Early-Bird Extended for 8th ASPiH UK Healthcare Simulation Conference!

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Good news Sim Champs! The early bird deadline has been extended for the 8th annual ASPiH Simulation in Healthcare conference taking place in the UK. The group recognizes that it can be very difficult to obtain study leave over the holiday period, therefore ASPiH have extended the early bird deadline until midnight on 25th September 2017!


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ASPiH have once again put together a suite of pre-conference courses the day before conference, on Monday 6th November. Places are limited so early booking is essential:
  • Advancing your Debriefing Skills (Full Day)
    The session is for those who would classify themselves as intermediate or advanced in terms of their debriefing ability and ideally are involved in enhancing the debrief skills of others.
  • Developing and Maintaining a Simulated Patient Programme (Half Day)
    In this workshop, participants will discuss the current level of SP involvement in the group. Outline frameworks, standards and professional codes that assist in SP engagement. Consider resources, recruitment and selection, training, risk assessment and quality assurance processes. Evaluate ethical implications of SP engagement, List the next steps and available support in creating a sustainable SP programme
  • Writing for a Publication (Half Day)
    The session focuses on how to get simulation and education research published in peer-reviewed journals. The session covers elements of the editorial and publisher perspectives on peer-reviewed submissions; common pitfalls; structuring of manuscripts; and a brief overview of the ‘publication journey’ – an integrated view of turning original ideas into peer-reviewed articles.
  • In Situ Simulation (Half Day)
    In situ simulation is increasingly recognised as offering many potential advantages.
    These include the benefits of team training, ease and equality of access,
    integration into routine working practices and identification of latent errors.
    Establishing and sustaining an in situ simulation programme poses particular
    challenges. We aim to provide a framework for the process from planning in situ scenarios and common pitfalls to effective strategies for establishing a programme in your organisation.
  • A Toolkit approach to develop your Evaluation Strategies (Half Day)
    We have developed a toolkit based approach to assist in developing appropriate evaluation strategies, designed to guide novice and intermediate evaluators through the considerations which enable the selection of appropriate evaluation strategies. This toolkit will be complete and available for common use by the time of the conference and we wish to showcase the ways in which it can support educators.
  • *An introduction to the Simulation Technician Education Programme (STEP) (Half Day)
    *This pre-conference course is free to attend to paying conference delegates. Please ensure you book online if you would like to attend*
    Delegates will experience a ‘snapshot’ of the 1st module STEPuP – Simulation Technician Education Programme underpinning Professionalism which focuses on the professional registration opportunity with the Science Council and the application process. It is designed to utilise your examples, challenges and practices from your workplace activities to promote group work and discussions and develop shared solutions.

Learn more about ASPiH and Register here!


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Icahn School of Medicine’s Dr. Khouli Presents on Integrating Medical Simulation into Training and Curriculum

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A Department of Medicine Grand Rounds presented by Hassan Khouli, MD, Chief, Critical Care Section; Director, Center for Advanced Medicine Simulation, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine), on Integrating Medical Simulation into Training and Curriculum.


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Dr. Khouli founded the first simulation laboratory at Roosevelt Hospital through philanthropic support. The simulation lab expanded to a full institution-wide simulation Center in 2010 and was named the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (CAMS) with three state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, two full-time simulation specialists,and several faculty from critical care and other departments with specialized expertise and certifications in simulation education and training. The Simulation center has grown exponentially to gain regional and national reputation. The center obtained a rare 5-year full national accreditation status from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare in 2015 to become one of only few accredited simulation centers in the United States. Dr. Khouli established the first simulation fellowship in New York City in 2011. Dr. Khouli has been an invited lecturer regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is on advisory boards and committees of several regional and national organizations and societies. He has been a member of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. He has directed several local and regional symposiums. He has received many teaching and community awards.

Learn more about the Center for Advanced Medicine Simulation at Mount Sinai West

SSH Simulation in Healthcare Journal August 2017 Research Articles Released

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The Society for Simulation In Healthcare (SSH) has recently shared their latest Journal publication of “Simulation in Healthcare”, August 2017 – Volume 12 – Issue 4 pp: 207-278 which contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

Empirical Investigations

  • Publication of Abstracts Presented at an International Healthcare Simulation Conference – Cheng, Adam; Lin, Yiqun; Smith, Jeremy; Wan, Brandi; Belanger, Claudia; Hui, Joshua
  • Improved Retention of Chest Compression Psychomotor Skills With Brief “Rolling Refresher” Training – Niles, Dana E.; Nishisaki, Akira; Sutton, Robert M.; Elci, Okan U.; Meaney, Peter A.; O’Connor, Kathleen A.; Leffelman, Jessica; Kramer-Johansen, Jo; Berg, Robert A.; Nadkarni, Vinay
  • Feedback Simulation for Acupressure Training and Skill Assessment – Noll, Eric; Romeiser, Jamie; Shodhan, Shivam; Madariaga, Maria Cecilia; Guo, Xiaojun; Rizwan, Sabeen; Al-Bizri, Ehab; Bennett-Guerrero, Elliott
  • Breaking Down the Objective Structured Clinical Examination: An Evaluation of the Helping Babies Breathe OSCEs – Seto, Teresa L.; Tabangin, Meredith E.; Taylor, Kathryn K.; Josyula, Srirama; Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Kamath-Rayne, Beena D.
  • The Role of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Simulation Training at Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Centers in the United States – Weems, Mark F.; Friedlich, Philippe S.; Nelson, Lara P.; Rake, Alyssa J.; Klee, Laura; Stein, James E.; Stavroudis, Theodora A.

Concepts & Commentary


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  • Serious Gaming in Medical Education: A Proposed Structured Framework for Game Development – Olszewski, Aleksandra E.; Wolbrink, Traci A.
  • Simulation Faculty Development: A Tiered Approach – Peterson, Dawn Taylor; Watts, Penni I.; Epps, Chad A.; White, Marjorie Lee

Economic or Health Policy Articles

  • Simulation-Based Evaluation of the Effects of Patient Load on Mental Workload of Healthcare Staff – Rusnock, Christina F.; Maxheimer, Erich W.; Oyama, Kyle F.; Valencia, Vhance V.

Case Report/Simulation Scenario

  • An Innovative Approach: Using Simulation to Teach Primary Care Gynecologic Procedures – Hellier, Susan D.; Ramponi, Denise R.; Wrynn, Alexander; Garofalo, Stephanie
  • Common Complication of Sickle Cell Disease in a Resource-Constrained Environment: A Simulation Scenario – Binotti, Marco; Genoni, Giulia; Carenzo, Luca; Ferrero, Federica; Bona, Gianni; Ingrassia, Pier Luigi

Read the latest SSH Simulation in Healthcare journal edition here!


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University of Birmingham Provides Queen Elizabeth Hospital Patients with VR Physical Therapy

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Recently ITV created a video report on how researchers from the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team at The University of Birmingham have developed a virtual reality cycling program for Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It won’t be long before all physical therapy departments utilize video games for healing patients — as results show that patients remain self-motivated for longer with better rates of improvement.

Patient recovering from major surgery are being given the chance to cycle the Devon coast path from their hospital bed. 


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They are now working alongside medical professionals at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to help patients like Paul Kavanagh in their recovery. Patient in a hospital bed Paul Kavanagh recently had a dual-lung transplant. Credit: ITV News Central It took the team over three years to design and develop ‘Virtual Wembury’, which is based on the village on the south coast of Devon.

Professor Robert Stone who has been working in the field for 30 years, chose the area because he was born and bred there. He says it offers the perfect mix of green, sand and sea for an attractive virtual reality landscape. ‘Virtual Wembury’ landscape The landscape can reflect both day and night scenes. The virtual reality program has been designed to enable doctors and nurses here to use it alongside traditional rehabilitation techniques. If this trial is successful, they are hoping that it might be used in other hospitals across the UK.

We can’t embed the ITV video here, so be sure to check it out on ITV!

Airport Hosts Simulated Crash Exercise for Emergency Preparedness Training

Airport hosts simulated crash exercise for emergency preparedness training

Gosanangelo.com recently reported how loud sirens and flashing lights filled the air in-between the runways at San Angelo Regional Airport recently, as part of an emergency preparedness exercise, which involved a simulated crash between commercial and military aircraft which included irst-responders from the San Angelo Fire Department. The EMS group arrived at the scene to administer ‘aid’ to the ‘victims,’ portrayed by local volunteers, and Goodfellow Air Force Base personnel.

The purpose of the exercise was to help prepare emergency personnel for real-world emergencies, which is a REGULATED practice in the aviation industry!

“It keeps us updated on our training (so that) we’re prepared and ready to handle any situation that takes place,” Firefighter Roger Hernandez said. “We like to keep (first-responders) on their toes,” Santos Elizondo, EMS coordinator for SAFD, added. Firefighter Shane Mathews leads volunteer ‘victims’ to awaiting buses that will take them to local hospitals, where training will continue Thursday, July 13, 2017, at San Angelo Regional Airport. (Photo: Cara DeLoach) The mock scenario went like this: a military aircraft had been in the process of landing at the airport, when it collided with a passenger aircraft stopped on the run-way.


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Following the script, the pilot and co-pilot of the military aircraft have ejected; one has serious injuries, and the other deceased, and 24 civilian passengers were scattered across the field with varying ‘injuries.’

Rescue crews followed protocol responding to the situation, first putting out the aircraft ‘fires’ and proceeding to help the injured, who used prosthetic makeup to simulate fake wounds. Responders applied first-aid to victims, and classified their injuries according to severity — all while being observed by leaders from the Office of Emergency Management and the San Angelo Fire Department. 

Simulations like these are “important because you can control an exercise. You can control how many dead, injured and missing you have … In real world situations you don’t really have too much of a control. You just try to make sure the damage doesn’t spread out,” said Zak Dale, who created the fake injuries, and works in Medical Logistics at Goodfellow Air Force Base.”


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Association for Standardized Patient Educators Releases Standards of Best Practice

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The Association for Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) have released Standards to go alongside those from INACSL, through the Journal Advances in Simulation which is free for all readers! In this paper, ASPE defines the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP) for those working with human role players who interact with learners in a wide range of experiential learning and assessment contexts. Contributors include: Karen L. Lewis, Carrie A. Bohnert, Wendy L. Gammon, Henrike Hölzer, Lorraine Lyman, Cathy Smith,Tonya M. Thompson, Amelia Wallace and Gayle Gliva-McConvey.

The five domains identified by the document include:

Domain 1: Safe work environment
Domain 2: Case development
Domain 3: SP training
Domain 4: Program management
Domain 5: Professional development

ASPE Standards Abstract

These human role players are variously described by such terms as standardized/simulated patients or simulated participants (SP or SPs). ASPE is a global organization whose mission is to share advances in SP-based pedagogy, assessment, research, and scholarship as well as support the professional development of its members.


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The SOBP are intended to be used in conjunction with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: Simulation, which address broader simulation practices. We begin by providing a rationale for the creation of the ASPE SOBP, noting that with the increasing use of simulation in healthcare training, it is incumbent on ASPE to establish SOBP that ensure the growth, integrity, and safe application of SP-based educational endeavors.

We then describe the three and a half year process through which these standards were developed by a consensus of international experts in the field. Key terms used throughout the document are defined. Five underlying values inform the SOBP: safety, quality, professionalism, accountability, and collaboration.

Finally, we describe five domains of best practice: safe work environment; case development; SP training for role portrayal, feedback, and completion of assessment instruments; program management; and professional development. Each domain is divided into principles with accompanying key practices that provide clear and practical guidelines for achieving desired outcomes and creating simulations that are safe for all stakeholders.

Failure to follow the ASPE SOBP could compromise the safety of participants and the effectiveness of a simulation session. Care has been taken to make these guidelines precise yet flexible enough to address the diversity of varying contexts of SP practice. As a living document, these SOBP will be reviewed and modified periodically under the direction of the ASPE Standards of Practice Committee as SP methodology grows and adapts to evolving simulation practices.

You can review the and download the ASPE SOBP on the Springer Publisher Website!

Innovative Sim Solutions Provides Healthcare Simulation Services To Improve Your Outcomes

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We received word today from friend Deb Tauber, that she has launched her new healthcare simulation consulting services website for her company “Innovative SimSolutions”, who are working towards improving safety in healthcare today through simulation. Their goal is to create opportunities and provide solutions to help your simulation program attain your vision through customized value based solutions!

About Deb Tauber MSN, RN, CEN

Deb has over 35 years in healthcare experience with a wide variety of responsibilities in both clinical and academic settings throughout the United States.


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The majority of Deb’s clinical experience has been in emergency medicine, with a special focus on pediatrics, geriatrics, special needs, and team building. Her experience includes working at 5 major hospital systems in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Deb held positions in ICU, Telemetry, ER and various clinical educator roles spanning over 25 years.

Regarding Deb’s academic experience, she worked for a national nursing university as Manager of Simcare Operations. Serving in this role, Deb led or significantly contributed to the set up and oversight of 20 simulation centers across the United States. This included design, planning, budgeting, implementation/set-up, testing of the lab equipment and training of all Lab staff. Additionally, Deb worked with all levels of the organization to provide education for nursing faculty on implementing simulation into practice. As an adjunct professor, Deb also taught clinical classes to the students at the university’s Chicago campus. Deb is a simulation subject matter expert and has presented nationally and internationally on simulation at both IMSH as well as INASCL, and many other institutions and organizations.

Learn more about Deb and her Healthcare Simulation Services on the new Innovative Solutions website! 

University of San Francisco Launches Online Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program

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The University of San Francisco Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program for Professional Development online program is now taking applications for the Fall August 2017 start date! Click the link below to learn more and register for the program!

With Simulation emerging as a novel approach to educating and training healthcare professionals, the demand for simulation professionals has skyrocketed. The University of San Francisco is proud to be leading this change by announcing our new online Certificate in Healthcare simulation program. This unique 3 semester (one year) certificate is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians requiring no previous experience. “As a non clinician with a history in theatre and business, this gave me a great overall picture of healthcare simulation and how I can bring my specialty to the industry.” Katie Francis, Alumni and Simulation Operations Manager The certificate prepares you for opportunities in healthcare simulation, teaching, management and operations.

Healthcare Sim Cert Program Features


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  • Online format – Students attend courses online and complete assignments when they choose, adhering to coursework deadlines.
  • Designed to complete in one (1) year or three (3) semesters.
  • Students are required to attend a teaching & instruction Practicum held in a Simulation Lab (in-person or virtual).

The Sim Certificate Will Prepare You To:

  • Implement current simulation organizational standards in curriculum design and teaching
  • Integrate educational principles into simulation practice
  • Distinguish effective, psychomotor and cognitive learning strategies in simulation education
  • Appraise evaluation tools for utility in simulation education
  • Create innovative education designs for interprofessional practice
  • Analyze sustainable business plans for the operation of a simulation lab or program

Distinguished Faculty

  • The Director of the program, KT Waxman, DNP, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN is Director of the California Simulation Alliance and is an internationally known speaker and author on the topic of healthcare simulation.
  • Cynthia Shum DNP (c), MEd, RN, CHSE–A is the Healthcare Simulation Educator at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Cynthia has received a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in reviewing the “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” journal in 2015. In 2012 she was awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certificate by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Learn how you can be a part of this exciting program at the USF Healthcare Simulation Certificate Page!

Mixed and Augmented Reality Can Facilitate Seamless Medical Communication

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MedicalResearch.com recently interviewed Birmingham City University Associate Professor Dr. Ian Williams PhD about the work of the DMT lab on mixed and augmented reality for healthcare simulated training. Make no mistake, VR and AR are the future of healthcare simulated training:

Dr. Williams: Our work at the DMT Lab (dmtlab.bcu.ac.uk) focuses on developing a novel Mixed Reality (MR) medical presentation platform which allows practitioners to interact with patient data and virtual anatomical models in real time. The system enables the presentation of medical data, models and procedures to patients with the aim of educating them on pending procedures or the effects of lifestyle choices (for example the effects of smoking or excessive alcohol consumption).

The system employs an exocentric mixed reality environment which can be deployed in any room. It integrates a medical practitioner in real time with multimodal patient data and the corresponding result is a real time co-located visualisation of both the practitioner and the data, which they can interact with in real time.  We implement a natural interaction method into the system which improves a user’s level of direct interaction with the virtual models and provides a more realistic control of the data.

The system can also be used in a fun educational setting where patients, students, children or any naive user, can learn about medical anatomical information via a real-time interactive mixed reality “body scanner”. This fun system overlays the MR information onto their own body in real-time and shows them scaled and interactive virtual organs, anatomy and corresponding medical information. We are aiming for this system to be used not only in patient education but also in engaging and informing people on lifestyle choices.


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MedicalResearch.com: What types of medical or surgical problems do you envision can be enhanced with the use of free hand gestures to manipulate patient data?

Dr. Williams: Mixed reality has enormous potential within the medical field, with healthcare being profoundly affected by some recent developments. Mixed reality technology can also provide the platform for facilitating a seamless doctor-patient communications in real time. The system we are developing can provide a real time augmented view of the patient’s data which can be overlaid onto the patient, or interacted with via freehand interaction without the use of complex wearable devices.

Many current mixed reality systems rely on bespoke sensors and cumbersome wearable devices (for example haptic gloves) whereas we work in freehand interaction without the need for a medical practitioner or patient to wear any complex wearable device. This interaction method enables a more natural virtual interface and via the use of naturally inspired physical interaction models (for example common real grasping types) we bridge the gap between users and technology. This form of natural interaction can also enable an interaction which can be perceived as more realistic to the observer.

A Sim Tech Shares Why You Should Come to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA

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Simulation Operator Rachel Bailey  recently shared with the simulation community why she suggests attending SimGHOSTS.


There is still time to register for the 2017 USA Event
Next month at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC August 1st-4th

From Rachel: SimGHOSTS is a community of hard working technicians that adapt to any environment given to them.    As technicians we work over 8 hours a day, and when we are not working, we are thinking about what we can do better in the simulation community.  We volunteer for projects, we come in early and stay late.  You have to love the job in order to stay in the field.  The hours we work and the constant struggle to ensure things operate well, can weigh heavily.  Sometimes we are in a no- win situation but it never prevents us from thinking of how to improve simulations for educators and learners.


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Being a sim tech is not the easiest job, nor the most rewarding, we do the job because we love it.  The demand of the job can leave us discouraged and burnt out, but when August comes around, we get to meet with people that are just like us and experience the same highs and lows of simulation operations.  I have attended several SimGHOSTS conferences, I get the pleasure of meeting new technicians, hearing their ideas, and seeing there fabrications.  The passion of this community is something to experience.  It is not about where you went to college, it is not about who you know, this conference is strictly about the job that we all love.

A fellow sim tech stated her experience at SimGHOSTS, as her “date night” with her job.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  This conference is more than educational, it is empowering.  When I thought I could not take one more reminder of what didn’t work , or how much time I spend at my job, that a select few really understand, I go to SimGHOSTS as a reminder that I really love what I do, and I love the community I am involved in.  I have attended SimGHOSTS as a presenter and a participant, and the community is the most inquisitive, intelligent, and involved in simulation technology that I have ever experienced.  People are proud and willing to share ideas and projects.  Every time I attend I am empowered to do my job for another year.

Whether you are tech, educator, coordinator, or director, the education you receive at SimGHOSTS is as unique as the people sharing what they have learned.  If you haven’t been to a conference, I urge you to try to persuade your leadership to invest in your education and your professional development.  See you in Carolina!

Learn more about joining Rachel at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA this Aug. 1-4!