Apoyando las Transiciones en las Trayectorias de la Carrera Medica: El Papel de la Educación Basada en Simulación

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We thank Alfred de Jesús Toledo de Lima Director del Centro de Simulación COSMOS en Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña for this Spanish translation of Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways – The Role of Simulation Based Education! Please comment and email us your appreciation of this Spanish article — and we will continue to produce more translations in the future!

Apoyando las Transiciones en las Trayectorias de la Carrera Medica: El Papel de la Educación Basada en Simulación

¿Aun no ha revisado la revista Advances in Simulation Journal? ¡Grandes noticias! es gratis para todos en línea gracias a la gente en SESAM. Acabo de revisar “Apoyando las Transiciones en las Trayectorias de la Carrera Medica: El Papel de la Educación Basada en Simulación” por Jennifer Cleland y otros, ¡y nos pareció muy útil para que todos nosotros lo consideremos!

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Advances in Simulation proporciona un foro para compartir la práctica académica con el objetivo de avanzar en el uso de la simulación en el contexto de la atención médica y social. Advances in Simulation publica artículos que abarcan todas las disciplinas científicas y de las ciencias sociales, todas las profesiones de atención médica y social, así como estudios multi e interprofesionales. La revista incluye artículos relacionados con la simulación que incluyen el estudio de la práctica de la atención médica, factores humanos, psicología, sociología, antropología, comunicación, trabajo en equipo, rendimiento humano, educación, tecnología de aprendizaje, economía, ingeniería biomédica, computación científica, modelado de simulación, estudios de población, teatro, artesanía, evaluación de programas y más.



Abstracto

Las transiciones o períodos de cambio en las trayectorias de la carrera médica pueden ser episodios difíciles que requieren que el profesional clínico en transición asuma nuevos roles y responsabilidades, se adapte a las nuevas dinámicas culturales, cambie los patrones de conducta y que maneje exitosamente la incertidumbre. Estos períodos de aprendizaje intensivo presentan riesgos para la seguridad del paciente. La educación basada en la simulación es un enfoque pedagógico que permite a los profesionales clínicos practicar sus habilidades técnicas y no técnicas en un ambiente seguro y de este modo aumentar su preparación para la práctica. En este comentario, presentamos los potenciales usos, fortalezas y limitaciones de la educación basada en simulación para apoyar las transiciones en las trayectorias de la carrera médica, discutiendo la utilidad educativa, evaluación de resultados y procesos, y el costo y el valor e introduciendo una nueva perspectiva al considerar las ventajas de la Educación Basada en Simulación. Proporcionamos ejemplos de casos de estudio en los que se aplica la Simulación Basada en Educación para ilustrar estos puntos y estimular la discusión.

Conclusiones

Incrementar la preparación de los docotores para llevar a cabo las técnicas y comportamientos requeridos para asi cumplir con las responsabilidades de cualquier nuevo papel que desempeñan es importante para la seguridad del paciente, la eficiencia del servicio y el bienestar psicológico individual. Mientras que el verdadero dominio de un rol no puede lograrse hasta que uno se sumerja en el mismo lugar de trabajo[6], la literatura indica que podemos avanzar algún trecho con la preparación de los individuos para los elementos técnicos y no técnicos de cualquier nuevo rol, y de hecho los retos psicológicos asociados, a través del uso juicioso e imaginativo de la Educación Basada en Simulación. En este trabajo, hemos proporcionado una visión general de algunos de los factores clave asociados con planificar y evaluar la Educación Basada en Simulación para transiciones.

También hemos destacado una serie de áreas para investigación futura en la Educación Basada en Simulación para dar apoyo a las transiciones de la carrera médica. Estas incluyen el desarrollo de la comprensión en torno a los factores prácticos que deben ser considerados al diseñar Educación Basada en Simulación, que van desde entregar retroalimentación y la incorporación de medidas de resultado a largo plazo hasta el análisis de la costo-efectividad del enfoque que está llevandose a cabo, así como las influencias socio-culturales sobre el aprendizaje en entornos simulados. Instamos a los que trabajan en la investigación de la Educación Basada en Simulación a considerar la mejor manera de identificar y evaluar los resultados concretos específicos para este propósito. Sigue existiendo la necesidad de una mayor investigación sobre el uso de la Educación Basada en Simulación para apoyar la transición de estudiante de medicina a médico residente, pero instamos a los que trabajan en esta área a que no dejen de examinar el uso de la Educación Basada en Simulación para apoyar posteriores transiciones de la carrera médica donde “los alumnos” están trabajando con menos supervisión y una responsabilidad cada vez mayor, aún cuando se mantengan aparentes problemas (en gran media no técnicos) pertinentes a la seguridad del paciente.

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IMSH 2017 Must Sees and Big Announcements

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Hello Sim champs! Excited to see many of you this weekend at #IMSH2017 in Orlando — where lots of great networking, product launches, and educational courses will be taking place! If you are attending, please be sure to stop by and say hi to HealthySimulation.com’s founder Lance Baily at the SimGHOSTS booth #825. Email me if you would like to setup a time to connect!

Here are some sneak peak announcements of must see items for IMSH we have already heard about from the community:

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Stories From the Heart Opening Keynote: 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! Discover how simulation can impact a medical professional’s career. Explore the ways that simulation has saved a patient’s life. Become reenergized in your practice by hearing how simulation positively impacts the work we do everyday!

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SimGHOSTS launches online course development profit share opportunity & Raffles Off Oculus Rift! Interested in creating an online course to help others learn key aspects of healthcare simulation technology and operations? More interested in earning a share of the revenue earned from developing such a course as it sells to their international audience of simulation champions? Stop by their booth #825 to learn more about the types of course content they are seeking and how you can win an Oculus Rift DK2! They are also having their annual “Pub Crawl” Sunday night starting with the “Pub” right near the convention center at 9PM!

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Cardionics launches new products! Imagine a shirt you or your low-fidelity manikin could wear, that would enable your learners to auscultate actual pathological breathing and body sounds! Attend their launch presentation with Dr. Bill Boudreaux from the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine. Date: Monday, Jan 30th Time: 3 pm – 3:30 pm Location: Rainbow Springs Room 1 & 2 (conveniently located across the lobby from the exhibit hall) to learn more about the SimShirt, SAM Gen III, and more!



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Operative Experience Launches First Major BoothLou Oberndorf, the man behind METI, is now helping Operative Experience grow their realistic surgical trainer product lines with some big new product announcements coming this week. We had a chance to see this technology a few years back during the military demonstration at IMSH, but with Lou connected to the project be sure to keep your eye out for Operative Experience.

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SIMCharacters’ North American Debut of Paul — World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator at simAlliance Booth – Very excited about this one readers! Come to the collaborative simAlliance booth #325 featuring Paul, the most advanced preterm infant simulation our industry has seen. Paul enables highly realistic critical care training in neonatology for improved learning and patient safety outcomes. He is a preterm simulator for neonates born at 27 weeks with realistic internal and external anatomy including 3D printed larynx which demonstrates authentic pathologies specific to preterm babies with physiological and pathological breathing patterns including RDS, BPD, cyanosis, and hyperoxia. Come see Paul and also learn more about SIMStation’s AV recording and debriefing systems, SimCore’s simulation center management tool, and the AV systems design and installation services of Level 3 Healthcare!

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CAE Healthcare Showcasing New LearningSpace Features to Current Customers! Monday Jan. 30th at 7:15-8:15AM in Discovery 45, CAE Healthcare team members will showcase sneak peaks to the latest features to their awesome LearningSpace system. If you are a new customer you can learn more about LearningSpace here or by visiting their booth #600 — the biggest booth this year! I also hear they will be showcasing some new VR technologies which I can’t wait to learn more about!

Got a hot tip on something else launching at IMSH 2017? Email us and let us know and we’ll add it here!

As always, stay tuned to @HealthySim for great tweets covering the show!

SIMCharacters Launches New Campaign to Showcase Paul, World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator

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*Update: The Facebook video announcing Paul went viral with over 4,000,000 views in the first week!

#WelcomePaul, the World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator — developed by SIMCHaracters and their CEO, Dr. Jens Schwindt — a leading expert in neonatology and healthcare simulation education. For the past three months I have spent extensive time with Jens and the amazing SIMCharacters team in Vienna as their Marketing and Strategy Consultant to learn more about this “Beyond High Fidelity” product, which advances the field of healthcare simulation with never before seen technologies — all of which fit neatly inside a completely wireless simulated body of a 27 week old infant!

Key Features of Paul:

  • Preterm baby born in 27+3 week of gestation
  • Highly realistic external anatomy
  • Weight: 1000g, length: 35cm, head circumference: 26 cm
  • Pathological breathing patterns (nasal flaring, paradoxical respiration, substernal retractions, and grunting).
  • Highly realistic upper airway ideal for practicing endotracheal intubation and special neonatological care strategies (MIST, INSURE)
  • Mechanical ventilation using bag-mask and Perivent® systems
  • Automatic tube position detection during intubation
  • Physiological and pathological lung parameters for machine-assisted ventilation
  • Palpable pulse on the umbilical cord and all four limbs
  • Sensors to detect the correct position and depth of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC)
  • Auscultatory respiratory, heart and intestinal noises
  • Cyanosis and hyperoxia
  • Completely wireless product with 1.5 hours of battery use

Working alongside Jens and the team, we helped to craft the demonstrative materials necessary to help you see Paul in action! Today I would like to share with you this awesome video that shares the story of SIMCharacters, Paul, and Jens:



And Download the New Brochure here:
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Having spent time seeing Paul in action and intubating him, I can say without a doubt that his technologies will forever change the way neonatology trains!

Are you attending IMSH in a few weeks? Email me and I will help to schedule a time with you and the SIMCharacters Team at the SimAlliance Booth to learn more about this amazing new product and company!

In the meantime, visit the new SIMCharacters Website to learn more about Paul and his amazing Features


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Top 51 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016!

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The most read medical simulation articles of 2016. Happy New Years Medical Simulation Champions! Today, as we have every year since launching HealthySimulation.com in 2010 we are sharing the most read healthcare simulation posts of the past year. Did you know that since 2010 HealthySim has provided almost 1,000,000 article displays to more than 350,000 website visitors? Thank you for your continued support of this FREE medical simulation resource website!

Related to the General Use Simulation Across:

51. OSF HealthCare Partners with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

50. Virtual and Augmented Reality Market To Reach $162 billion by 2020

49. Aviation’s Black Boxes Are Coming to Healthcare Training

48. Iqarus Provides Fully Immersive Live Action Combat Medicine Training Center in UK

47. Do Checklists Change Human Behaviors? Thoughts from Medical Lawyer Dr. Argy

46. You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

45. Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

44. Toyota Utilizes VR to Showcase the Future of Driving Simulation

43. NASA Mars Mission Crew Emerges From Yearlong Simulation In Hawaii

News Stories Related to the Industry of Healthcare Simulation:

42. Tonight! Jeopardy Game Show to Feature Healthcare Simulation

41. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

40. UK TV Shows How CAE Healthcare Manikins ‘METIman’ are Made!

39. TEDx Talk: Simulation Necessary To Prepare for Birthing Emergencies

38. Homeland Security Simulation Center Offers Realistic Training for Disaster Preparedness

37. University of South Alabama Healthcare Simulation Program Covered by Local News

36. U.S. Army Awards Portion of $135M Medical Simulation Contract to ECS

35. Plymouth University Pennisula Offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Simulation & Pt Safety

34. The Newest Medical Simulation Center Designs May Surprise You!

33. Lance Baily To Support the Launch of New Preterm Simulator from SimCharacters

Society and Organizational Updates:

32. INSPIRE Provides Support to Healthcare Simulation Pediatric Researchers

31. 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Launches in Singapore

30. 2-Hour Laerdal SimMan 3G Programming Course Now Available Through SimGHOSTS

29. California Simulation Alliance Workshops and Conference in October

28. Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Updates

27. SimGHOSTS USA 2016 Opens at Jump Trading Simulation Center Sponsored by SimulationIQ

Vendor and Simulator Related Articles:

26. Cardionics Provides SimScope Auscultation Simulator for Real-Time Standardized Patient Learning



25. Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

24. SimMon iTunes Patient Monitor Vital Sign Simulator App

23. Simulation Champion Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

22. Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

21. Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

20. CAE Healthcare Shares Patient Safety Foundation Info Graphic

19. Polhemus Brings Micro Sensor Motion Tracking to Healthcare Simulation

18. Beyond Debriefing – Studiocode from Vosaic Enables for High Level Research Studies for Healthcare Simulation

17. WISER Provides Simulation Courses For All Staff Positions

General Advice for Healthcare Simulation Programs:

16. Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

15. Teaching Patient Handoffs to Medical Students in OB/GYN: Simulation Curriculum and Assessment Tool

14. Why You & Your Simulation Program Should Avoid Flying United Airlines

Healthcare Simulation Program Administration:

13. 7 Steps to Achieving Record Growth For Your Healthcare Simulation Program

12. The Language of Sales – How to Increase Your Simulation Budget

11. 3 Key Resources to Expand Your Simulation Program

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!

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

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Sim champs HealthySimulation.com is welcoming 2017 with a bang by recapping for you here ALL eight HealthySimAdmin videos! Each of these 2 hour recorded sessions provides key administrative insights by an entire panel of leading healthcare simulation program directors! Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse, the original value of watching the program online was $450, but now the entire program is available to watch for free online!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Hundreds of simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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Watch this highlight to preview some of the thousands of administrative tips to be gained from HealthySimAdmin:



Learn what other sim lab administrators are saying about HealthySimAdmin:

Each of the following sessions starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

Part 1: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN

Part 2: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR

Part 3: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM

Part 4: “Sim Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC

Part 5: “Maximizing Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT

Part 6: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP

Part 7: “Increasing Sim Program Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.

Part 8: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, HealthySimAdmin Organizer

Complete Session Details are available on those pages. Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin, NOW TOTALLY FREE:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim admins
    The HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession!

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HealthySimulation Now Hosts Largest Medical Simulation LinkedIn Group in the World

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Recently HealthySim’s Medical Simulation LinkedIn Group crossed 3,000 subscribers — becoming the largest in the world! Our daily articles are posted there along with many others from simulation champions such as yourself who also comment an start discussions. Those interested in daily medical simulation updates on top of our free monthly email newsletter, can subscribe to the channel and its free daily group update. Looks like the online social networking platform just got a new design so its the perfect time to check it out.

Not on LinkedIn yet? You should be! Consider why this “Professional Facebook” is an important online resume and networking tool for modern careers with our article on the topic here. Microsoft thought so much of LinkedIn — they bought it this year!



Are you looking to advertise simulation products, services, or jobs? Email us to learn how you can connect the global medical simulation community today on our website, newsletter, twitter feed and our newsletter.

Join Your Global Sim Champ Peers by Subscribing Today to HealthySim LinkedIn Group!

Also, be sure to follow @HealthySim on twitter!

University of Nebraska & Nebraska Medicine Awarded $20 Million to Develop National Simulation Training Center

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How would you like to receive a check for your Sim Center for $20,000,000? Well, Newswise just reported on one such awesome simulation program in Nebraska with such lucky news:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine have been awarded $19.8 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center to teach federal health care personnel procedures in treating highly infectious diseases and to create a place to monitor persons who have received a high-risk exposure to a highly infectious disease, such as Ebola.



“This is both a tremendous opportunity and responsibility, and I know our medical center will rise to the challenge,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “Given UNMC and Nebraska Medicine’s successful experience during the Ebola crisis, our state-of-the-art biocontainment unit, and the planned Interdisciplinary Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL), we are perfectly positioned to deliver on this project. We appreciate the support that Congressman Brad Ashford and the entire Nebraska Congressional delegation have shown for UNMC on this project.”

“UNMC is a worldwide leader in the fight against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases, and this funding will strengthen their ability to share their knowledge with the broader health care community,” said Rep. Brad Ashford, who helped lead the push for the funding in Congress. 


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ASPE Asia-Pacific Conference Opens at National University of Singapore

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HealthySimulation was on hand today for the opening of the Association for Standardized Patient Educators Asia-Pacific Conference which took place at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Over 100 participants from around the region and the world came together for three days to focus on the methodology and application of Standardized Patient education within healthcare programs.

Grace Gephardt Director, PULSE Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and President of ASPE opened the show and reminded participants about the online learning opportunities on the ASPE website.

The opening keynote address was provided by Professor Carol Pfeiffer PhD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine on the “History and Development of SP Methodology”. Her presentation helped to define SPs and assessment opportunities using them, described the historical history of SPs , provided a working definition of instrument validity, as well as cited several forms of evidence supporting the validity of SP training.



About ASPE

The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) is the international organization of simulators educators dedicated to: promoting best practices in the application of SP methodology for education, assessment and research. ASPE fosters the dissemination of research and scholarship in the field of SP methodology and advances the professional knowledge and skills of its members. ASPE transforms professional performance through the power of human interaction.

Learn more by following @HealthySim, @ASPE_tweets and visiting ASPEducators.org!

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

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Today in Lubeck Germany, a team from NICU healthcare professionals and SimCharacters celebrated World Prematurity Day with the “birth” of Paul – The First High Emotion Preterm Simulator! This highly realistic preemie infant represents a 27 week born neonate with anatomically correct airway weighs merely 1000 grams and provides lifelike movement for an infant of its young age.

All around the globe today, people are celebrating the awareness of Premature births with the hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay and a show of support with the color purple. Even the Empire State Building has been light up in purple! Did you know that 1 in every 10 babies is born premature? Preterm birth — ie before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays. About 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely each year, and one million of them die before their first birthdays.

Paul was developed by neonatologist Dr. Jens Schwindt and the amazing team at SimCharacters to improve the learning outcomes of healthcare simulation champions everywhere. The manikin will be available in the United States starting at IMSH 2017 in Orlando!

About Paul

With Paul, SIMCharacters is taking the next step in the future of medical simulation. High fidelity was yesterday – the future belongs to high emotion simulation.



“Providing high quality care for a preterm baby is a uniquely complex and time-sensitive process which is extremely challenging for (PICU/NICU) inter-professional healthcare teams. Our mission at SIMCharacters is to improve the quality of care for critically ill preterm and newborn babies by advancing the realism and effectiveness of training simulators – this is why we have developed Paul.” — Dr. Jens-Christian Schwindt, Neonatologist and SimCharacters CEO

Jens and the SimCharacters team know that creating high emotion simulation requires understanding and empathy with the teams, families, and programs caring tirelessly for preterm newborns.

Share your support of #WorldPrematurityDay by downloading these printouts and

Taking a photo to #WelcomePaul to your Simulation & Healthcare Facilities today on

The new SimCharacters Twitter and Facebook accounts!

Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 4

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Last month we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 4 of HealthySimAdmin: Building Research Programs Into Healthcare Simulation. This 2-hour recording starts with a presentation by Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning — which is also the host of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA — and then finishes off with a panel session by a dynamic range of simulation program administrators who provide advice for those integrating research into their simulation programs. Thank to Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse these recorded sessions are now available for free to the public!

About Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin:

Medical Simulation is quickly becoming a leading methodology for clinical skills based education
and training. Impacting how our learners understand and apply the content is just as important as expanding our understanding of how to improve human and system processes. Groups interested in developing and funding or expanding current research into simulation will find this session led by Amar Patel MS, REMT-P, CFC extremely useful. Amar will lead our discussion highlighting the successful integration of research at the facility he manages.

Amar shares:

  • Types of research that can be conducted (scopes of projects)
  • Costs associated with conducting and managing research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • The Return on Investment
  • What you need to know to begin (documents, education, IRB, policies & Procedures)
  • Publishing abstracts and completed research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Setting up the simulation environment (is it research friendly?)

Afterwards our panel engaged in a discussion on how to build and facilitate a successful research component into your simulation program. An audience question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. Through this session we learned how to conduct, integrate, and manage research projects. Furthermore, we will highlight ways to incentivize educators to engage in successful simulation-based research projects that will promote your institution and your program.



Session Presentation Lead By:

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams. Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Watch the whole HealthySimAdmin video series now here!