Drexel Med Provides Recorded Webinar about MS in Healthcare Simulation

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Have you heard about the Master Program at Drexel Med for Healthcare Simulation? Recently Program Director Sharon Griswold-Theodorson, MD, MPH, FAAEM provided a webinar to help prospective students learn about the numerous benefits available from the MS program in Healthcare Simulation. This short 15 minute webinar is available by visiting the Drexel Med MS in Healthcare Simulation page and clicking “webinar”. No downloads are required to watch this free short webinar!

MS in Healthcare Simulation Program Highlights

The Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSMS) program is a unique, part-time, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. Administered by the Division of Simulation, this degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Faculty
  • Curriculum
  • Our students

The innovative instructional approach consists of a blended curriculum of online coursework combined with three on-campus week-long immersive simulation practicums.

Is Healthcare Simulation for You?

The Drexel Med goal is to provide a scientific and educational foundation that prepares graduate-level students for transition into an enduring, productive educational and research-oriented career in simulation. This program is intended for individuals with prior training and/or experience in healthcare to provide a much broader foundation of education in simulation-based medical education (SBME) than currently exists in one format anywhere else locally, nationally or globally.

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Applicants to the Medical and Healthcare Simulation program include students who may be the following:

  • Resident and fellow physicians
  • Physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners
  • Attending physicians
  • Individuals already employed in health sciences industry
  • Individuals looking to transition into a new career

What Simulation Skills Will You Learn?

While completing your Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation, you will learn several skills to help you in your career.

Through this program you will be able to:

  • Use simulation as a training and educational tool for others
  • Empower others to transfer what they’ve learned through training scenarios to the workplace to improve services and increase patient safety
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation
  • Behave and communicate more effectively as part of a team, particularly in a crisis

Visit the Drexel Med MS in Healthcare Sim webinar here!


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Online ‘Simulation Week’ Promotes the Use of Healthcare Simulation – Learn & Share Today!

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The annual online “Simulation Week” is in full affect! Check out hundreds of articles shared by the community and share your simulation story with a global audience. Organized by Simulation Australia, Sim Week promotes the use of healthcare simulation by sharing our community’s work with the whole world!This year SimWeek runs from Monday, May 2nd until Sunday May 8th. The week is a brilliant chance to promote all forms of simulation across our entire community, in our organizations, our institutions, our start-ups, our departments, our schools, our Universities and even our homes. It’s time to celebrate all things Sim, the wonderful accomplishments and our incredibly bright future.

You can find SimWeek online at www.simulationweek.com and it is open to anyone to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are critical to conveying the messages so don’t leave them out! The site is linked through to all of our social media platforms so your messages will have a vast audience. Information and examples on how to contribute online can be found by clicking here.

Sim Week Events:

The Health Education and Training Institute, in partnership with the Southern NSW Local Health District, will be celebrating SimulationWeek with the staff of Batemans Bay Hospital and the local emergency services (Fire, Police, Ambulance and SES) with a sausage sizzle and open day of the Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre. This SimWeek event will be on Tuesday 3 May at Batemans Bay Hospital from 10:00am until 2.00pm.

On Wednesday 4 May, the Flinders University Hexapod will be doing a demonstration at 3:00pm until 4.00pm, The Flinders Hexapod is a testing facility that is based on a Stewart-Gough platform (the mechanism that is used to produce the motion in a flight simulator). The test machine is able to simulate complex motion and measure the effect that motion has on various structures and/or people. There are a large number of research projects that are planned for the facility, which include the building, maritime, and aerospace industries.

If you would like your story “up in lights”, email it to simulationweek@simaust.com so we can make you and Simulation a Star.

Visit SimulationWeek.com all this week!

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Polhemus Delivers World Class Motion Tracking Technology to Medical Simulation Industry

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Ever wonder how that Ultrasound Simulator knows the exact angle of a learner’s probe? Today we are highlighting Polhemus, a company which has been breaking new ground with best-in-class 6 Degree-Of-Freedom (6DOF) electromagnetic tracking systems for over 40 years. Their product line includes the latest technology for motion tracking, 3D laser scanning, eye tracking, and caters to healthcare, military, and research and technology markets.

Are you building a medical simulation task trainer or simulator which could take advantage of advanced motion tracking technology? Polhemus provides state-of-the-art tracking products and will collaborate with you to develop your prototype. Check out my video interview with Neil Schell, Director of Business Development at Polhemus, during IMSH 2016:

About Polhemus Technology

Polhemus technology delivers full 6DOF motion tracking, measuring both position and orientation, and our proprietary AC electromagnetic technology requires no line-of-sight.  Because of this, our sensors have the capability to be embeddable, and our motion trackers are the clear choice for the leaders in healthcare simulation, including ultrasound simulators and training and simulation for surgery. Their trackers are being used by those in the rehabilitation and physical therapy market, utilizing our technology in virtual reality applications.

The Polhemus 3D laser scanning products have enabled areas within healthcare to be taken to the next level. Prosthetics and orthotics professionals use our trusted scanner because the scanner is easy to use, portable, and amputee patients report that because of Polhemus scanning technology, “their socket has a perfectly close and intimate fit.”

Another area in health care revolutionized by our technology is precision localization. Their tracking technology can synchronize CT or MRI images with the patient’s actual position. Respiratory gaiting and other real-time movements can be monitored and measured enabling precise localization.

Polhemus offers an array of motion tracking products, 3D laser scanners, and eye tracking technology. Learn more about our Applications, Case Studies and Customers we cater to in the healthcare market.

Tracking Applications

  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Surgical Simulation
  • Ultrasound Training Simulation

Scanning Applications

  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Burn Masks

Learn more on the Medical Simulation Page on the Polhemus Website today!

Medical Education Research: The Effects of Power, Leadership and Psychological Safety on Resident Event Reporting

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Recently on Med Ed Conversations I saw an interesting research article supported by the ASME entitled “The effects of power, leadership and psychological safety on resident event reporting” by Nital P Appelbaum et all. The paper suggests that “Although the reporting of adverse events is a necessary first step in identifying and addressing lapses in patient safety, such events are under-reported, especially by frontline providers such as resident physicians.” The research attempted to describe and test relationships between power distance and leader inclusiveness on psychological safety and the willingness of residents to report adverse events.


A total of 106 resident physicians from the departments of neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, emergency medicine, otolaryngology, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and general surgery in a mid-Atlantic teaching hospital were asked to complete a survey on psychological safety, perceived power distance, leader inclusiveness and intention to report adverse events.


Psychological safety was found to be a predictor of intention to report adverse events. Perceived power distance and leader inclusiveness both influenced the reporting of adverse events through the concept of psychological safety. Because adverse event reporting is shaped by relationships and culture external to the individual, it should be viewed as an organisational as much as a personal function. Supervisors and other leaders in health care should ensure that policies, procedures and leadership practices build psychological safety and minimise power distance between low- and high-status members in order to support greater reporting of adverse events.


How can simulation better create a culture of psychological safety for medical and other healthcare personnel? Simulation is a perfect place to safely practice creating  learning behaviors.

Read the full study on Wiley

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Utah Practices Healthcare Response with 1 Million Participants and Massive Casualty Simulation

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Deseret News recently reported about a massive earthquake simulation for Utah response agencies. Almost one million people participated in this simulated event across the state last week at schools, hospitals, civil service departments, and more. What an amazing demonstration to the expanded acceptance of simulation as a primary training method!

Deseret News Article Excerpt:

Link and Hansen were among the nearly 1 million Utahns who participated in the state’s largest earthquake drill to date Thursday, the Great Utah ShakeOut. The statewide drill began at 10:15 a.m. The scenario: The worst natural disaster to ever hit the Salt Lake Valley had struck — a magnitude 7 earthquake.

In reality, the Wasatch Front fault line remained docile, as it has for thousands of years, but still more than 980,000 ducked under desks and chairs to wait for the fictional tremors to subside.

Hospitals, schools, businesses, government offices and others all joined in on the annual drill because of the devastation a major earthquake could have on Utah’s residents, economy and infrastructure. At St. Mark’s, the pretend community casualties were reported at more than 2,000 dead and more than 30,000 injured, said hospital spokeswoman Danielle Wilcox.

To add to the carnage, St. Mark’s simulated the collapse of its west tower, using a utility tunnel under the hospital to challenge search and rescue teams with a dark, enclosed and complicated environment — like a collapsed building — to navigate while trying to find trapped and injured patients. Like Link, other actors pretended to be trapped in rubble. Some needed limb amputations. In other instances, rescuers, guided by K-9 teams, needed to break through concrete walls to reach victims. Outside the hospital, several medical triage tents were set up to treat about 60 acting patients.

Rescue teams also simulated a helicopter crash atop the hospital. Paul VanHarn from the Unified Fire Authority got to practice rappelling the pretend crash victim, David Polonsky, safely to the ground. “When we have an opportunity like this, it’s great for us,” said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Dan Brown. “This training is about as realistic as it can get.”

More than 500 people — including nursing students, hospital staff and volunteers from Urban Search and Rescue, Unified Fire Authority, Unified Police Department and the Utah Health Department — participated in St. Mark’s simulation, said John Jones, emergency preparedness coordinator for MountainStar Healthcare.”

Read the full article on Deseret News!

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The Complete Healthcare Simulation Library

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Have you seen all the latest healthcare simulation books? There has been quite a new number of texts since HealthySimulation.com began in 2010. Check out the latest list of all the best healthcare simulation book here:

Did we forgot a book? Email us and let us know and we’ll add it!

Reminder: SimGHOSTS Webinar Tomorrow 4PM EST “Advancing Your Sim Career”

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Non-profit SimGHOSTS is hosting a webinar TOMORROW April 27th at 4PM EST (6PM UTC) on Advancing Your Simulation Technology Specialist Career with Jeremiah Avarana M.Engr, M.Ed. ! This informative webinar will help those of you looking to start or develop your simulation career taking on Jeremiah’s various experiences in the field. Don’t forget that SimGHOSTS.org subscription is currently 50% off and provides access to a document database, hundreds of recorded sessions, a new online course library, and a forums digest with technical conversations by thousands of sim champs from around the world!

SimGHOSTS Webinar Details:

What: “Advancing Your Simulation Technology Specialist Career” with Jeremiah Avarana M.Engr, M.Ed.
When: April 27th, 1PM PST, 3PM CST, 6PM UTC
Where: Goto Meeting Online (Visit the SimGHOSTS website to learn how to login!)

Webinar Abstract:

The role of the Simulation Technician varies with every simulation program. This talk will aim to provide practical tips for the new and mid-career level Simulation Technician. I will use practical examples from the earlier part of my career to the current to discuss how to work through sometimes difficult work flow dynamics and how the role of the Simulation Technician can be integral in bridging gaps to good simulation practices and operations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to define your role when there isn’t much direction
  2. Learn to re-define your role within your organization through identifying operational gaps
  3. Learn the importance of good communication with your co-workers

About the Instructor:

Jeremiah Avarana, M.Engr, M.Ed. Jeremiah Avarana is currently a Simulation Technician at Tarrant County College’s (TCC) Department of Nursing supporting ADN- level simulation. He has worked as a Simulation Technician for 3.5 years total with experience in BSN and MSN simulation as well. Before simulation, Jeremiah completed advanced degrees in biomedical engineering and education with little clue of where it would one day take him. Healthcare simulation has answered that question. In his role, he has performed set-up and tear down of all nursing specialty simulations, programmed scenarios, taught faculty how to operate, set-up task trainers, acted in simulation productions, acted as standardized patient, and developed moulage for high-stakes and disaster simulation. His passion is to see the Simulation Technician role become a commonplace in every major simulation program and be a part of Simulation Technician training.

Visit the SimGHOSTS Webinar Page for more information!

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New Book: Healthcare Simulation Program Builder


Today we share about a new work from CSA Founder KT Waxman and Simulation Champion Juli Maxworthy called Helathcare Simulation Program Builder, which “helps healthcare professionals who want to use simulation to improve orientation and preceptorships, build nurse competency, enhance nurse residency programs, and strengthen interprofessional communication across the entire healthcare team.” As part of the founding leadership to the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative, California Institute for Simulation in Healthcare, the California Simulation Alliance, and the University of San Francisco Master in Science Healthcare Simulation, KT brings a wealth of knowledge to your simulation program through this work.

About the Book:

Simulation is widely recognized as an efficient and effective way to help new nurses build the skills they need to become confident and competent practitioners. But many organizations think simulation training is out of their reach because they cannot afford the astronomically expensive simulation technology and labs with all the bells and whistles.

This first-of-its-kind book assists those who want to begin using simulation for training, but don’t know where to start. It discusses the theory around simulation, when to use different modalities, how to get buy-in, and how to measure results. It is the perfect curriculum builder and contains all the tools and templates you need to get started so you don’t have to create them yourself!

This book will:

  • Explain the types of simulation, its educational principles, simulation technology, and the skills needed to launch a successful program
  • Provide sample resources, including job descriptions, scenario templates, and video release forms
  • Include examples from organizations around the country that are successfully using simulation

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • PART 1 What Is Healthcare Simulation?
    • Simulation as a Teaching Methodology
      • Learning Theories
      • Phases of Healthcare Simulation Experience
    • Faculty Development
      • Preparing Educators
      • Certification
    • Operationalization of Healthcare Simulation
      • Management of Day-to-Day Simulation Operations
      • Creating a Business Case for Simulation
      • Building Simulation Alliances/Collaboratives
      • Accreditation
  • PART 2 Sample Forms/Templates
    • Scenario Development
    • Job Descriptions
    • Designing Simulation Space
    • Policies/Procedures
  • PART 3 Resources and Professional Development
    • Healthcare Simulation Organizations
    • Healthcare Simulation Practice Standards
    • Evidence-Based Support for Healthcare Simulation
  • PART 4 Key Terms and Acronyms
    • References

This book is intended for those who:

  1. Have been assigned as a simulation director and have not received any training
  2. Have been given a simulation mannequin and told to go forth and build a simulation program
  3. Are interested in learning about simulation but don’t know where to start
  4. Have no idea how to integrate simulation into their curriculum (regardless of the setting), but really want to try

About the Authors

KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, is a nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and corporate settings. She is a tenure-earning assistant professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. She is also director of the California Simulation Alliance at the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care. An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and currently serves as treasurer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, brings nearly 30 years of nursing experience to her roles. Her last clinical position was vice president of quality and risk. She is a professor of nursing at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing.

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University of San Francisco Now Offering Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Online


Did you know that USF is now offering their MS in Healthcare Simulation Online with an in-person intensive once a semester in San Francisco?

The USF program will prepare students for a career in teaching, management, or operations of health care simulations. This unique program requires no previous experience and is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians.

Simulation in healthcare has emerged as an integrated approach to educating and training professionals. Simulation labs are becoming more prevalent and individuals who understand the educational and administrative aspects will be key to their continued success.

USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions is a top 40 nursing school (according to U.S. News & World Report) and a distinguished 4,500 graduate alumni network that spans the globe.


  • Online format – Students attend courses and complete assignments online, adhering to relevant coursework deadlines
  • Designed to complete in four semesters (18 months)
  • Students attend one “intensive” per semester at USF in San Francisco
  • On-campus intensive will feature an expert speaker


The University of San Francisco is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Learn more by visiting the USF MS in Healthcare Simulation Webpage!

Southern California Simulation Collaborative Meeting May 6th in LA

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Received word from “me mum” Dr. Kim Baily that she is helping to chair a workshop for the Southern California Simulation Collaborative at Cal State University LA with guest speaker Dr. Lorie Judson. Lorie will be speaking on tele-robotics in simulations, and the event’s lunch is sponsored by Laerdal. Here is the email:

Dear Son,

Please see the details below for the next SCSC meeting at CSU Los Angeles May 6, 2016.  Jane Hook from CSU will show case their Telepresence Robotic and  Laerdal Medical is sharing information about their newer products (miniSUN conference) complete with 2 CEUs and lunch. Please see a more detailed agenda below and attached.  Parking information is also noted below. 

Nurses can receive CEUs by entering your RN license number in the comment section of your registration.


Hosted by CSULA School of Nursing Simulation Laboratory

  • 10am-1015 am: Chair Dr. Kim Baily
  • 1015am-11 am: Welcome: Dr. Lorie Judson, Director School of Nursing
    • Tour Residential Apartment Simulation and Nursing Simulation Laboratory
    • Presentation: Using Telepresence robot in Simulation Jane Hook M.N., R.N.                     
    • Demonstration: by Double Robotics
  • 11am-12pm: Technology Showcase and Laerdal MiniSUN
  • 12pm-1pm:  Lunch Sponsored by Laerdal
  • 1 pm-2pm: Technology Showcase and Laerdal MiniSUN (2 CEUs)
    • SimMan ALS presented by Darin Bowers
    • Premature Anne presented by Veronica Rogan
    • SimView Mobile presented by David Omut
  • 2pm SESN: Implementing Best Practices Spencer Harris 2:00 pm

Please have people park in Lot C on the south side of the campus and come to the Gerontology Center.  There is a kiosk to purchase a parking pass.” Wish I could attend! Join my mom and these Simulation Champions this May 6th in LA for a great learning experience!

In order to let Laerdal know how many lunches to prepare please register here.
And please let them know you heard about it through HealthySimulation!