Today in Orlando Florida, 2,700 simulation champions from over 50 countries came together for the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. The event started with Stories from the Heart, a collection of shared stories from simulation champions about their experiences with healthcare simulation. The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2017) is the most important healthcare simulation conference of the year. One in which you will experience complete immersion in situations that may result in lives being improved and saved. Dr. Christine Park, President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Dr. Chad Epps, Past-President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare — helped open the show.
About the Stories from the Heart:
Many of us have taken part in a healthcare simulation exercise and know the feeling of confidence it can bring. We understand that the knowledge gained can lead directly to improved patient safety, a change in our life, or even save a patient’s life. This is an incredible concept and many of us have a tale to tell. Come join us during our Opening Plenary Session to hear the powerful stories of how simulation has helped save a life! You can read many more Stories from the Heart here.
Mary Holtschneider RN-BC, told the story of a friend, a simulation champion herself who fell unconscious next to the hospital and was found by colleagues and rushed to the hospital that she was going to teach simulation at that day. Thankfully, the interventions that the team had learned from her simulated practice sessions were put into practice, and miraculously she survived even with more than 60 minutes of unconsciousness. Turns out — Mary was her friend in the story!
Dr. David Gaba was honored with the Pioneer in Simulation award for his lifetime of work in shaping the industry “for his ingenuity talent and wisdom in leading the creation of modern day simulators and advancing the field as the founding editor of the journal for simulation in healthcare. Dr. Gaba received a standing ovation from the general audience!”
About Dr. Gaba
David Gaba, MD is Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and Director of the Center for Immersive and Simulation based Learning (CISL) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Anesthesia (with tenure) at Stanford and Director of the Patient Simulation Center of Innovation at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he is also a Staff Anesthesiologist. Over the last 25 years Dr. Gaba’s laboratory has worked extensively on human performance and patient safety issues. This laboratory is a pioneer in applying organizational safety theory to health care.
The laboratory is also the inventor of the modern full-body patient simulator and is responsible for introducing Crew Resource Management training from aviation to healthcare, first in anesthesia and then to many other healthcare domains. He has been the principal investigator on grants from a wide variety of funders. Dr. Gaba is an author on more than 100 original articles in a wide diversity of peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of 18 book chapters, and the well-known book Crisis Management in Anesthesiology. After serving on the editorial boards of several high profile academic and medical journals, Dr. Gaba was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the indexed peer-reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare, the official journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).