Most Read Medical Simulation Articles From July

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Sim Champs, here’s a list of the “most read” articles from’s website and free email newsletter for the month of July:

Simulated Patient ‘Allergic to Ink’ Warning Sign, Download to Save Your Manikins - Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains from learners.

Konsiderate Medical Simulation Product Review Website Opens Doors to Public – Last week, the world’s only medical simulation product and service peer-driven review website opened up its beta phase with a new way to login using your professional work email address.

Mount Sinai ‘Director of Simulation Education’ Featured Job Listing - Spearhead the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programming, and oversee and provide guidance for educational research projects at the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (CAMS) in NY.

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Next Wednesday Morning: Watch SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address Sponsored by Level 3 Medical

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Level 3 Medical has sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA @ CHEST (#SG14USA) keynote address, presented by recently appointed SimGHOSTS President James Cypert! This event will be broadcast and streamed LIVE Wednesday morning Day 1 of the main event at the American College of CHEST Physicians in greater Chicago, IL – so even if you can’t make the USA event this year you should mark your calendar to watch this free session.


SimGHOSTS proudly introduces Level 3 Medical as the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Medical is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team has added a special plenary panel Friday morning to dive deeper into the Level 3 Medical build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program. Be sure to stop by their booth to learn how they can help your simulation program too!

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert will present on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He will begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this year’s keynote address is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

Level 3 Medical Sponsored SimGHOSTS 2014: USA Keynote address “Of Mice and Geeks: Elevating the Dialog Through Research”

James Cypert - Technology Director – California Baptist University, President, SimGHOSTS

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When the concept of “research” for the typical geek invokes images of Gandalf at Minas Tirith frantically searching through the hordes of scrolls and tombs looking for information about the One Ring. For others, it could be an image of Master Yoda and Obi‑Wan in the Jedi Temple discovering the betrayal of Anakin. That imagery aside, research is fundamentally exactly this, a search for the truth of any matter, and research can be done by anyone. In fact, we all conduct research at various levels. The issue at hand however, is how does one go about conducting research that is acceptable to others that is well‑formed, and answers definitively any given question. With that in mind the purpose of this session is to explore the basic research methods for the simulation technician.

The learning objectives of this keynote are:

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1. Acquire knowledge about basic research methods
2. Identify the core components conducting of research
3. Discuss possible topics for SimGHOSTS community research focus
4. Identify individuals in the community that can be used as resources for research

James will present basic research methods that everyone can apply, then begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research. To wrap up the session the facilitator will invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research.

About Level 3 Medical:

The medical division of Level 3 has been providing advanced multimedia solutions in minimally invasive surgical environments and simulation centers since 2007. This Phoenix based medical engineering group has pioneered designs in telehealth, live HD video distribution, recording, archiving, content management and media retrieval systems for medical universities, teaching hospitals and simulation labs. Level 3 Medical’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use case and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow, profitability and/or learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Level 3 Medical was founded as a division of Level 3 Audio Visual who has been well established in the commercial industry since 1996. Level 3 AV had been working with a major medical university on their classroom presentation technology when they were presented with a challenge from the Dean of Anatomy. Level 3 AV was asked to design and build a cordless, wireless, mobile HD video cart for their anatomy lab. The Dean and his faculty had several uses in mind for this cart but Its main purpose was to capture high definition video from a student’s cadaver, transmit that video to an AV head end, store and meta-tag the captured video while simultaneously transmitting the video back out to twenty, high definition, LCD monitors dispersed around the lab as well as to a secondary lab located across the campus. A secondary purpose of this cart was for the creation of video text books that could be produced and stored online as an additional reference for the medical staff and students.

The creation and use of this cart was a major success for both Level 3 Medical as well as the University. Level 3 Medical realized they had just created one of, if not the first ever, high definition telemedicine carts and, for the University, use of this cart was shown to increase both test scores as well as enrollment.

Level 3 Medical is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of applying current technology to existing medical work spaces, medical training centers and simulation labs.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Level 3 Medical Opening Keynote Address Page Wednesday morning to get the link!


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What’s in a Name? The Many Titles of “Sim Techs”

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Recently Michelle Howard MSN, CNS, APRN Director of the Allied Health Simulation Center Executive Director at Ozarks Technical Community College wrote in to ask “What should we title our new simulation technology operator position?”. What a question Michelle! I have had several job titles throughout my career as a Sim Tech, but what’s out there? I exported the titles of those attending SimGHOSTS 2014 USA at the American College of Chest Physicians early next month to demonstrate what a dynamic range of titles this profession currently entertains. I removed redundancies but will point out that “Simulation Technician” had the most results!

  • Administrative Simulation Technician
  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Director of Simulation
  • Biomed Electronics Technician
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Technologist
  • Biomedical IT Specialist
  • Clinical Education Specialist
  • Clinical Educator
  • Sim Lab Coordinator
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Learning Lab Specialist
  • Clinical Simulation Lab Director
  • Clinical Simulation Specialist
  • Co-ordinator Clinical Learning and Simulation
  • Code Resuscitation Program Project Manager
  • Coordinator of Simulation and Technology
  • Coordinator
  • Corporate Planning Manager
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Education Specialist
  • Equipment Systems Specialist
  • Faculty Support/Health Sciences Simulation Center Coordinator
  • GME Simulation Coordinator
  • Health Science Simulation Technician
  • Health Sciences Simulation Coordinator
  • Healthcare Simulation Technician
  • Instructional Services Technician
  • Interim Director of the Learning Center
  • IT Manager
  • IT Professional
  • IT Support Technician
  • IT Technical Associate
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Lab Simulation Specialist
  • Lead Analyst
  • Learning Products & Services Manager
  • Manager Training and Simulation
  • Media and simulation technician
  • Media Services Technician
  • Medical Education Technologist
  • Medical Educational Technologist
  • Medical Instructor
  • Medical Simulation Coordinator
  • Medical Simulation Facilitator
  • Medical Simulation Technician
  • Network Manager
  • Nursing Faculty/Lab Facilitator
  • Nursing Information Technology Coordinator
  • Nursing Simulation Technologist
  • Operations Manager
  • Professor of NursingProgram Analyst
  • Program Director
  • PSA & REdI Program Administrator
  • REdI Program Coordinator
  • Senior Technology Specialist
  • Sim Operator
  • Sim Tech
  • Simulation Center Assistance
  • Simulation Center Coordinator/Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Simulation Center IT/Networking Specialist
  • Simulation Clinical Supervisor/ Simulation Consultant
  • Simulation Coordinator
  • Simulation Director
  • Simulation Education Technician
  • Simulation Engineer
  • Simulation Intern
  • Simulation Lab Administrator
  • Simulation Lab Coordinator
  • Simulation Lab Tech
  • Simulation Learning Center Assistant
  • Simulation Operator
  • Simulation Specialist
  • Simulation Specialist
  • Simulation Specialist II
  • Simulation Specialist/Coordinator
  • Simulation Tech
  • Simulation Tech Specialist
  • Simulation Technician
  • Simulation Technician Program Coordinator
  • Simulation Technologist
  • Simulation Technology Specialist (MOST USED)
  • Simulation Training Specialist
  • Specialist in Simulation Technology
  • Supervisor, Teaching LabSys
  • AdminSystems Analyst 2
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Lab Assistant
  • Technical Simulation Coordinator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Technicien de simulation et téléprésence
  • Technologist
  • Telehealth and Audio Visual Support Analyst
  • Undergraduate Simulation Technician
  • Unit Coordinator

Several years ago I worked with a team of Simulation Technicians across the state of California to build a comprehensive job responsibilities list for this position (which you can download here). The term everyone agreed upon was Simulation Technology Specialist — and indeed that is the name that is incorporated into SimGHOSTS which stands for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. We added “healthcare” so that non medical-simulation related groups could identify us as apart of healthcare, as there as “simulation technicians” in a variety of other fields — mostly from aviation.

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If you had to choose a new title for the position I would argue for “Simulation Technology Specialist”!

Simulated Patient “Allergic to Ink” Warning Sign – Download to Save Your Manikins!

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Recently a Sim Tech wrote in that his manikins were permanently stained by ink pens. Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains. Will also had this tip on removing the ink stain: “Try Magic Erasers – they seem to work ok, depending on the ink type and how quickly you get to them.  Also, benzoyl peroxide on the mark, then exposed to skin seems to work for some folks.” For more tips on how to remove ink, try my article Quick Manikin Moulage & Cleaning Tips! But take an ounce of prevention and download Will’s sign now for ALL your simulation lab spaces!

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Click here to download the high resolution copy of Will’s “Ink Allergy Warning Sign”

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Medical Simulation Product Review Website Konsiderate Opens Doors with Work Email Login


Last week, the world’s only medical simulation product and service peer-driven review website opened up its beta phase with a new way to login using your professional work email address.  During the private testing phase, 300+ Simulation Champions from around the world have already contributed over 150 reviews on more than 60 products ranging from $20 simulated medications to $100,000+ manikins and A/V recording systems. Starting today, any simulation user can sign into Konsiderate using their professional LinkedIn or work email accounts. This resource website was created to help new and experienced healthcare simulation users alike gain a better understanding about the “word of mouth” recommendations of our collective community. Konsiderate is now Open to you!

In order to maintain a professional and authentic community, Konsiderate requires you to sign in through a professional means. Users can now either immediately login through their professional LinkedIn account or create an account through their work email address which will be hand validated. These steps promote the legitimacy of reviews by creating an authentic end-user community. Vendors interested in signing up for new subscription opportunities should contact

Hundreds of alpha and beta users have been raving about Konsiderate for the past several months because it provides for a much needed resource where “need-to-know” testimonials are spread out across the entire globe.

Brooks Army Medical Center Simulation Coordinator Thomas Kai had this to say about Konsiderate:

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“I am a big supporter of Konsiderate.  Often times we purchase Simulators that we see advertised, or demonstrated.  We hear from the Representative of the Company about how this item is the best thing since sliced bread and is going to change the way things are done.  Like children at Christmas were glassy eyed and filled with anticipation about acquiring this marvel, only to find out the limitations and issues later.  Konsiderate gives the real story from real users and not the marketing folks.  You can see the highs and lows so we as the user/consumers get a clear picture before investing in something that turns into a white elephant. Konsiderate is for users from users, no hype or gimmicks, just the facts.”


Join Konsiderate Today to Share and Read Reviews From Champions Just Like You! 

SSH President Announces Passing of Dr. Abrahamson, Medical Simulation Pioneer

From Pam Jeffries, SSH President:

Dr. AbrahamsonDr. Steve Abrahamson, Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation, (1921 – 2014)

July 15, 2014: Dr. Stephen Abrahamson, a pioneer in healthcare simulation who helped to develop Sim One, the first healthcare manikin, passed away Monday, July 14. He was 93.

The path to healthcare simulation started in 1964 when Dr. Abrahamson, then Director of the Division of Research at the University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Medicine, was challenged to use computers in the medical school. Dr. Abrahamson saw the potential to use computers to help medical school educators improve education and outcomes.  His idea that an anesthesia student could learn from data rather than using a patient was unprecedented.

A collaborative effort among engineers, physicians, researchers and educators, Sim One allowed anesthesiologists to experience life-like interaction with a computer-driven manikin. A 1967 film of Sim One brought Dr. Abrahamson’s work to the attention of national media including interviews by Time Magazine, Life Magazine and Newsweek Magazine. While Sim One made national headlines, the medical community responded negatively, doubting the value of healthcare simulation.

Dr. Abrahamson lived to see his groundbreaking work become standard and widely accepted. Today, healthcare simulation is included in training of healthcare professionals worldwide.

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Some notable awards that Dr. Abrahamson had received included:

  • Samuel C Harvey Memorial Lecture Award – 1981 – American Association for Cancer Education
  • Hubbard Award 1986- National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Merrell Flair Award in Medical Education – 1992 – Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Gravenstein award – 2000 -Society for Technology in Anesthesia
  • Simulation Innovation Award -2014 – Society for Simulation in Healthcare

On behalf of SSH and those within the simulation community, we want to express our condolences to the Abrahamsons family and friends.  The Society for Simulation in Healthcare is so pleased to have honored Dr. Abrahamson last year at IMSH in San Francisco.  Personal notes and condolences can be sent to Phil Abrahamson (, son of Dr. Abrahamson, who accepted his father’s award last January.

Shown here is the interview which played at IMSH 2014 between Dr. Abrahamson and Dr. Gaba, which highlighted Steve’s amazing story about building SimONE:

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Last Chance to Register for Simulation Technology Training Event with $50 Off Code

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Join 175 other champions of simulation technology for the 4th Annual SimGHOSTS hands-on technical training event at the American College of Chest Physicians, August 5th-8th in Greater Chicago, IL! CHEST has recently opened their amazing new Innovation, Simulation and Training Center which will be host to this year’s USA event. 


Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity to receive beginner, intermediate and advanced training in a dynamic range of medical simulation technology operation courses including:

  • Manikin hardware repair & preventive maintenance (all major brands)
  • Manikin programming
  • A/V recording system design & build-out
  • IT infrastructure and debugging
  • Inventory control management systems
  • Trauma moulage
  • Video and audio production
  • Sim lab “DIY” innovations
  • Basic medical knowledge for non-healthcare techs
  • Sim center building development
  • Building your own task trainer
  • Professional simulation tech development workshops
  • Many many more…

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Download the Latest #SG14USA Brochure Here

Sim Techs from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have already booked their flights! Join them at fun networking events like the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling hosted by Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Medical. In the exhibit room, tour the latest technology from 15 of the world’s leading medical simulation vendors including B-Line Medical, Laerdal, Worldpoint, CAE Healthcare and Gaumard.

Use the Unique Discount Code “healthysim” to receive $50 off your late registration!

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Homepage!

Free Medical Simulation Newsletter Crosses 2,500 Subscribers

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More than 2,500 medical simulation champions from around the world now subscribe to’s free monthly newsletter. This free email provides a monthly recap of all the “best of” content that gets posted on the free medical simulation resource website Simulation news, resources, links, tutorials, video interviews, product demos, and more are highlighted to subscribers in an easy-to-read newsletter. You can easily subscribe through the form below:

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Subscribers also get free access to the opening session of HealthySimAdmin, valued at $150, an HD-recorded event which brought together administrators from a dynamic range of medical simulation programs to specifically focus on management issues identified by our community.

The HealthySim newsletter is only sent out once a month and is full of original content specifically linked to medical simulation – so join over 2,500 of your peers today and get the best of!

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“True Plastic Surgery” Blog Talks Sim Tech Shop

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Looking for more great content for simulation technicians? At SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia I ran into Cyle Sprick who was sharing some impressive projects he built during the B-Line Medical “DIY Forum” course. Although I have posted it before I wanted to remind you here to check out “True Plastic Surgery”, Cyle’s awesome “tips, tricks, and hacks” page for all things dealing with simulation technology.

In this post are photos from his DIY projects which include “manikin straps to hold arms in place during EMS backboard scenarios, LearningSpace camera modifications, and customized MegaCode Kelly upgrade walkthroughs”. Anyone who likes to tinker with simulation technology will love Cyle’s blog!

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About Cyle and “True Plastic Surgery”:

Cyle has a background in biomedical engineering and systems project management as well as experience in EMS, space technology, and simulation development.

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Since 2008, Cycle has been working full time with the Clinical Simulation Unit in the Flinders University School of Medicine  in Adelaide, South Australia, where he assumed Director responsibilities in 2011.  Seems this role fits him very well as a perfect overlap of his passion for medicine, education and engineering.

“This blog is a public forum where I intend to share my thoughts about simulation in healthcare education, particularly technical musings. I sometimes tell people that when I’m working on one of our manikins that “this is true plastic surgery”, hence the name of this blog.”

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First SimGHOSTS Australia Sim Tech Training Meeting A Huge Success!

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Wednesday morning in Sippy Downs, Queensland at 7AM AEST (UTC+10), over 105 Simulation Technicians from around the world came together at SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia to engage in two full days of hands-on training, technical community networking and exhibit hall demonstrations from leading medical simulation industry partners. 130 participants came from as far away as Singapore, Canada, as well as of course from all over Australia and New Zealand. Located about an hour north of Brisbane, Australia – the meeting has taken over two years to plan and was primarily organized by SimGHOSTS Founder and Executive Director Lance Baily, SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling, and USC School of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Dr. Patrea Anderson. This new opportunity would not have been possible without the amazing efforts of Dr. Patrea Andersen who has been connecting over skype with Lance and Ryan during the past two years to help put together Australia’s first technical training meeting for simulation operators!

SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization which began at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas and has since connected thousands of simulation champions from around the world with annual events, online community resources and professional development support.

This morning’s introduction will begin with a “Welcome to Country” from a local tribe representative, which was followed by introductions to the Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill to the University of the Sunshine Coast. Lance Baily then thanked Professor John Bartlett and Head of School Margaret Barns for their support of Simulation Technology operators and SimGHOSTS, before thanking the SimGHOSTS board of directors and six participating vendors.

Leading industry vendors iSimulate, B-Line Medical, the Clinical Skills Development Service, Laerdal, Limbs & Things, and Scientific Educational Supplies sponsored this first Australian meeting specific for Simulation Technology Specialists. More than 40 courses will be presented over the next two days from SimGHOSTS board members, USC simulation staff, international simulation champions, and vendor technical instructors.

The keynote address is being provided by iSimulate co-founder Anthony Lewis BSc PhD MB BCh FRCA FANZCA who is a specialist in Anesthesia and Retrieval Medicine at St George Hospital and Greater Sydney Area HEMS in Sydney. In this keynote, the audience will learn why and how two medical educators decided to challenge a simulation philosophy that “ever more” technologically advanced manikins are better. Instead, they took the cumbersome technology out of the manikin and placed it into an user-friendly iPad. Started in Australia, iSimulate’s ideas have progressed to become a company whose products are used across the world.  The Opening Ceremonies start at 7:15AM AEST, with the keynote address beginning at 7:50AM AEST. The recorded livestream will be made available in the near future.

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The afternoon Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) plenary address was provided by Director of Simulation and Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Dylan Campher.  This presentation explored how the CSDS distributed simulation model works. As a service the program manages partnership agreements with 45 Pocket Simulation Centres scattered throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Over the past 14 years, Dylan has contributed to healthcare as a clinician, educator, program manager and executive. Dylan’s experience in simulation and education includes: operation, delivery, development, assessment and evaluation of simulation and on-line programs. Dylan has presented both nationally and internationally on a diverse range of simulation topics. Dylan is also the co-author of the book – Medical Crisis Management, Improving Performance Under Pressure and is also the lead assessor and co-author of the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. Learn more about the CSDS plenary session here.

Today B-Line Medical will award prizes for innovation to attending Sim Techs who created “DIY” Videos which showcased projects built to increase realism or efficiency in simulation labs. Projects submitted include pitted edema leg moulage, cyst moulage, magnetic defib pads, teleconference systems, and more.  Sandy Yin of B-Line Medical said of this community event, “Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood!”. You can watch the amazing DIY Video Projects here.

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