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!


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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!


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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“!


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2-Hour Laerdal SimMan 3G Programming Course Now Available Through SimGHOSTS

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Word today is that subscribers of SimGHOSTS.org (which has 50% off annual subscription again this month due to a big announcement coming next week), that you can now take a Laerdal SimMan 3G programming course right from your home or office. Best of all its only $50!

Not a subscriber to SimGHOSTS.org yet? Sign up here today! Gain access to over 200 recorded sessions, a weekly digest of conversations covering all things simulation by more than 1,500 international members, a document database, jobs posting area, and more — for only $60. For less than one Starbucks order a month you can save over 50% off the regular $135 annual subscription fee! Once you do you can gain access to some free courses, and this reasonably priced Laerdal Basic Programming Course put on by SimGHOSTS event director and simulation champion Ryan Eling.

About HSTS7100 – Basic Programming for Laerdal 3G

This 2-hour course covers basic programming theory, tools and techniques for the Laerdal platform. In part one, we cover the concepts and techniques for planning out a proper programmed scenario; these are general skills that apply to any high-, low- or no-fidelity simulation scenario. Focus is placed on communication with the entire simulation team, from students to staff to administrators to faculty.

Part Two is an extensive overview of the Laerdal 3G programming software. Here, we learn about Learner Inputs, Patient Responses, Trends, Handlers and the other tools found in the software. There is discussion and explanation of how these tools can be used, and also how they can be re-appropriated for creative solutions. This section ends with an explanation of an offline programming game that learners should play before proceeding to the final course section.


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Part Three is a point by point review of the goals of the programming game. We uncover creative uses and tricks using the Laerdal software. In the end, this review demonstrates the instructor’s theory of approaching programming as a creative, collaborative and constantly reassessed activity.

Learning Objectives & Details:

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of programming theory, practice and techniques.
  • Explain the use of basic programming functions in the Laerdal platform.
  • Demonstrate alternative uses for Laerdal programming options.

Instructor: Ryan Eling
Course Length: 2-hours
Course Fee: $50
Format: Self-Paced – Online

Sign up for the HSTS7100 course on SimGHOSTS!

Top 11 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2015

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Last month we posted our comprehensive list of the Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015, and today we are highlighting the Top 11 most read, most shared articles from HealthySimulation.com in 2015! This is the “must read” content that simulation champions around the world found the most useful for 2015!

11. NCSBN Simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs

10. ‘Simulation Discomfiters’: The Anti-Champions Who Frustrate Our Programs – 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. Learn who these folks are and how to get around them.

9. Simulation Technology Specialist Training SimGHOSTS 2015 Event Recaps:

8. IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Video Interviews Recap – In case you missed any of our video interviews from the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2015 New Orleans, here’s the complete list of all of them.

7. Free Vital Sign Simulator App Continues to Be Improved– Recently Jason Bowman at the ‘The Resuscitationist’ blog used the updated Vital Sign Simulator software to provide a long-distance SimWars competition.

6. When Simulation Goes Too Far, The Dangers Become Real. Here we cover military, fire service, hospital, and police simulations that have gone wrong — and what the dangers are for your program. Consider our crucial tips to prevent similar errors in your simulation lab.


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5. Medical Simulation Job Listings Pages Looking for work? Need to fill a simulation job? Visit these pages for all the latest simulation job listings!

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

3. SimGHOSTS Launches New Online Certificate Training Courses – After two years of research and development, SimGHOSTS has started enrolling the first students in our new online courses! Taught by experienced simulation champions, these courses in IT and Healthcare related topics will increase your knowledge and skillsets required for your every day job. Future courses in audiovisual, education, simulation, and other domains are to be announced shortly.

2. Exclusive Video: How to Build an EMS Simulation Program – Sponsored by CAE Healthcare. Watch this exclusive HealthySim video shot at the Victor Valley Community College to learn how to build or expand your medical simulation program in austere non-classroom environments.

1. “Top 50” most read and shared medical simulation articles from 2014 – If you are looking for even more top medical simulation content this is where to head next!

Read the full Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015!

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Join the free HealthySim Monthly Email Newsletter
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Join our Linkedin Group!

CAE Healthcare Announces Update to Muse Patient Simulator Software & Reminder About Upcoming HPSN in Tampa Feb

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Received this announcement regarding an update to Muse patient simulator software from CAE Healthcare which looked important enough to share with you here! Don’t forget that the Human Patient Simulator Network event is taking place next month Feb. 16th-18th in Tampa Florida.This event is for simulation champions around the world so be sure to consider attending!

Dear CAE Healthcare Customer:

We’re pleased to introduce the latest version of our patient simulator user interface, Müse 2.4, which is now available for your METIman as a free update, if you have Müse 2.0 (version 2) or above, as well as an active support and maintenance plan.

Müse 2.4 offers:


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  • CPR Analysis compliant with AHA 2015 guidelines – With the addition of Chest Compression Fraction, Müse 2.4 now includes all of the AHA-recommended metrics for quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (e.g., compression depth, compression rate, chest recoil, compression fraction, ventilation volume and rate).
  • More flexibility for scenario creation – We added variants of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) cardiac rhythms, adjustable Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) and lower respiratory rate values.
  • Overrides for EtCO2, CVP and PAP – Facilitators can now override these parameters within Müse 2.4.
  • Metric and imperial units – Both unit types are now available for patient height and weight.
  • Compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Significant improvements to these languages: German, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions.

Update Information
If you have a patient simulator under an active service agreement and Müse version 2, your update will be free. If you are on Müse version 1 and would like to install 2.4 please contact customer service. The cost is $575 per simulator for those without an active support and maintenance plan.

We value our customer relationships, and we strive to ensure that we are delivering quality products and responding to your needs. 

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Visit CAEHealthcare.com for more info!

Abstract Submission Deadlines for SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Summer Events End Soon!

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Sim Champs! The time is almost here to submit your courses for SimGHOSTS Summer events taking place around the World! Get discounted registration to your regional event by being accepted to present at the meeting. Highlight your program success stories and support your community by submitting awesome content today!

Due Dates:

USA – February 1st Extended Until February 8th!

AUS – February 8th


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UK – February 15th

We are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Podium Presentations (20 minute, 50 minute or 110 minute lecture with photos, videos and demos)
  • Workshops (2 – 4 hour hands-on training course)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)

 SimGHOSTS topic categories for all events are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology

They are also looking for presentations in VR, augmented reality, patient safety, and other specialized simulation technologies in 2016!

Presentations can be of varying length: 20, 50 or 110 minutes; or a 4-hour workshop. They are looking for content that covers many experience levels, from Beginner to Advanced.Accepted 20 minute proposals earn presenter a $25 discount on event registration. 
Accepted 50 or 110 minute proposals earn a $50 discount for one of the presenter(s).
Accepted 4-hour workshops earn a $50 discount for up to 3 presenters.

Presentation Proposal Links by Event:

SimGHOSTS 2016: Australia

SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2016

SimGHOSTS 2016: USA

HealthySimulation.com Founder & Entrepreneur Lance Baily Interviewed by Modern Outcomes

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Last month HealthySimulation.com founder and Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily was interviewed via podcast by Matthew Stoltz of Modern Outcomes. The podcast covered Lance’s background and journey into medical simulation, his career, and the many entrepreneurial simulation projects he helped to create including HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org.

What You Will Learn:

How SimGHOSTS tackles core issues facing technical simulation specialists today:


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  • Training facilitation
  • Professional development processes
  • Showcasing the value of the technical support staff role

How you can validate simualtion purchases with validated customer input

How Healthy Simulation acts as an equalizer ensuring that simulation resources are available across the globe.

Listen to the full podcast on Modern Outcomes today!