Final Deadline for SimGHOSTS USA Abstract Submission is TODAY by 12PM Pacific!

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Today is the day to submit your abstracts for SimGHOSTS USA 2017!
Accepted presentations provide a $50 discount for lead presenter’s registration!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is TODAY BY 12pm PST!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:



  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

Location: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!


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New Debrief 2 Learn Podcast: Circular Questions in Debriefing

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Our friends at Debrief 2 Learn have produced another awesome podcast, this time covering circular questions in debriefing! Debrief2Learn aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices.

About this Podcast

Walter Eppich and Michaela Kolbe talk about the use of circular questions in debriefing healthcare teams. As a psychologist and family therapist, Michaela used circular questions to promote perspective taking and reflection about family interactions. In this podcast, Michaela explains how she adapted this approach for healthcare debriefing and provides multiple examples. She also discusses an article she and her team wrote entitled: How to debrief teamwork interactions: using circular questions to explore and change team interaction patterns!

About Michaela



Michaela Kolbe, PhD is a psychologist and the Director of the Simulation Center of the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. She uses simulation for training clinicians and for her research in education, psychology and organizational behavior. She publishes widely in psychological, healthcare, and simulation journals and books and is a member of several editorial boards.

About Walter

Walter Eppich practices pediatric emergency medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He teaches about simulation, faculty development, and debriefing around the world. A candidate for a PhD in Medical Education at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, Walter studies the role of talk as a medium of learning for individuals and teams. He is a co-founder of Debrief2Learn.

Listen to the podcast on Debrief 2 Learn here!

88% of US-Born Sex Trafficking Victims Receive Medical Care – USF Med Student Creates Simulation Scenario to Help ID Warning Signs

Human Trafficking, Behind the Scene

Michelle Lyman, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine is a third year medical student, has created a simulation scenario to help healthcare providers better identify those who may be victims of sex trafficking. Recently she shared about the experience and the reasons why she built the scenario on in-training.org. I have reached out to Michelle in the hopes that she will share her scenario with us so stay tuned to this article for future updates!

In-Training.org Excerpt:

“Physicians across many specialties are treating trafficked persons in their practice. Yet, they are not trained to recognize human trafficking or know how to intervene. Studies have shown that 88% of US-born sex trafficking victims reported receiving medical care while being trafficked . This puts healthcare providers in a key position with these vulnerable individuals to aid in identification, prevention and intervention, but only if they are educated about the clinical presentations of human trafficking. In an effort to increase health care’s capacity to fight human trafficking, I worked behind the scenes at my medical school’s simulation center, creating a clinical scenario centered on treating a trafficked person for my fellow students to learn from.

This case was designed to expose future physicians to the complexity of human trafficking. The simulation center provides a learning environment to explore uneasy feelings in difficult clinical scenarios and practice building trust. It is okay to become flustered and misspeak — this experience is formative; however, when the students are the practicing physicians in a few short years, stakes are higher. Watching through the two-way mirror, I saw students grow. Most were courteous; however, few took the extra effort to build a certain degree of trust with their distracted patient sitting on the examination table. This patient’s clipped responses to questions often intimidated many students, leading them to shy away from asking heavy questions about her history with abuse.



Patients benefited the most from those students who were compassionate. Students who succeeded built a relationship by being empathetic. They looked beyond the exterior of a stoic young woman and offered her confidentiality, demonstrating respect for her decision to disclose. Their tone was non-judgmental and gentle when they took notice of her brandings that signaled her trafficking history. I also watched as standardized patients shut down and students walked away unaware. Some sped through their mental checklist, forgetting that simply looking and inspecting the patient might tell them more than a blood test. Others took too direct an approach, demanding a more detailed history, only to be met with a wall of resistance and no new information.

For the simulation case, the patient sitting on the exam table is a collection of narratives from individuals who have experienced human trafficking and survived. It is my goal that by interacting with this patient, students will learn from their missteps now and be able to see the signs of trafficking for what it is later. After all, being cognizant enough to recognize a patient in need of resources to advocate for their own health is all part of the job. Empathy and empowerment thereafter are crucial, but being able to provide such values takes practice and dedication.”

Michelle is in the SELECT Program at the University of South Florida. Originally from Jacksonville Florida, Michelle currently lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania where she is completing her third year clerkships. She is interested in public health and patient advocacy.


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iSimulate Sponsors Award of 2017 Recipient of Street Medicine Society Award

JEMS and PennWell Corporation Announce the 2017 Recipient of John P. Pryor, MD/ Street Medicine Society Award

Last week Jeremy T. Cushman, MD, MS, EMT-P, was awarded the 2017 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award at the EMS Today conference in Salt Lake City, UT which was sponsored by iSimulate. ohn P. Pryor, MD, FACS, an EMS physician, was killed on Dec. 25, 2008, while serving in Iraq. Dr. Pryor posthumously received the first award in his name at the 2009 EMS Today Conference. Each year the SMS awards a physician who has come up through the ranks as an EMS provider and constantly demonstrates a sincere and ongoing dedication to the betterment of EMS through clinical excellence or educational, logistical and/or humanitarian initiatives.

The award, sponsored by iSimulate, recognizes Dr. Cushman’s exemplary service to the field of emergency medicine and, specifically, emergency medical services (EMS). In 2006 Dr. Cushman became the medical director for the Gates Fire District in New York. Today he represents almost 30 fire and 10 ambulance agencies in a county with a population of 750,000 people. JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) seeks to improve patient care in the prehospital setting and promote positive change in EMS by delivering information and education from industry leaders, change makers and emerging voices. Dr. Cushman has been instrumental in developing, coordinating and implementing many programs and policies for his agencies over the last 10 years, including:

  • First responder naloxone procedure and delivery;
  • The Check & Inject New York project, which has saved millions of dollars across the state by having EMS use syringes to deliver epinephrine;
  • A county-wide firefighter rehabilitation and safety program; and
  • A program for influenza and Ebola preparedness that allows for an appropriate response without exposing responders to unnecessary risk.

Additionally, Dr. Cushman revised the Gates Fire Districts’ Quality Assurance and Quality Inspection program for patient care reports, creating a real-time process that provides valuable education to EMTs and assisted the 9-1-1 center with the emergency medical dispatch coding program to ensure responses optimize patient outcome.



Founded in July 1995, the mission of the Street Medicine Society (SMS) is to provide an informal forum for the growing group of physicians who got their start as EMS professionals, providing inspiration and expertise for the industry and to serve as advocates and mentors for the modern EMS professional.

ABOUT iSimulate
iSimulate uses the best of current mobile technology to create products that are more advanced, simpler to use, and more cost effective than traditional medical simulation solutions. iSimulate recently launched some of our favorite new products from IMSH 2017 which you can learn more about here! Learn more about iSimulate here.

Update: Abstract Deadline PUSHED for SimGHOSTS USA to March 7th!

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UPDATE! The deadline has been extended until March 7th for USA! SimGHOSTS @ SESAM Paris is closed!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is *UPDATE* now March 7th!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

Submit Your SimGHOSTS Track @ SESAM Paris Here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:



  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

Location: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!

Stimulating Simulation 2-Day EMS Simulation Workshop March 13 & 14 – Ventura, CA

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“Stimulating Simulation”
A 2-day class on EMS Simulation Techniques
March 13 and 14, 2017: 0800 – 1700

Hosted by
SCCRC Deputy Sector Navigator – Health Workforce Initiative &
Ventura College EMS Program at Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003

This interactive two-day course for EMS, Nursing and Allied Health Faculty, Educators, and Preceptors will expand your knowledge about best practices in healthcare simulation.  Participants will leave the course with the fundamental knowledge to better implement simulation activities into their programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring an existing simulation activity/scenario with them to the course.

Objectives: Upon completion of this two-day program the learner will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the fundamentals of simulation scenario design;
  • Identify simulation modalities and their use within simulation scenario design;
  • Describe the importance of simulation realism and how to achieve it for EMS simulation;
  • Practice applying the fundamentals required for evidence based simulation activities;
  • Describe debriefing techniques.

*Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13152 for 12.5 contact hours,College of the Canyons Nursing Program

 



FACILITATORS

Jennifer McCarthy – Paramedic Science Program Director and Associate Professor
Bergen Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University

Jennifer McCarthy MAS, NRP, MICP CHSE serves as the founding member, Associate Professor and Director of the Paramedic Science Program at Bergen Community College in Lyndhurst, NJ. As the founding member, she designed a 5,000 square foot emergency medicine laboratory and a 6,000 square foot Inter-professional simulation center.  Her daily responsibilities include strategic leadership of the Paramedic Science Program, faculty member for the curriculum and competency assessment of overall student learning.  In addition, Jennifer is the simulation task force co-chairperson for the health profession division leading efforts to improve IPE simulation initiatives and advancement of science based medical simulation activities within the division which includes 10 health profession programs.  Jennifer is national presenter at both EMS and medical simulation conferences presenting about innovative topics.  She has a passion about the use of medical simulation to advance learning and use to formalize education practice within the EMS profession. She has won numerous teaching excellence awards and serves on several state and national committees that address the advancement of EMS and medical simulation. Most notably Jennifer has received recognition for the EMS Career Lifetime Achievement presented by the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services and the New Jersey EMS Council.

Andrew Spain, M.A., NCEE, EMT-P – Director of Accreditation and Certification
Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Andrew Spain is the Director of Accreditation and Certification for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  He came to SSH in November of 2010 first as the Manager of Certification, and then later became the Director of Certification, and has since been made the Director of Accreditation as well.  He is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and also is a currently licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri.

Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.  He discovered Prehospital Medicine during this time while working at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, CO.  He became an EMT in 1991, and then a Paramedic in 1992.  He first worked in Littleton, CO with Columbine Ambulance, subsequently moving to Columbia, MO in 1994.  He worked as a Paramedic and Flight Paramedic with the University of Missouri Health Care, and eventually became the Manager of the EMS Education program for this Level 1 Trauma Center, a position he held for five years prior to coming to SSH.

Andrew has been active in many areas of EMS, including with the MO State Time Critical Diagnosis Initiative, various committees for EMS, and also working with the Missouri Hospital Association to set up a National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Regional Training Entity.  He continues to teach disaster response and preparedness courses, and also continues in clinical care at Mid-Mo Ambulance District.  He has presented at a number of national/international EMS conferences, and even was on the winning team for the National EMS Trivia Competition in 2010.

Register here for this awesome simulation workshop in California!

University of California Irvine Seeks Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellows

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The University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking applicants for a Simulation Fellowship with an application period of July 1st, 2016 through June 30th, 2017

University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) is seeking a HS Clinical Instructor- Medical Simulation Fellow for July, 2017. University of California, Irvine Medical Center is a Level I Trauma center with 5,000 runs/year, 50,000 ED census, with a nationally recognized three-year residency program since 1989. The UC Irvine Medical Education Simulation Center is a new $40 million, 65,000-square-foot facility that provides telemedicine and simulation-based educational programs and CME courses for thousands of healthcare providers each year. The four-story medical education center includes a full-scale operating room, emergency room, trauma bay, obstetrics suite and critical care unit. The simulation fellow will have the opportunity to educate/train and form cooperative collaborative relationships with medical students, residents, nurses, allied health professionals, EMTs, paramedics, and physicians while developing and delivering innovative simulation curriculum. Our simulation-based content has been implemented in educational courses at the local, regional, national and international level. The simulation fellow will have the opportunity to present at local, regional, national, and international conferences.



The Medical Simulation Fellowship is a one year mentored fellowship that offers advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, educational program implementation, study design, and research for a graduate of an accredited Emergency Medicine residency program. A two-year track is available for those applicants in pursuit of an advanced degree. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and proportion of clinical effort.

Submit your CV and statement of interest on the UCI website!

VimedixAR from CAE Healthcare Uses Microsoft Hololens for Futuristic Ultrasound Training

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During our IMSH 2017 “favorite products” recap I shared about my first look at the Augmented Reality version of CAE Healthcare’s Vimedix Ultrasound simulator. The CAE VimedixVR ultrasound simulator leaps to life with the Microsoft HoloLens module. Freed from the limits of a two-dimensional environment inside a monitor, users can display, enlarge, turn, and rotate realistic-looking anatomical parts, or command them to return into the manikin body. Learners engage in augmented reality to view the inter-relatedness of internal structures, and witness (in real time) the ultrasound beam as it cuts through human anatomy. CAE representatives explained to me that that you can “gather your learners for a shared, immersive experience that will inform and delight as our HoloLens-based solutions will inspire deeper understanding from the start, and awaken their imaginations to better treatments and tools to improve patient care.”

This video is one of a great series you can check out on CAE Healthcare’s Vimeo page!

More from CAE about the Hololens



“We are on the cusp of a new frontier in simulation for healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “Augmented and virtual reality can accelerate learning and provide shared training experiences in a more immersive and engaging clinical learning environment. Our engineering team is just beginning to explore possibilities with the Microsoft HoloLens, and we look forward to offering it as a key training solutions technology to our industry partners.”

The CAE Healthcare team has already begun to develop training prototypes with the medical device industry that incorporate the Microsoft HoloLens and are expected to accelerate professional  education for new technologies.  With CAE Healthcare’s virtual views of human anatomy and the Microsoft HoloLens, physicians will be able to practice placing cardiac devices or implants with speed and precision before they perform procedures on real patients.

“At Microsoft our goal with HoloLens and mixed reality is to help customers visualize and interact with 3D content in ways that offer new possibilities for creation, collaboration and consumption of information,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences. “It is inspiring to see how CAE is integrating HoloLens into its healthcare simulation portfolio, and we are excited about the opportunities mixed reality presents to revolutionize the future of patient education and training through the use of holographic computing.”

The “aha” moment for me was being able to see my device insertion past the physical walls of the anatomy. Now I can see exactly what was happening outside AND inside the body at the same time! Genius!

Learn more and sign up for future updates about CAE Healthcare Hololens products here!

Intelligent Video Solutions Brings Robust A/V Recording & Debriefing Systems To Healthcare Simulation

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Intelligent Video Solutions (IVS), has provided numerous industries a/v recording systems since 2001. IVS develops software that enables end users to leverage the power of video to increase their programs effectiveness. Driven by a goal to deliver excellence in all phases of a project and backed by 15 years of experience, the team at Intelligent Video Solutions suggests they can meet any challenge — which is why they have started expanding into healthcare simulation.

About IVS and VALT

IVS develops software that enables end users to leverage the power of video to increase their programs’ effectiveness. Driven by the goal to deliver excellence in all phases of a project and backed by 15 years of experience the team at Intelligent Video Solutions can meet any challenge.

IVS suggests they approach the simulation video observation, recording and debriefing challenge from a different perspective because they have taken feedback and developed a new tool to address an old challenge. At it’s core their VALT solution is an incredibly simple but powerful tool because the interface can be learned in minutes and the basic observation and recording tasks are often picked up intuitively without any extensive training or tech support.



With VALT you can scale to any number of cameras and users all while incurring no per client, confusing ‘pay per feature’ license structures or budget crushing annual maintenance contracts. They have also built in critical data security measures and integrate into your existing user management and authentication systems to efficiently manage multiple departments, programs and ever changing groups of users. Plus, different departments and programs can share hardware while keeping live sessions and video assets securely separate. The system is scalable allowing one camera or hundreds of cameras.

The VALT system can capture content being displayed on virtually any screen (vital sign monitors, software screen, mobile device data) and synchronize it seamlessly with HD video cameras arranged in many different configurations to match changing room configuration or scenarios. To make high volume OSCE prep rounds a breeze, the recordings can even be triggered from the rooms with student id cards or scheduled in advance. VALT also allows supervisors to observe & talk back into simulation rooms from any authorized computer.

They’ve also enabled their clients to literally take video recording into their own hands with our BEAM application. This iOS app can turn an Apple device into a truly mobile AV capture point that can provide unique in-situ perspectives or record simulations out in the field. The same powerful security, data capture and sharing features come along to ensure the video is still easy to manage and secure.

Visit the IVS website to learn more today!

Sports Training Demonstrates Future Use of VR in Healthcare Simulation

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The potential of VR is unlimited when it comes to hand-eye coordination. Identification and initial action will be huge opportunities with the immersive technology. Imagine being able to train residents from 5 different countries in an OR procedure at the same time, or train doctors in a new skill based off emerging technology that no one has ever used before, or having a new nursing student do patient safety assessment without the need for a million dollar sim lab room? All of these things and more will be possible through the advancement of VR training platforms.

Over on UploadVR.com they recently interviewed the Clemson Football coach, on how they are already using VR to help players identify a blitz:

“I didn’t know what to expect early on from (the VR), but it’s been great for us,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says. “We’ve learned how to maximize the efficiency of it. Deshaun might go through yesterday’s blitz script. (Linebacker) Ben Boulware can go in and practice without having to practice. Sometimes a guy who is hurt can still get mental reps. There’s just so many uses for it. It’s been a great teaching tool.”

While the NFL may be welcoming a QB partially molded by VR, it’s not known if he’ll continue to utilize it with his next team. Clemson, however, is already grooming Watson’s successor by having him split time meeting with his QB coach and going through concepts in VR. Though the value of physical talent won’t be diminishing, it’s going to be interesting to see how a generation of players sharpened by VR do over time.



The NFL is reportable using VR to help refs make the best calls:

In statements made while interviewing with BizTech, the NFL’s SVP, Chief Information Officer Michelle McKenna-Doyle stated the the league was “in the early phases of developing VR training materials for referees”. The NFL has already fostered a relationship with VR companies via concussion recognition, various film and video series, and post-game coverage, so it makes perfect sense to bring it to officiating as well.

Emulating the angles and slow motion clips that referees get access to during replay review in live games shouldn’t be an issue for virtual reality, but hopefully the VR simulations will be detailed enough that refs can watch plays unfold in natural game speed with enough definition to notice things a bit better. It’s tough to imagine this tech being efficient while officials are still part-time, but hopefully this technology will find a home within the league.

Sports franchises are always investigating the use of latest technologies to gain a leg up on the competition, and are thus much faster at adopting new technologies — so certainly healthcare simulation champions should look into the sports industry from time to time to see what is sticking — because it will soon be on our doorstep!

Read these stories on UploadVr!