Syndaver Showcases Synthetic Cadaver and EMS SimulationIQ Partnership at IMSH 2016

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In this video interview from the IMSH 2016 exhibit hall, we learn more about a new partnership between Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ to increase the learning opportunities for those that are educating healthcare learners with synthetic cadavers. Watch this exclusive video interview from the trade show floor to learn more about Syndaver’s Anatomy Model and this new A/V recording / statistics capturing partnership with EMS SimulationIQ:

About the New Partnership:

During the three-day conference the two companies will demonstrate what they believe to be the most medically accurate and comprehensive medical training simulation system built to date. This system will utilize a combination of SynDaver’s flagship Synthetic Patient model and EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ operating platform.

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The SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most life-like synthetic human mannequin ever created, while EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ platform provides software and equipment that drives the entire simulation process and provides feedback, debriefings and audio and visual playbacks.

“We are excited to form this partnership with SynDaver Labs,” said Anurag Singh, CEO of EMS. “By integrating with these mannequins, SIMULATIONiQ customers are able to analyze and assess data over time, enabling our customers to better track the progression of learning.”

By forming this partnership, SynDaver Labs and EMS hope to establish a new standard for medical simulation training systems and better prepare students in the healthcare industry for real-world medical emergencies and patient-care protocols.

“We are constantly looking for ways to provide better products to our clients, and this new partnership with EMS will allow us to do exactly that,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, President and founder of SynDaver Labs. “We are thrilled to begin demonstrating the SIMULATIONiQ platform in conjunction with our Synthetic Human at IMSH, and know this is a step in the right direction for the medical education industry as a whole.”

Learn more about Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ!

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News Medical Interview with Simulation Thought Leader Regarding Role Playing in Healthcare Education

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A little while ago on News Medical, Catherine Stoddart MBA, MSc, Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust provided an interview regarding the use of role play simulation in her healthcare education program. Here are some excerpts from the article by James White, MPsych:

Do you think it would be worth like having refresher training for senior staff so they don’t become biased?

Yes, I do. I think one of the really hard things that happens particularly around patient experience is that people may have really good clinical care and the last thing they remember about their visit, is the fact that their discharge drugs arrived on time or a staff member was rude about arranging transport etc.

It’s a bit like going to Italy and then your plane’s late on the way home, and the last thing you remember is that you arrived three hours late and got an extra parking ticket, which spoilt the whole experience.

I think there’s something around how you show that to people, in a way that is good for senior staff, because we get used to some unfortunate facts, like we may say, “Oh sorry. You are ready to go home but it will take four hours for you to get discharge forms.” We get used to these difficulties and normalize them. But in actual fact it’s not acceptable because that’s what they’ll remember.

What type of training would you like to see taught to the next generation of healthcare within NHS? What would you like see implemented within the NHS?

We’re going to need simulation for technical skills for all disciplines along with covering the spectrum of high fidelity and then scenarios that are integrated education early on in their careers.

If I use an example again from Australia, the first year of undergraduate education in every discipline at one of the universities is taught together, 14 disciplines. You build inter-disciplinary trust and understanding for the basic education and skills of others.

The 14 professions will include medicine from this year. They have their professional subject matter, but subjects like communication, philosophy, quality and all those types of values are taught together.

We currently have a weird phenomenon where kids that are integrated in secondary schools are subdivided by discipline or profession at university and then brought back together in a working environment, and expected to form a cohesive group.

I would like to see us exploring that idea and you use simulation and team based learning. That brings a fundamental trust straight off because you understand other disciplines’ educational perspective. I’d love to see that within the NHS.

Read the full interview on News Medical’s website!

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MedicCast Podcast Explores Healthcare Simulation Industry

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Recently the famous MedicCast podcast provided an update of the growth of the healthcare simulation industry, and need for specialized simulation training for EMS programs integrating these technologies. Check out this awesome podcast and then learn more about the ProMed Podcast network which also covers Nursing, Disaster Response, and other key healthcare areas.

Listen to the MedicCast Simulation Podcast here:

EMS Tip of the Week: SimGHOSTS Help Educators Simulate Medical Care

According to conservative estimates, more than 440,000 patients die each year from medical errors in the United States alone, and millions more suffer associated injuries. Thankfully, emerging healthcare education simulation programs around the world are addressing this very issue through advances in modern technology. In these sim labs, new students and recertifying professionals enter realistic patient care environments that house high-fidelity, life-like patient manikins that speak, breathe, and react to medications.

In this episode I have Lance Baily on from SimGHOSTS and HealthySimulation. The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to provide the technical and operational training support required by individuals and institutions around the United States and the World that are improving patient care outcomes by educating healthcare professionals via advanced simulated learning environments.

About MedicCast, Part of the ProMed Network 

ProMed Network’s affiliated healthcare online radio and video programming are among the most authoritative sources of their kind worldwide. The live and recorded shows are all dedicated to the improvement of patient care in the prehospital setting. The leading online health and medical podcast network, the ProMed Network shows meet the needs of the healthcare professionals with health related news, commentary, conference coverage, clinical articles, product reviews and more. The ProMed Network is a collection of the top medical and health internet programs produced by independent medical professionals in a variety of fields.

These internet radio and TV shows are commonly known as podcasts. The ProMed Network programs include over 45 programs in fields including medical school, nursing, psychology, virology, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, and neurology. ProMed Network shows reach 100,000+ health care professionals monthly. The shows comprise some of the top programs in the medical podcasting space. The EMS Programs on the network include programs like:

  • The MedicCast (News, commentary, and tips for EMTs and paramedics)
  • Nursing Show (Interviews, education and news on nursing, education and patient care)
  • EMS Educast (Discussions with the leading educators in EMS and medicine)
  • Brain Science Podcast (Interviews with the leaders in neurology and brain science)
  • EMS 12-Lead Podcast (Focusing on improving cardiac care in communities worldwide)
  • (Focusing on disaster EMS services)
Listen to the whole podcast and learn more at

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Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

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Recently this awesome update was shared by Lori Kloc, MSN, RN, CHSE Simulation Education Specialist at Delta College:

On April 5 Delta College brought seven healthcare disciplines together to participate in one 6-hour trauma scenario. The scenario centered around a victim of an auto accident and included trauma rescue/transport, triage, two surgical procedures, infant resuscitation, post-operative care, and rehabilitation. This scenario was important because it allowed students from various levels of education and disciplines to learn with, from, and about each other in collaborative care of two patients. Simulation is a method of active learning, where students have the opportunity to practice care in a safe setting, promoting teamwork and collaboration while reinforcing skills learned in their academic setting. The objective of simulated learning is the transfer of skills and behaviors to the clinical setting, positively impacting safe patient care.

In this simulation, Mobile Medical Response (MMR) joined the division to add their expertise as first responders for our victim. The simulation will included a mock automobile accident with trauma to a pregnant woman, two surgical procedures, emergency care for the newborn who will be born via C-section but will have sustained injury, and post-op/rehab care for the victim.

Read more on the Delta College Website

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

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On Friday at Cal State LA about 50 Southern California Simulation Collaborative (SCSC) met for a day of simulation activities, starting with a presentation from CSL School of Health Lecturer Jane Hook MN RN about utilizing Telehealth robots in the simulation experience. The event was sponsored by Laerdal who helped to provide lunch for the participants.

The mobile telepresence was a product from Double Robotics device was controlled by an iPhone, which also provided the camera for the iPad like screen which represented Jane as she drove around the room. Following this the group moved to the simulation lab to watch how the telepresence robot moved into the room and engage with the simulated patient. For large rural areas, these devices will become more and more common as select medical personnel remain

The goals of the program to utilize TeleHealth were around promoting interprofessional education:

  • Allow students in different programs to participate in simulation together
  • Allow the pre-licensure student to communicate with a HCP and give report, take oders, read back, etc.
  • Incorporate telehehalth technologies.

Further reading: “Clinical applications: telenursing and medicine to monitor critical care patients”. (Trenary, K. (2007) iCare Intensive Care, Banner Healthcare, Arizone Nurse Mar2007. 60(20)p6.

Check out this case study from the Duke University School of Nursing highlighting the use of the Double Robotics telepresence mobile device.

Later in the afternoon meeting sponsor Laerdal provided a “mini” SUN, providing CEUs on various product showcases.

For more information check out these websites:

Southern California Simulation Collaborative

Double Robotics Telepresence Website

Cal State LA Nursing Simulation Center

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ASSIST-U Digital Rectal Examination Simulator from Imperial College London

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Recently the Imperial College London put together some research regarding the education of DREs utilizing ASSIST-U haptics simulator system, built by the program. The video below shows the progress of the simulated environment which provides a safe environment to repeatedly perform DREs including: 3D meshes, CTA decision making (state machine), internal view, modeling of coccyx, prostate gland and rectum, as well as haptic effects are integrated. Colored spheres indicate next steps to perform. An internal view shows patient-specific anatomy (from left to right: coccyx, rectum, prostate and bladder). Controls (right-centre) integrate CTA actions. Other controls (top) are set to fine-tune haptic force effects.

Advanced Simulation System for Training Unsighted Examinations and Procedures (ASSIST-U):

The Research Project

Colorectal and prostate cancers are some of the most commonly diagnosed cancers accounting for 13% and 12%, respectively. The early detection of these diseases is essential and Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) plays a crucial role for diagnosis, screening and clinical outcome. During a DRE, a clinician inserts his/her index finger through the back passage in order to examine the rectum and the prostate, while the patient is usually lying on their side with both legs up to their chest. Such examinations are conducted almost entirely by feel as visual cues are minimal. As a result, DRE is uniquely challenging to learn and teach as there is no connection between trainer and trainee. On the one hand, the trainee is unable to see what the trainer is doing and, on the other hand, the trainer is unable to feel what the trainee is feeling resulting in an ineffective assessment of performance. Simulation offers obvious benefits by allowing learners to practice repeatedly and build up skills in safety. Notwithstanding, current models have major deficiencies as the wide range of normal and abnormal findings is not adequately reproduced, and the rehearsal on isolated bench top models lacks crucial elements of the clinical encounter.

Main Objectives

By changing the way the skills of internal examination are taught and acquired, this research project aims to augment the learning experience based on solid cognitive, analytical, technological and educational studies. This learning experience will be achieved 1) by allowing the learner to playback and graphically observe what an expert palpates (visual mode) in order to appreciate patient-specific organ differences and understand the steps involved during examination, 2) by asking the learner to playback and haptically follow what an expert palpates (expert-guided mode) in order to start building a mental representation of the internal structures and understand the exertion of forces when touching internal regions, and 3) by asking the learner to perform the examination independently (interactive mode) in order to be able to assess his/her performance. The implementation of real-time and realistic models for deformation, haptics, friction, classification and assessing will be fundamental for interactivity and realism.

Learn most about the ASSIST-U DRE Simulator
on the Imperial College London Website

Microsoft Improves Healthcare Education with Launch of HoloLens Augmented Reality Glasses


Have you heard about the release of the Hololens from Microsoft yet? This oculus-like device will enable healthcare educators with a plethora of new tools to educate learners with the latest in virtual and augmented reality programs. Navigate anatomy, workspaces, and educational programs in 3d spaces. Track motion and spatial mapping to better learn how learners interact with learning programs. Watch this Microsoft demonstration by School of Medicine Dean Pamela Davis who shows how using holograms to teach anatomy dramatically enhances and accelerates learning:

About Microsoft HoloLens:

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely untethered–no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to place holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world.

Microsoft HoloLens generates a multi-dimensional image visible to a user so that he or she perceives holographic objects in the physical world. Holographic objects seen with Microsoft HoloLens can be placed in physical locations you choose, move according to their own rules, or remain in a specific location regardless of where you are or in which direction you are looking.

The holograms you’ll see with Microsoft HoloLens can appear life-like, and can move, be shaped, and change according to interaction with you or the physical environment in which they are visible. Use gestures to create, shape, and size holograms. Use your gaze to navigate and explore. Use your voice to communicate with your apps. Microsoft HoloLens understands your movements, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact with content and information naturally. Using holograms, you can place your digital content, such as apps, information, and even multi-dimensional videos, in the physical space around you, so you can interact with it.

Learn more on the Microsoft HoloLens website!

Drexel Med Provides Recorded Webinar about MS in Healthcare Simulation

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Have you heard about the Master Program at Drexel Med for Healthcare Simulation? Recently Program Director Sharon Griswold-Theodorson, MD, MPH, FAAEM provided a webinar to help prospective students learn about the numerous benefits available from the MS program in Healthcare Simulation. This short 15 minute webinar is available by visiting the Drexel Med MS in Healthcare Simulation page and clicking “webinar”. No downloads are required to watch this free short webinar!

MS in Healthcare Simulation Program Highlights

The Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSMS) program is a unique, part-time, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. Administered by the Division of Simulation, this degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Faculty
  • Curriculum
  • Our students

The innovative instructional approach consists of a blended curriculum of online coursework combined with three on-campus week-long immersive simulation practicums.

Is Healthcare Simulation for You?

The Drexel Med goal is to provide a scientific and educational foundation that prepares graduate-level students for transition into an enduring, productive educational and research-oriented career in simulation. This program is intended for individuals with prior training and/or experience in healthcare to provide a much broader foundation of education in simulation-based medical education (SBME) than currently exists in one format anywhere else locally, nationally or globally.

Applicants to the Medical and Healthcare Simulation program include students who may be the following:

  • Resident and fellow physicians
  • Physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners
  • Attending physicians
  • Individuals already employed in health sciences industry
  • Individuals looking to transition into a new career

What Simulation Skills Will You Learn?

While completing your Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation, you will learn several skills to help you in your career.

Through this program you will be able to:

  • Use simulation as a training and educational tool for others
  • Empower others to transfer what they’ve learned through training scenarios to the workplace to improve services and increase patient safety
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation
  • Behave and communicate more effectively as part of a team, particularly in a crisis

Visit the Drexel Med MS in Healthcare Sim webinar here!

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 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:

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 so we can make you and Simulation a Star.

Visit all this week!

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Polhemus Delivers World Class Motion Tracking Technology to Medical Simulation Industry

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Ever wonder how that Ultrasound Simulator knows the exact angle of a learner’s probe? Today we are highlighting Polhemus, a company which has been breaking new ground with best-in-class 6 Degree-Of-Freedom (6DOF) electromagnetic tracking systems for over 40 years. Their product line includes the latest technology for motion tracking, 3D laser scanning, eye tracking, and caters to healthcare, military, and research and technology markets.

Are you building a medical simulation task trainer or simulator which could take advantage of advanced motion tracking technology? Polhemus provides state-of-the-art tracking products and will collaborate with you to develop your prototype. Check out my video interview with Neil Schell, Director of Business Development at Polhemus, during IMSH 2016:

About Polhemus Technology

Polhemus technology delivers full 6DOF motion tracking, measuring both position and orientation, and our proprietary AC electromagnetic technology requires no line-of-sight. Because of this, our sensors have the capability to be embeddable, and our motion trackers are the clear choice for the leaders in healthcare simulation, including ultrasound simulators and training and simulation for surgery. Their trackers are being used by those in the rehabilitation and physical therapy market, utilizing our technology in virtual reality applications.

The Polhemus 3D laser scanning products have enabled areas within healthcare to be taken to the next level. Prosthetics and orthotics professionals use our trusted scanner because the scanner is easy to use, portable, and amputee patients report that because of Polhemus scanning technology, “their socket has a perfectly close and intimate fit.”

Another area in health care revolutionized by our technology is precision localization. Their tracking technology can synchronize CT or MRI images with the patient’s actual position. Respiratory gaiting and other real-time movements can be monitored and measured enabling precise localization.

Polhemus offers an array of motion tracking products, 3D laser scanners, and eye tracking technology. Learn more about our Applications, Case Studies and Customers we cater to in the healthcare market.

Tracking Applications

  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Surgical Simulation
  • Ultrasound Training Simulation

Scanning Applications

  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Burn Masks

Learn more on the Medical Simulation Page on the Polhemus Website today!