GE Partners with Saudi Arabia’s Princess Nourah University to Expand Simulation Training

GE, PNU to team up in healthcare and clinical simulation at KAAUH

From the Saudi Gazette:

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), the largest all-female university in the world, has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with GE with two overarching goals that will see GE moving its Saudi headquarters to the PNU Academic Complex in Riyadh, and the two entities undertaking joint work in Healthcare skills development and clinical simulations at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAAUH).



The MoUs were signed at a ceremony at PNU by Dr Ahmed Mohammed Abuabah, CEO of KAAUH; Eng. Ahmed Nasser Albedaie, CEO PNU Endowment Company; and Hisham Al Bahkali, GE President & CEO, for Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. The ceremony took place in the presence of Dr. Hoda bint Mohamed Al-Ameel, Rector of PNU; Dr Saleh Abdullah Almezel, Vice Rector of PNU; and John Rice, GE Vice Chairman, along with other senior officials of PNU, KAAUH and GE.

As per the first MoU with PNU, GE will move all its operations in Riyadh to its new Saudi headquarters in PNU Academic Complex in 2018. A new state-of-the-art office will be designed to the highest standards of sustainability to accommodate all GE operations under one roof.


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News Agency Covers the Leadership Behind the Healthcare Simulation Success Story

J. Cedar Wang, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, CHSE

NorthJersey.com recently did a profile of  J. Cedar Wang, director of simulation education at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. HealthySim really appreciates that this news agency did a piece sharing the professional career of a healthcare simulation champion — which helps to get the word out about the progress and power of simulation to the general community! Usually such news articles focus on the center and the equipment of simulation — so we thought this was a different and much needed angle on the people who make healthcare simulation work!

NorthJersey Excerpt:

J. Cedar Wang oversees the only hospital-based health care simulation training center in north Jersey. The Institute for Simulation Learning “seeks to train anyone along the continuum of care, including physicians, nurses, social workers, first responders, even the front desk staff,” she says. Essentially, simulation learning is the process of recreating real-life medical scenarios for training purposes. It has long been used the by the military and aeronautics industries, but it’s increasingly being tapped by health care professionals who see the life-saving potential of training in a hands-on, high-pressure environment that mirrors typical and extreme emergency situations.



“We’ve come to realize that we can do better,” she says, referencing the opportunity to “improve both the collective medical response to an emergency situation and the patient experience through compassionate communication and other soft skills.”

Since the institute opened in 2013, Wang and her team have trained more than 5,000 people, averaging 400 “learner encounters” a month, in areas ranging from cardiac arrest to dementia sensitivity training. In Wang, Holy Name could hardly have found a better person for the job. A highly trained advanced practice nurse, gifted communicator and passionate educator, she possesses such a unique skill set that she easily balances simulation training with other duties ranging from grant writing and fundraising to marketing and, incredibly, construction management.

In 2016, Wang oversaw a 4,800-square-foot expansion of the simulation program, which was made possible by a $5 million grant from the Russell Berrie Foundation. The facility now features new simulated settings, including an apartment and a doctor’s office, as well as additional patient care rooms and a dual-purpose room that can be staged as an operating room or emergency room. “From cardiac arrest to seizures and childbirth, we are able to simulate every type of situation,” says Wang, explaining the crises her team of six full-team staff members (and their high-fidelity simulators) are capable of portraying.

Comprehensive List of Journals for Game-Based Learning, Simulations, Serious Games & VR Immersive Learning

learning journals for simulation and game based learning

Leading expert Dr. Michael Sutton, PhD ended 2016 by compiling and awesome list of 45 journals for those interested in the latest research regarding:

  • Game Based Learning
  • Simulations
  • Serious Games
  • Gamification
  • Virtual Reality
  • Immersive Learning

Dr. Sutton introduces the free content hosted on LinkedIn by saying: “My quest for high quality research associated with these topics has been quite a challenge. In attempting to scour the Inet looking for useful material, I have compiled a definitive of journal sources, current to December 31st, 2016. I am sharing this with my readers in the hope that you will find this information very useful and this information will save your significant time and resources.”



Each source has a lengthy details explaining the benefits of the particular journal — what a great resource from Dr. Sutton!

Read the comprehensive list of Journals here!


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How Realistic Can Environments Get in VR?

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Last week HealthySimulation was on hand at the VR Fest at CES to learn more about the latest in AR/VR technologies– over the next few weeks we will be recapping some of the highlights from those events as well as related content that we believe will have an impact into medical simulation in the future. “Forget 360 Videos, Photogrammetric Virtual Reality Is Where It’s At” suggests Leif Johnson from VICE.

Today we start with a video highlighting the opportunity for photorealistic environments in VR scenes from Realities.io. You won’t believe the level of detail that is possible in complete 3D as you move about these interior spaces. The implications for healthcare simulated environments should be obvious!



FAQ from the Website:

  • What does realities do? Realities lets you explore a growing library of interesting and mesmerizing places from all around the globe in virtual reality that are explorable in photorealistic quality. Travel to places that were out of reach before, e.g. famous tourist sites, archeological and cultural heritages sites and lost places.
  • How do you create the VR environments? Most of our scans are based on photogrammetry. We also use other scanning techniques like LiDAR when necessary.
  • What do I need to experience Realities? Currently we only support HTC Vive, Oculus Rift support will be added soon. Further you need a computer fulfilling the recommended specs for VR (Intel i5 / 4GB RAM / GeForce GTX 970 or equivalent)

Learn more about these environments and download some examples for the HTC and Oculus on the Realities.io Website!

Upcoming Military Healthcare Summit Looks to Connect Simulation Industry to DoD

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The Military Healthcare Conference Feb. 27th –  March 1st 2017 in Washington D.C. promises to provide a forum to examine the complex construct of the Military Healthcare System and determine the best courses of action to address current operational and readiness challenges while maintaining the excellent standard of care U.S. Service members and their families deserve. Some of these discussions will focus on whether the community should rely on Military MTF’s to provide beneficiary care while maintaining military deployable readiness, or outsource more of the Military Healthcare construct. They will also examine critical focus areas such as new tools and techniques for clinical and combat education and training, combat medicine facility readiness, and new advances in medical research and development – truly addressing the full spectrum of Military Healthcare Operations. Don’t miss the opportunity to understand and support the current and future requirements of our medical stakeholders as they commit to the continuous improvement of healthcare delivery to our troops and their families!

With the DoD Unified Medical Budget expected to be $48.8 billion this year, military execs are now looking to invest Military Health Systems and advance in areas such as:



  • Medical Education/Training
  • Medical/Patient Simulation
  • EHR
  • Medical Technology
  • Clinical Care Innovation
  • Combat & Amputee Care

The Military Healthcare Summit, this February 27th-March 1st is the industry platform designed to elevate your organization and provide you with the opportunity to connect with key U.S. military healthcare executives including our lead speaking faculty:

  • Stacy Cummings, Program Executive Officer, PEO Defense Health Management Systems
  • Matt Hepburn, Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
  • Christopher Ivany, Chief, Army Behavioral Health, U.S. Army
  • James Dienst, Director, Education and Training Directorate, Defense Health Agency
  • …and much more!

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Still Available via contact Stephen Aponte on the website!

Learn more at the Military Healthcare IQPC website today!

SIMCharacters Launches New Campaign to Showcase Paul, World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator

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#WelcomePaul, the World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator — developed by SIMCHaracters and their CEO, Dr. Jens Schwindt — a leading expert in neonatology and healthcare simulation education. For the past three months I have spent extensive time with Jens and the amazing SIMCharacters team in Vienna as their Marketing and Strategy Consultant to learn more about this “Beyond High Fidelity” product, which advances the field of healthcare simulation with never before seen technologies — all of which fit neatly inside a completely wireless simulated body of a 27 week old infant!

Key Features of Paul:

  • Preterm baby born in 27+3 week of gestation
  • Highly realistic external anatomy
  • Weight: 1000g, length: 35cm, head circumference: 26 cm
  • Pathological breathing patterns (nasal flaring, paradoxical respiration, substernal retractions, and grunting).
  • Highly realistic upper airway ideal for practicing endotracheal intubation and special neonatological care strategies (MIST, INSURE)
  • Mechanical ventilation using bag-mask and Perivent® systems
  • Automatic tube position detection during intubation
  • Physiological and pathological lung parameters for machine-assisted ventilation
  • Palpable pulse on the umbilical cord and all four limbs
  • Sensors to detect the correct position and depth of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC)
  • Auscultatory respiratory, heart and intestinal noises
  • Cyanosis and hyperoxia
  • Completely wireless product with 1.5 hours of battery use

Working alongside Jens and the team, we helped to craft the demonstrative materials necessary to help you see Paul in action! Today I would like to share with you this awesome video that shares the story of SIMCharacters, Paul, and Jens:



And Download the New Brochure here:
paul premature simulator brochure

Having spent time seeing Paul in action and intubating him, I can say without a doubt that his technologies will forever change the way neonatology trains!

Are you attending IMSH in a few weeks? Email me and I will help to schedule a time with you and the SIMCharacters Team at the SimAlliance Booth to learn more about this amazing new product and company!

In the meantime, visit the new SIMCharacters Website to learn more about Paul and his amazing Features

Top 51 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016!

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The most read medical simulation articles of 2016. Happy New Years Medical Simulation Champions! Today, as we have every year since launching HealthySimulation.com in 2010 we are sharing the most read healthcare simulation posts of the past year. Did you know that since 2010 HealthySim has provided almost 1,000,000 article displays to more than 350,000 website visitors? Thank you for your continued support of this FREE medical simulation resource website!

Related to the General Use Simulation Across:

51. OSF HealthCare Partners with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

50. Virtual and Augmented Reality Market To Reach $162 billion by 2020

49. Aviation’s Black Boxes Are Coming to Healthcare Training

48. Iqarus Provides Fully Immersive Live Action Combat Medicine Training Center in UK

47. Do Checklists Change Human Behaviors? Thoughts from Medical Lawyer Dr. Argy

46. You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

45. Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

44. Toyota Utilizes VR to Showcase the Future of Driving Simulation

43. NASA Mars Mission Crew Emerges From Yearlong Simulation In Hawaii

News Stories Related to the Industry of Healthcare Simulation:

42. Tonight! Jeopardy Game Show to Feature Healthcare Simulation

41. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

40. UK TV Shows How CAE Healthcare Manikins ‘METIman’ are Made!

39. TEDx Talk: Simulation Necessary To Prepare for Birthing Emergencies

38. Homeland Security Simulation Center Offers Realistic Training for Disaster Preparedness

37. University of South Alabama Healthcare Simulation Program Covered by Local News

36. U.S. Army Awards Portion of $135M Medical Simulation Contract to ECS

35. Plymouth University Pennisula Offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Simulation & Pt Safety

34. The Newest Medical Simulation Center Designs May Surprise You!

33. Lance Baily To Support the Launch of New Preterm Simulator from SimCharacters

Society and Organizational Updates:

32. INSPIRE Provides Support to Healthcare Simulation Pediatric Researchers

31. 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Launches in Singapore

30. 2-Hour Laerdal SimMan 3G Programming Course Now Available Through SimGHOSTS

29. California Simulation Alliance Workshops and Conference in October

28. Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Updates

27. SimGHOSTS USA 2016 Opens at Jump Trading Simulation Center Sponsored by SimulationIQ

Vendor and Simulator Related Articles:

26. Cardionics Provides SimScope Auscultation Simulator for Real-Time Standardized Patient Learning



25. Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

24. SimMon iTunes Patient Monitor Vital Sign Simulator App

23. Simulation Champion Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

22. Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

21. Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

20. CAE Healthcare Shares Patient Safety Foundation Info Graphic

19. Polhemus Brings Micro Sensor Motion Tracking to Healthcare Simulation

18. Beyond Debriefing – Studiocode from Vosaic Enables for High Level Research Studies for Healthcare Simulation

17. WISER Provides Simulation Courses For All Staff Positions

General Advice for Healthcare Simulation Programs:

16. Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

15. Teaching Patient Handoffs to Medical Students in OB/GYN: Simulation Curriculum and Assessment Tool

14. Why You & Your Simulation Program Should Avoid Flying United Airlines

Healthcare Simulation Program Administration:

13. 7 Steps to Achieving Record Growth For Your Healthcare Simulation Program

12. The Language of Sales – How to Increase Your Simulation Budget

11. 3 Key Resources to Expand Your Simulation Program

Top 10 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016:

10. SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World’s First High Emotion Simulator

9. Where to get Free Medical Simulation Scenarios

8. Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

7. Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

6. Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways: the Role of Simulation-Based Education

5. Updates from SimGHOSTS, The Leaders in Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Support

5. Media Covers May BMJ Article: “Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” – Call for New Hashtag #SimToZero!

4. The Must-Own Healthcare Simulation Library *Updated for 2016

3. Medical Simulation Jobs Page

2. Top 11 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2015 from the Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015.

1. Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World? You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located!

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Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

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Sim champs HealthySimulation.com is welcoming 2017 with a bang by recapping for you here ALL eight HealthySimAdmin videos! Each of these 2 hour recorded sessions provides key administrative insights by an entire panel of leading healthcare simulation program directors! Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse, the original value of watching the program online was $450, but now the entire program is available to watch for free online!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Hundreds of simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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Watch this highlight to preview some of the thousands of administrative tips to be gained from HealthySimAdmin:



Learn what other sim lab administrators are saying about HealthySimAdmin:

Each of the following sessions starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

Part 1: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN

Part 2: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR

Part 3: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM

Part 4: “Sim Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC

Part 5: “Maximizing Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT

Part 6: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP

Part 7: “Increasing Sim Program Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.

Part 8: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, HealthySimAdmin Organizer

Complete Session Details are available on those pages. Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin, NOW TOTALLY FREE:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim admins
    The HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession!

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National Youth Leadership Forum Introduces Students to Medicine Through Simulation

National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine Features Stanford-Developed Simulation

Shouldn’t all perspective students of healthcare careers experience the role through simulation? Imagine a future where students could experience the role of healthcare provider with a simulated clinical learning experience, or putting on a VR headset to see what its like to be a firefighter, nurse, or surgeon? NYLF is paving the way this year!

Students attending Envision’s summer 2017 National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in an emergency medical simulation, When Care is Hours Away. This dynamic workshop gives high school students an immersive experience to gain invaluable, real-life medical skills that are critical success in a future career and beyond.

The simulation was created in collaboration with wilderness medicine expert Dr. Paul Auerbach and simulation expert Dr. Rebecca Smith-Coggins, professors in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. NYLF Medicine students will learn first-hand how to care for a patient in an emergency using only the materials at hand, employing time-tested techniques that are used around the world.



“We’re proud to have some of the most well-regarded and prominent leaders, educators, and physicians in the medical community provide support to and directly participate in NYLF Medicine, speaking to student groups and designing exciting curriculum modules like this simulation,” says Andrew Potter, Chief Academic Officer at Envision. “Not all emergencies take place in hospitals, so it is crucial for students to have skills in spine precautions, tying a tourniquet, hypothermia prevention, and more.”

Held in nine U.S. cities, NYLF Medicine represents an opportunity for aspiring doctors and medical professionals to get hands-on experience and valuable insight from health care professionals that will help them succeed in their future medical studies and careers. Program attendees visit a state-of-the-art medical simulation center to train like professionals in a variety of medical procedures and technologies with guidance from experts.

Several Simulation Programs Gifted New Centers and Manikins, and One Still in Need!

Villa/The SUMMIT receives medical training mannequin

Giving must be in the air as multiple simulation programs have been gifted the products and spaces they need to better train healthcare professionals through simulation! Check out these recent stories of new programs and expanded center capabilities, and one where there is still a big need.



  1. UCA Host Grand Opening for Nabholz Center: “Today marks a significant step toward our goal of providing the latest technology and equipment for our health care faculty and students. Because of the generous gift from the Nabholz companies and foundation we have opened and equipped the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation,” said UCA President Tom Courtway.
  2. Summit Receives New Grant for New Simulators: Nursing staff at Villa St. Vincent/The SUMMIT now have the ability to gain valuable on-site training after receiving a life-like geriatric medical training mannequin. Grant funds from Benedictine Health System, Duluth, Minn., provided staff development nurses from 30 BHS communities, including Villa St. Vincent, with mannequins and intensive training on how to utilize this new resource.
  3. Sadly, still in Need is the BCIT Program who Are Hoping to Raise Funds for Lucina: “The BCIT Simulation Lab for Specialty Nursing is in critical need of this equipment,” states a foundation funding proposal, “as today’s practice of dressing a male mannequin as a pregnant woman makes it challenging for students to believe that they are caring for a woman giving birth.”