INACSL’s Latest Simulation in Nursing Journal Highlights Standardized Patients

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Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Director of the RISE Center at Robert Morris University, Drexel Faculty member, and INACSL Simulation in Nursing Journal editor recently shared “Standardized Patients have been a part of health professional education for over 50 years now. As an educational field that continues to grow in scholarship and practice, the editors of Clinical Simulation in Nursing feel the time is right to dedicate a special issue to examining ongoing contributions, share best practices and honour debates within the live simulation field relevant to its practitioners and health professional educators more broadly.”

INACL invites health professionals who are engaging standardized patients (SPs) in simulation education to submit manuscripts for a special issue to be published in July 2017.

Nancy McNaughton, M.Ed., Ph.D., Associate Director, Standardized Patient Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Mindi Anderson, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, University of Central Florida College of Nursing will serve as the guest editors for this special issue.

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When submitting manuscripts for this special issue, please select “special issue” when the choices appear.

Clinical Simulation in Nursing is the flagship journal of the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning. The journal provides a forum for research, innovation, review, and debate in simulation. The journal is dedicated to the advancement of simulation as an educational strategy to improve patient care. A double blind peer-review process is used for all submissions.

Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted to Clinical Simulation in Nursing ( by 15 February, 2017.

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Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

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Sim Champs do you subscribe to our free monthly healthcare simulation email newsletter? If so you may have seen these awesome articles which are the Top 9 most read medical simulation from Summer 2016! We’re highlighting the ones that have read, shared, and clicked the most so far — as we are sure they will bring increased adoption and utilization of simulation to your healthcare education program!

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  1. University of San Francisco Now Offering Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Online

  2. Simulation in Healthcare Journal — June 2016 Article List

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

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

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

  6. Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

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

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

  9. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authorities

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New Simulation Lab Orientation Videos Help Increase Learning Outcomes

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Searching through youtube today we found a bunch of new Sim Lab orientation videos on that we wanted to share! Orientation videos on Youtube are a great way to introduce your learners to the methodology of simulation, as well as the spaces and equipment they will be using during their learning process. This helps the learners spend less time worrying about “where is the O2 mask drawer” and instead enables them to spend more time focused on the learning objectives within the simulation experience.

Medical simulation is a wonderful way to improve teamwork and work on the cognitive approach to any type of medical case. St. Mary medical center is committed to this modality of education and this video is played prior to all events.

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The WA Clinical Training Network engaged with Edith Cowan University’s Health Simulation Centre to develop and deliver a 1 day ‘Introductory’ Level Course for Simulation Instructors. This course was delivered on the 12th of May 2016.

Above is the British Columbia Institute of Technology Sim Lab Video Orientation!

Are you interested in producing your own Sim Lab Orientation Video?

Watch out our Sim Lab Orientation
Video Production Tutorial part I & part II!

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SimGHOSTS USA 2016 Day 2 Opens with Laerdal Sponsored Plenary Address From ASPE President

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Today at SimGHOSTS 2016 USA Laerdal Medical sponsored the opening plenary address by Grace Gephart Director, PULSE Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and ASPE President.

About Grace

Grace Gephardt, MEd is the Director of the PULSE Simulation Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She joined the PULSE Center in 2007 as their Standardized Patient Educator and became the Director in 2013. In her tenure, she has been involved in creating and implementing numerous comprehensive simulation scenarios for multidisciplinary use, including the development and launching of a national training in patient/family communications for pediatric chaplains. In 2014, she was nominated for and received the ‘Outstanding SP Educator of the Year’ award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and currently serves as President on the organization’s Board of Directors. Grace is also a member of SSH, SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

About ASPE

In 1963 a neurologist by the name of Howard Barrows discovered that a lay person could be trained to simulate illness and give feedback to medical students about their history and communication skills. He called this person a simulated patient and defined it as “a person who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician. In performing the simulation, the SP presents the gestalt of the patient being simulated; not just the history, but the body language, the physical findings, and the emotional and personality characteristics as well.” Gradually, the use of the simulated patient began to grow in medical education. Educators found that simulated patients offered not only a variety of teaching opportunities for students, but also opportunities for testing student performance. Out of this testing environment grew the term “standardized patient” or “SP.”

As Gayle Gliva-McConvey explains, “An SP is a person trained to portray a patient scenario, or an actual patient using their own history and physical exam findings, for the instruction, assessment, or practice of communication and/or examining skills of a health care provider. In the health and medical sciences, SPs are used to provide a safe and supportive environment conducive for learning or for standardized assessments. SPs can serve as practice models, or participate in sophisticated assessment and feedback of learner’s abilities or services. The use of simulated scenarios involving humans is rapidly expanding to meet the needs of many high-risk service fields outside of human health care.” As simulated/standardized patient methodology grew, educators felt a need to develop an organization that could foster the growth of the profession that was creating and supporting this new methodology. Thus, in 2001, the Association of Standardized Patients was formed.

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Since that time, our membership has grown along with the concept of standardized patients. Its use has expanded into many fields including dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health professions. Over the last decade, three simulation modalities have become intertwined – scenarios may now include SPs, task trainers and/or manikins; commonly known as “hybrid” simulations.

About Laerdal

The Laerdal Company was established in 1940. During our first two decades, we created innovative toys and books for children. In 1958, the company started to dedicate itself to advancing the cause of resuscitation and emergency care. In 1960, the first patient simulator Resusci Anne manikin was introduced to the market. A new logo was needed to reflect our mission. Our founder, Åsmund S. Laerdal, chose the image of the Good Samaritan. It depicts the ancient tale of the traveller whose selfless compassion and care saved the life of a total stranger. This became our emblem and our inspiration.

Today, Laerdal Medical is dedicated to helping save lives with product solutions, services, and system solutions that support the Chain of Survival. The Good Samaritan logo symbolizes our commitment to every health professional and volunteer who has learned how to save the life of a family member, friend, or stranger in need. The vision of Laerdal is that no-one should die or be disabled unnecessarily during birth or from sudden illness or trauma. Since its creation of the pioneering, and now world famous CPR practise manikin in 1960, the Resusci Anne; many more innovative products have followed to improve and support education for Healthcare Professionals around the world, as well as facilitate the spread of CPR knowledge and skills to the would be Samaritan in the wider lay community.

Laerdal has developed break-through technologies that have helped to define its portfolio of simulation, micro-simulation, virtual reality, automated external defibrillators and emergency therapeutic products as reputable market leaders. Other well-known brands include SimMan,SimBaby, SimNewB, HeartStart, Q-CPR, Stifneck, the Pocket Mask and BaXstrap.

Learn more about ASPE and follow #SG16USA for all the latest!

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

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John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Jump Simulation provided the opening keynote address this morning in Peoria IL at the Jump Simulation Center through OSF Healthcare, which was Platinum Sponsored by SimulationIQ. Over 200 simulation champions from around the world joined together to connect with more than 17 vendors at the event.


SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is an international US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and institutions operating medical simulation technology and spaces through: hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. “SimGHOSTS envisions a healthcare education culture where people are empowered to use simulation technology to improve learning and patient care outcomes.” The team puts on events around the world to help those looking to start or increase the use of simulation based technologies.

About “Dr. Voz”

Prior to his appointment as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Simulation for the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, “Dr. Voz” was the Director of Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning program for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University where he provided central coordination and oversight for the undergraduate, graduate, interdisciplinary, and continuing medical education programs. Under his direction, the medical school created additional organizational capabilities and infrastructure, building resources for educators who wish to use additional innovative learning technologies for teaching and assessment, measuring success with patient-based outcomes research.

In May of 2008, Dr. Vozenilek co-chaired the first Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)- sponsored national consensus conference on using simulation research to define and develop clinical expertise. In his work at Northwestern he served as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Research and its Center for Patient Safety, and continues to teach within its master’s degree program in health care quality and safety. He is currently the chair of the Simulation Academy within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties Working Group on the use of Simulation for Maintenance of Board Certification for practicing physicians.

His use of simulation and research has included delivery of training and assessment of technical and non-technical competencies, and the use of simulation to emulate a clinical environment for work flow and process change, including electronic health care records (e.g. handoff and inter-hospital patient transfers). These projects demonstrate his expertise in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to create and sustain simulations for clinical environments and produce meaningful interventions with enhance health care reliability.

About Jump Trading Simulation Center

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Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center opened in April of 2013. Jump was made possible, in part, from a generous $25 million donation named for Jump Trading, a Chicago based trading firm. A collaboration between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Jump is a world-class facility transforming health care through education, research, and innovation. Over 84,000 learning experiences occurred at Jump in the past year, and that number is expected to grow steadily as our programs expand. State-of-the-art simulation devices and facilities attract the finest minds in clinical education and provide the highest level of medical research, training and innovation. Collaboration throughout our community, the region, the nation, and even the world happens every day at Jump and is the cornerstone of our vision to transform health care.

The third and fourth floor of the Jump building are currently being prepared to house the Performance Improvement, Data Analytics, Telehealth, ARCHES, and Clinical Research departments of OSF HealthCare. The rational is that research and development are at the core of what we are doing. Engineers will need access to data to understand what the opportunities are, clinicians to be subject matter experts in the monitoring, care delivery and population health data, simulated environments to test and refine their research before they are tested in clinical trials, and ultimately performance improvement to disseminate the new processes and technologies across our Ministry. This is a place where we can work on projects that will help us make leap growth solutions.

About EMS SimulationIQ

Whether you’re running a single simulation event or thousands, EMS’ SIMULATIONiQ™ uses the latest web-based technologies to simply and seamlessly capture, organize, and analyze the full spectrum of your clinical skills and mannequin-based simulation efforts. Working alongside subject matter experts, we serve as the driving force behind numerous consumer-centered innovations that continue to move the medical simulation software markets forward with breakthrough technologies. The results are tangible: greater visibility, usability, marketability, adaptability, scalability, measurement, and ROI. EMS offers complete turnkey solutions for clinical simulation training environments that include high stakes exams with standardized patients and integration with simulators, audio-video technology, design and planning, engineering, configuration, installation, training, and one-call support for both software and hardware.

Although the success of your clinical simulation program largely relies on educators, as simulation management technology and methodology become more sophisticated, it is important for sim tech staff to be an ongoing partner for planning, maintenance, and problem solving.

Sim tech staff need to interact not only with internal stakeholders but also with external simulation center management companies such as EMS to ensure that: all communication lines are open to make sure needs and requirements are perfectly clear; continuous engagement is maintained before, during, and after a clinical simulation center is built; common ground is established between the educators, planning, and tech staff for successful outcomes. Since its founding in 1994, EMS has established a reputation for delivering superior and dependable solutions and providing unprecedented levels of customer service and support keeping our customers on the leading edge.

Learn more about SimGHOSTS USA 2016 and follow @SimGHOSTS #SG16USA for more!

Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

At the 2016 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego, California, Laerdal Medical queried the experts in attendance on a variety of topics, including “Is simulation just about the simulator?” With innovations in technology expanding teaching and learning options over the past decade, simulation has become an integral part of medical education at all levels. During the event Laerdal covered a series of important questions with the following video interview topics.

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Laerdal’s Ask the Experts Series:

  1. Does Simulation Work?
  2. How does deliberate practice and debriefing work?
  3. How do I make a case for simulation?
  4. Is simulation just about the simulator?
  5. How do people manage the process of change?
  6. How do people sustain their simulation programs?
  7. What makes a good supplier partner for simulation?

Watch the entire 7 videos series from Laerdal here!

2nd Annual SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Opens at GAPS Simulation in London


Today more than 85 simulation champions and vendor representatives from around the world came together at the GAPS Simulation Center at St. George’s University in London, UK for the 2nd annual SimGHOSTS-ASPiH event. Gold Sponsor CAE Healthcare introduced the keynote speaker Lance Baily, Founder of SimGHOSTS, who spoke on the past, present and future of healthcare simulation. ASPiH Executive Director Andy Anderson was also in attendance.

About the SimGHOSTS ASPiH 2016 UK Keynote Address by Lance Baily

Lance Baily is an innovator and thought leader in the world of healthcare simulation. Using his background in digital media production and EMS fire fighting, as well as his work as a Simulation Technology Specialist, Lance founded several of the world’s leading websites, organizations, and events in the field of healthcare simulation. Lance also served as the inaugural Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s massive multi-institutional Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Desiring to make a global impact, Lance founded what has become the world’s most-read medical simulation resource website:

Never satisfied with the status quo, Lance went on to create, a non-profit organization that supports professionals in the healthcare simulation industry through hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. Because of overwhelming global demand, SimGHOSTS now operates four annual events, including ones in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. SimGHOSTS has also forged successful affiliations with simulation organizations all over the world, including SSH, ASPE, ASPiH, Simulation Australia, HIMSS, INACSL, and IPSS.

In a drive to create excellence, SimGHOSTS has recently partnered with INACSL to develop a new professional competency standard for the position of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist. Lance continues to be a change-maker and innovator in the field of healthcare simulation. All of his projects and efforts are based on a core belief: that emerging technology can create community and empower people to solve bigger problems faster.

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In his best selling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell considers why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, and why the Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history. Throughout his book, Gladwell theorizes how historical and cultural circumstances can pave the way for such phenomenal success. Lance asked “What can the healthcare simulation industry learn from a similar of exploration of its own past, present, and future?”

Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily has applied Gladwell’s theories to our industry and will explain why his projects, including and, have made such huge global impacts in just five short years. By understanding the core truths behind the success of these projects, participants took away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions.

Finally, Lance explored how the historical and cultural forces that are now in motion will transform healthcare simulation as we know it from a small community of early-adopters to a universal standard embraced by all.

About Gold Sponsor CAE Healthcare:

CAE Healthcare is a medical simulation company with a mission to improve healthcare education and patient safety. We design and build products for patient simulation, surgical simulation, ultrasound simulation and clinical simulation management. Our global adjunct faculty and clinicians develop medical simulation scenarios for medicine, nursing, health sciences, hospital systems and the military. Our commitment to quality, lean manufacturing and world-class customer service is unmatched, allowing us to deliver innovative healthcare simulation training products and solutions to our customers in more than 60 countries around the world. From full motion flight simulators to simple part-task trainers CAE are passionate about technology and innovation. It is amongst the Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists we feel free to discuss, demonstrate and educate on our new and existing platforms but also to fuel our inspiration to meet the needs of all those working in the field of healthcare simulation. Learn more at

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SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Opens in Melbourne at ACU!

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Specialists from around the Asia-Pacific region will descend on the ACU Melbourne campus to work with the latest and greatest in health simulation technology at the SimGHOSTS Medical Simulation Technology Conference, starting today. Sporting one of the Australia’s premier health simulation learning facilities, the ACU Health Simulation Centre located in the Daniel Mannix and Mary Glowery Buildings, will host the four-day conference.

Regarded as a world-leader in the education and training for health simulation technology, SimGHOSTS has a hands-on focus aiming to ensure the benefits of simulation technology are being maximized. Faculty Coordinator of Health Simulation, Stephen Guinea, said it was testament to the quality of the facilities in Melbourne that SimGHOSTS partnered with ACU. “SimGHOSTS is an industry leader in health simulation technology training and education, which made the opportunity to partner for this conference a natural fit as ACU is one the leaders in health education,” Guinea said. The conference focuses around improving the understanding of advanced health simulation technology, ensuring the technology is being utilized to its full potential to deliver meaningful education outcomes.

“Having advanced technology in health simulation is one element of building a quality learning experience that will best prepare our graduates for a career in healthcare, but understanding how to maximize the benefits of technologies is an equally important aspect,” Guinea said. “Hosting the SimGHOSTS conference allows us to expose a range of Faculty staff, IT experts and students to the state-of-the-art technology available at ACU as well as in the global healthcare simulation community.”

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Laerdal Medical Sponsored the keynote address
by SimGHOSTS Founder Lance Baily

The conference is expected to attract more than 100 people from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United States and Pakistan. SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling said ACU offered a unique combination of modern health simulation infrastructure and strong desire to utilize technology to provide high-quality educational outcomes to students. SimGHOSTS Founder and Development Director Lance Baily shared “We are thrilled to be working with ACU, one of the leading healthcare simulation programs in the Pacific Region. Our mission is to provide specialized resources to this new emerging professional community – and with the support from Stephen and the ACU Team we are able to do that in big ways for an international audience.”

SimGHOSTS is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for simulation technicians or those operating medical simulation technology.

Follow the hashtag #SG16AUS for all the latest!

Upcoming June 29th Webinar for Healthcare IT Professionals: Supporting Innovation Through Healthcare Simulation Technologies

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Share this learning invitation with your institution’s IT department and training leadership to help them better understand the opportunities and challenges of innovative healthcare simulation technologies.

This SimGHOSTS supported webinar is being hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) entitled “Healthcare Simulation Technologies: Secrets Behind These Innovative Tools for Training”. This HIMSS Innovation Community Event is being presented by SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford.

When: June 29, 2016 | 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm ET

What: Join the HIMSS Innovation Community as Dr. Scott Crawford, President of SimGHOSTS, as he presents how healthcare simulation based technologies increase training and patient safety outcomes. Dr. Crawford will provide an overview of challenges and focus on how one medical program integrated simulation based healthcare technologies to fill in training gaps. Do you want to be part of the conversation?

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Is your institution utilizing or considering an investment in healthcare simulation based technologies to increase training and patient safety outcomes? This innovative technology is quickly becoming the defacto training methodology for healthcare systems around the world — but has a variety of challenges that must be overcome. In this one hour webinar we will focus on the how one medical program integrated simulation based technologies to fill in training gaps.

The webinar will be provided by Dr. Scott Crawford, EM Physician at the University Medical Center, Instructor at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso campus, and President of the international non-profit organization

This webinar event will answer these key questions:

  • How is simulation technology innovative?
  • What challenges did this organization face that prompted the development of a simulation program?
  • How has the use of innovative simulation technologies addressed those challenges?
  • How can this technology improve healthcare outcomes?
  • What challenges might you face with the integration of this technology?
  • What should your program consider when adopting these new innovations?
  • What resources are available to help your program build and maintain this program (including staff training)?

The HIMSS Innovation Community leverages innovation to reach, educate, diagnose, treat, prevent and research through options not formerly available and promote the hot topics in innovation via monthly webinars. For questions about the community, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Register for this Free Webinar on the HIMSS Innovation Community Page!

SESAM Day 3 – Watch Me Live at 2:30 PM UTC+0 (in 45 minutes)

Quick post right now to share that you can watch my closing plenary at SESAM 2016 live through facebook:

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