Today in Brisbane Australia over 100 simulation champions from around the world came together at the Clinical Skills Development Service for the 2nd annual “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists”, aka SimGHOSTS. This was the 6th international event put on by the organization which also has meetings in the United Kingdom (co-hosted by ASPiH), the United States (hosted at Cedars-Sinai) and Dubai (supported by Simulead).
CSDS Director Dylan Campher opened the show with an introduction to Elwyn Hellway provided the “Welcome to Country” of the Gubby way, an official ceremony sharing the ancestry and aboriginal people of Australia. Dylan then returned to start the show. A team of clinical professionals took the stage with a Simman during a cardiac arrest – a very tense simulation moment — unfortunately the patient didn’t survive the simulation — which unbelievably brought on a GHOST! On the screen behind the stage was a projected Ghost which brought the call for “Ghost Busters”. Being Australia, Crocidile Dundee showed up to help call for the Ghost Busters — and together they captured the Ghost!
Event Director Ryan Eling thanked Platinum Sponsor Laerdal Medical for their sponsorship of the keynote address by Dr. Caroyln Yucha and the opening reception. He also thanked CAE Healthcare & Mediquip who sponsored tomorrow’s Plenary Address. He also recognized Limbs & Things, Trauma Sim, and Simulation Australia.
After morning announcements Ryan brought up Laerdal Queensland Territory Sales Manager Lucas Tomczak who spoke to the support of the company of organizations and communities like SimGHOSTS, stating that their mission of “helping save lives” was not just a catch phrase – but an earnest passion shared by their global team-members. Lucas introduced Dr. Carolyn Yucha, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The school was apart of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which also connected Nevada State College and the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — all of whom collaborated on the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV). SimGHOSTS founder Lance Baily began the organization and annual events at the CSCLV in 2011 when he was the Director of the center.
Dr. Yucha spoke on how to Negotiate to create an effective and efficient student learning environment, described the different roles and training needs for simulation staff, and discussed, and strategies for sim champs to communicate their needs.
Today opens three days of hands-on training and community networking for those who operate Simulation Technology across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Registered attendees were also provided complimentary subscription to SimGHOSTS.org which will connect Sim Techs from the four global events from around the world.