that not only did preventable medical errors cause more deaths than such feared threats as motor-vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS, but also that errors with serious consequences were most likely to occur in intensive care units, emergency departments, and operating rooms. Although some operating room-associated complications can be attributed to wrong-site surgeries and equipment malfunctions, countless patients are harmed because of physician skill deficiencies.

It is sad but true that many ob/gyn residents are still trained using a Halstedian approach that can be boiled down to the infamous “See one, do one, teach one.” Contrary to this philosophy of surgical education, surgery is not something that is  best taught by seeing, or best mastered by attempting on live subjects. There is an unavoidable practical element to effective surgical education, but no patient wants to be the “one” for a resident attempting to master a surgical procedure, especially in a fast-paced, high-stress clinical learning environment.

Even though surgery is a key part of ob/gyn training, a survey of residency programs found that only 74% formally evaluate surgical skills, with the majority reporting subjective faculty evaluations as the primary method of assessing skill proficiency. This occurs despite the availability of thoroughly vetted measures such as the objective structured assessment of technical skills (OSATS), the observational clinical human reliability assessment (OCHRA), and the operative performance rating system (OPRS).

One question that remains is how to procure simulator training experience in the current environment. As the AAMC survey revealed, many hospitals and medical schools have simulation core facilities. Scheduling training time may be as simple as calling the administrator of education in your ob/gyn department. For clinicians in community or private practices who do not have access to academic centers, national and district meetings such as those of ACOG and AAGL offer wonderful training sessions that are taught by our nation’s leading teachers using realistic simulators. Many surgical instrument sales representatives have access to simulation facilities. Simulation is an important part of surgical training and maintenance of skills and for those who want the training, the resources are available.

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EMSIMCases Provides Free Emergency Medicine Simulation Scenarios, Templates and More!

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Saw on twitter yesterday that Dr. Jonathan Sherbino (@Sherbino) shared about, a free peer-review simulation case databank. The website offers simulation scenario design guides, free cases, templates, and peer-review support! Check out our other links to free medical simulation scenarios!

Why must we all keep re-inventing the wheel?

Most EM residency programs are now using simulation in some capacity. Why should each program have to create new content? At EM Sim Cases, we want to showcase the fantastic cases that are already being used across the country.

We have three main goals:

  1. Create a large database of cases for EM educators around the world to use.
  2. Map all cases to clear educational objectives.
  3. Create a FOAMed culture among EM simulation educators.

Starting a new simulation curriculum? Use the cases on this blog! They’ve already been tested by other experienced educators. Feel like your curriculum is getting tired? Turn to the blog for ideas! Want a variation on a case you already use? Look here for suggestions.

Let’s get better together!

Have a great case? Send it to us (! Your case could be featured on the EM Sim Cases blog.

How the Project Began By Kyla Caners 

Relatively speaking, simulation is a labour-intensive method of teaching. It requires a high faculty to student ratio for a lengthy period of time. There are few ways to offset the number of instructors required for a given simulation session. (Using senior residents to teach junior residents is pretty much the only partial solution.) Further, the development of curricular content can be tedious. Writing high quality cases appropriate for learner level with clear objectives and a logical case progression is more challenging than it looks!

While going through the process of creating a novel simulation component for the curriculum of my emergency medicine program, it occurred to me that one way educators across the country could save a fair amount of time would be to share cases. While you can’t offset the number of instructors needed for each simulation session, you could certainly relieve the burden of case writing by sharing it with others. This is where the idea for was born.

Collaborating with Martin Kuuskne of McGill University, who had just gone through the same process of creating a regular simulation curriculum for his program, we created a simulation case blog to address our mutual need. This blog will ultimately serve as a repository of simulation cases for emergency medicine educators to use. How fantastic would it if  your residency program needs more toxicology practice and then simply go to the blog to find free, openly available, peer-reviewed cases in the content area of your choice with clear objectives to match? This is the void that fills.

Not only will we provide a repository of simulation cases, but we will also provide posts on key content related to running quality simulation. Many educators are put into a position of running or teaching simulation before they understand or are familiar with the concepts involved. We aim to have a repository of content on the basics, as well as the latest and greatest, in simulation education.

Our blog is still in its infancy. But the response has already been fantastic. I think we’re on to something. Either way, we have certainly enjoyed developing our own little EM simulation community of practice. Collaborating with our colleagues has been the best reward.

Here’s our other links to free medical simulation scenarios!

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Level 3 Healthcare Provides State-of-the-Art Medical Simulation Center A/V System Design & Installation

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Are you about to build or renovate a new simulation space? I cannot emphasize enough the importance of hiring an audiovisual design consultant who has previous experience working with medical simulation spaces. There is so much learning that takes place when trying to integrate A/V systems across a number of rooms, networks, and campuses. I cannot tell you how many consulting calls I have had with simulation champions around the world who have to completely redesign their entire A/V system after only a year of use because they did not work with an experience service provider from the get go. Just as we know that simulation education requires staff to receive special training, so too should we consider the special knowledge required to successfully put together the countless A/V systems our simulation spaces require. For the numerous reasons below, I do recommend you call on Level 3 Healthcare to explore their support when building (or rebuilding) your simulation space.

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of integrating current audiovisual technology to medical work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and medical education centers.

This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large anatomy labs, dental training facilities, telehealth initiatives, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems. Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application.

Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their needs and curriculum and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and telemedicine video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

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5  Star Service

On, the community driven ratings and review platform for medical simulation products and services has a powerful testimonial from a Simulation Center Director in the United States who rated Level 3 Healthcare a “5/5 stars” saying:

“We used the services of Level 3 Healthcare to integrate a 10,000 Sq Ft. Simulation Center. I was very impressed with their initial responsiveness, and importantly their continued support since product installation. Level 3 worked with me to develop a system, as an end user i felt would work within our facility. This was achieved and they have helped create an incredible learning environment. In our case they were working with established systems which needed to work with additional technologies. The project was completed on time and it delivered expected outcomes. Very impressed and would suggest a discussion with them early in the development process. The whole team did a superb job.”

Supporting Community

Level 3 Healthcare are the back-to-back Platinum Sponsors of the annual SimGHOSTS event, which is taking place in Los Angeles this August 4th-7th. By sponsoring the event at such a high level for a second year in a row, Level 3 Healthcare continues to demonstrate their support of those operating medical simulation technology with the community and resources they need to succeed. Having spent time with the leadership of L3HC, I can attest that they are a dedicated and professional group to connect with.

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New Japanese Humanoid Robot Demonstrates Communication Innovation


Toshiba has developed a lifelike communication android that can move its arms and hands smoothly and use Japanese sign language. The android is a prototype that the company will continue to develop towards achieving a service robot able to assist people in the fields of welfare and healthcare. The android will be showcased at CEATEC JAPAN 2014, which will be held from October 7 to 11.

Recently we have shared a number of stories highlighting increased advances in robotic technology, which we feel will have direct implications for the healthcare simulation industry.

Listen to the Full NPR story below:

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9 Articles Highlighting the Expansion of Medical Simulation

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Today, nine articles highlighting the continued expansion of simulation in healthcare from around the world. Learn how simulation continues to innovate healthcare education and training:

  1. Modernizing Combat Medical Training to Provide American Troops With the Best Care Possible

  2. Simulation Promises Longer Life from Hip Replacements

  3. Learning To Respect A Patient’s Wishes At The End Of Life

  4. Patient Safety Simulation Targets ED Miscommunication

  5. ‘Cut suits’ add realism to trauma training

  6. Cardiac side effects caused by drugs can be predicted using a simulated heart model

  7. Computer simulation accurately replicated real-life trauma outcomes

  8. Nursing simulation center sign of progress

  9. Columbia University School of Nursing To Build New Simulation Center

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UD Student Team Takes First Place at National Medical Device Competition with Cath Simulator


An interesting article today from the University of Delaware UDaily highlighting a first place win by an interdisciplinary team of students at a medical device competition at the 14th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference. The team won for SimuCath, a novel wearable technology that allows health care professionals to practice urinary catheterizations on live actors.

UDel.Edu Excerpt:

The team won for SimuCath, a novel wearable technology that allows health care professionals to practice urinary catheterizations on live actors. The device is part of a growing family of wearable technology used in medical scenarios that enable nursing students and other future health care professionals to learn invasive procedures in a realistic environment without compromising the safety of the “patient.” 

The interdisciplinary senior design team that won first place at the Design of Medical Devices Conference included Bimal Amin (biomedical engineering), Taylor Boyle (mechanical engineering), Lindsay Evans (mechanical engineering), Cassy Galon (fashion and apparel studies) and Wes McDowell (biomedical engineering). 

The students were advised by Amy Cowperthwait (nursing), Dustyn Roberts (mechanical engineering), Amy Bucha (nursing and mechanical engineering), and Jenni Buckley (mechanical engineering).

“These high-fidelity simulations provide an opportunity for the health care providers to assess their technique and communication skills in challenging situations,” Carlsen says.

Taylor Boyle, a senior mechanical engineering major, presented the project at the conference in Minnesota. 

“It was an amazing experience to have students from Harvard and Yale, which took second and third place, come up to me and tell me how great our project is,” she says. “This was a medical conference so it wasn’t just about the competition — it was about trying to solve problems that will improve health and health care delivery, and it was great to have Delaware be a part of that.”

A full detailed report about the SIMUCath project can be found here.

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Saudi Health Simulation Conference 2015 June 9th-11th in Riyadh


Today a notice about the Saudi Health Simulation Conference taking place June 9th-11th in Riyadh from SimGHOSTS Vice President Ferooz Sekandarpoor, who will be speaking at the event covering “Simulation Infrastructure Design Guidelines” and sharing about the SimGHOSTS 2015 Dubai Simulation Technology Training Event taking place in November.

About the June Saudi Event

The conference with its’ main theme and subthemes aims to provide underpinning to support scientific and practical development of national integrated simulation strategy and infrastructure. The ultimate goal of this conference is create a clear vision for using Simulation-Based education throughout Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During the conference international, regional and national leaders and speakers will explore issues related to International standards and best practices that govern and support successful implementation of effective Simulation-Based training thereby ultimately improve patient care and safety which are key goals and objectives for the Ministry of Health.

The pre-conference workshops will be held on 9th June 2015 at their respective venues, and the main conference of 2-days program will be held on 10-11 June 2015 at Prince Sultan Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh.

Speakers Include:

  • Dr.Brian J. Dunkin
  • Dr.Donald Combs, Ph.D.
  • Ferooz Sekandarpoor MSc
  • Dr.Houd Al Abri
  • Dr.Jayne Smitten
  • Dr.John Huddlestone
  • Dr.Karim Qayumi

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My Smart Healthcare Provides Simulated Procedure Training | IMSH 2015 Video Interview


A late addition to our IMSH 2015 Interview coverage, today we share more about My Smart Healthcare, which provides haptic-based simulated procedure training. The mySmartHealthcare products are being used by medical students, residents, physicians and nurses, who continue to work closely with their strategic partners on both in-depth simulation research and practical applications for their solutions. Watch our video interview below for the full story:

About mySmartHealthcare:

Backed by over a decade of interactive training development, mySmartHealthcare provides high quality, low cost solutions that will aid in the reduction of error rates and improve quality care. The blended learning strategy enables organizations to improve procedural proficiency and quantify the results, saving time and improving competency before manikin training, task trainers, and labs. These solutions provide key documentation of proficiency early in the circle of training.

clinical vr virtual procedure simulations can be accessed online or installed on most computers. Web based deployment allows for easy access by a large number of users from any major web browser.

clinical tvr virtual procedure simulations include the increased benefit of tactile feedback through the use of haptic technology. This allows for an immersive and life-like sensory experience as the learner virtually performs a procedure.

“mySmartHealthcare facilitates a highly accessible and reliable method to educate both health profession students and practicing clinicians in an effort to enhance clinical competence and improve practice confidence through virtual interaction. mySmartHealthcare can be invaluable to healthcare organizations seeking to standardize clinical education content while continually focusing on process improvement through the virtual procedure-based learning platform.”
-Stephanie Laws, MSN, RN Executive Director, Rural Health Innovation Collaborative

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Dr. Zubin “ZDoGG” Damania Brings Innovation and Humor to Healthcare

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This week at the Mill (the accelerator program that the Konsiderate team is taking part with in downtown Las Vegas) our cohort met with mentor Dr. Zubin Damania, who founded Turn Table Health and whose alter ego “ZDoGG” provides hilarious medical-based improv music videos to lighten the world of healthcare. Turn Table Health has proven it can reduce healthcare costs by focusing on preventative medicine rather than costly cures. He spoke at TedMED 2013 about the need to fight back against a healthcare system that can dehumanize doctors and patients alike.

About Turn Table Health

Turntable Health is a membership-based primary care and wellness ecosystem in Las Vegas focused on everything that keeps you healthy.

  • Timely Appointments. See us same-day or next business day.
  • No waiting. You made the appointment to see a doctor, not the waiting room.
  • 24/7 physician access by phone. Because you don’t need the drama of an ER visit if you can avoid it.
  • See us, or don’t. Talk to your doc by email, phone, or video chat.

About ZDoGG MD

ZDoggMD is an international icon and man of mild-to-moderate mystery. Apart from writing, performing, and producing award-winning medical rap videos that educate and entertain, he’s a highly sought-after thought leader and healthcare speaker.

We’re hoping ZDoGG will collaborate with SimGHOSTS to make a “simulation” music video in the near future!

Learn more about Turn Table Health here, and watch all ZDoGG’s videos here!