17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress Early Bird Ends March 17th!

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Early Bird Registration Ends March 17
17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
April 29-May 1, 2015 | Austin, TX

Save $200 if you register by March 17, 2015*

Join NPSF and their expert faculty at the only meeting with global reach and a singular focus on patient safety.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Lucian L. Leape, MD, one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation; chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute
  • Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention, Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Kaveh Shojania, MD, Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto, and editor-in-chief of BMJ Quality & Safety
  • Allan Frankel, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Safe and Reliable Healthcare,and an author of The Essential Guide for Patient Safety Officers
  • Kim Blanton, Patient and Family Advisor, Vidant Health
  • Chrissie Blackburn, Principal Advisor, Patient and Family Engagement at University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Beth Daley Ullem, MBA, Patient Advocate and Governance Expert, Board of Directors, ThedaCare Hospital System and Solutions for Patient Safety

PRE-CONGRESS DAY, April 29

Full-day intensive sessions:
• Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course
• Leadership Day: Safer Health Care Through Transparency
• Keeping Kidz Safe During Kare: Advancements and Lessons from Pediatrics *NEW THIS YEAR*
• Sharing and Caring: Practical Initiatives for Advancing Patient and Family Engagement
• Patient Safety Science: Successful Practices to Optimize Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

EDUCATIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS in six theme tracks:


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• Optimizing the Benefits and Minimizing Harms of Health Technology
• Creating and Sustaining Joy, Meaning, and Safety in the Workplace
• Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Setting
• Accelerating the Cost Case for $afety
• Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care
• Advancing Safety Science Implementation

We’ll also have posters, live health care simulations, networking, award presentations, and more.

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What past attendees say:
“From a participant’s perspective, this year’s NPSF Congress was one of the strongest patient safety meetings I have attended in years.”

“It was an excellent event and really highlights the shift and progress made in the wider patient safety discussion, especially over the past few years.”

“Thank you, NPSF — you crafted a thought-inspiring, provocative, robust Congress — we leave with ideas, plans, and a sense of purpose!!!”
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*Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety atNPSF or the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program save even more with member discounts. Log in to npsf.org and check the member pages for the discount codes.

Register online or learn more: http://bit.ly/NPSF_17


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Society for Simulation in Healthcare Empowers Members to Review Medical Simulation Products Through Konsiderate.com

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Last week the Society of Simulation in Healthcare announced the launch of their partnership with Konsiderate.com, the community driven ratings and review website for medical simulation products and services. Unlike new users who login to Konsiderate with their work email of LinkedIn accounts and must write their first review to gain full access to community reviews, SSH members who login through their membership portal unlock full website benefits. Check out the official announcement below:

Official SSH Announcement:

We are pleased to announce the addition of unlimited access to Konsiderate.com as a new benefit for all SSH Members.


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Konsiderate.com is an independent website featuring medical simulation product and service ratings & reviews by over 900 simulation champions from around the world. Since launching in June of last year, hundreds of reviews have been written by your peers on everything from $20 boxes of simulated medications to $200,000 simulation debriefing systems.

As an SSH membership benefit, you are now able to get instant full access to all of the reviews already posted on the Konsiderate website.

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Login to Konsiderate through your SSH Membership Portal today for full access!

‘Simulation Discomfiters’ – The Anti-Champions Who Frustrate Our Programs

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I looked up the definition of champion today. Words like “supporter”, “booster”, “friend”, “hero”, and “superstar” were among my favorites — and all words I feel when I think of the thousands of simulation champions I have met over the past many years. Below these great words I saw the antonyms of champion, which included words like “trivial”, “worst”, “least” and “discomfit”.

Discomfit was a word I had never heard before. It means “1. to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed 2. to frustrate the plans or purpose of”. A discomfiter, therefore, is a person who makes things difficult, confusing, and embarrassing while frustrating the plans and purposes of a team.

On various occasions I have directly witnessed one individual’s ego take down an entire healthcare simulation program. As a community builder in our field of simulation, I have had countless phone calls with champions from around the world who share their grief and frustration over the constant roadblocking by another member of their team — a discomfiter who is usually set in their ways unable to truly adopt the change required for technical and learning innovation to occur. Whether its spreading rumors, continually demanding attention, discrediting and threatening others, or just ignoring contributions — these discomfiters do exist. Sadly, sometimes a discomfiter’s constant complaining and negative energy succeeds and they get their way which leads to the eviction of champions and the reduction of simulation.

Usually within three to six months after such a tragic event, I learn from the champion that the simulation program has suffered a great deal – with learning outcomes and operational efficiency diminishing sometimes down to nothing. Literally, a single personnel change and within six months a robust simulation program with huge learner impacts turns into wasted equipment, spaces, and time.

For some of us in smaller programs we are the entire simulation team. I’m sure you’ve wondered what would happen if you needed to find work elsewhere — but has your administration? How much knowledge and expertise walks out the door with you — especially when you do not have the opportunity to train your replacement.

Dr. Val Gokenbach, Professor for American Sentinel University in the DNP, MSN and BSN programs, wrote an article for NurseTogether.com called Lose the Ego Nurses, It’s Not About You“. In her article Dr. Gokenbach shares that “as an administrator for over 35 years in healthcare organizations, I have seen ego destroy individuals, ruin reputations, hinder personal growth and success”. (Nursing is just one example of where unchecked egos and unprofessional communication can cause problems, but such challenges exist throughout healthcare including patient vs doctor, nurse vs doctor, and even police officer vs. fire fighter engagements).


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Dr. Gokenback explains the ego and the impact that ego can have on our lives and our programs when left unchecked: “Our ego is constantly threatened by the perception of others and is always in need of attention. Anything that threatens that security can become a basis for conflict, anger, and fear. The reality is that we all have egos. The successful nurse learns to realize the concept, protect themselves emotionally, and control their reaction.”

Ultimately in the workplace administrators have the responsibility to check egos and ensure that the program, simulation or otherwise, can continue to innovate and succeed. Tools that are available to help us with this delicate situation like signing up for the TeamSTEPPS Communication System Free Online Master Training or taking time to reflect on healthcare team communication with new books like Collaborative Caring by S. Gordon.

I faced such issues myself as the first director of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Primarily I quietly relied on one primary question to help me decipher if challengers where champions of discomfiters: does this person’s request benefit the simulation program, or benefit the person?

Dr. Gokenback’s advice to such discomfiters? “Get over yourself. Think of your importance to the greater good and not only your world, which is small in comparison.” Read her full article here.

Have you dealt with a “discomfiter” in your simulation career?
Share about your experience on the HealthySim LinkedIn Discussion Group!


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OtoSim2 Otolaryngology Simulator Launched at IMSH 2015 | Video Interview

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Continuing our IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Video Interviews, today we showcase the new OtoSim2 from Otosim! OtoSim 2 evolved out of the first Otosim product, which now has an instrumented otoscope so we can tell exactly where the student is looking, we can ask the student to find features, and provide verbal feedback through the computer. OtoSim 2 also doubles the number of images, adds case studies, allows you the potential to upload your own images, and allows for mass training for any number of students.

More from OtoSim’s Website:

OtoSim Inc. continues to innovate with a new simulation and training technology for otolaryngology. Interest and feedback gathered over the past 3 years from various healthcare practitioners has proven to be the catalyst for a novel breakthrough in otoscopy simulation: OtoSim 2.


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OtoSim 2 is the upgraded version of OtoSim with new software and hardware, and increased capabilities:

  • Verify student progress via the instrumented otoscope. Trainees can point with this device to complete the learning feedback loop.
  • Expand student knowledge through reviewing 380 high resolution images from the Hawke Library to instruct, practice, and test students
  • Save instructor time by connecting up to 14 OtoSim units to a single trainer laptop to effectively instruct groups at the same time
  • Supplement classroom instruction with 150 pre-annotated images for self-directed learning
  • Improve viewer retention through immersive full-screen experience with a simple, easy-to-use graphical user interface
  • Further increase student capability through advanced quizzes with randomized, realistic clinical scenarios that test both medical and patient interaction skills
  • Build student confidence through the use of the instrumented otoscope, allowing students to practice and improve their otoscopic

This is the only product I am aware of in this high-fidelity category of Otolaryngology simulation! OtoSim 2’s improvements make me think it will stay that way for some time to come.

Learn all about it on the OtoSim Website!

Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study

Back in September we reported from the National Association for EMS Educators (NAEMSE) about Laerdal supported research regarding the utilization of simulation in EMS programs across the United States (Read that recap article here). Just this month the full article entitled “Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study” has been released on informahealthcare.com, with the objective and conclusions shared below.

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Authors: Kim D. McKenna, Elliot Carhart, Daniel Bercher, Andrew Spain, John Todaro, and Joann Freel.

The authors acknowledge the assistance of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, the NAEMSE staff members and Justin Weiss.

Laerdal Medical Corporation, a corporate sponsor of NAEMSE, provided financial support for this research. K. McKenna and J. Todaro serve on the NAEMSE board of directors and J. Freel is the executive director. Funds were used to support committee meetings and expenses related to the study. The study was conducted independently of the funders.

“Objectives: The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders’ efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.

Methods. This was a cross-sectional census survey of paramedic programs that were accredited or had a Letter of Review from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions at the time of the study. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square analyses.

Results. Of the 638 surveys sent, 389 valid responses (61%) were analyzed. Paramedic programs reported they have or have access to a wide range of simulation resources (task trainers [100%], simple manikins [100%], intermediate manikins [99%], advanced/fully programmable manikins [91%], live simulated patients [83%], computer-based [71%], and virtual reality [19%]); however, they do not consistently use them, particularly advanced (71%), live simulated patients (66%), computer-based (games, scenarios) (31%), and virtual reality (4%). Simulation equipment (of any type) reportedly sits idle and unused in (31%) of programs. Lack of training was cited as the most common reason. Personnel support specific to simulation was available in 44% of programs. Programs reported using simulation to replace skills more frequently than to replace field or clinical hours. Simulation goals included assessment, critical thinking, and problem-solving most frequently, and patient and crew safety least often. Programs using advanced manikins report manufacturers as their primary means of training (87%) and that 19% of faculty had no training specific to those manikins. Many (78%) respondents felt they should use more simulation.


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Conclusions: 

These results suggest that simulation in accredited paramedic programs mirrors the proverbial three-legged stool. To ensure simulation is used effectively, programs must have the appropriate equipment, faculty training, and resources. If any of these elements is missing, the stool topples and programs are less likely to use simulation. Administrators must recognize that to maximize the use of simulation within their program, they must view simulation as a fully integrated strategy within their education system. This research provides data for accredited paramedic program personnel to present to administrators to justify requests for faculty education and personnel resources to maximize the use of their simulation equipment.

It is incumbent on program directors to ensure that their faculty has adequate initial and ongoing simulation education, mentors to assist with adoption of new technologies, and sufficient personnel resources and equipment (representing patients of all ages) to promote the most effective use of simulation. Regional and national simulation work groups should be developed to allow faculty to collaborate on simulation best practices within accredited paramedic programs. While there are standardized resources to train nursing faculty on how to use simulation, and generic simulation instruction competencies for healthcare, no specific framework exists specifically geared to guide simulation best practices in the unique prehospital environment. The EMS community should collaborate to provide that framework so that the three-legged stool of simulation will stand firmly on a solid pedagogical foundation to serve as an essential tool for paramedic student learning.”

Thoughts:

Clearly the need for hands-on training in simulation technology is needed to ensure that investments in equipment and staff are made clear here. SimGHOSTS annual hands-on training events and online resources answer this specific call for technical training of simulation technologies. Master degree programs in healthcare simulation from institutions like NYIT, Drexel, and USF, add additional value to clinical educators and administrators of simulation programs. Conferences like INACSL, IPSSW, ASPiH, SESAM and IMSH provide annual discourse regarding the evolution of medical simulation theory and best practices. Courses like iSim provide hands-on training in clinical educator facilitation and debriefing.

The tools exist to provide the required training mentioned above but the real need now is the acknowledgement by administrators that this professional development and training is a necessary requirement to operating a medical simulation program!

Read the full SUPER article on Informa Healthcare here!

Exclusive First Look of SimCapture X from B-Line Medical!

From our IMSH 2015 Video Series, I connect with Chafic Kazoun, Co-Founder and CTO of B-Line Medical, who shared about their upcoming release of SimCapture X. Note: the video interview above is a early version of the new software and is not yet widely available. In this exclusive interview, HealthySimulation.com gets a sneak peek of their future SimCapture X platform — check out the video to see for yourself.

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Why the X? That’s easy enough, B-Line Medical celebrates their 10th anniversary this year! With so many years of medical simulation a/v recording and debriefing experience behind them, the B-Line Medical development team redesigned the SimCapture Generated User Interface (GUI) to reflect on what customers are using most. In other words, they have analyzed the use data from the past 10 years and are recreating SimCapture with an even better understanding of what we as simulation champions really want.

What I saw was a really optimized version of SimCapture, with key functionality now immediately available from the home-screen. Recent debriefings, key metrics, and relevant schedule information are all right there. Navigation is simplified with new global buttons available at any time. Exporting scenarios, including data and video, and sharing them with other SimCapture customers is also very easy to do.


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Explained by B-Line Medical: “SimCapture X is the next generation SimCapture platform currently in development. The new platform will combine all of the best pieces of the industry’s most trusted video capture solution with ahead of the curve technology and the insight and feedback gleaned from our 10 years of industry experience. Notable improvements include seamless integration of Simulation and Standardized Patient programs, a fully tablet compatible interface, and a redesigned look that streamlines and simplifies center workflows.”

A very interesting note from Chafic was that SimCapture X will still offer on premises installs, but will also have the potential for cloud-based operation. Chafic predicts that eventually most simulation programs will prefer a reduction of localized hardware requirements in favor of cloud-based platforms. Can’t wait for that future to be here!

SimCapture Provides:

Video Capture & Distribution
  • Browser-based and network accessible
  • Record and stream video and medical device data
  • Live and post scenario review from anywhere
  • Automated video capture and management
  • HD video and audio linked to participants
  • Pre-defined and free text annotations
Curriculum & User Management
  • Manage and administer instructional content
  • Web-based and collaborative evaluation builder
  • Automated user portfolio assembly and tracking
  • Create, filter, re-calculate and release reports
  • Scheduling, self-enrollment and notifications
Operations Management
  • Streamline the setup and management of OSCEs
  • Automate large-scale simulation events from a single dashboard
  • Center asset management and conflict notifications
  • Outlook and Google Calendar integration
  • Advanced search and data mining capabilities

Information about SimCapture X is limited for now, but stay tuned to BlineMedical.com for more upcoming announcements!


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Polhemus White Paper: Selecting Motion Trackers When Designing Medical Simulators

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For those who design simulators a unique post today: a white paper from Polhemus covering the optimal way to select a motion tracker for your medical simulator. Gear heads, sim techs, product designers and engineers will love this document!

About Polhemus:

Polhemus is known as the true pioneer and leader in the motion tracking industry, first introducing our proprietary electromagnetic technology in 1969. Although Polhemus motion tracking products are currently used in a broad range of applications, the initial product was developed for pilots, when we introduced head tracking for the military–which we still do today.

After releasing our break-through technology and gaining high achievements with the military, Polhemus began to branch out in the 1980’s—adding commercial applications like motion capture for animation and 3D Digitizing for movie special effects. We made our mark in this area, and our technology was used in numerous blockbuster Hollywood movies over the years. In 1995, Polhemus engineers were honored to receive an Academy Award in the area of Technical Achievement for the 3 Space Digitizing System.

In the 1990’s, we built upon our reputable legacy of motion tracking and expanded our product line–successfully adding eye tracking and 3D laser scanning to our portfolio. These additions paved the way for entering new markets, and Polhemus became known more broadly as the trusted, reliable source for motion measurement tracking technology. With this expansion, Polhemus evolved and focused efforts in the Research and Technology, Health Care, and Military markets. Over the years, one thing has remained the same—an ability to innovate and produce new solutions in high-fidelity motion measurement tracking.

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A motion tracker is a critical component in many of today’s medical training simulators. Choosing the right tracker can help ensure a high fidelity simulator that is cost effective, reliable and easy to use. Choosing the wrong system can lead to increased development costs, reduced fidelity, high cost of ownership for customers, and potentially, failure in the market. Included in this document are lessons learned from over 40 years in providing motion trackers to military, industrial and medical training simulator manufacturers.

One of the challenges in developing effective medical training simulators is creating a user interface that is as real as the real thing. To achieve a high level of fidelity, a simulator designed to train a specific procedure should have an interface that is indistinguishable from the real thing. Motion tracking sensors are often a fundamental part of the user interface and are the link between the physical world and the computer generated virtual or simulated world. They measure, for example, the insertion path of an intubation tube, and feed that info to the simulator’s computer. But the sensors should not change the look, feel, or weight of the instruments or devices being handled by the student. In this example, an optical tracker would be a poor choice, as intubation tubes do not have reflective markers attached.

Another challenge is that many of the movements being measured are free form, rather than in a fixed linear direction, such as that of aileron pedals in an aircraft cockpit simulator. The motions of an ultrasound probe during an examination are anything but linear, and in fact are often rotating as well. This requires 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) tracking, measuring both position (x, y, z) and orientation (azimuth, pitch and roll). Many motion tracking technologies only offer 3DOF, either measuring position or orientation, but not both.

And finally, many of the medical procedures targeted for simulation training require the tracking of an instrument or device for which there is no line-of-sight. This precludes the use of optical or video tracking. Line-of-sight can be blocked by the movement of medical staff, or because the instrument or device being tracked is inserted into a mannequin. Transvaginal ultrasound and catheterization are good examples.

Read the full White Paper on Medical Simulation Motion Trackers here and then visit the Polhemus Website to learn more!

ECMO Simulator ‘EigenFlow’ Now Available from CLR | IMSH 2015 Product Demo

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At IMSH 2015 I ran into Paul Curtis who let me know that after the positive support received from showcasing his innovative ECMO simulator designs at the SimGHOSTS 2012 event, he had launched his own company Curtis Life Research to provide the world with the EigenFlow! With a background in medical simulation, Biomedical and computer engineering it’s no wonder Paul has created a unique innovation in the field of healthcare simulation. Watch our video interview below to learn more about how you can now bring ECMO simulation to your educational program!

About the EigenFlow

Until now, an ECMO educator was present in the sim environment, manipulating the circuit in the presence of the trainee. As institutions began to develop their own ECMO simulations many realized that higher-fidelity simulation would not be possible without the development of a remote controlled simulator connected to the ECMO circuit.


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At the heart of EigenFlow is an intuitive iOS interface available for free from the App Store. Rather than tethering control of the EigenFlow to desktop computers, we developed an intuitive iPhone/iPad app that wirelessly controls the EigenFlow. With one hand, controlling EigenFlow it allows control of manikin vitals with the other. EigenFlow connects wirelessly through Bluetooth, so you can control simulations from up to 100 feet.

With EigenFlow you can Simulate:

  • Thrombus
  • Air Embolus
  • Blood Monitoring
  • Cannulation

EigenFlow is a multifunction wireless ECMO simulator ideal for in situ training of perfusionists and ECMO specialists. Simply interpose the EigenFlow into your existing adult or pediatric ECMO circuit and remotely simulate thrombi, line obstruction, air emboli, and changes in pulmonary and cardiac function.

Learn more at CurtisLifeResearch.com!

SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Event Seeks Abstracts From EU Simulation Technology Specialists

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UK SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS DUE BY MARCH 1st, 2015!

Do you operate healthcare simulation technology in the UK or EU? SimGHOSTS has partnered with ASPiH to provide the European continent’s first meeting dedicated to simulation technology specialists (sim techs), including any clinical educators/coordinators who operate simulation technology. SimGHOSTS is celebrating its 5th year in 2015 by expanding its successful hands-on training events from Australia and the United States to the UK in July of this year year. Leading medical simulation vendors have already signed up to provide simulation technology training courses to attendees!

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PROPOSALS DUE BY MARCH 1st, 2015!

“The biggest reward for me in presenting was being challenged by experts in the field on my approach to simulation and education, and having the opportunity to discuss topics in-depth after the presentation. It was easily as much a learning experience for me as it was for anyone who came to my presentation.” -David Halloway, Senior Clinical Adviser, University of Wollongong


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SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling is happy to announce that the inaugural SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Conference will take place at the Leeds-Beckett University Clinical Skills Suite and the NHS Horizon Leeds facility in Leeds, UK July 27 – 29, 2015!  These two facilities offer wonderful spaces for collaboration, hands-on activities and exciting vendor exhibitions!

Submit a presentation proposal for your chance to connect and share with the global simulation technology community at SG-ASPiH2015.  We are looking for innovative projects, DIY designs and best-practice workshops in all the topics important to simulation technology staff:

  • Audiovisual systems design, installation, operation debugging, and repair
  • IT network infrastructure management and upgrading
  • Simulation manikin programming, hardware maintenance, and repair
  • Learning and inventory management system selection and manipulation
  • Theatrical staging, rehearsing, and performing
  • Media production and marketing techniques
  • Use of trauma and pathological disease moulage makeup
  • Adult learning theory and simulation learning theory
  • Best practices from the aviation simulation industry
  • Medical terminology, process, and pharmacology

For ideas and examples of content, take a look at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Brochure here. Accepted proposals will garner a registration discount for the primary presenter!

PROPOSALS DUE BY MARCH 1st, 2015!

Submit your course today at the SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2015 Content Form. Learn more about the inaugural UK event here!


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There’s Always New Medical Simulation Jobs Listed on HealthySimulation.com!

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Here’s three new jobs just posted this week on HealthySimulation.com’s famous Medical Simulation Jobs Page!

Looking for Simulation Technology Specialist, Simulation Clinical Educator, Simulation Operations Management, or Healthcare Simulation Program Director Positions? HealthySimulation has them all!


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Three New Positions This Week Alone:

  • The University of Iowa College of Nursing – Director of Simulation Education in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (NCEC). Iowa City, IA
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University – Simulation Operations Manager, Los Angeles CA
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville – Healthcare Simulation Technician, Huntsville AL

Have a position to post? It’s free for simulation programs! Learn about all this and more on our Medical Simulation Jobs Page!