April 27th Webinar: Advancing Your Simulation Technology Specialist Career – 1PM PST, 6PM UTC

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SimGHOSTS, the organization specifically dedicated to supporting those operating healthcare simulation technologies just announced an upcoming webinar​!

What: “Advancing Your Simulation Technology Specialist Career” with Jeremiah Avarana M.Engr, M.Ed.
When: April 27th, 1PM PST, 3PM CST, 6PM UTC
Where: Online via Goto Meeting

Webinar Abstract:

The role of the Simulation Technician varies with every simulation program. This talk will aim to provide practical tips for the new and mid-career level Simulation Technician. I will use practical examples from the earlier part of my career to the current to discuss how to work through sometimes difficult work flow dynamics and how the role of the Simulation Technician can be integral in bridging gaps to good simulation practices and operations.

Learning Objectives:


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  1. Learn how to define your role when there isn’t much direction
  2. Learn to re-define your role within your organization through identifying operational gaps
  3. Learn the importance of good communication with your co-workers

About the Instructor:

Jeremiah Avarana, M.Engr, M.Ed. Jeremiah Avarana is currently a Simulation Technician at Tarrant County College’s (TCC) Department of Nursing supporting ADN- level simulation. He has worked as a Simulation Technician for 3.5 years total with experience in BSN and MSN simulation as well. Before simulation, Jeremiah completed advanced degrees in biomedical engineering and education with little clue of where it would one day take him. Healthcare simulation has answered that question. In his role, he has performed set-up and tear down of all nursing specialty simulations, programmed scenarios, taught faculty how to operate, set-up task trainers, acted in simulation productions, acted as standardized patient, and developed moulage for high-stakes and disaster simulation. His passion is to see the Simulation Technician role become a commonplace in every major simulation program and be a part of Simulation Technician training.

 

Sim Tech Resources: Early-Bird Registrations & Online Subscriptions 

Are you looking for more great medical simulation technology resources? Join SimGHOSTS for more than 50% off last year’s annual subscription rates to gain access to thousands of global community members, new training courses, over 200 recorded sessions and more! Then, be sure to check out the early-bird registration for their USA, UK, and Australia based events, or submit an abstract for their 2nd annual Dubai event!

Learn more about this Webinar on the SimGHOSTS website!


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Featured Job: Senior Simulation Specialist at MedStar Health Washington, DC

Today a featured job posting from MedStar Health for the position of Senior Simulation Specialist! Are you looking for more great jobs? Post and review ads on our medical simulation jobs listing page!

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Position: Senior Simulation Specialist
Institution: MedStar Health
Location: Washington, DC

At MedStar Health, the largest healthcare system in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region, we combine the best aspects of academic medicine, research and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services in the advancement of patient care. MedStar Simulation Training and Education Lab (SiTEL) is looking for a Senior Simulation Specialist to manage daily operations in one of its busy Clinical Simulation Centers in the Washington, D.C. area. This position will serve as subject matter expert and maintain oversight of clinical programs, including nursing residency, graduate medical education and system-wide simulations focused on improving patient safety and quality of care. MedStar SiTEL serves as the system-wide learning and education organization for MedStar Health, a $5-billion-health system, which includes 10 hospitals, 20 affiliated healthcare businesses and 40 centers of excellence in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland regions.


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Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in Business, Management, Education or healthcare-related field, or equivalent combination of education/experience; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3 years of experience with at least one year in a high-intensity work environment
  • Related areas of experience include Customer Service, Retail, Junior Engineer, Project Management, Business Management, Logistics Management, Biomedical Engineering, Surgical Technologist, EMT, Paramedic, LPN, Junior Engineer or Instructional Technology
  • Ideal candidate will have simulation experience in healthcare, clinical experience (RN, LPN, Paramedic, EMT) and technical expertise

MedStar Health is a $4 billion not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with a network of ten hospitals and 20 other health-related businesses across Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. As the area’s largest health system, it is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians, all of whom support MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy.

For the sixth time, MedStar Health was named a “Best Place to Work” by the Baltimore Business Journal and exceeds the national benchmark for healthcare and Fortune 500 high-performing companies. In addition, many of our hospitals are named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Solucient, HealthGrades, AARP, CareScience, Press Ganey and others.

Learn more and apply now on the MedStar Website!


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MEdsim Magazine Becomes Medical Training Magazine

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A big announcement today from MEdSim Magazine, that they are changing their name and expanding their focus to “Medical Training: Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes”. In the 1st edition of the 2016 series, Publisher Andy Smith shares this editorial letter regarding the reasons behind the change, which I encourage you to read in its entirety as it reflects some of the major problems our community faces, and a few ideas on how we can move forward.

One of the reasons Medical Training Magazine is such an important resource is because their parent company, Halldale Media, is the leader in aviation and military training resources — and have a powerful mission to expand those industry’s success stories into healthcare. This does, however, mean that HealthySimulation.com has returned to be the sole independent news source specifically dedicated to medical simulation news and information. Sign up for our free medical simulation newsletter to stay informed with the latest healthcare simulation news.

You can start a subscription, and read the latest content at the
Medical Training Magazine on the Halldale Media Website.

From MEdSim to Medical Training Magazine:

From its inception MEdSim has always been about education and more specifically training than simulation per se.

To quote three healthcare leaders: – “its not the simulation, it’s the curriculum.” – ‘‘don’t talk to me about simulation talk to me about how you will help me improve my outcomes.” – “medicine has changed beyond measure in the last 50 years, yet the way we teach and train has hardly altered.”


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By referring to simulation alone we put ourselves in a narrow, small box with a limited if evangelical following. For this reason we will be renaming the magazine from MEdSim to Medical Training from the next issue, using the byline Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes.

In an industry of perhaps 6 million people in the US alone, the leading Simulation societies have memberships of about 3000 and 1500 people. Those numbers are creditable but are they sufficient to impact an industry of this size and complexity?

It is doubtful that they can achieve the change patients demand, hospitals need and we, as the healthcare simulation and training industry, require if we are to achieve our twin and compatible aims of helping solve healthcare’s significant problems while building a decent business.

Whilst we at Halldale/MEdSim/MTM have been evangelizing on behalf of simulation in multiple industries for the past 30 years we recognize that it is indeed ‘not about the simulation.’ Though we all need to continue to evangelize because we know that the use of simulation in a well structured training curriculum dramatically improves personal, team and business performance! In the case of healthcare better training means better patient care.

The decision to make this name change to Medical Training was made over the summer and it was not made lightly, changing a brand is never easy and there will be some who prefer the old title, though we feel that many more will respond to the new one.

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SimGHOSTS Launches 2016 Healthcare Sim Tech Training Registrations for Summer USA, UK, AUS Events!

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SimGHOSTS has launched registration for its three summer events in the US, UK and Australia! Looking for affordable hands-on training and peer networking in healthcare simulation technology operations? Join them this summer at a location nearest you to engage with hundreds of others just like you!

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About the 2016 Events:

Join hundreds of Sim Techs from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” is now operating into its sixth year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2016 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair and software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication and leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology. 

Use the links below to learn more about our summer events that have launched registration:

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016


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United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

Middle East & Africa
(Still taking presentation submissions)
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

*New Thought for Administrators of simulation programs!* Sim program managers should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Learn more about all SimGHOSTS 2016 Events!


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Dynasthetics Vitalsbridge for Laerdal SimMan Products – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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Continuing with our IMSH-2016 coverage, today we are sharing a quick IMSH 2016 interview with Dynasthetics who engineered the Vitalsbridge enabling you to connect your Laerdal SimMan 3G to a real patient monitor. Although this technology was announced last year Dynasthetics is representing the product in conjunction with Laerdal.

Compatibility

The VitalsBridge is compatible with the following manikins:

  • Laerdal SimMan 3G
  • Laerdal SimMan Jr.
  • Laerdal SimMan Essential

The VitalsBridge is also compatible with most ICU monitors as well as spot-check and respiration specific monitors:

  • Philips Intellivue
  • GE CareStation
  • Spacelabs
  • Others

Increase Simulation Realism and Training Effectiveness


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The VitalsBridge presents the vital signs from a patient simulator onto a commercial patient monitors used in clinical practice. Simulation realism is amplified when learners interact with patient monitors used in their clinical practice.

The following numerical physiologic data are displayed:

  • Oxygen Saturation (SpO2 )
  • Non-invasive (arm cuff)
  • Invasive blood pressures (arterial, central venous, pulmonary artery)
  • End-tidal CO2
  • Respiration via ECG Impedance
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperatures
  • Capnography waveform
  • Plethysmography waveform

Higher Fidelity Simulations Enhance Training

Simple connection of the VitalsBridge and real monitors provides both instructors and students a more nuanced experience that more accurately parallels real clinical experiences. This translates into better-trained more confident health care providers.
Used By Industry Experts

“The VitalsBridge greatly enhances the immersive experience in our simulations by allowing our trainees to interact with real patient monitors in their clinical environment.” – Ken Johnson M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah

Learn more on the VitalsBridge website!


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Featured Job: Simulation Specialist for Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation

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From Simulation Champion Todd Dadaleares CHSOS comes this featured job listing for Simulation Specialist at Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation:

This is a great opportunity to join MMC’s Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation: a state–of-the-art simulation center that includes:

  • Three high fidelity spaces
  • A fleet of more than 15 high fidelity mannequins
  • A robust standardized patient program
  • Surgical and general skills areas
  • A satellite team training facility

The Team:

This position will support nursing, inter-professional, graduate and undergraduate medical education in a variety of simulated environments. Consisting of three simulation specialists, two education specialists, and a coordinator, the simulation team works within the Department of Medical Education supporting the academic mission of the organization.


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Qualifications:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology; high degree of comfort with computer technology; high level interpersonal skills to work with clinicians and medical staff at all levels of medical care.
  • Minimum 5 years in direct patient care, preferred experience with sophisticated physiologic monitoring devices or 5 years of simulation experience
  • Associates degree or related education

Position Summary:

Responsible for accurately replicating realistic, highly complex clinical scenarios using sophisticated, high-and-low fidelity simulation equipment and software. Assist in all simulation-based education. Assist simulation faculty from all clinical areas, internal and external to MMC, in running a simulation that meets curriculum goals and produces measurable outcomes. He/she will be responsible for maintenance and repairs of complex high-and-low fidelity simulation equipment. Able to identify and troubleshoot problems with equipment.

Contact: Ned Asherman 207-662-2649

Feature your healthcare simulation position on our medical simulation jobs board today
by contacting Lance!

Chicago Sun Times Sits Down with Sim Entrepreneur Dr. John Vozenilek

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This weekend Sandra Guy of the Chicago Sun Times did a piece on Jump Trading Simulation Center Director and SimNext Chief Strategy Officer Dr. John Vozenilek. As the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Simulation at Jump, Dr. Vozenilek provides central coordination and oversight for OSF HealthCare undergraduate, graduate, interdisciplinary, and continuing medical education programs.

The Peoria-based innovative Jump Trading Simulation Center is the host of the 6th annual hands-on healthcare simulation technology training event SimGHOSTS, taking place August 2nd-5th which you can learn all about on SimGHOSTS.org.

Under John’s direction, OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria has created additional organizational capabilities and infrastructure, building resources for educators who wish to use innovative learning technologies for teaching and assessment. Dr. Vozenilek is actively involved in the academic programs across traditional departmental boundaries and in clinical practice at OSF. In addition to his role in simulation, Dr. Vozenilek serves as faculty teaching in formal programs in engineering, healthcare quality, and safety.

About SimNext


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SIMnext is working directly with clinicians and guided by real-time patient data to provide the bridge between learning environments and real-life clinical experience. Our company is built on a culture of open, agile exploration with partners, including the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine and Engineering and the OSF Healthcare System, that enables our team of engineering, medical and business experts to aggressively pursue answers to complex healthcare simulation and training problems. Through this model we are able to offer our partners and clients fully tested, nuanced products that are the key to developing expertise.

Interview Excerpt:

Q: So a nurse uses the curriculum on a tablet, rather than rely on something learned in a lecture hall?

A: “Nurses are constantly working with machines, whether that’s a dialysis machine or programming ventilators or smart pumps. Studies show that, about one in five times, small errors can occur. Most of the time, they don’t affect patients, thank goodness. But when they do, it can be devastating. Our company’s curriculum on a tablet lets the nurses do a safety double-check at the moment it’s most important. We’re receiving orders from medical schools, nursing schools and academic medical centers. We’re distributing the products in eight countries.

We produce free 3-D models of the upper torso to train in life-saving airway surgeries, free models of congenital heart disease so it can be treated, and we sell the DR Doppler ultrasound training device that gives simulations of blood flow starting at $500.”

Learn more about Dr.Vozenilek through the Chicago Sun Times Interview,
SimNext Products and the Jump Trading Simulation Center!

4th Edition of ‘Simulated Training And Research’ Magazine from Clinical Skills Development Service

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Last year I had the amazing privilege to connect with the amazing team at the Clinical Skills Development Service who hosted the 2nd annual SimGHOSTS Australia event. This hub-and-spoke model location provides online courses and equipment for many of the simulation programs across Queensland, Australia. They literally own over 2,000 simulation products which can be utilized by “Pocket Centres” and rotated out whenever necessary. It’s an amazing model which the global community could learn a lot from. Here today we are sharing their quarterly 4th edition of the STAR magazine, which stands for Simulated Training And Research!

Executive Address From A/Prof Marcus Watson / Executive Director, CSDS

2015 has proven to be a monumental year for the Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS). Whether it is has been through our involvement in the delivery of national and international level events, supporting the ever-increasing numbers of simulation providers, or the addition of new courses into our program, CSDS has not stopped supporting clinicians, at the state, national and international levels. This edition provides some food for thought on where education and research in healthcare is going and also identifies some of the highlights that CSDS will progress as we all move into 2016. On behalf of all of the team here at CSDS, I would like to wish you all a safe and merry festive season and invite you to continue your patronage to CSDS and this magazine.

This 4th Edition Covers


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  • Negave learning: the invisible outcomes
  • Research students collaborate to innovate
  • So you want to be a SimCo…
  • Celebrang errors
  • Interviews with Darren Lawrence and Joseph Sharpe

About the CSDS

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide.

The focus of our education and training is on clinical skills, communication, and crisis management, delivered via eLearning and face-to-face simulation.

Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and based at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital campus, our centre covers over 3500m², with 26 session rooms, laboratories, and a fully functional operating theatre and hospital ward.

Read the Full STAR 4th Edition here, learn more about the CSDS here and be sure to check out the CSDS Blog!

SimGHOSTS & ASPE Sign Affiliation Agreement to Improve Healthcare Learning Outcomes

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The board members of ASPE and SimGHOSTS are thrilled to announce an affiliationbetween both global organizations to support the shared goals of improving healthcare education and patient safety. An agreement was signed following the International Meeting for Simulation In Healthcare, where members of both boards came together to finalize the document language. To celebrate, SimGHOSTS has extended their 50% annual subscription for ONE MORE MONTH! Sign up now and gain access to over 200 recorded sessions, a weekly forums digest, a growing document library, and more!

The overall aims of this affiliation include:

  • 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
  • Establishing pathways for professional development and recognition of the Simulation Technology Specialist in healthcare including training programs and research
  • Exploring the collaborative development and administration of ASPE pre-conference specific events focused towards those operating healthcare simulation technology operated by SimGHOSTS.
  • Membership from both organizations will be provided discounted access to respective websites and will be invited to collaborate on research projects.
  • Furthermore, both organizations have reserved course hours at each other’s meetings to promote sharing and professional development.

Read the full SimGHOSTS / ASPE announcement here!


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Also: Abstracts due for SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK event!

Just a quick note to say that the SimGHOSTS-ASPIH UK Abstracts have been extended ONE week — so be sure to get your content in ASAP Sim Champs! Remember — you get a DISCOUNT on your registration when you are accepted to present!

UK (July 18th-20th) – Due February 15th (Submit Here)


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7 Recent Medical Simulation News Articles

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Here’s a collage of medical simulation news articles from around the world from the past month! Looking to secure press for your simulation program? Read our tutorial here on “Start the Presses – How to Get Media Attention to Your Sim Program“.

7 Latest Medical Simulation News Articles:

From Blinks to Births, Health Simulators Get RealThe Columbus Dispatch:

Throughout Hall D at the downtown San Diego Convention Center last month, these little actions brought slightly unnerved smiles to people unaccustomed to the latest level of realism in medical simulation. At the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, visitors could browse simulated skins stratified from newborn to senior, use an ultrasound machine to guide a needle into a disembodied knee or practice suturing with a surgical robot.

UMMS Graduate School of Nursing Adopts Opioid Conscious Curriculum in Simulation Program – UMASS Med School Now

“The initial phase of our Opioid and Safe Prescribing Training Immersion program will provide both training and assessment of our students’ skills. We have begun to design a series of required, hands-on, skills building training sessions in our cutting-edge simulation center, which is the gold standard for competency evaluation of medical students. The training, which bolsters existing classroom learning, is targeted to opioid safe prescribing and prescription drug misuse prevention and treatment,” said Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health.

Poverty simulation helps shape future health care professionalsMedical Xpress

NDSU nursing and pharmacy students will get a glimpse into how a family in poverty navigates the complexities of life. Approximately 70 senior nursing students and third-year professional pharmacy students are scheduled to take part in a poverty simulation experience. During the simulation, the students will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children, to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities while interacting with various community resources.


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Chennai: Surgical training just got sharper with mannequin that develops ‘complications’ETHealthworld

Doctors at the SRM Medical College have been practising on a high-end simulator- a mannequin which offers realistic training in neurology, radiology, vascular surgery and cardiac surgery. Simulators are not entirely new, but doctors say advanced technology and computing have taken virtual reality to newer levels. “The new machine gives us a feel that is closer to the human body. It lets the surgeon to practise and perfect his skills before he cuts open a patient. In short, doctors will no more experiment on the patient,” said university pro-chancellor Dr K Sridhar.

Virtual reality’s promise, risk loom large for health researchersUSA Today

Helping patients overcome difficult experiences is far from the only new use of VR. The technology’s powerful impact on the brain can also be used to generate realistic levels of empathy, tangible reductions in pain and cure phobias, say researchers at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. In a demonstration of a diversity training simulation, the user at first appears in a virtual mirror as a white male, and then in the blink of an eye as a black female. Moments later, an animated white male is screaming obscenities. When you raise your hands in self-defense, your arms are that of a black woman. The idea is to truly feel the impact of racism, even if temporarily and virtually.

Pediatric Simulator designed to improve trainingLocal 8 Now

Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for children and East Tennessee children’s hospital are working together to improve the care children in this region receive. A special piece of technology funded by the Knox -East Tennessee healthcare coalition is making that possible. The mannequin interfaces with a computer so the instructor can change patterns like breath signs, bowel signs, and pupil area reaction. this helps them receive instant feedback on how well they’re providing care. “This simulator is different because it reacts like a real child would, and any interventions immediately show up on your screen, immediately show up on your patient assessment, says Angie Bowen Regional Coordinator.

Ambulance simulator boosts EMS programCreightonian University Publication

Creighton’s Emergency Medical Services Education, (EMS) program unveiled the completion of a state-of-the art ambulance simulator after construction during Winter Break as the program continues to look forward in health sciences and hands-on learning. The ambulance simulator cost roughly $22,000 and Kevin Carritt – the Clinical/Field Coordinator for Emergency Medical Services Education program said that the most technical part of the simulation is the information the students bring with them, using the simulator as a tool rather than being dependent on a book.

Read our tutorial here on “Start the Presses – How to Get Media Attention to Your Sim Program“!