SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Opens at Cedars-Sinai

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This morning Dr. Julian Gold, Mayor of Beverly Hills and Co Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center opened SimGHOSTS 2015 USA at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center. Dr. Gold reminded the audience that now and more so in the future, simulation is being seen as a necessary component of healthcare education and training. Julian welcomed the 200+ attendees to the hospital and the city, appreciating the audience for the work that they do every day to improve patient care.

Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Healthcare’s CEO Brad Peterson introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Alistair Phillips, MD, FACC, FACS Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery Alistair Phillips, MD, is Co-Director of Cedars-Sinai’s Congenital Heart Program and the Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery within the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is board-certified in surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery. Dr. Phillips spoke on “Bringing the ME into TEAM: Simulation, Syndaver and Team Confidence: Increasing Value”.

He asked the audience “What is confidence?” Its that quiet and assured feeling you have before you fall on your face. How do we prevent ourselves from falling on our faces in Healthcare. We are going to do that through training, and healthcare simulation technology specialists are at the center of that ongoing change. Dr. Phillips urged the community to find way to connect Quality control and data assessment back into simulation to improve the entry and retraining process of providers.

Alistair reminded the audience the needs of teamwork:

  • Situational Aweareness and shared cognition
  • Leadership to flatten the hierarchy
  • Followership to report back
  • Closed loop communication for acknowledgement
  • Critical Language and standardized protocols
  • Assertive communication for non-deferenial discussion

He recommended six C’s for successfully achieving teamwork: Communication, cooperation, coordination, cognition, conflict resolution, and coaching. All of these elements are achieved best in practice, through simulation, before an actual healthcare patient encounter.

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20 vendors were in attendance for the event, the most any SimGHOSTS event has ever seen before! Gold sponsor Laerdal sponsored tomorrow’s plenary address Suzie Kardong-Edgren, CAE Healthcare sponsored the a/v recording of every major session, and Gaumard Scientific sponsored the SimGHOSTS Bug Busters competition.

Level 3 Healthcare also sponsored the opening reception which is taking place later tonight at funny “Terminator” show.

Over the next three days, over 70 specialized courses in healthcare simulation technology will be taking place across several disciplines. Some courses include

  • “3-D Printing in Healthcare”: Turning CAT scans and MRIs into three-dimensional models of the heart, brain and other body parts
  • “Moulage Skills”: Fabricating trauma injuries on Manikins, including lacerations, gunshot wounds, burns and compound fractures.
  • “Fundamentals of Mold Making and Casting for the Sim Tech”: Learning techniques to make molds of arms or other body parts from silicone.
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Top 7 Medical Simulation Articles of Summer 2015!


As we are rounding out another amazing season of medical simulation news and resources it’s time to share the MOST read, MOST shared, healthcare simulation articles from this Summer. Let the countdown begin!

7. Dr. Kenneth Gilpin Shares Why Sometimes We Can Do More Harm Than Good Through Medical Simulation

6. Medical Simulation Jobs Listing Page

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

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

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3. HealthySim Medical Simulation Youtube Channel Cross 75,000 Views!

2. 9 Articles Highlighting the Expansion of Medical Simulation

1. “Building an EMS Simulation Program”, A Video Interview with Victor Valley College – Sponsored by CAE Healthcare

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Europe’s First Sim Tech Training Event “SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK” Opens in Leeds


Today in Leeds, UK Europe’s first Healthcare Simulation Technology Training event opened to almost 100 global attendees. Global simulation organizations SimGHOSTS and ASPiH partnered to put on the event, which took over a year to plan and execute. Having announced an affiliation last November, this event was the first collaborative initiative between the organizations and global communities.


Laerdal Medical sponsored the opening keynote address by Dr. Amar Patel, DHSc MS NRP, Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health Hospitals in North Carolina, opened with the Laerdal Medical sponsored keynote address entitled “Transforming the Technician to the Technology: Our Future is Now”. The presentation is being recorded by Austrian-based SimStation and will be made available online shortly.

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Being in the United Kingdom, the show opened with the board of directors putting on a Monty Python skit singing a tune akin to “I’m a Lumberjack”, but with the twist “I’m a Sim Tech”. SimGHOSTS event director Ryan Eling then provided morning announcements alongside an introduction to ASPiH by the organization’s CEO Andy Anderson.

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Still Time to Register for August 4th-7th SimGHOSTS USA 2015 at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles

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Sim Champs! There are only a handful of passes left for this innovative Simulation event!

The 5th annual SimGHOSTS USA 2015 event taking place August 4th-7th at Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center is only a few weeks away — but there is still time to register for the event. At a cost that is as much as HALF that of other non-profit simulation events, this is the place to receive hands-on simulation technology operations training from leading vendors and community members.

What are the SimGHOSTS Event Objectives?

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

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Sponsored Keynote & Plenary Sessions:

  • Level 3 Healthcare Keynote Address by Dr. Alistair Phillips, MD, FACC, FACS Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery.
  • Level 3 Healthcare Sponsored Opening Reception Dinner & Show “Terminator Too” comedy play.
  • Laerdal Medical Sponsored Plenary Session by Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief for the journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing & SimGHOSTS Executive Director James Cypert on a new Sim Tech Standard of Best Practice.
  • Gaumard Scientific “Bug Busters” Simulation Technology Specialist Troubleshooting Competition

CAE Healthcare will also be utilizing their A/V systems to record the event for future learning opportunities by Sim Techs around the world.

Take part in 3 days of unique sessions with beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in all aspects of simulation technology operations with the world’s leading Sim Tech organization.

Register today for SimGHOSTS USA!

“Doctor Robot” Music Video from Sim Tech Todd Dadaleares

Today an awesome music video put together by our friend Todd Dadaleares, Simulation Specialist at Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation. Todd, like many Sim Techs, comes from a variety of backgrounds and combines his experience as a musician, audio engineer, and video specialist.

“A concept music video by Portland Maine band MeRCy. Doctor Robot juxtaposes live GoPro footage, original medical simulation cuts, hi def robot surgery, multi camera looks, tons of movement and video treatments to create a memorable dream-like experience. Sung from a first person perspective, the song (humorously) tackles issues surrounding the collision of health and autocratic technology.”

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“Building an EMS Simulation Program”, A Video Interview with Victor Valley College – Sponsored by CAE Healthcare

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Recently on a trip between Las Vegas and Los Angeles I stopped by Apple Valley California at the Victor Valley College Paramedic Academy Regional Public Safety Training Center. CAE Healthcare Regional Sales Manager Richard Kuschinsky RCP had made the introduction for me to the people behind their simulation program: Brian Hendrickson MS, EMT-P – Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator and David C. Oleson, MS, EMT-P – Director, EMS Programs, Department Chair of Public Safety.

Richard told me for months “Lance, you have to stop by and see what this simulation team is doing — it’s amazing”, and after spending a day with the VVC team I totally agree. CAE Healthcare helped to sponsor the production costs of a video interview of the space, the program, and the people who are making simulation work for EMS training at the RPST Center in a way we can all learn from.

Brian Hendrickson: “The building here at the Public Safety Center is actually located in Apple Valley, CA and we are part of the Victor Valley College which is in Victorville, CA.  One of the reasons we moved out here to the kind of Northern end of Apple Valley is that it’s in kind of an industrial area, there is a lot of open area.  We’re able to conduct training, do burns, and that type of stuff without really disturbing any of the neighbors because really, our neighbors are the industrial trucking.”

David Oleson: “It’s a 9 acre facility that houses both law enforcement, fire, and EMS.  Voters approved this in 2008 and it was finished and we actually moved in and held our first courses here in the early Spring of 2012.”

Hendrickson – “Currently we’re able to run usually 4-5 manikins a day when we’re doing simulation – giving every student an opportunity to take at least one, but preferably two team leads a day in the simulation arena.  And, as far as the building – when we build this facility one of the things we did not want is to have the typical simulation space with a hospital bed and fixed cameras and everything like that because as EMS providers, our environment is much different than the hospital, the needs of the patient are much different.  So, we took it on with the premise that the whole 9 acres of our facility would be open to do simulation at.  So if we wanted to do it in a classroom setting – we could do it in a classroom setting.  If we wanted to use the workspace out in the prop yard, we can. We have certain city where we have an apartment building set up, we have a jail cell set up, we have businesses set up – we can do simulation anywhere on the 9 acres and make it as true to life as possible for our students so that when they get into the real world of EMS they’re used to the environment.  They’re used to working in people’s houses, out on the side of the road, in the streets, in jail cells, that type of thing.  So our goal with simulation and this whole facility was to use it all.”

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Hendrickson: “We can run up to 7 separate stations with our cameras and our cubes and never have any crossover, never have any conflict, and be able to run them all as true to life as possible.  Complete suspension of belief for the student”.

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“To date we’ve had very little problems with the CAE Healthcare manikins.  We’re able to use them in our tunnel system, we’re able to use them in cars.  Have we had breakdowns and have we had some issues? Absolutely, but the customer service has been superb.  We break something, we report it, and usually within 7-10 days a fix has been given to us or they come out and repair.  And, we’ve been tough on them.  We’ve broken probably more arms than anybody else with CAE Healthcare.  In fact I know that’s a fact because CAE Healthcare has asked “what do you guys do, how come you have so many broken arms”.  And it’s just the way we treat ‘em.  But repair has been wonderful, customer service has been wonderful.  And I am not afraid – we are not afraid to take those manikins and run them in any environment here at the Public Safety Center.”

Oleson: “One of our biggest successes with deciding to go with CAE Healthcare and going operational is that connectivity has not been an issue whatsoever, from day one.  Our campus has actually sunk quite a bit of money into expanding, as Brian mentioned earlier, our connectivity out on the prop yard which coincidentally is the largest footprint of this 9 acre site – is our prop yard.  Once we got comfortable that first semester with running it here out of the classroom and didn’t really experience any issues because we were only running maybe 1-2 manikins at a time.  Now we’re running 4 concurrently, all day long.  And, since that expansion has gone out in the prop yard, we’ve not really had any network lag issues to speak of and it’s been fairly seamless.”

Hendrickson: “I tell all of the people that come in and are helping out with simulation that they are only limited by their own lack of creativity.  That simulation just allows them to be creative, to think outside of the box, to teach students things that they may not see in an EMS career – maybe once or twice, or to teach them things that they’re going to see everyday. So simulation is buy in from everybody, it’s a group effort.”

Be sure to watch the video above to really get a sense of how powerful this simulation program is. Brian, David, and their simulation team have done an amazing job at creating realistic learning environments for their paramedic program through medical simulation. Kudos to the administrative leadership behind Victor Valley College for having the courage to build such a powerful place to teach the civil service professionals of tomorrow. Thanks to Richard Kuschinsky and Kevin King of CAE Healthcare for their continuous support of simulation educators and for helping HealthySim share this amazing story with you today!

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& Medical Simulation Product Review Website Changes Name to

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Konsiderate, the world’s largest platform for medical simulation product/service ratings and reviews, has just announced their new name “KeyIn”. The team behind KeyIn recently completed a three month entrepreneurial startup accelerator program funded by the Vegas Tech Fund and the CEO of Zappos: Tony Hsieh. During the program the team identified their core values: passionate, adaptable, contributing, insightful, integrity, approachable, and reliable.

While reviewing what those core values meant to the founders, they all agreed that Konsiderate, while fun to say, was not as approachable as another name could be. Interviewing some of the now 1300 simulation champions from around the world who have connected to the website in the past year, the team kept on hearing they wanted to “key in” to peer reviews to make informed purchasing decisions. It wasn’t long before the idea hit that to “key in” was exactly what the team hoped users could do! The team has registered as the new domain web address for the website (note: .to is a domain name like .com).

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Currently there are over 225 product reviews on on products ranging from a $20 box of simulated medication to $2M A/V performance analysis systems. Creating an account is free for simulation champions through either their professional work email address or LinkedIn profile.

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Texas Tarleton State University Seeks Simulation Technology Specialist

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Institution: Tarleton State University

Location: Stephenville, TX

Position Title: Simulation Technology Specialist – Nursing Program

Salary Range (pending qualifications): $55,500 – $66,000

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Responsibilities: Coordinates Nursing Simulation labs; Maintains simulation manikins; Researches and tests new technologies as they relate to healthcare training and assessment objectives (simulation). Coordinates, schedules, and provides individual and group training sessions for faculty and staff on various topics related to technologies used for human patient simulation and various clinical simulation technologies; Maintains system upgrades for EMS Simulation software; Programs simulation scenarios.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 3 years of experience supporting faculty in the operation of skills assessment technologies; Professional work experience with simulation-related programs and technology, particularly those technologies that are immersive, hands-on and provide an environment that emulates the space in which learners will serve for their careers. Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

Application Process: Interested applicants apply online by visiting our employment website at

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New Free Simulation Scenario Exchange Database from SIM-one

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Proven Scenario Resources, Peer-Reviewed & Free!

Introducing the SIM Scenario Exchange—an online repository of simulation scenarios, tools and templates. Open to all healthcare professions, disciplines and sectors, the Exchange fosters the improvement of simulation practices, facilitates knowledge transfer and helps simulationists save time. The Exchange was developed with funds from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in response to the community’s demand. SIM-one would like to thank Ontario simulationists who contributed to the development of the Exchange.

“The Exchange is a free and open resource made possible by the support of the healthcare simulation community,” said Dr. Tim Willett, SIM-one’s Director of R&D, who led the development of the Exchange. “The Exchange features an intuitive design that allows users to easily find scenarios and tools based on specific needs.”

At the click of the screen, users can search for simulation scenarios, scenario development tools and templates, and learner/scenario assessment tools for evaluation and research. In addition, users can contribute, modify and adapt resources on the Exchange.

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The SIM Scenario Exchange™ is trans-professional (supporting scenarios and resources in all health professions) and trans-disciplinary. It supports excellence in simulation-based education by providing evidence-based, practice-informed and tested simulation scenarios – many of which are peer-reviewed.

Recent Scenario Contributions

  • Unstable Bradycardia — Contributed by Pam Morgan Professions: Medicine, Nursing, Practical Nursing
  • Venous air or carbon dioxide embolus — Contributed by Pam Morgan Professions: Medicine, Nursing, Practical Nursing
  • Malignant Hyperthermia — Contributed by Pam Morgan Professions: Medicine, Nursing, Practical Nursing
  • Community Home Visit with Postpartum Patient — Contributed by Karyn Taplay Professions: Nursing

Read the full press release here or visit the Free Simulation Scenario Database on SIM-one’s website.

SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Early-Bird Registration Ends Today!



The 5th annual healthcare simulation technology hands-on training event SimGHOSTS is being hosted by the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center this August 4th-7th in sunny Los Angeles California.

Early-bird registration ends today so sign up now for a big discount!

SimGHOSTS provides educational support for simulation technicians or clinical educators responsible for operating healthcare simulation technology. The courses offered range from beginner to advanced in all categories, including:

  • Manikin programming and repair
  • Audio/visual system design, integration and consolidation
  • IT networking and debugging
  • Trauma moulage makeup
  • Video production and editing
  • Team communication and technical leadership
  • Medical pharmacology for non-healthcare staff
  • Professional development workshops
  • And much more…

Receive training and explore the latest technologies from 20 leading simulation vendors including Level 3 Healthcare, Laerdal Medical, CAE Healthcare, Gaumard Scientific, Pocket Nurse, B-Line Medical, EMS and many more!

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Fun Event with Serious Value

“Everyone involved in operating simulation needs to be at SimGHOSTS!” -North Central Texas College Health Sciences Sim Coordinator Amy Wise. Watch what other champs have to say.

There are only a handful of $425.00 early-bird registrations left so sign up now to guarantee the best passes and hotel rates. Use discount code “FIFTHTIME” for early bird rate which ends today! Registration includes complimentary annual subscription to our global community website valued at $135.00 USD.

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