Free Webinar 2PM ET TODAY: ‘How to Affordably Increase Sim Lab Technical Staff’ Hosted by Education Management Solutions

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Course Title: How to Affordably Increase Sim Lab Technical Staff

Time: TODAY Wednesday, October 1 at 2:00 pm EDT (1:00 pm CDT; 12:00 pm MDT; 11:00 am PDT)

Presented by: Founder Lance Baily

As an entrepreneur, medical simulation industry thought leader, media producer, and EMS/firefighter, Lance has the background and the experience necessary to guide simulation-based projects to the next level. Lance has served as a Simulation Technology Specialist in Los Angeles, and from 2009 to 2012, the Director of the 31,000 ft. multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV). Lance is the founder of:

  • - Free medical simulation resource website
  • - Recorded sessions on simulation program administration
  • - Annual hands-on training events and online resources for simulation technology specialists
  • - Community-written ratings & reviews of medical simulation products & services.

Abstract: Expanding your sim lab technical staff is a must for short and long-term simulation program success. This session will explore why hiring a Sim Tech is such a crucial step toward increasing simulation lab operational efficiency and learning quality. Maximize your budget through staff analysis of your technology-based simulation lab and then learn how to increase simulation staff in cost effective steps with proven techniques!

To Register for This Free Online Event Visit the EMS Webinar Website

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About EMS:


Education Management Solutions (EMS) 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 and interactive computer-based training tools. Working alongside subject matter experts, we serve as the driving force behind numerous consumer-centered innovations that continue to move the clinical simulation market forward with breakthrough technologies.

We understand that clinical simulation is no longer a nice-to-have, but rather a learning necessity – and without the proper clinical simulation management tools it can be overwhelming to manage. Our SIMULATIONiQ solution is the only intelligent operating platform that brings together all the programs, people and processes into a single, simplified view that saves time, improves clinical outcomes and delivers peace of mind. When we use the phrase industry pioneer, we mean it. Operating out of our world headquarters in Exton, Pennsylvania, we were founded in 1994 and boast 15 years of experience providing state-of-the-art technology for clinical education and training environments.

As we continue to expand our product offering to meet the evolving needs of our customers, we’re experiencing unprecedented success. In fact, over the past three years alone, we’ve seen an annual growth rate of more than 159%. We’re turning heads both within the industry and in the mainstream business community. For the past eight years we’ve been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the USA, and also garnered accolades on Deloitte Technology’s Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists as a leading technology company in Greater Philadelphia and North America respectively, as well as one of the Top 100 companies in the Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware region.

An unparalleled number of firsts make our software the benchmark by which all others are judged. The SIMULATIONiQ solution is the preferred choice for a growing international community of clinical simulation management customers, including Centra Health; Christiana Care Health System; Weil Cornell Medical College, Qatar; The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners; National University of Singapore; Swedish Medical Center; and The University of Hawaii at Manoa. Institutions big and small trust us to deliver the solutions they need to drive greater visibility, usability, marketability, adaptability, scalability, measurement, and ROI.

To Register for This Free Online Event Visit the EMS Webinar Website

SimGHOSTS 2014 Events Opening Keynotes & Plenary Sessions Free To Watch

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All the SimGHOSTS 2014 opening keynote & plenary sessions addresses are free to watch! If you missed their Australia or USA events, be sure to gain some of the valuable knowledge shared their through these massive sessions!

SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address by President James Cypert “Elevating the Dialogue” Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare – SimGHOSTS President James Cypert presented on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He  began the conversation with a community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this the 2014 USA keynote address was 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 and with the technician community.

SimGHOSTS USA Plenary Address by Jane Nicklin & Stuart Ruby “The Growth of Simulation Technology Specialist Support by the UK” Sponsored by Laerdal – Coming soon!

SimGHOSTS Australia Opening Keynote by iSimulate “Innovation in Mobile Simulation” – On June 26th 2014, Platinum Sponsor iSimulate  provided the opening keynote address to SimGHOSTS’ first overseas event, hosted at the University of The Sunshine Coast in the Queensland Region of Australia. The keynote was provided by Dr. Anthony Lewis, iSimulate Co-founder and Medical Director. This event was live-streamed for FREE through around the world for those who could not attend the three day event in Sippy Downs. The story of iSimulate is one of an identified need to make simulation technology easier, cheaper and more flexible that existing technology. Created by Medical Educators in Australia, iSimulate started as a idea and has progressed to become a company who’s products are used across the world. In this keynote, learn why and how two medical educators decided to challenge a simulation philosophy that “ever more” technologically advanced manikins are better. Instead, they took the cumbersome technology out of the manikin and placed it into an user-friendly iPad.

SimGHOSTS Australia Plenary Address by Dylan Campher Sponsored and Reflecting Upon the “Clinical Skills Development Service” - The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and healthcare providers throughout Australia. CSDS utilizes a hub-and-spoke model of support to support simulation providers throughout Queensland. With CSDS as the hub, this model focuses on providing systems and resources to support Pocket Simulation Centres, the spokes, ensuring the imbedding of simulation close to or within clinical environments. In conjunction with its role of providing support to hospital-based skills centres, the growth of Pocket Simulation Centres provides clinicians with the tools and techniques to address local needs. These in situ programs now address local training requirements, just-in-time training, and process redesign.

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EMS To Launch New ‘Global Institute for Simulation Training’ in November


While preparing for my EMS webinar this Wednesday October 1st at 2PM EST on the topic of “Affordably Increasing Simulation Technology Staff”, I learned that the company is opening its brand new Global Institute for Simulation Training mid November in Exton Pennsylvania. The SimulationIQ team forwarded me this invitation to anyone regionally, nationally, or internationally who is interested in touring this state-of-the-art simulation facility put together by Education Management Solutions:

Please save the date for the Global Institute for Simulation Training’s grand opening reception on November 13, 2014 from 4-6:00 PM in Exton, PA.

The Global Institute for Simulation Training, a not for profit organization, features ten clinical rooms, two lecture rooms, and two control rooms in 5000 sq. ft. of flexible education space. The center includes a fully integrated audio-video system to capture training and debriefing sessions, a robust learning management system, and clinical task trainers and simulators.

“We are creating a state-of-the-art facility where educators will have the latest technology and tools to teach and conduct research, and learners will improve skills in a safe environment,” says Laurie Kerns, educator and board member of the Global Institute for Simulation Training. Laurie is also Vice President of Education Services at Education Management Solutions (EMS), a pioneer in providing solutions for the clinical simulation industry.  

More information will be coming out soon so stay tuned to!

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) Acquires Simbionix

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This week I learned of a very interesting industry development that 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), which is one of the world’s leading 3d printing companies, acquired surgical simulator company Simbionix. 3D Systems goes beyond personal 3d printers with high-accuracy professional modeling systems which can be used for prototyping and functional part manufacturing. Consider just one of their printing systems:

Why I find this acquisition so interesting is knowing that 3D Systems can produce medical models and/or components, and that Simbionix is one of the major players in the surgical simulator space. Very curious to see what new innovations this new partnership will bring the healthcare education technology community.

About 3D Systems:

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

About the Simbionix Acquisition:

This is an ideal fit as the world moves toward personalized medicine and patient specific procedures.  3D Systems has re-imagined the future of medicine and has added two other healthcare companies in the past several weeks Medical Modeling (range of custom anatomical models and Virtual Surgical Planning services) and LayerWise (metal additive manufacturing).

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing capabilities.  Healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices, and training simulators that feature the Simbionix product line.

These products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. Simbionix training simulators are used in 2500+ institutions in 70+ countries around the world.

 Learn more about Simbionix and their new parent company 3D Systems

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ITEC 2015: International Forum for the Military Training, Education and Simulation Sectors Abstracts Due Oct. 4th

Paolo Proietti, ITEC Committee Member sent in this reminder for Call for Papers for the ITEC 2015 Conference:

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Dear Lance,

The International Forum for the Military Training, Education and Simulation Sectors is ITEC 2015!

ITEC is an annual forum for representatives from the military, industry and academia to connect and share knowledge with the international training, education and simulation sectors. Presenting a unique overview of the industry’s latest innovations, the event provides visitors with a platform to discuss developments in this evolving market and exchange ideas about future requirements for military training and simulation.Established for over 20 years, ITEC offers a world-class exhibition (free to attend) and conference showcasing the very latest products and services from leading organisations, as well as unique networking opportunities.

The deadline for submission is Friday 5th October 2014. Don’t miss your chance to share your views on the future of this ever-changing industry.

Overall Theme: ‘Advancing interoperability between nations and institutions in a globalised world through enhanced training and education

ITEC 2015 themes:

  • Training & Education Policy (Strategy to Requirements)
  • Military Training & Education Delivery (Requirements to Delivery)
  • Procurement (Strategy to Delivery)
  • Cyber
  • Medical Simulation and Training
  • M&S Technologies and Architectures
  • First Response: Civil & Military Crisis Management

Medical Simulation Abstracts: Medical simulation provides unique opportunity to impart significant improvements to healthcare providers’ professional development, delivery of patient care, quality, safety, and ultimately patient outcomes across the continuum from War fighters to veterans returning home.  Simulation for medical training is quickly evolving as military and civilian healthcare embrace simulation technologies to educate, train, and even diagnose and treat.  From live to virtual and constructive, this theme will explore the advancements in technology that are leading to a healthcare training revolution.

I look forward to these presentation submissions!


Paolo Proietti

ITEC Conference Committee Member & Chairman of Medical Simulation Sessions
MIMOS (Italian Modelling & Simulation Association) – Deputy Chairman
Selex ES, A Finmeccanica Company – Advanced Simulation and Training Solutions

Click here to submit your abstract to ITEC 2015

SimSpaces Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Lab Fidelity

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“80% of the Realism for 20% of the cost!”

After covering the NAEMSE plenary session on the status of simulation in EMS education, I toured the exhibit hall and came across Greg Vis from Hudson Simulation Services who was demonstrating a cost effective product to dramatically increase realism! By adding just a strip of sticky velcro to a wall or storage cabinet surface, you can quickly apply these printed canvas styled papered-walls to quickly add fidelity to your simulated learning environments. Now a distributed product from Nasco and Simulaids, SimSpaces has filled the need for affordable solutions for increasing environment fidelity.

About SimSpaces:

As the practice of simulation has expanded to wide range of settings the need to create context rich learning environments grows alongside . However, budgets for space improvements are often not keeping pace with demand. Simulation settings now not only include simulation centers but may also include classrooms, mobile sites and everything in between. Giving these locations the immersive effect of authentic clinical settings can be challenging. SimSpaces graphic panels can transform any location into attractive and realistic ICU, ER, clinic or Homecare environments without breaking the bank. Creativity can be substituted for large budgets and still achieve a high degree of illusion. To view their available designs and learn more visit !

Simbulance and Clinical Environments:

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Reproducing the fast-paced environment of a modern ambulance can be challenging in any educational setting. SimSpaces’ offers the unique SIMBULANCE™ designs shown below for licensing. Easy to install and maintain, SimSpaces’ graphics offer an attractive solution for high-impact realism on a budget. A wide variety of settings are available to allow for multiple configurations of lab areas.

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Whether in an ER, ICU or Clinic today’s students may practice in a variety of settings. SimSpaces’ offers the designs shown below for licensing. Easy to install and maintain, SimSpaces’ graphics offer an attractive solution for high-impact realism on a budget. A wide variety of settings are available to allow for multiple configurations of lab areas.

Quick to Install and Long to Last:

 Greg explained to me that the first school to ever install SimSpace walls were still going strong over a year later — and once the walls are up they continue to stay strong.

To view their available designs and learn more visit !

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NAEMSE Plenary: Laerdal Supported Research Study of Simulation Education in EMS

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This weekend HealthySim attended NAEMSE in Reno, NV and sat in on Saturday’s Plenary Session entitled “Simulation in Paramedic Education: Survey Says!” which was presented by Kim McKenna, M.Ed. RN EMT-P, Director of Education St. Charles County Ambulance District, St. Peters, MO. Other authors of the soon-to-be published work included: Elliot Cahart, Daniel Bercher, Andrew Spain, John Todaro and Joann Freel.

This research project was supported by Laerdal Medical in an attempt to explore simulation utilization in EMS programs similar to the national research landmark study of simulation in nursing education recently published by the NCSBN.

Plenary Session Description: Simulation is an increasingly important strategy in EMS education. EMS program faculty and administrators face growing challenges to promote student learning and to demonstrate student competence. This, coupled with budgetary challenges and clinical and field resource limitations, has led EMS educators to ask how simulation can be used to enhance, or replace traditional learning experiences. Yet little is known about simulation in EMS. Attend this session to hear what the research says. The NAEMSE Research Committee conducted a study to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs. This session will present the findings detailing the simulation resources that paramedic programs have and provide a comparison between how they are used. It will also provide a look into faculty perceptions regarding simulation, and importantly, it will shed light on program characteristics that influence the use of simulation.

We already know that healthcare simulation:

  • Simulation can improve knowledge and skills (Dickison, 2010),
  • It may reduce error rates in trauma performance (Wyatt 2004),
  • Some allied health research shows equivalent results when simulation was substituted for some clinical (Hayden 2014).

In EMS we also know:

  • Less than 8% of paramedic students met at DOT specific assessment and skills requirements for clinical field.
  • Less than 50% met required assessments for psychiatric, pediatric respiratory distress, and & OB patients or on ventilating non-intubated patients. (Saizman, 2009)
  • Access to OR for live intubation is also limited (westergard 2013)

Survey was designed to characterize the use of simulation in EMS education:

  • What simulation resources do paramedic programs have?
  • What simulation resources do programs USE?
  • What differences exist between the resources used and using now?
  • What were the faculty opinions regarding simulation?

While I cannot share the results of the survey here yet as the research is about to be published, I was given permission by Kim to share the content of their poster entitled “Sharing Simulation Resources is Associated with Less Frequent Use of Simulation in Accredited Paramedic Programs”, which covered a section of the research:

Poster Results:

The survey was sent to 638 paramedic programs. We received 389 responses (61%). Nearly all th programs reported that they have task trainers (100%), simple manikins (08%), and intermediate manikins (95%). Fewer programs reported having advanced manikins (76%), standardized patients (58%), computer-based simulation (45%), and virtual reality (8%). A series of Pearson Chi-Square analyses showed that program that reported “having access to” a given simulation resource use that resource less frequently that programs that reported ‘having” that same resource.


Initial paramedic programs that share or borrow simulation resources use them less frequently than those that have dedicated resources. These findings have significant practical implications and highlight a major limitation of sharing simulation resources.

Kim shared EMS will need evidence to guide when it is appropriate to substitute simulation for clinical/field, a body of knowledge on best practices for EMS and will also need to find ways to network and mentor each other. I shared with Kim that the barrier of “simulation technology training” could be overcome through the non-profit organization SimGHOSTS.

Stay tuned for the full survey results to be published soon and visit NAEMSE for more great event recaps!

Pocket Nurse Needs Our Help to Win Grant!

Pocket Nurse has applied for a Main Street Grant being offered by CHASE to expand their Medication Administration offerings and ultimately decrease medication errors. To Qualify they need 250 votes from the community! Mission Main Street Grants is a grant program by Chase to award twenty (20) small businesses with grants of $150,000.

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Steps To Help Pocket Nurse Win:

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Please pass along to friends and family with facebook accounts so we get enough votes! Thank you all for your help!

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Simulation Solves The Traveling Salesman’s Dilemma

“The simple truth behind simulated annealing? Sometimes things really do have to get worse before they can get better.”

For fun today I am sharing this recent article by Todd Schneider entitled “The Traveling Salesman with Simulated Annealing” that highlights some interesting lessons from a computer simulation which he built and shared:

“I built an interactive Shiny application that uses simulated annealing to solve the famous traveling salesman problem. You can play around with it to create and solve your own tours. Here’s an animation of the annealing process finding the shortest path through the 48 state capitals of the contiguous United States:

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We start by picking an arbitrary initial tour from the set of all valid tours. From that initial tour we “move around” and check random neighboring tours to see how good they are. There are so many valid tours that we won’t be able to test every possible solution, but a well-designed annealing process eventually reaches a solution that, if it is not the global optimum, is at least good enough. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Start with a random tour through the selected cities. Note that it’s probably a very inefficient tour!
  2. Pick a new candidate tour at random from all neighbors of the existing tour. This candidate tour might be better or worse compared to the existing tour (i.e. shorter or longer)
  3. If the candidate tour is better than the existing tour, accept it as the new tour
  4. If the candidate tour is worse than the existing tour, still maybe accept it, according to some probability. The probability of accepting an inferior tour is a function of how much longer the candidate is compared to the current tour, and the temperature of the annealing process. A higher temperature makes you more likely to accept an inferior tour
  5. Go back to step 2 and repeat many times, lowering the temperature a bit at each iteration, until you get to a low temperature and arrive at your (hopefully global, possibly local) minimum. If you’re not sufficiently satisfied with the result, try the process again, perhaps with a different temperature cooling schedule

The key to the simulated annealing method is in step 4: even if we’re considering a tour that is worse than the tour we already have, we still sometimes accept the worse tour temporarily, because it might be the stepping stone that gets us out of a local minimum and ultimately closer to the global minimum. The temperature is usually pretty high at the beginning of the annealing process, so that initially we’ll accept more tours, even the bad ones. Over time, though, we lower the temperature until we’re only accepting new tours that improve upon our solution.

That’s all well and good, but why do we need the annealing step at all? Why not do the same process with 0 temperature, i.e. accept the new tour if and only if it’s better than the existing tour? It turns out if we follow this naive “hill climbing” strategy, we’re far more likely to get stuck in a local minimum.”

In healthcare simulation, we could possibly use the same mathematical methodology to improve training outcomes and ultimately patient safety by considering that although minor immediate improvements may be better, we need to explore ALL the potential variations to come up with the most efficient systems.

Read the rest of this unique simulation article on!

Center For Medical Simulation Emphasizes Simulation Instructor Reflection

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Gary Rossi, Chief Operating Officer at Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation recently shared this video interview of Jenny Rudolph, Associate Director for the Institute for Medical Simulation, which was taken during a visit to Spain’s Hospital Virtual Valdecilla:

Earlier this summer during a faculty retreat at the Hospital Virtual Valdecilla (HvV), Jenny Rudolph recorded this video where she talks about the importance of people and their ability to reflect and understand their thinking and emotions as simulation instructors.

The Hospital Virtual Valdecilla is an Affiliate of the Center for Medical Simulation. It serves a reference Center for Simulation throughout Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. 

About CMS:

Founded in 1993, CMS was one of the world’s first healthcare simulation centers and continues to be a global leader in the field.

Simulation training at CMS gives healthcare providers a new and enlightening perspective on how to handle real medical situations. Through high-fidelity scenarios that simulate genuine crisis management situations, the CMS experience can open new chapters in the level of healthcare quality that participants provide.

At CMS the focus is on communication, collaboration, and crisis management in order to develop skills and teamwork behaviors that are best learned actively under realistic conditions. Since it first opened in 1993, CMS has run over two thousand courses and trained thousands of participants using its innovative and challenging scenarios. We are proud to feature:

  • A multidisciplinary, expert staff, affiliated with some of the world’s most well-known and well-respected hospitals, medical universities and colleges
  • Exceptionally high-quality and innovative programs in full-environment facilities
  • A breadth of course offerings

CMS has been a leader in the healthcare simulation field since putting its first mannequin simulator into service in 1994. We have developed courses for clinicians, healthcare educators, administrators and managers, conducted research on a spectrum of topics, helped manufacturers to conduct human factors trials of their technologies and continue to initiate an array of healthcare simulation activities.

For more information about CMS’ Affiliate Program , Consulting & Training Services be sure to visit the CMS Website!