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


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Latest Healthcare Simulation Center Promotional Videos Show How To Promote Your Program

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Browsing youtube today we found a bunch of new promotional videos for simulation centers around the world. These videos help to promote the utilization of these emerging technologies, which not only helps demonstrate the dedication of these program to improving learning and care outcomes, but also helps enlighten the general public about the power of healthcare simulation. One simulation program reported that after launching their promotional video for their simulation center, an anonymous donor sent in $50,000 to help the program buy a birthing simulator — so clearly taking the time to produce a high quality video can really pay off!

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Center brings simulated patient experiences to life. Take a look inside!


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Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center conducted a mass casualty drill where 46 picnic goers were injured from a simulated propane gas grill explosion. Local EMS agencies responded to the simulated 9-1-1 call. The Center was converted into a Level I Trauma Center staffed by HCA Medical Residents, BC nursing, EMS, Respiratory and allied health students.

#NSLCHEAL students visited the University of Texas McGovern Medical School’s simulation lab today to learn how to perform ultrasounds, draw blood, intubate a person, and how to do a lumbar puncture.

Read our how-to guide on how to create your own promotional videos at your sim center!

Maritime Pilots Simulate To Train Docking World’s Largest Vessels

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Simulation training is an obvious requirement for high stakes situations in other industries — take maritime piloting for example. Did you know that supertankers and cruise ships have valets. They’re called maritime pilots, and they’re among the most elite ship handlers in the world. So where does one go to learn how to park the largest ships in the world? To the Maritime Pilots Institute in Covington, LA. There, they use mini-versions of the behemoth boats to teach the basics. All aboard! Maritime Pilots Institute is a membership-based organization providing world-class training, education, and services to the professional maritime pilotage community. Our seasoned instructors and researchers are committed to improving navigation, safety, and environmental impact throughout our industry.

They use both high-fidelity ship simulators in a technology center AND small scale boats in their specialized simulated training harbor to provide high-end learning to martime pilots from all over the world.


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MPI’s ship simulator is a wrap-around, high vertical field of view, full mission ship simulator provided by Kongsberg, the world leader in marine ship simulation. This advanced system utilizes the finest real-time hydrodynamic vessel modeling for the utmost in realism and vessel behavior. The geographic areas in the MPI Kongsberg ship simulator are technically accurate representations of their real-world counterparts. These custom geographic databases provide an immersive and compelling training experience, and an accurate platform for technical research. The system is equipped with the latest in network technology allowing for lightening fast simulation load times while rendering smooth visualization of the nautical scene.

The console hardware is from Norwegian maritime controls manufacturer Lilaas, providing real hands-on control for all type of vessels including tankers, containerships, cruise vessels, supply vessels, tow vessels and azimuth stern drive (ASD) Tugs. The system is equipped with render/recover winch controls, RADAR/ARPA/ECDIS/AIS, pilot plug and monitoring equipment for ship’s sensors. The system is plug-and-play ready for Pilot laptop navigation systems (PPU) with full control to alter the quality of DGPS signals input to the PPU for interesting fault training for Pilots. The MPI Kongsberg ship simulator is best in class technology ready for your Pilot training and technical research.

Why do you think such simulated training common place in the naval industry but still “early-adopter” only in the healthcare industry? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

Check out more about the various MTI simulators on their website!


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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!

Darien’s McGraw Family Pledges $3M For Simulation Learning Center At Norwalk Hospital

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Recently many of the news agencies in Norwalk Connecticut reported on a huge donation from the McGraw family for a new simulation center at Norwalk hospital. Have you considered ways of marketing your simulation center to prospective donors? Check out our article about the importance of adding media to your center’s website!

From the DailyVoice: NORWALK, Conn. – The McGraw family, founders of global multimedia publishing company McGraw-Hill, is continuing its legacy of investing in community health by pledging up to $3 million in a challenge gift to establish the new McGraw Family Center for Advanced Learning at Norwalk Hospital. Of the McGraw family’s $3 million pledge, $2 million is in the form of a challenge grant. It encourages community support by matching individual donations dollar-for-dollar. Norwalk Hospital’s fundraising goal for the project is $5 million.


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Featuring a modern library, state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities, and dedicated space for group and distance learning, the new McGraw Family Center will provide Norwalk Hospital with an optimal learning environment for healthcare providers. “We believe the ongoing education of our entire staff is essential to high-quality care at Norwalk Hospital and across our Network,” said Dr. John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Norwalk Hospital.

“This project will modernize our teaching and learning facilities to keep pace with new technology and clinical advancements. It will also enable us to combine the latest in life-saving technologies with the medical expertise and personalized care the community has come to rely upon.” More than 1,300 students, residents, and fellows in healthcare disciplines such as internal medicine, radiology, nursing, pharmacy and social work rotate through Norwalk Hospital annually. The new learning center will be the nexus for training current hospital staff in state-of-the-art practices and interdisciplinary care.


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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! 

Featured Healthcare Simulation Job Listing: Director of Operations for Duke Human Simulation & Patient Safety Center

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Duke University has a new featured job posting in our Medical Simulation Jobs page!

Job Title: Director of Operations,
Institution: Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center
Location: Durham, North Carolina


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Job Description / Goals: The Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC) Director of Operation’s (DoO) primary responsibility is to maximize the center’s performance by managing daily operations and implementing organizational strategies to improve efficiency, quality, and teamwork. The DoO will also serve as the operational, fiscal, human resources, and strategic advisor to the Director. In the case the Director is unavailable, the DoO will serve as his representative in matters related to education, research and administration.

  • Provide leadership and management for all daily activities in the HSPSC
    • Manage all employees in the HSPSC
    • Define specific roles and responsibilities for all center employees
  • Develop and Implement organizational and programmatic strategies for the HSPSC, in collaboration with Dr. Taekman, and formally assess effectiveness of all strategies
    • Analyze current organizational status, identify needs, and develop organizational improvement plans
    • Common communication platform with dashboard, calendar, and file storage
    • Redistribute workload as appropriate
    • Identify and acquire additional resources as needed
    • Create open channel for feedback and ideas
    • Foster an open and supportive workplace culture
    • Meet with each member of HPSPC staff to determine needs and gather ideas
  • Gain familiarization and provide assistance with program management, clinical, simulation, and resource for ongoing and future projects
    • Meet with each team member to discuss ongoing projects
    • Review relevant material on all projects
    • Provide assistance as needed to all team members
  • Provide fiscal, human resources, operational, and strategic guidance to the director
    • Meet with Dr. Taekman on a regular basis to keep him apprised of all center operations issues
    • Develop and implement operational infra-structure for new facility
    • Work with Dr. Taekman to create/establish the HSPSC mission and vision
    • Anticipate renewal deadlines for required HSPSC lab certification standards (e.g., CME accreditation)
    • Optimize systems in new facility
    • Market goals and achievements in all missions (education, research, safety)
  • Support missions of Duke Health
    • Provide strategic guidance for aligning activities with organizational vision
    • Gather and analyze market and operational data
    • Assist with crafting reports and presentations to Duke Leadership
  • Establish collaborative relationships within and outside of Duke
    • Meet with and establish working relationships with simulation and medical community both within and outside of Duke
    • Identify opportunities to collaborate with Duke Simulation community (e.g., Duke Surgical Education and Activities (SEAL) laboratory)
  • Provide operational support/backup for all missions of the HSPSC

Interested applicants should e-mail their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Ilene Farkas

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!

Watch: Gardaí Simulate Terror Attack at Dublin’s Docklands

Watch: Gardaí test response to terror attack in simulation at Dublin's Docklands

The Irish-based Gardai engaged with a counter-terrorism exercise in Dublin recently to test their response in the event of a mass casualty terrorist attack. The simulation, codenamed ’Sciath’, involved a number of actors at the Docklands railway station in Dublin’s north inner city and the garda units involved today had not been told ahead of time what would be involved.

Does your simulation program work with local Civil Service Groups to provide simulated training opportunities? The promotional opportunities to develop new business opportunities and showcase your simulation program are clearly evident!


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As part of the simulation, the men inside acted out assaulting a number of people inside the station. Armed officers used stun grenades and blank rounds, shooting one of the suspects and securing the scene. “Today has demonstrated the professionalism and the capability that we have,” Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told reporters after the training exercise was finished. “Incidents like this can happen. We have to make sure that we are ready to respond to those incidents. In the last few days we have given instructions to all of our members and I think we wanted to see how those instructions would work,” she said.

The Commissioner said simulations such as today’s operation are prioritised in high density areas like Dublin city, but she said further exercises will take place in other parts of the country to test response times outside the capital.

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.