SIM-one Promotes #IntegrateSIM Twitter Competition To Showcase Simulation Program Improvements

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Timothy Willett MD, MMeD, (@SIMtim_oneDirector of Research & Development at the SIM-one Ontario Simulation Network wrote in today to share about “a twitter competition to learn how simulationists are moving beyond simply adopting/adding sim to meaningfully and deliberately integrating it into curricula and safety/QI processes.”

How do you #IntegrateSIM?

SIM-one wants to hear how you integrate simulation into your curriculum, clinical placement, quality improvement or patient safety practices. Let us know and you can win* a FREE ticket to this year’s #SIMexpo. *(The prize includes a free two-day admission ticket to the 2015 Ontario Simulation Exposition, but does not include travel or accommodation expenses. One entry per person. Odds of receiving the prize depend on the number of entries received.)

How to Play

Simply tweet how you integrate SIM and include #IntegrateSIM. Photos, videos & links are encouraged for your submission. The recipient will be announced on July 15, 2015. All eligible entries will be entered into a draw. Contest closes on June 30, 2015.

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The recipient will receive one two-day admission* to the 2015 Ontario Simulation Exposition—Canada’s largest healthcare simulation event. The 2015 SIM Expo will be held on December 14 & 15 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto. View more details on the 2015 SIM Expo.

Updates and additional info will be posted @WelcometoSIMone. Make sure to follow SIM-one and include the hashtag #IntegrateSIM

Visit Sim-One.Ca for the complete competition guidelines and to learn more about the 2015 SIM Expo!

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EMSIMCases Provides Free Emergency Medicine Simulation Scenarios, Templates and More!

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Saw on twitter yesterday that Dr. Jonathan Sherbino (@Sherbino) shared about, a free peer-review simulation case databank. The website offers simulation scenario design guides, free cases, templates, and peer-review support! Check out our other links to free medical simulation scenarios!

Why must we all keep re-inventing the wheel?

Most EM residency programs are now using simulation in some capacity. Why should each program have to create new content? At EM Sim Cases, we want to showcase the fantastic cases that are already being used across the country.

We have three main goals:

  1. Create a large database of cases for EM educators around the world to use.
  2. Map all cases to clear educational objectives.
  3. Create a FOAMed culture among EM simulation educators.

Starting a new simulation curriculum? Use the cases on this blog! They’ve already been tested by other experienced educators. Feel like your curriculum is getting tired? Turn to the blog for ideas! Want a variation on a case you already use? Look here for suggestions.

Let’s get better together!

Have a great case? Send it to us (! Your case could be featured on the EM Sim Cases blog.

How the Project Began By Kyla Caners 

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Relatively speaking, simulation is a labour-intensive method of teaching. It requires a high faculty to student ratio for a lengthy period of time. There are few ways to offset the number of instructors required for a given simulation session. (Using senior residents to teach junior residents is pretty much the only partial solution.) Further, the development of curricular content can be tedious. Writing high quality cases appropriate for learner level with clear objectives and a logical case progression is more challenging than it looks!

While going through the process of creating a novel simulation component for the curriculum of my emergency medicine program, it occurred to me that one way educators across the country could save a fair amount of time would be to share cases. While you can’t offset the number of instructors needed for each simulation session, you could certainly relieve the burden of case writing by sharing it with others. This is where the idea for was born.

Collaborating with Martin Kuuskne of McGill University, who had just gone through the same process of creating a regular simulation curriculum for his program, we created a simulation case blog to address our mutual need. This blog will ultimately serve as a repository of simulation cases for emergency medicine educators to use. How fantastic would it if  your residency program needs more toxicology practice and then simply go to the blog to find free, openly available, peer-reviewed cases in the content area of your choice with clear objectives to match? This is the void that fills.

Not only will we provide a repository of simulation cases, but we will also provide posts on key content related to running quality simulation. Many educators are put into a position of running or teaching simulation before they understand or are familiar with the concepts involved. We aim to have a repository of content on the basics, as well as the latest and greatest, in simulation education.

Our blog is still in its infancy. But the response has already been fantastic. I think we’re on to something. Either way, we have certainly enjoyed developing our own little EM simulation community of practice. Collaborating with our colleagues has been the best reward.

Here’s our other links to free medical simulation scenarios!

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Level 3 Healthcare Provides State-of-the-Art Medical Simulation Center A/V System Design & Installation

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Are you about to build or renovate a new simulation space? I cannot emphasize enough the importance of hiring an audiovisual design consultant who has previous experience working with medical simulation spaces. There is so much learning that takes place when trying to integrate A/V systems across a number of rooms, networks, and campuses. I cannot tell you how many consulting calls I have had with simulation champions around the world who have to completely redesign their entire A/V system after only a year of use because they did not work with an experience service provider from the get go. Just as we know that simulation education requires staff to receive special training, so too should we consider the special knowledge required to successfully put together the countless A/V systems our simulation spaces require. For the numerous reasons below, I do recommend you call on Level 3 Healthcare to explore their support when building (or rebuilding) your simulation space.

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of integrating current audiovisual technology to medical work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and medical education centers.

This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large anatomy labs, dental training facilities, telehealth initiatives, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems. Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application.

Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their needs and curriculum and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and telemedicine video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

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5  Star Service

On, the community driven ratings and review platform for medical simulation products and services has a powerful testimonial from a Simulation Center Director in the United States who rated Level 3 Healthcare a “5/5 stars” saying:

“We used the services of Level 3 Healthcare to integrate a 10,000 Sq Ft. Simulation Center. I was very impressed with their initial responsiveness, and importantly their continued support since product installation. Level 3 worked with me to develop a system, as an end user i felt would work within our facility. This was achieved and they have helped create an incredible learning environment. In our case they were working with established systems which needed to work with additional technologies. The project was completed on time and it delivered expected outcomes. Very impressed and would suggest a discussion with them early in the development process. The whole team did a superb job.”

Supporting Community

Level 3 Healthcare are the back-to-back Platinum Sponsors of the annual SimGHOSTS event, which is taking place in Los Angeles this August 4th-7th. By sponsoring the event at such a high level for a second year in a row, Level 3 Healthcare continues to demonstrate their support of those operating medical simulation technology with the community and resources they need to succeed. Having spent time with the leadership of L3HC, I can attest that they are a dedicated and professional group to connect with.

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May 20th Webinar: How Mobile Tech Eliminates Disadvantages of a Centralized Simulation Recording System

On May 20th at 2PM EST SimGHOSTS will host yet another fantastic webinar entitled “How Mobile Tech Eliminates Disadvantages of a Centralized System” provided by SG15USA Silver Sponsor EMS.

Learn how to increase your technology utilization in this hour long webinar!

Date & Time: Wednesday May 20th 2PM EST

Registration: Sign up at


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Deb Danforth MS, ARNP, FAANP
Director of the Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. and
TMH Clinical Skills and Simulation Center Associate Professor
Florida State University College of Medicine

James McCrea
Regional Sales Specialist
Education Management Solutions

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Webinar Abstract:

Little is known about the use of mobile technology for performance-based assessment in decentralized locations. Florida State University, College of Medicine is one of the first schools to take Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (FOSCEs) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to faculty and students in six regional campuses and residency programs.

In this presentation, Deb Danforth MS, ARNP, FAANP, director of the Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. and TMH Clinical Skills and Simulation Center and associate professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and James McCrea, Regional Sales Specialist at EMS will talk about how the process of implementing OSCEs through mobile simulation training eliminates some of the disadvantages of a centralized program while providing many advantages.

They will also address the ease of integration between the mobile and centralized (enterprise) technologies. Ms. Danforth is an adult nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health, where her clinical practice focuses on the primary care of African-American and Hispanic adults. She also is an instructor at the Florida AM University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy.

She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics including OSCEs, diabetes, hypertension, self-esteem in chemically impaired nurses, basic and advanced electrocardiography, and how to use the panoptic ophthalmoscope and macroview otoscope. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters.

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10 More Ways Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Healthcare


Continuing our exploration of virtual reality today, here is a great article from TechRepublic entitled “10 ways Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Medicine and Healthcare“. We should think of virtual reality not just in terms of what it can provide for healthcare professionals in terms of training, but also for rehabilitation and patient education.

“When people experience virtual reality for the first time, a common reaction is to start imagining all the different uses the technology might hold. Even within one industry, healthcare, the potential is open-ended. The good thing is that scientists and medical professionals have been at the drawing board for years now, developing and implementing virtual reality in ways that can help them train, diagnose, and treat in myriad situations.

Here are just ten of the use cases that are currently in practice and continually developing as the technology itself develops too:

  • Exposure therapy
  • Treatment for PTSD
  • Pain management
  • Surgical training
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Brain damage assessment and rehabilitation
  • Social cognition training for young adults with autism
  • Meditation Opportunities for the disabled
  • Opportunities for the homebound

I would add mass casualty scene management, patient assessment, ED scenarios and patient movement to the list. Here’s another list of VR’s affect in healthcare with some great videos on

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  • Soothing Burn Victims’ Painful Therapy
  • Curing Phantom Pains In Amputee Victims
  • Therapy For Soldiers Suffering From PTSD
  • Treating Children With Autism
  • Allowing Surgical Students To Practice Techniques


Read the full TechRepublic article here and the HuffingtonPost Article here.

Let us know how you are using virtual reality for your healthcare programs!

SMI Eye Tracking Glasses Enable Real Time First Person POV and Research Benefits for Medical Simulation

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At IPSSW 2015 HealthySim had a chance to connect with Naghmeh Shafiei MA, West Coast Eye Tracking Application Specialist for SMI SensoMotoric Instruments Inc. Naghmeh shared a powerful innovative tool called the SMI Eye Tracking Glasses, which enable a perfect real-time 1st person perspective with the ability to track eye movements on the viewing screen. Imagine being able to have your debriefing room learners watch the simulation experience unfold from the actual 1st person perspective of your primary learner, while simultaneously seeing where that primary learner is looking at all times. HealthySim saw the system first hand and its implications for medical simulation are outstanding.

The SMI hardware and software systems have already been utilized by the professional sports industry, automotive industry, food industry, educational industry and more.

About SMI

“SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) is a global leader in dedicated computer vision applications, developing and marketing eye & gaze tracking systems, oculomotor research devices and OEM solutions for a wide range of applications.

Founded in 1991 as a spin-off from academic research, SMI was the first company to offer a commercial, vision-based 3D eye tracking solution. We now have over 17 years of experience in developing application-specific solutions in close collaboration with our clients.

We serve our customers around the globe from our offices in Teltow, near Berlin, Germany and Boston, USA, backed by a network of trusted local distributors and partners worldwide

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Our products combine a maximum of performance and usability with the highest possible quality, resulting in high-value solutions for our customers. Our major fields of expertise are:

– Eye & gaze tracking systems in research and industry
– High speed image processing, and
– Eye tracking and registration solutions in ophthalmology.


More than 4,000 of our systems installed worldwide are testimony to our continuing success in providing innovative products and outstanding services to the market. While SMI has won several awards, the largest reward for us each year is our trusted business relationships with academia and industry.”

The SMI system has been utilized by the UCLA School of Nursing in their Simulation program research, who presented some of their findings with the tool at IMSH 2015 earlier this year. More on that work will hopefully be coming soon to a SimGHOSTS event near you!

To learn more, reach out to Naghmeh and visit the SMI website!

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SynDaver Labs Receives $3M Investment On Shark Tank

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*UPDATE*: Unfortunately the deal fell through but Syndaver is still moving forward with new hires! Read more through the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

If you watch the popular investment show “Shark Tank” then you already know that on Friday’s episode of last Week (S6E28) that medical simulation company Syndaver received $3 million in funding in exchange for 25% equity of the company from celebrity investor Robert Herjavec. Congratulations to Dr. Sakezles and Syndaver for their amazing success. We look forward to seeing increased utilization of their awesome products in our medical education training.

Below is the recent press release on the Syndaver Website:

“TAMPA, Fla. – Celebrity investor and businessman, Robert Herjavec, offered $3 million to Dr. Christopher Sakezles, a Tampa scientist, for a stake in his Tampa-based company, SynDaver Labs, Friday on the television show Shark Tank.

Sakezles accepted the offer on national television and plans for the new partnership are being finalized.

SynDaver is currently hiring, and over the next few years, Sakezles plans on creating more than 500 jobs in Tampa, where the company is headquartered, and Phoenix, where the company has an advanced research facility.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of the Shark Tank appearance,” said Sakezles. “We were able to secure exactly what we were looking for and what we needed to continue our growth.”

Sakezles, a Tampa-native, founded SynDaver Labs in 2004 when he needed to test medical devices he was developing, but didn’t have funding for the required animal studies. As a result, SynDaver Labs was born.

Every product or procedure designed to be used on humans is required by the Food and Drug Administration or the Consumer Product Safety Commission to be proven safe and effective via simulated use testing. SynDaver’s Synthetic Human is an ethical and cost-effective way to get this done.

“This is obviously good not only for ethical reasons, but also because avoiding animal use saves a great deal of time and money,” said Sakezles. “So, I started designing synthetic organs to test devices and over time they became very elaborate.”

According to Sakezles, the SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most sophisticated hands-on surgical simulator ever devised. It bleeds, breathes and even the pupils dilate when they are exposed to light.

“We are the only company in the world that makes synthetic cadavers,” Sakezles says. “And all other anatomical models on the market are made from plastic or rubber, while ours are made from a proprietary library of more than 100 synthetic human tissues.”

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The SynDaver Synthetic Human is used primarily for surgical simulation, medical training, and medical device development testing.

The model includes skin with fat and fascia planes, all bones, muscles, tendon and ligaments, fully articulating joints, a functioning respiratory system with trachea, lungs and diaphragm, complete digestive tract from esophagus to rectum, urinary tract with kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen and reproductive organs. A functioning circulatory system with heart, coronaries, aorta, vena cava and vasculature to the extremities is also included.

The system works with all known imaging equipment, including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and all known surgical systems – even those that employ energy such as lasers.

A base model is scheduled to be released soon, which will cost approximately $25,000, while the ultra-high-end Synthetic Human Patient currently retails for around $100,000.

About SynDaver Labs

SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs more than 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.”

Do you utilize SynDaver products? Rate and review them on where their Suture Pads currently have a 5/5 star rating!

Again, Congratulations to Dr.Sakezles and SynDaver Labs!

(Watch the Shark Tank SynDaver clip here).

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Recent News Regarding Virtual Simulation Learning Environments

Previously has covered various innovations in virtual reality training departments like the MODSim birthing room simulator and these Industrial Plant Simulators. Today we learn about a few new virtual environment training projects already working in training programs:

At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the future of entertainment. Only limited by imagination, our advanced Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way.

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MURSION is the virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skil ls required to be effective in high-stakes careers. Mursion offers educators unl imited opportunities to practice their craft. Teachers can rehearse a questioning strategy, try out routines to better manage their classroom, or practice the introduction of a challenging concept to simulated student s who mimic the actual behaviors and learning styles of student s in their class. Learn more at:


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USMC 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “For a long while a lot of the simulators out there provided a great capability but weren’t necessarily linked to training and readiness standards, and that’s where a lot of this effort is currently underway to look at that,” Adams said. To that end, the Marines are launching a massive effort at Camp Lejeune, N.C. this month to assess more than 20 warfighting areas to ensure the simulators available match the requirements laid out in the training and readiness (T&R) manuals.

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Clemson virtual training program gets $3M in federal funding. Virtual reality work being undertaken by Clemson University is getting a boost from a $3 million National Science Foundation grant. Clemson’s Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-School, along with technical colleges around the state, will use the grant to advance the talent pipeline in aerospace, automotive and advanced manufacturing. Collaborators include S.C. Advanced Technological Education, Greenville Technical College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.

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SimGHOSTS Signs Affiliation Agreement With IPSS at IPSSW 2015 in Vancouver


During the 7th annual IPSSW 2015 event this week in Vancouver Canada, Executive Director Lance Baily signed into agreement an official affiliation with President Dr. Stephanie Sudikoff of the International Pediatric Simulation Society, which is incorporated in Switzerland. The agreement was approved by the Executive Board of SimGHOSTS and Event Director Ryan Eling was also in attendance.

Lance said regarding the agreement, “We are thrilled to directly connect the resources and international community of SimGHOSTS into the wonderfully innovative organization of IPSS — and we look forward to supporting the increase adoption and utilization of simulation technologies for all of their members”.

The agreement provides for a mutual exchange of organizational news updates, promotion of collaborative simulation resource projects, and discounted membership opportunities for both communities.

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Further Aims of this Affiliation

  • Promoting each respective organization and their endeavors amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Sharing developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organization
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organization-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community.

Learn more about SimGHOSTS and their other affiliate ASPiH on the SimGHOSTS Affiliations Page.

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Drexel Med MS in Med Sim Inaugural Class Already Implementing Course Learning Into Their Programs

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Jami S. Smith, MPA, MEd, PA-C Academic Director Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine wrote in to share this amazing update regarding the inaugural MS Med Sim class! Learn how you can attend upcoming online or in-person informational sessions about the program below.

It is rare in online education to have students connect and become great friends even with thousands of miles in between them. It is even more rare for an entire class of students to become close colleagues that can relate and appreciate each other’s struggles and triumphs. Yet, Drexel’s MS in Medical & Healthcare Simulation program students have bonded in unanticipated ways; after just two semesters, the students have come together to learn together and support each other as they take their newly learned skills directly into their real life careers.

This inaugural class of students admitted into to the MSMS program have diverse backgrounds including medicine, nursing and prehospital professions. Yet, all can relate with each other when it comes to the world of healthcare education and simulation. The MSMS is a truly interprofessional program that has broken down traditional healthcare environment silos. The program and its curriculum has given the students the opportunity to learn how different disciplines educate their students. The knowledge gained from working together in their classes and hearing stories from their classmates has demonstrated the powerful impact of effective quality interprofessional education.

The MSMS students have already applied what they are learning in class and from each other directly into their current careers. The students were recently asked to list out what they have accomplished professionally from the program and the response was incredible. In just two semesters the students have made countless changes, started new initiatives and started new research projects in simulation at their institutions.

Dr. Sharon Griswold, program director and professor for Drexel University College of Medicine Emergency Medicine department was filled with pride to hear what a difference the program is making at already established sim centers. “I truly believe that we are advancing the science of simulation with our curriculum. This program has been a tremendous collaborative effort involving internationally renowned faculty working along with our talented Drexel faculty. The program and its students has far exceed my expectations.”


Susan Coffey Zern, MD, Director of the Virtual Education and Simulation Training at Christian Care Health System in Delaware performed a needs assessment to determine the need for an advanced airway course. She then went on to develop and implement the simulated course for anesthesia, emergency medicine and respiratory care.

MSMS student Matthews Charnetski is implementing many changes at Des Moines University. Charnetski is a simulation specialist for the University and has been assisting with curriculum design and enhancement utilizing various simulation methods. He is implementing mastery learning techniques he gained from the program and has created a curriculum to assist in the training and streamlining of the primary Infectious Disease Transport Team for Iowa.

“Through information and skills directly gained through the MSMS program I have been able to sway a large portion of ‘we’ve always done it this way’ faculty to better understand simulation methods and begin to open up to the idea that there is a more efficient and effective way to educate our students through simulation methods” said Charnetski.

Elizabeth Horsley, RN a nursing simulation educator for Brock University, has made many changes to their undergraduate nursing program. She is currently in the process of developing a strategic plan for the simulation program and has presented new educational methods and simulation pedagogy to the nursing faculty. She also developed a “Friday Night Simulation Lights” program with general surgery residents; the piloted session was viewed as an overwhelming success.

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She has also worked with groups outside of her University including Sim-One, McMaster University Medical School and Niagara Health Systems to teach and develop simulation training.

“This program has given me the knowledge, tools and the confidence to increase my profile in health professions education in our community by taking a lead and active role in simulation initiatives” said Horsley.

With a little more than a year to go in the program, everyone behind the MSMS program at Drexel is excited to see what the students will accomplish next.

Drexel University’s Masters in Medical & Healthcare Simulation is a unique, part-time, primarily online, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. The program’s faculty are national and international leaders in medical and healthcare simulation. This degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills. For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page!

Attend an MSMS Online Information Session 
Drexel will also be hosting live online information sessions about the MSMS program in April and May. Hosted by faculty, staff and students from the program, the sessions provide a wealth of information about the program and allow for opportunities to ask questions.

Meet with Current MSMS Students for a special Q&A session.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:00pm EDT

Meet with Program Director Sharon Griswold, MD for an overview of the program.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:00pm EDT

For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page and RSVP for an upcoming info session here!