Online ‘Simulation Week’ Promotes the Use of Healthcare Simulation – Learn & Share Today!

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The annual online “Simulation Week” is in full affect! Check out hundreds of articles shared by the community and share your simulation story with a global audience. Organized by Simulation Australia, Sim Week promotes the use of healthcare simulation by sharing our community’s work with the whole world! This year SimWeek runs from Monday, May 2nd until Sunday May 8th. The week is a brilliant chance to promote all forms of simulation across our entire community, in our organizations, our institutions, our start-ups, our departments, our schools, our Universities and even our homes. It’s time to celebrate all things Sim, the wonderful accomplishments and our incredibly bright future.

You can find SimWeek online at www.simulationweek.com and it is open to anyone to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are critical to conveying the messages so don’t leave them out! The site is linked through to all of our social media platforms so your messages will have a vast audience. Information and examples on how to contribute online can be found by clicking here.

Sim Week Events:


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The Health Education and Training Institute, in partnership with the Southern NSW Local Health District, will be celebrating SimulationWeek with the staff of Batemans Bay Hospital and the local emergency services (Fire, Police, Ambulance and SES) with a sausage sizzle and open day of the Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre. This SimWeek event will be on Tuesday 3 May at Batemans Bay Hospital from 10:00am until 2.00pm.

On Wednesday 4 May, the Flinders University Hexapod will be doing a demonstration at 3:00pm until 4.00pm, The Flinders Hexapod is a testing facility that is based on a Stewart-Gough platform (the mechanism that is used to produce the motion in a flight simulator). The test machine is able to simulate complex motion and measure the effect that motion has on various structures and/or people. There are a large number of research projects that are planned for the facility, which include the building, maritime, and aerospace industries.

If you would like your story “up in lights”, email it to simulationweek@simaust.com so we can make you and Simulation a Star.

Visit SimulationWeek.com all this week!


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HealthySimulation.com Free Medical Simulation Resource Website Turns 6!

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Simulation Champions! Thank you for all your continued readership and support as we celebrate our 6th year providing free medical simulation resources around the world. Did you know that since 2010 over 300,000 readers have viewed our thousand plus articles almost 800,000 times? You have come from 214 different countries to learn and share more about healthcare simulation:

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6 Years ago today HealthySimulation.com begin with our first article:

“Welcome to HealthySimulation.com, an independent resource site for healthcare educators and professionals to share and grow our field of medical simulation.

Healthcare Simulation is such an emergent field that no one person, place, or resource has all the answers to the thousands of questions and problems unique to the developing technology.  While at this time the best way to learn about simulation is to visit a sim lab or sim center, the potential of the internet to share and exchange ideas from all over the world clearly provides an opportunity to grow healthy simulation faster and with greater ease than ever before.

The goal of this website is to provide unfiltered resources and honest advice for those developing and growing a simulation program.  By connecting the millions of new and developing simulation users with the thousands of “simulation champions”, those who not only get simulation but truly love it!”

Do you think we are hitting that goal? With now over 3,500 email newsletter subscribers, I think we are!

Here’s but a handful of HealthySim’s Most Read Articles:

  1. Free Medical Simulation Scenarios
  2. Healthcare Simulation Jobs Listings
  3. What to REALLY look for when hiring a Sim Tech
  4. HealthySim Youtube Channel Crosses 100,000 Views
  5. SimGHOSTS Launches 2016 Early-Bird Event Registrations for Simulation Technology Training
  6. CAE Healthcare Fidelis Maternal Simulator Video Interview
  7. Simulation Provides 7:1 Cost Savings for Hospital
  8. Laerdal SimPaid Interview with Jon Laerdal
  9. Emesis Moulage from Bobbie Merica

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Thank you!

First and foremost I would like to thank you, the simulation champion reader, for continuing to engage with the resources we continue to produce. Your appreciate keeps the website going so be sure to let us know on our Linkedin group, @HealthySim twitter account, or by email!

I would also like to thank the following groups for their support of HealthySimulation.com (& HealthySimAdmin) in the past in the form of sponsorships, which help us to pay for hosting and development costs:

Simulab

Laerdal


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CAE Healthcare
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Drexel University

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NYIT University

SimED Australia

University of San Francisco

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Robert Morris University

We hope to continue to serve you with the best healthcare simulation information possible so be sure to share any big news you have with us via email so we can spread the word.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Featured Job Listing: Simulation Specialist at FIU Wertheim College of Medicine

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Today a featured job listing from Florida International University, which you can apply for with the link at the bottom of this article! Check out all the latest positions on our medical simulation jobs page.

Job Title: Simulations Specialist
Institution  Name: FIU – Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Location: Miami, Florida, United States, 33199

About FIU

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU @ I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports.

Position Description:

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is currently seeking a Simulations Specialist to join our team of professionals. Duties Include:


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  • Oversees the day to day operation in the simulation center.
  • Sets up the simulation room or simulation center in preparation for simulation scenarios; including equipment, simulators, IT and video/audio; Performs all necessary tests to verify system is working appropriately.
  • Assists with the operations of the simulators during training sessions.
  • Demonstrates and teaches technical aspects of operating simulators to faculty members and supporting staff.
  • Provides orientation of faculty, medical students and residents to principles of simulation training and debriefing techniques.
  • Supports the development of simulation curriculum with technical knowledge of the simulation center capabilities and procedures to ensure that curriculums are accurate and appropriate.
  • Supports the development of instructor training methods.
  • Assists in the development of course curriculum and assessment tools with appropriate faculty and staff.
  • Maintains all simulation equipment inventory.
  • Develops inventory control procedures to monitor supply levels, allocate costs accurately and ensure supplies are on hand when needed.
  • Coordinates facility improvement and new equipment deployment.
  • Monitors equipment safety and performance testing.
  • Develops relationships with medical equipment vendors to gain their support to supply goods and services in support of medical training.
  • Develops technical proficiency with all aspects of operation, maintenance, support and trouble shooting.
  • Works with manufacturers or vendors to correct equipment deficiencies in order to minimize down time.
  • Works with COM IT on escalated technical problems.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of simulation training programs among users by working with course directors and coordinators to establish priorities and maximize operational time.
  • Learn and master the simulation software (EMS – Educational Management Solutions) that centralizes simulation center scheduling, inventory, assessment tools and collection of assessment data.
  • Assists with data entry involving the conversion of current assessment tools into the EMS system to develop a paperless assessment system.
  • Works with the director of simulation and director of educational assessment to report OSCE data collected within the EMS system.
  • Performs related duties as required or as directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and six (6) years of appropriate experience, or Master’s degree and four (4) years of experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous Healthcare, Professional Nurse, Paramedic, Physician Assistant experience is preferred.
  • Experience with A/V and multimedia equipment.
  • Experience with the use of Simulators in medical education.
  • Ability to learn and master EMS software.

How to Apply

For more information or to apply, please click the link below for job opening ID 511208. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest accompanying their curriculum vitae with names and addresses of three professional references. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Apply Here for the Simulation Specialist Job at FIU here!

 


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Simulation Champions Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

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Happy Friday Sim champs! Today we share a note from Michael Anderson, Medical Simulation Specialist at Robeson Community College, who wrote in this little fix for the Laerdal SimMan (or other older Vital Sim products):

Want a simple fix for the Laerdal Manikin/Simulator Ankle to create stability and longevity? The ankle has a thin area that can sometimes break and so this is a great and inexpensive fix. We used the tubing off of a well-used central line trainer to create the sleeve/grommet.


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  1. First off unscrew the bolt that holds the ankle to the leg, and set to the side.
  2. Next cut the tubing to the length that will fit inside of the ankle and the bolt.
  3. Lube the tubing and ankle whole and insert the tubing through the whole.
  4. Replace the foot to the leg and inset the bolt through the leg, ankle, tubing and tighten.
  5. You now have a nice and snug ankle that will articulate nicely!

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Other helpful simulation posts from Michael:

  • Medical Simulation Improves Job Readiness Skills
  • Is it a K or a Q
  • Medical Simulation Enhances Onboarding and Training Procedures Provided By Employers

Read Michael’s other awesome simulation posts on LinkedIn!

Times Herald Interviews Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy

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Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy from St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center was interviewed last month about his work in our “growing field”. Check out this excerpt:

“From his seat in the glassed-in control room of St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center, Murphy manipulates computerized human stand-ins lying in hospital beds in a mock emergency ward in the next room.

At the touch of a mouse, he can make the high-fidelity dummies “breathe,” their diaphragms rising and falling. He can produce an ever-present outflow of the patient’s vital stats, forcing the student nurses to constantly monitor heart rates and blood pressure as they rush about administering I.V. fluids and life-saving medications within a critical few minutes’ time. Throughout the exercise, he and instructor-coordinator Kim Murphy observe the students’ responses that are picked up and transmitted live to control room monitors. 


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Murphy said health care training using simulated patients is a growing field involving working with manufacturers and sales reps and attending conferences to stay current. Hospitals are using the training with their own employees in addition to universities, and the military uses the technology to simulate combat situations among its medical technicians.

“I see it as a growing field. It’s a new and upcoming profession, and it’s very exciting, actually,” he said.”

Read the Full Story about Sean on the Times Herald Website!

SimCore Provides Cloud-Based Simulation Program Management Software

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Continuing our IMSH 2016 Video Interview series today we take a closer look at SimCore, which provides a program management cloud based software platform as well as expertise in simulation center planning and design. Watch our interview with SimCore Founder Brian Gillet MD, who has directed numerous simulation programs and brings his experience to this comprehensive program to learn more! (Note: Sadly there was a bit too much brightness on the computer screen during the interview to see all the software features so be sure to check out the website to learn more through the link below).

Fostering Excellence in Healthcare Performance:

SimCore’s mission is to advance clinical simulation by providing highly efficient tools to develop and deploy scenarios, manage workflow, support training and implementation, and to enable cross-disciplinary collaboration within the simulation community. The SimCore System is 100% web-based and designed to be IT and network friendly. Simcore was built from the ground up to provide a powerful tool than can be securely accessed from anywhere on any device.

Create: With the cloud-based Scenario Designer, easily standardize, create, edit and run your scenarios anywhere — even from a smart phone. Hundreds of radiographs, ECG’s, educational diagrams and real-motion ultrasounds are available for integration into your scenarios through the Media Gallery – or upload your own. The Scenario Designer allows for standardizing template elements across all of your scenarios.


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Schedule: Efficiently schedule and coordinate simulation sessions within an institution or across a healthcare network with the Calendar. Integration with other calendar programs such as Outlook, iCal, Google and smart devices occurs in the background, sending calendar invites to participants, instructors and helpers.

Run: Serve your scenario content—such as clinical history, labs, radiographs, and critical actions—to a screen within the screen- or mobile device-simulation control room during live sessions. Integrate a digital assessment form into any simulation and track participant performance in real time.

Track & Analyze: The system calculates and normalizes ratings so that you can easily track learner or instructor progress as well as validate and improve scenarios. Display valuable metrics with charts and graphs for high yield reporting.

Connect: Harness the power of collective wisdom by browsing and importing scenarios across the SimCore community. As others create scenarios, they become available for users to customize without overwriting the original—even revisions can be imported.

Learn more about SimCore software and services on their website today!

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

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

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

Webinar Abstract:

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

Learning Objectives:


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

About the Instructor:

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

 

Sim Tech Resources: Early-Bird Registrations & Online Subscriptions 

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

Learn more about this Webinar on the SimGHOSTS website!

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

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

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

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


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Qualifications:

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

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

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

Learn more and apply now on the MedStar Website!

MEdsim Magazine Becomes Medical Training Magazine

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

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

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

From MEdSim to Medical Training Magazine:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the 2016 Events:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about all SimGHOSTS 2016 Events!