‘S3’ Singapore Simulation Conference Now Accepting Presentations for November Event, Supported by SimHealth, SESAM & SimGHOSTS

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The S3 Conference brings together thought leaders and cutting-edge ideas from three renowned simulation centers to one place: located in Singapore General Hospital Campus, Singapore. Hosted by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS), the S3 Conference 2017 is jointly organized by SIMS, Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) and The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS).

All presentation submissions are due by May 19th!

This international tripartite partnership will provide participating healthcare simulation teams with the best learning and networking opportunities with leading experts worldwide. The S3 Conference aims to be at the pulse of Asia’s simulation industry and to lead the transformation of simulation in the region and beyond. The theme for the S3 Conference this year is, “At the Crossroad of Simulation; Bringing the World together”. Expect transformative sessions with international guest speakers, experience the latest in simulation technology, take in new ideas, share simulation best practices across borders, present ground-breaking simulation studies to fellow industry insiders, receive hands-on training in advanced simulation procedures, and more.

Who Should Attend?



The S3 Conference connects healthcare professionals across disciplines and medical professions in Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US. The conference will be useful for:

  • Healthcare and simulation technology specialists,
  • Healthcare educators and trainers,
  • Nursing and allied health professionals,
  • Academics and researchers, as well as Local and overseas healthcare leaders.

The main conference takes place from 1 – 3 November 2017, while pre-conference activities will be held on 31 October 2017.

About the Host

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) is Singapore’s largest simulation facility with a comprehensive range of simulation modalities, cutting-edge technology and training programmes. SIMS is committed to delivering quality simulation training by providing a safe and supervised environment for healthcare professionals to sharpen their clinical skills. The institute draws upon the synergy of collective expertise, curriculum and resources in SingHealth. With a rich legacy in clinical education, SIMS aims to be the leading global institution in medical simulation, pushing frontiers in patient safety.

Submit Your Abstracts By May 19th on the SingHealth S3 Website!


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SimGHOSTS Opens Early-Bird Registration for August Sim Technology Training Event at WakeMed Raleigh

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SimGHOSTS 2017 USA has opened early-bird registration!

Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Early Bird Registration ENDS July 1st!
Early-Bird (April 3rd – July 1st): $473
Standard (July 1st – August 2nd): $597

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

The 2017 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 networking and infrastructures
  • Moulage makeup
  • Team communication & 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.



United States
WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

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.

Administrators of simulation programs 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!

Secure your early-bird pass today to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!

Featured Job Listing: SP Program Coordinator for FIU in Florida

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Job Title: Program Coordinator (SP)
Institution:
FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Location:
Miami, FL

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is currently seeking a Program Coordinator to join our team of professional.

Duties include:

  • Develops a recruitment, training and supervising plan for Standardized Patient Program participants.
  • Coordinates, manages, and supervises teaching and assessment activities involving medical students, interns, residents, physicians and other professions using Standardized Patients.
  • Provides training to standardized patients to include but not limited to feedback training, best practices for SP Education, current training techniques, and quality control procedures.
  • Assists in the orientation of students, residents and others to the activity and center.
  • Works with the Simulation Operations Manager and the Simulation Specialist in EMS (Education Management Solution) software to set up learner events.
  • Collaborates in case development and scenario design with the Medical Director for teaching and assessment activities involving standardized patients.
  • Assists with the promoting and implementation of Standardized Patient program services for the community.
  • Works with simulation administrator to create and design recruitment and marketing materials and website pages for distribution to potential applicants and program users.
  • Acts as a liaison to internal and external customers.
  • Maintains proficiency in existing and emerging trends in the use of Standardized Patients in medical education including basic theory, design and implementation, by maintaining a literature base, evaluating new methods and materials, and participating in education opportunities (travel to standardized patients educator conferences – ASPE).
  • Manages payroll for SPs and maintains budget for Standardized Patient Program. Reports to Medical Director at quarterly meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning tasks that are logically related.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of office or related experience.



DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two (2) years of experience with Standardized Patients in medical education, health and/or educator background preferred.
  • Familiarity with teaching and assessment methods and technologies involved in the use of Standardized Patients preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information or to apply, please visit us on-line at http://careers.fiu.edu and reference job opening ID 513053. 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.

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. 

Apply Here for this position!


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Final Deadline for SimGHOSTS USA Abstract Submission is TODAY by 12PM Pacific!

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Today is the day to submit your abstracts for SimGHOSTS USA 2017!
Accepted presentations provide a $50 discount for lead presenter’s registration!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is TODAY BY 12pm PST!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:



  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • 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)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

Location: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!

Update: Abstract Deadline PUSHED for SimGHOSTS USA to March 7th!

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UPDATE! The deadline has been extended until March 7th for USA! SimGHOSTS @ SESAM Paris is closed!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is *UPDATE* now March 7th!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

Submit Your SimGHOSTS Track @ SESAM Paris Here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:



  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • 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)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

Location: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!


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Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles of 2016!

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Even if you missed our Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2016 you can catch the Top 10 countdown here!

Top 10 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016:

10. SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World’s First High Emotion Simulator

9. Where to get Free Medical Simulation Scenarios

8. Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

7. Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

6. Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways: the Role of Simulation-Based Education

5. Updates from SimGHOSTS, The Leaders in Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Support



5. Media Covers May BMJ Article: “Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” – Call for New Hashtag #SimToZero!

4. The Must-Own Healthcare Simulation Library *Updated for 2016

3. Medical Simulation Jobs Page

2. Top 11 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2015 from the Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015.

1. Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World? You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located!

Be sure to subscribe to HealthySim’s FREE email newsletter to stay up with all the best medical simulation articles!

SESAM Paris to Host SimGHOSTS, EU & USA SimGHOSTS Abstracts Due March 31st, Feb. 23rd Moulage Patients Webinar

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Check out these key updates from our friends at SimGHOSTS:

SimGHOSTS to SESAM Paris – Abstracts Due Soon!

During the event our leadership secured a partnership with SESAM leadership to have SimGHOSTS run a technology track at their Paris Event June 14-16! There will be a discounted registration for those attendees only interested in the SimGHOSTS technical track. Abstracts are due for the EU event March 1st. Learn more about SimGHOSTS at SESAM here!

USA Abstracts Due March 1st

Speaking of due abstracts, will you be joining us at WakeMed in Raleigh, North Carolina this August? If so then abstracts are also due from you by March 1st. You will receive $50 off your registration if you become a presenter! Submit an abstract to USA by March 1st here!



FREE Feb 23rd Webinar

SimGHOSTS Board Secretary Lizzy Wooley has put together an awesome webinar by James Colquitt, PhD, RRT-ACCS, EMT on “Protecting Your Moulage Patients from Becoming Real Patients”. This is taking place next Thursday February 23rd, 2pm – 3pm EST. The webinar is FREE to attend and the recording will be available for subscribers.

Learning objectives:

  1. List and describe specific risks involved with the use of moulage.
  2. Describe how to recognize and treat anaphylaxis, and burns resulting during the application of moulage.
  3. Outline steps to be taken to minimize liability to simulation labs and facilities hosting simulated experiences.
Then don’t forget about these other big announcements:
If you didnt know, Annual subscription to SimGHOSTS.org costs less than a “Venti Mocha Extra Shot (hold the foam)” per month and provides more INCLUDED online resources than any other organization in the industry — and there’s even a discount per member if you sign up 3 or more simulation champions from your institution at once — so sign up today!

Don’t forget that for the latest updates follow SimGHOSTS on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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“Y… ¡corten!” – Algunos excelentes lugares donde obtener escenarios de simulación (incluso GRATIS)

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This is a Spanish translation of our article “And, Scene!” – Some Great Places to get Simulation Scenarios (even FREE)“, thanks to Alfred de Jesús Toledo de Lima Director del Centro de Simulación COSMOS en Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña!

La primera vez que me senté en una computadora de simulación de alta fidelidad y abrí la opción de programación sabía que había encontrado una nueva pasión. También sabía que habría mucha gente por ahí con temor de mirar la misma pantalla. Los escenarios de programación toman mucho tiempo para aquellos de nosotros que carecemos de buenos conocimientos de computación. Poner a funcionar un laboratorio de simulación sin escenarios es como tratar de conducir un coche sin combustible, podrias también salir y empujarlo o simplemente darte por vencido. La programación toma tiempo y cuando se lanza un nuevo laboratorio de simulación, puede que no sea factible que los educadores puedan disponer del compromiso de tiempo necesario para diseñar escenarios (y mucho menos para programarlos).

Por lo tanto, sin más preámbulos, haga clic en el enlace de abajo para obtener un par de recursos realmente excelentes que he encontrado (o que utilizamos en el Centro de Simulación Clínica de Las Vegas)

Escenarios GRATIS del Centro de Recursos de Enfermería del Área de la Bahía

Organizado por KT Waxman y sus amigos, el Bay Area Simulation Collaborative es el punto de partida para el Instituto de Enfermería y Atención Médica de California (CINHC) y la Alianza de Simulación de California (CSA). Ambos recursos tienen escenarios disponibles para los usuarios también. BASC ofrece algunos escenarios GRATIS para Médicos y Cirujanos, Cuidados Intensivos, Pediatria y Maternidad / Obstetricia. He escuchado de numerosas personas que este es un gran punto de partida para conseguir algunos escenarios de simulación de un alto nivel de funcionalidad.

Evolve SLS Case Escenarios de ENFERMERÍA de Elsevier

Los paquetes de escenarios disponibles de Evolve se alinean con los objetivos de enseñanza de varios textos educativos notables. Esto funciona bien porque sus estudiantes podrán leer sobre ejemplos específicos en su texto y luego tener la oportunidad de experimentar con ejemplos similares en sus Laboratorios de Simulación. Por supuesto, los escenarios pueden usarse independientemente y no tienen que alinearse con el texto, pero esta es una gran oportunidad si su departamento busca alinear el plan de estudios.

Elsevier hace un trabajo increíble en la creación de escenarios de simulación SIMPLES de leer y de entender con secciones dedicadas a los objetivos de aprendizaje, preparación y configuración, operaciones y debriefing. Aquí hay un ejemplo de la configuración de la sala para uno de los escenarios de Evolve:

Evolve ha tenido paquetes de escenarios Médico-Quirúrgicos basados en diferentes textos desde hace bastante tiempo, y recientemente han agregado Paquetes de Maternidad y Pediatría a su creciente arsenal. Una cosa importante a tener en cuenta es que estos escenarios son “en papel”, lo que significa que el paquete NO viene con programación de computadora para su sistema de simulación de alta fidelidad (es decir, Gaumard, METI o Laerdal). Así que alguien en su departamento todavía querrá programar estos paquetes de escenarios en sus sistemas informáticos, para que pueda utilizar la mayor eficiencia en su laboratorio y sus simulaciones. (Vea más sobre por qué esto es crucial para un programa de simulación exitoso mas abajo).

La mayoría de los profesores de nuestras dos Escuelas de Enfermería colaborativas utilizan los paquetes de escenarios de Evolve. Como administrador, me ha complacido trabajar con un sistema que puede poner en marcha las nuevas simulaciones en unas pocas horas sin forzar a los educadores a pasar horas preparando escenarios para sus cursos. Por supuesto que siento que los escenarios programados específicamente para el curso de cada instructor tendrán mejores resultados, pero comenzar con “un as bajo la manga” realmente ayuda a lanzar un nuevo programa de simulación.

Estos escenarios también se enlazan a un sistema interno de records de pacientes en línea, por lo que si usted puede proporcionar una computadora portátil con conexión a Internet en su Laboratorio de Simulación los estudiantes podrán elaborar estos detalles importantes durante el ejercicio.

La desventaja para mí con los paquetes de escenarios SLS de Evolve es que alguien tiene que pagar por el acceso a estos escenarios por cada estudiante. En otras palabras, estos escenarios son arrendados y no son comprados. Esto significa que tengo que seguir pagando en el sistema como si estos escenarios fueran libros de texto. Aunque los estudiantes de Enfermería tienen acceso a estos escenarios durante el tiempo de su educación, por supuesto, sería mejor si yo pudiera pagar una cuota por adelantado para accesar a este sistema y dejarlo asi.

Sin embargo, en este momento y en el futuro previsible hemos quedado muy contentos con este sistema. A largo plazo, habrá que explorar otras opciones más permanentes.



Paquetes de escenarios específicos para maniquies

Tanto METI como Laerdal tienen paquetes de escenarios de simulación que vienen programados para sus sistemas específicos. Una vez más, aunque con estas opciones se está comprando un diseño de sistema específico para un escenario, una vez posea el diseño usted puede programar el algoritmo en cualquiera de los otros sistemas en su propio tiempo. (Es decir, un escenario de PALS de Laerdal Simbaby puede ser utilizado fácilmente en un Baby Hal de Gaumard, sólo tiene que programar el software o ejecutarlo “sobre la marcha” usted mismo). El beneficio de comprar estos paquetes es que a diferencia de los escenarios Elsevier Evolve, ¡Luego de comprarlos son suyos! Esto es importante para cualquier tipo de Laboratorio de Simulación que corra educación multi-profesional a través de silos de atención médica, que pueden necesitar ejecutar simulaciones colaborativas. Así que con paquetes como los que se enumeran a continuación, una vez son comprados por su institución cualquiera en esa institución puede utilizarlos.

Los paquetes de cursos de Laerdal incluyen:

  • Casos de Pacientes de Trauma para SimMan 3G
  • Casos de Emergencia de Pacientes para SimMan 3G
  • Escenarios interprofesionales de entrenamiento Obstétrico para simuladores de nacimientos PROMPT
  • Simulación en Enfermería Educación Volumen I Paciente Casos
  • Simulación en Enfermería Educación Volumen II Paciente Casos
  • Escenarios avanzados de reanimación y estabilización neonatal para SimNewB
  • PALS SimBaby Escenarios
  • Currículo de Capacitación del Equipo de Respuesta Rápida
  • Los primeros 5 minutos del currículo
  • Escenarios de preparación para emergencias – Terrorismo
  • Escenarios ACLS
  • Escenarios NLN
  • Escenarios de trabajo en equipo y comunicación

* Edit: También, echa un vistazo a mi NUEVO post sobre SIMCENTER de Laerdal.

Los módulos de aprendizaje de METI incluyen:

  • Enfermería de Adultos
  • Apoyo Avanzado de Vida Cardíaca
  • Situaciones críticas cardiopulmonares
  • Combat Medic Entrenamiento Avanzado de Habilidades
  • Preparación Médica para Desastres
  • Servicios médicos de emergencia
  • Fundamentos de la Práctica de Enfermería
  • Emergencias Infantiles
  • Enfermería Infantil
  • Programa de residencia de enfermeras
  • Emergencias pediátricas
  • Apoyo avanzado de la vida pediátrica
  • Enfermería Pediátrica
  • Manejo perioperatorio
  • Programa de Integración Curricular de Enfermería
  • Programa de Simulación de Educación Respiratoria Módulo 1
  • Trauma Medical Care

METI también alberga una sección de compartición de escenarios en sus foros. 

Ahi tienes…. ¡pero espera! ¡Programar es Todavía la Perfección!

Ahora mientras que usted no tiene que programar escenarios “en papel” porque usted puede ejecutarlos sobre la marcha basándose en el algoritmo proporcionado, aprender cómo programar (o pagar a alguien) no sólo ahorra una cantidad ENORME de tiempo en la sala de control de la simulación , sino que permite al facilitador y al técnico (si está disponible) poder permanecer centrado en las actividades de los estudiantes. Al conocer el algoritmo con el gráfico y ser capaz de hacer clic rápidamente en “1, 2, 3, 2, 4” a través de las diversas etapas de la escena significa que pasará más tiempo participando con los estudiantes y menos tiempo reajustando seis diferentes signos vitales cada vez que desee moverlo entre etapas. Así, los escenarios de 10-15 minutos se convierten en escenarios de 20-25 minutos porque el facilitador esta enfocado en las cosas equivocadas. La programación vale cada dificil minuto ya que la eficiencia de su Programa de Simulación aumenta diez veces con cada escenario programado con éxito y permanente.

Mientras que la compra de paquetes a granel puede ayudarte a comenzar, ajustar estos escenarios a su plan de estudios específico todavía tiene que hacerse a mano. En mi opinión, un escenario comprado de un paquete le lleva a alrededor del 80% del camino – ya que la mayor parte del trabajo de preparación, algoritmo y las notas de debriefing han sido producidas para usted. Sin embargo, para llegar a los requisitos específicos del plan de estudios de su programa, tomar estos escenarios y ajustarlos es absolutamente necesario. Y como he dicho anteriormente, algunos de los paquetes son sólo “en escenarios de papel”, lo que significa que al final todavía tiene que programar en su sistema de maniquí de todos modos. ¿Estaría interesado en apoyo de programación? Envíeme una línea a: Lance@HealthySimulation.com y déjeme saber cómo puedo ayudarle!

* Editar: Recursos adicionales:

Lea sobre mi publicación sobre la Biblioteca de Sim Case para la Sociedad de Medicina Académica de Emergencia (SAEM).

¿Tienes otro recurso?

¡Comparte tus recursos adicionales para escenarios de simulación publicando un enlace en tu respuesta a continuación!

Actors Play Patients to Train Medical Students for Real-Life Work

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More great simulation news from Singapore this week, with an article highlighting the use of Standardized Patients to help medical students learn. Read last week’s article about the new partnership between SingHealth and the SCDF for paramedic simulation training.

Excerpt from StraitTimes:

Medical schools are turning to part-time actors to help students polish their bedside manners, long before they reach a real patient’s bedside. The actors take part in elaborate role plays, simulating patients to help mimic the challenges of hospital work. This could mean playing a distraught family member, a patient who cannot speak English or a senior doctor.

“I’m driven very much by the fact that it gives me a chance to help put the doctors’ hearts into medicine,” said Mr Davin Boo, who used to be a bit-part actor and is now self- employed.



The 48-year-old has been part of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s programme for the past three years.

Even with acting experience, he said that working as a simulated patient can be challenging as it requires improvisation. I’ve been lectured by doctors or felt judged, or just treated as a figure in a ward. It’s wonderfully satisfying to be able to help change that. DAPHNE ONG, a professional actress, on what she hopes to achieve by working as a simulated patient. “As an actor, you just go by the script,” he said. “As an actor, you just go by the script,” he said. “As a simulated patient, you may be able to pre- empt responses, but it’s not a fixed script on the other end.”

Retired teacher Eugene Eu, 58, said that he likes the ability to interact with young people and – a personal bonus – understand what his daughter has to deal with. “My daughter has just started doing her nursing diploma and, with this experience that I have, I’m able to empathise with her,” he said. “We have this thing in common.”

NUS has around 160 such actors, while the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has around 100. Associate Professor May Lim, who is programme director for occupational therapy at SIT, said: “We decided it’s very important for students to learn from the people they will be treating, through interaction in the community and beyond a clinical setting.”

IMSH 2017 Opens in Orlando to 2,700 Attendees From 51 Countries

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Today in Orlando Florida, 2,700 simulation champions from over 50 countries came together for the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. The event started with Stories from the Heart, a collection of shared stories from simulation champions about their experiences with healthcare simulation. The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2017) is the most important healthcare simulation conference of the year. One in which you will experience complete immersion in situations that may result in lives being improved and saved. Dr. Christine Park, President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Dr. Chad Epps, Past-President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare — helped open the show.

About the Stories from the Heart:

Many of us have taken part in a healthcare simulation exercise and know the feeling of confidence it can bring. We understand that the knowledge gained can lead directly to improved patient safety, a change in our life, or even save a patient’s life. This is an incredible concept and many of us have a tale to tell. Come join us during our Opening Plenary Session to hear the powerful stories of how simulation has helped save a life! You can read many more Stories from the Heart here.

Mary Holtschneider RN-BC, told the story of a friend, a simulation champion herself who fell unconscious next to the hospital and was found by colleagues and rushed to the hospital that she was going to teach simulation at that day. Thankfully, the interventions that the team had learned from her simulated practice sessions were put into practice, and miraculously she survived even with more than 60 minutes of unconsciousness. Turns out — Mary was her friend in the story!

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Dr. David Gaba was honored with the Pioneer in Simulation award for his lifetime of work in shaping the industry “for his ingenuity talent and wisdom in leading the creation of modern day simulators and advancing the field as the founding editor of the journal for simulation in healthcare. Dr. Gaba received a standing ovation from the general audience!”

About Dr. Gaba

David Gaba, MD is Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and Director of the Center for Immersive and Simulation based Learning (CISL) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Anesthesia (with tenure) at Stanford and Director of the Patient Simulation Center of Innovation at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he is also a Staff Anesthesiologist. Over the last 25 years Dr. Gaba’s laboratory has worked extensively on human performance and patient safety issues. This laboratory is a pioneer in applying organizational safety theory to health care.

The laboratory is also the inventor of the modern full-body patient simulator and is responsible for introducing Crew Resource Management training from aviation to healthcare, first in anesthesia and then to many other healthcare domains. He has been the principal investigator on grants from a wide variety of funders. Dr. Gaba is an author on more than 100 original articles in a wide diversity of peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of 18 book chapters, and the well-known book Crisis Management in Anesthesiology. After serving on the editorial boards of several high profile academic and medical journals, Dr. Gaba was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the indexed peer-reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare, the official journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

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