Insightful Blog from One of Medical Simulation’s Best: Dr. Paul Phrampus

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This past week I ran into Dr. Paul Phrampus while attending the UK-based ASPiH annual event in Nottingham. Previously HealthySim has video interviewed Dr. Phrampus during a visit to the WISER center in Pittsburgh, where we spoke about the iSim course, WISER’s connection to the history of medical simulation & Laerdal, and UPMC’s innovative stance on patient safety. In his blog “Simulating Healthcare“, Paul covers the many topics so crucial for our simulation success — usually focusing on the clinical educator / learning elements.

In his most recent post on how “Assessment is the True Value of Simulation”, Paul explains to us:

“Some people profoundly advocate simulation should be used for assessment because it is not appropriate tool, and others feel that it violates the safe learning environment. I think as we shift to a patient centric approach to simulation we should be able to create a reduction in this reluctance that allows assessment forward. In fact, I always find it interesting to point out to people during debriefing training programs, particularly those that are vocal against concepts of assessment, and let them realize that when they watch a simulation and then conduct and/or facilitated briefing they have actually already performed assessment in their minds. The very items that they have formed an opinion on, or “assessed” will play a part in the educational strategy that should ultimately reinforce what participants did well and encourage change in the areas where deficiencies were noted that will lead to an effective debriefing and the accomplishment of learning objectives.

Allowing participants to demonstrate competence could be one of the most important parts of the value equation for simulation. Manager and leaders of healthcare providing institutions are grappling with ways to improve quality and significantly improve patient safety all over the world. A patient centric approach to simulation would certainly suggest that as well.

This inevitably will help us in making stronger arguments for the case for simulation. At the moment many people try to sell the idea of simulation to their leadership. This creates thoughts and visions of expensive investments in technology and the daily pains of leaders. If we shift the point of focus point our sales pitch pivots to the selling of the concept of excellence, improved patient care, and safer patient care it will far better align with the pain points of those running healthcare systems. That becomes harder to deny!”

Some of Paul’s Most Recent Posts Include:



About Dr. Phrampus:

Dr. Paul E. Phrampus is the Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He is Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned a bachelor degree in biology from Old Dominion University, and an M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia medical school in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed residency training and board certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Phrampus has been active in patient safety efforts throughout UPMC. He is a member of the Quality Patient Care Committee of the UPMC Board of Directors. He is a Medical Director for the Center for Quality and Innovation. He has overseen the expansion of WISER capabilities in developing a distributive model of management for WISER as well as the satellites centers that have been deployed throughout the UPMC Health System. He led a team to create a simulation based difficult airway management program for emergency medicine that has now been completed by hundreds of physicians.

Dr. Phrampus serves in a leadership role in national simulation efforts through program committee leadership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. He has previously chaired the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, which is the largest multidisciplinary simulation meeting in the world. He is the 2013 President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare which has over 3,500 members.

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