Dr. Paul Phrampus Opens Inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare Meeting in Malaysia

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Today just north of Kuala Lumpur at Taylor’s University, the inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH) meeting opened with keynote speaker Dr. Paul Phrampus, past president for the Society in Simulation in Healthcare and Director of the WISER Simulation Center.

Paul provided the audience a break down of the ways simulation can be utilized in healthcare programs for both educational and hospital settings. His direct experience with developing simulation programs around the world lead to insightful realities for simulation professionals who have traveled from across Asia to participate in the 1st conference. Paul explained to the audience of the challenges simulation champions:

  • Creating value-based solutions
  • People (ie Bosses) underestimate the effort for any quality education effort.
  • Time and money will always be a great pain point

Dr. Phrampus reminded us that by enabling passionate people and focusing their energies in new simulation programs which solve the greatest pain points for their larger institution

Paul reminded us as he closed his talk that “We need to remain Education focused in our approaches, not simulation focused, to create value in order to solve peoples problems with systemic solutions”.

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Following this, Dr. Ben Berg, Professor of Medicine and Director of Simulation at the John Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii spoke on International Collaboration. Ben suggested that collaboration between countries starts with regional organizations like PASSH, and other international organizations like the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Berg reminded the audience that research such as a recent study on cultural differences in healthcare simulation debriefing across the world continue to further demonstrate collaboration between international entities. He then shared the collaborative efforts between Sim Tiki in Hawaii and the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, which began through center tours and expanded into ongoing training course relationships. “Critical to consider,” Ben suggested, “is that just translating simulation curriculum and program guides won’t provide a successful migration of course content.

Because of this powerful collaborative relationship, “FunSimJ” (Fundamental Simulation Instructional Methods for Japanese), has become one of the leading simulation programs in all of Japan. Post Course Simulation survey simulation implementation barriers were similar to those in the states “number of trained simulation faculty, time for faculty development, time for teaching, etc”. Faculty development programs for Japanese educators at Sim Tiki have also been created which helps bring revenue to the Hawaiian based center.

The event continues for the next two days and includes a vendor hall Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal and Silver Sponsored by CAE Healthcare.

Learn more at the PASSH website!


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