December Discounts for New SimGHOSTS Online Courses & Website Subscription

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Special December Savings on New Website Subscription & New Online Courses!

SimGHOSTS has launched its new online courses enrolling now which start in January, and is providing super huge savings for December on both their courses AND new website subscription. SimGHOSTS is the world’s leading and only organization dedicated to supporting those operating healthcare simulation technology. In 2015 the non-profit put on four events around the world including Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Leeds University in the UK, the Clinical Skills Development Service in Brisbane, and at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai.

Did you attend a SimGHOSTS 2015 event or subscribe to in the past eleven months? Good news — your new account information is being mailed to you today!

New Website & Over 50% Off Annual Subscription in December:

The team has spent the last six months developing a new website with expanded capabilities including a new Learning Management System for courses and:

  • New weekly or daily digest of forums posts & blog articles
  • Over 190 video recorded sessions from previous SimGHOSTS events
  • Expanded Document Library with New Files
  • Improved forum functionality
  • New design, improved interface and functionality
  • Free job & resume postings for subscribers
  • Expanded global contact database
  • More Upcoming webinars from leading experts and vendors

Normally $135 USD per person annually, you can sign up for for the next year for only $60 bucks! That’s the cost of a cup of coffee each month to join your international community of Sim Techs and get access to hundreds of resources! But hurry — this opportunity ends January 1st!

Not a Subscriber Yet? Sign up today with 50% off the normal price at

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SimGHOSTS Launches New Online Certificate Training Courses!

After two years of research and development, SimGHOSTS has started enrolling the first students in our new online courses! Taught by experienced simulation champions, these courses in IT and Healthcare related topics will increase your knowledge and skillsets required for your every day job. Future courses in audiovisual, education, simulation, and other domains are to be announced shortly.

As this is their first cohort of students we are offering HUGE SAVINGS for those who in enroll in the first sessions which start in January after IMSH. Enrollment space is limited so check out the courses and register today!

Announced Online SimGHOSTS Certificate Courses So Far:

  • HSTS200 – Fundamentals of Training and Education
  • HSTS300 – Medical Physiology for Healthcare Simulation I
  • HSTS301 – Medical Terminology for Healthcare Simulation
  • HSTS400 – Introduction to Information Technology Systems
  • HSTS401 – Introduction to Operating Systems
  • HSTS402 – Introduction to Networking
  • HSTS403a – Office Productivity and Support Specialist I: Word Processing
  • HSTS403b – Office Productivity and Support Specialist II: Spreadsheets

Learn more about these courses and register before they fill up at the new SimGHOSTS Online Training Courses Page. Remember– with limited enrollment this one time discount opportunity won’t last!

Soon SimGHOSTS subscribers will receive their first weekly digest of forums/blog articles so stay tuned!

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Fun Friday Post: Words That Get Simulation Teams to 100%

Here’s a fun post shared on the HealthySim Linkedin group recently which has garnered a lot of attention! It’s easy to see why as this fascinating breakdown of numbers and words can be very influential for your simulation team!

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Join the HealthySim LinkedIn group for more great posts from almost 3,000 other Simulation users across the globe!

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Enjoy your weekend Sim Champs!

New Paper: Human Factors in the Design of Medical Simulation Tools


Now one for those designing medical simulators! From Procedia Manufacturing Volume 3, 2015, Pages 288–292 comes “Human Factors in the Design of Medical Simulation Tools” written by Norah AlRomi from the Software Engineering Department at Prince Sultan University:


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This paper describes the human factor design issues relevant to medical simulation systems. Decision making in medical domains is an increasingly complex task that involves a number of stakeholders, sub-specialties and technologies. Medical simulation creates a lifelike situation for individuals to practice decision-making and procedural activities in a safe environment for the patients and professionals where it involves simulated human patients, emergency response and simulated animation. Evidence suggests that medical simulation improves the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency in health care services. Moreover, it has been shown to consistently deliver significant value to the organization, staff, or students in decision-making. Although medical simulation provided ideal approaches for addressing healthcare issues, the number of successful software implementation and development is relatively small compared with other established engineering disciplines, such as the manufacturing industry. Software quality models in particular offer the opportunity to systematically assess the level of compliance of software systems with industry standards. In addition, applying software quality models increase the customer satisfaction and decrease the quality cost.

Read the full article on Science Direct’s website!

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SimGHOSTS Dubai Day 2 Opening Plenary By Executive Director James Cypert

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Today at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai, SimGHOSTS executive director James Cypert provided the plenary session on “The Need for Sim Tech Training”.

James defined the eight primary domains of knowledge necessary for Simulation Champions to operate healthcare simulation technology. These domains were identified after two years of development workshops which took place at SimGHOSTS events around the world. The domains included:

  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Audio Visual
  • Education
  • Management
  • Evaluation
  • Simulation

He explained to the audience of Sim Techs from across the Middle East (and Europe) that this professional community are the “GateKeepers” to technology. Referencing solid research, James shared how technology is taught and managed in the field of IT.

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He then explained the new online Simulation Training Courses that SimGHOSTS are enrolling for this January. Several eight week courses have already been announced with more to come. More on that here.

Follow @SimGHOSTS & #SG15MEA to follow the latest news — and the visit SimGHOSTS MEA page to learn more!

Inaugural SimGHOSTS Middle East Opens in Dubai

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This morning at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai, UAE – the inaugural SimGHOSTS 2015 Middle East & Africa event opened to an audience of over 60 simulation champions and vendor attendees from around the world. MEA distributor Simulead provided

SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford provided the opening keynote address where he spoke on the advancements of technology that will directly affect medical education in the very near future. He reminded the audience that these rapidly changing technologies require a community of professionals continually trained in the latest systems in-order to affectively integrate into medical education. He reminded the audience that even relatively small technology solutions can have huge impacts for education and clinical performance — but that they must be managed and supported by trained and professional specialists. The need to support the professional sim tech staff who operate medical simulation technologies — is clear.

Scott B. Crawford, M.D. is the also the Assistant Professor & Associate Program Director of Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso Department of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Physician of University Medical Center El Paso, Texas.

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Over the next two days over 30 specialized simulation technology based courses in a variety of domains key to the profession including: A/V, IT, simulation, healthcare, education, management, and theatrics/moulage.

Thanks to Simulead’s support, SimGHOSTS was able to bring out leading simulation technology specialists from around the world including the US, Canada, and Australia. Vendors MPC Healthcare, Limbs & Things, Medaphor, Al Mazroui, B-Line Medical, Gaumard, Laerdal, Adam Rouilly were also in attendance.

Follow @SimGHOSTS & #SG15MEA to follow the latest news — and the visit SimGHOSTS MEA page to learn more!

Last Week to Register for Nov. 23-25 Dubai Healthcare Simulation Technology Training Conference!


The inaugural SimGHOSTS Middle East & Africa event is taking place next week November 23rd-25th in Dubai Healthcare City at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind medical simulation technology training event!

Dates Next Week:
November 23 (pre-con)
November 24+25

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center,
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai Healthcare City


Download the Full Brochure and Course Listings Here.

There is only one week before the Middle East’s first healthcare simulation event dedicated to those operating the technology! Join us for two full days and one pre-conference workshop day full of specialized courses by leading global experts, regional peers, and top medical simulation vendor technicians.

Benefits of Signing Up NOW:

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  • Choose from over 40 specialized training sessions covering manikin, simulation, a/v, and IT technologies.
  • Secure CMEs for your attendance at SimGHOSTS!
  • Save $100 by registering BEFORE you attend
  • Connect with simulation technology peers from the region AND the world
  • Learn from healthcare simulation technology specialist experts flying in from around the globe
  • Gain complimentary access to the SimGHOSTS online subscription service and gain access to hundreds of courses, documents, and more.

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS 2015: MEA?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”) AND/OR Those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a low to high-fidelity healthcare simulation facility.

Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-to-day operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs. The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare simulation technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events (like IMSH or CSC) are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation.

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

Meet with other Simulation Technology Specialists and share best practices Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors Receive specialized training in: High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair Audiovisual production techniques and debugging Learning Management System troubleshooting IT networking Team leadership and communication techniques Manikin moulage and makeup Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices. Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards. Much more….

Supported by Leading Vendors & Distributors:

Join leading regional and international organizations distributing the latest in medical simulation technologies, and providing some hands-on training sessions:
Simulead (Gaumard, B-Line Medical, Kyoto Kagaku, and more)
MPC Healthcare (Laerdal and more)
Limbs & Things
Al Mazroui
Adam, Rouilly

Learn More At The SimGHOSTS 2015 MEA: Dubai Page Now Before Time Runs Out!

ASPiH UK Day 2 Speaks to Safety in Healthcare & Lessons from the Aviation Industry

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Today in Brighton UK, day 2 of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare annual meeting was kicked off by Peter McCulloch Professor of Surgery at the University of Oxford, and co-director of the Patient Safety Academy, who spoke on safety in healthcare.

He started by sharing his indoctrination as a surgeon in the 1980s with strict guidelines and responsibilities, especially after errors. He found in reality though blame is rarely accepted and incorporated. Peter then reminded us of several major accidents which demonstrated a common theme: that error occurs in multiple areas before disaster strikes reflecting:

  • There was no “root cause”, there was multiple causes.
  • There was no single person who acted outrageously
  • The contributing factors were very varied
  • Miscommunication and confusion about responsibility
  • Extraneous stressors impacting on judgements

He suggested that “the tip of the iceberg is not the most important part, the cumulative risk rises as a function of independent errors.” How then, do we prevent errors? Peter suggests we need to look not at salient points but as the system as a whole. This requires us to rationalize work systems with risk designed out, continuous monitoring with instant feedback on error, a trained and motivated workforce, and systems for ongoing evolutions of improvement changes. While difficult to provide, such explorations will provide clarity of responsibility, resilient workforce, standardized of work systems, and additional measurement tools.

What works?

  • Feedback – Given rapidly, specifically, and accurately. As well, it can be incentivized by anonymous competition, but must be supported opportunities to improve.
  • Checklists – promote clear structured communication but need to be co-designed by an educated workforce.
  • Team work training – Promoting culture and effective communication
  • QI – Utilizing a lean model for continual improvement adjustments.

Peter’s team has done research which has demonstrated dramatic results when crm and lean qi were combined as intervention. Challenges that remained for improvement were lack of time, space, expertise, attitudes, and management buy-in.

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He concluded that we need an implementation strategy for change management when trying to improve healthcare education which includes diffusion of innovations, advertising psychology, interpersonal strategy, and incentives for change. He closed reminding us what simulation can do here: technical training, non-technical skills training, crisis proofing, and training in QI.

Afterwords, Dr Stephen Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at EuroControl spoke on European Air Traffic Control, A High Reliability Industry 

Stephen suggested that the notion of safety culture emerged from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, and has resulted in a mass of research and practical interventions, both small and large, in many industrial sectors. Recent thinking has, however, been increasingly critical of the concept and the value of safety culture research and practice. At the same time, practitioners’ experience on the ground is that the concept remains useful and relevant for various practical reasons. The middle ground may be that our ideas about safety culture need to adapt, both theoretically and practically, in several ways. This talk explored the notion of cultures of safety, outline some traps in safety culture work, and reflect on practical experience gained from over 30 European countries, from one of the world’s biggest safety culture programmes.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!

Univeristy of Akron & Summa Health Offer One of Nation’s First Healthcare Simulation Technology Degrees

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Just announced on, The University of Akron and Summa Health Systems have launched one of the first Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Associate degrees — What a great day for Simulation! Article Excerpt:

The University of Akron is among the first — and perhaps only — colleges nationwide offering a new associate degree for people who want to run health care simulation training. UA is joining with Summa Health System to offer a new major that combines basic medical knowledge with the technology skills needed to run training scenarios for current and future doctors, nurses, paramedics and others in health care.

Beginning in the spring, students will be able to get a two-year degree from UA in “health care simulation technology.” The program will prepare students to serve as simulation technologists, who program the realistic mannequins, medical equipment and other technology used in mock medical scenarios and emergency response training scenarios, said S. Scott Atkinson, Summa’s simulation manager.

Because formal training in simulation technology is rare, he said, centers typically recruit people with an IT or medical background and provide training for the missing skills. “There’s no formal education process to actually educate the people,” he said. “We saw the need for an actual program.” Pam Jeffries, past president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, said she’s not aware of any other associate degree programs for health care simulation technology, though a few certificate and master’s level simulation programs exist.

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“I think it is a good contribution to the education within the health professions,” said Jeffries, a professor of nursing and dean of nursing at George Washington University. “With today’s needs and the escalation and growth of simulation, I think it is important.” Simulation training allows students and professionals to practice their skills in a realistic environment before facing similar situations in real life with real patients.

Participants will get hands-on experience running scenarios in Summa’s simulation training suite, which includes an area where instructors can observe the students. Summa received a $750,000 state grant to build its recently opened simulation center and the training suite. Students also will spend time observing simulation operations at the University of Akron, Akron General Medical Center, the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University’s standardized patient lab, where actors portray patients.

Read the full article here and another Article about the new program.

Visit the University of Akron School of Allied Health to Learn More!

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SimGHOSTS 2015 Middle East Dubai: Early-Bird Registration Ends Today!

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Thinking of joining us for SimGHOSTS 2015 MEA: Dubai November 24th and 25th? TODAY is your last day to sign up and receive the early-bird discount!



Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)

Event Dates:

November 23 (pre-con workshops)
November 24th & 25th, 2015 (main event)


Click Here to View the Event Brochure


Early-Bird Registration (Until October 9th EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 16th!!): $275.00 USD Per Person
Standard Registration (Until November 22nd): $400.00 USD Per Person
Late Registration (At Event): $500.00 USD Per Person

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SimGHOSTS Brings World’s Best Simulation Technology Training to MEA with Partner Simulead:

SimGHOSTS is bringing our hands-on training event to Dubai, with partner Simulead! With the goal to connect Simulation Technology Specialists from around the world, the SimGHOSTS leadership is thrilled to partner with a key Middle Eastern distributor like Simulead to provide hands-on training, community support and more to those operating simulation technology in the region. SimGHOSTS Founder Lance Baily said of the event, “SimGHOSTS is on a mission to bring specialized training events to key regions around the world – that we have a partner supporting us in those efforts with the team from Simulead is an honor.

For the past five years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists at its annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States. Our inaugural international event hosted in 2014 by the University of the Sunshine Coast was a rousing success which brought together over a hundred simulation champions from around the world. The enthusiasm from the Australia event inspired SimGHOSTS to seek out partners in other regions, which led to the partnership with Simulead for a 2015 event in the Middle East.

Other Vendors are participating including MPC Healthcare, Medaphor, Limbs & Things, and Al Mazroui!


Johnson College Simulation Conference Recaps Suzie Kardong-Edgren Keynote on Why Simulation is so Important for Nursing

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At the 8th annual Johnson County Community College Simulation Conference, Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Editor Suzie Kardong-Edgren PhD provided a keynote address which was highlighted on the college’s website. Suzie is one of the leading simulation champions in the world and is driving the future of our profession.

Article Excerpt:

To a packed house in the Capitol Federal Conference Center, Suzie Kardong-Edgren said, “We are all in this room concentrating on moving simulation forward.” Kardong-Edgren, internationally known for her research in simulation as a way to teach healthcare professionals, spoke as part of the Healthcare Simulation Conference Sept. 11 at Johnson County Community College.

The conference, now in its eighth year, allows healthcare professionals and healthcare educators explore and expand their understanding of simulation as a teaching/learning strategy that immerses the learner into the healthcare role as they provide care for the patient situation. Educating students to become nurses needs to change, she said, not only to respond to students’ needs but also to meet the expectations of patients.

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“In the informal analysis, there’s nothing really new there (in nursing),” she said. A reliance on classroom settings, basic instruction and problems from textbooks isn’t preparing nurses for the world in which they’ll be employed, she said. Students also have started asking questions about the value of their education, she said. “There are rumblings of, ‘What are we getting for all this money we’re spending?’” Kardong-Edgren said. “And yet we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…why do we keep doing the same things over and over?”

Kardong-Edgren is professor and director of the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. She also is editor-in-chief of the journal “Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She urged those in attendance to continue to lobby for even greater use of simulation in nursing education and other healthcare preparatory programs.

“Often we are the lone pioneers trying to drag (our fellow) faculty into the 21st century,” Kardong-Edgren said.

Read the Full JCCC article on Suzie here!