Fast Company Covers Medical Simulation at Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center

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At this Simulated Hospital, Linen-Schlepping Droids, Robo-Patients, and the Future of Medicine.

This high quality production covers the Dr. Paul Preston, Physician Safety Educator at Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center in the Bay Area of Northern California. Looks like Laerdal SimMan 3G has a role in the piece as well! Also covered is a unique robot which delivers linens around the center and groundbreaking telecommunication and diagnostic patient tools.


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“If you don’t normally think of Kaiser Permanente as a bastion of innovation, try these three words on for size: simulated robot childbirth.

The hospital is fake. But the creative ideas for how to make health care better are very, very real. In this week’s episode of Innovation Undercover, pay a visit to Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center simulation ward for a glimpse at where patient care is headed.”

Here’s the direct link to the Fast Company Video Page


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i-Human Patient Seeks Senior Strategic Account Executive

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Another job posting from i-Human Patients who are looking for a Sr. Strategic Account Executive located in the Continental U.S! Apply today at this link here.

Job Description

We are looking for an exceptional sales executive dedicated to high performance, personal excellence and a strong work ethic, who shares our passion for transforming medical education and our commitment to teamwork.

Reporting to our Director of Sales, this position can be based anywhere in the continental U.S..

The primary purpose of this position is to establish relationships with medical and graduate nursing schools, and to sell our web-based simulated patient services to their administration, faculty and simulation lab staff on a consultative sales basis. Future products will extend customer relationships to other healthcare professional schools as well as large healthcare provider organizations, hospitals and health systems.

  • The ideal candidate will have previous experience within theMedical Simulation market, Medical Education and/or Academic Hospital/Medical Center sales, presenting to deans, department chairs, faculty, and simulation lab and/or IT staff.
  • Proven strategic account management experience based on consultative sales in multi-stakeholder decision process environments is critical.
  • 3+years ofmedical education, medical simulation, healthcare/medical device/medical equipment, or healthcare IT strategic account management experience — establishing account relationships and penetrating accounts — is required.
  • Proficiency with Google’s suite of office products, Salesforce, Concur, and OS X Yosemite a plus.
  • Self directed learning style with the ability to creatively problem solve is a must.

The Sr. Strategic Account Executive will work with a team that has full operational responsibility for i-Human Patients, Inc.’s (IHP) worldwide activities. Initially, the territory will include a large part of the United States. Territory responsibility may be adjusted based on the number and timing of additional sales executives who will be joining.

Using expertise in medical education and simulation, healthcare information technology, relationship building and networking in the medical education market, the person in this position will focus on building new relationships and growing existing institutional accounts.

Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for all sales and revenue generating activity in his/her region for medical, graduate nursing and physician assistant schools (and eventually other healthcare professional schools and provider organizations/hospitals)
  • Identify, build relationships and grow new and existing IHP accounts in a timely manner
  • Create and update a Territory Business Plan to include strategy, tactics and milestones as it relates to hitting goals set by the company
  • Collaborate with his/her team and build target list of accounts for IHP business
  • Assist and communicate effectively with all IHP departments as it relates to the sales process
  • Assist IHP departments responsible for ensuring current enterprise customers are in compliance with contract terms and conditions
  • Help establish and then comply with sales policies, pricing guidelines, and best practices for IHP’sservice offering
  • Thoroughly learn and maintain current knowledge of IHP’s products, and competitors’ content
  • Build and maintain effective contacts, sales plans, pipelines and forecasts in Salesforce.com
  • Attend conferences to promote IHP’s visibility and generate leads and sales
  • Maintain the highest standards of integrity and respect for co-workers, customers and prospects
  • Work with operations team to ensure accounts are set-up for timely payment
  • Special projects as deemed by the Director of Sales, President or CEO

Desired Skills & Experience

  • A BS/BA degree required, clinical training (e.g., EMT, nursing, etc.) is a plus
  • At least 3-5 years prior consultative sales experience required; medical education or medical simulation preferred; healthcare/medical device/medical equipment or healthcare IT sales experience may also be sufficient
  • Track record of success in building relationships and sales required; experience presenting to deans, faculty, and simulation lab preferred
  • Experience demonstrating and selling sophisticated products/technologies, web-based medical education sales preferred
  • Must be able to learn various clinical academic structures, curriculum designs, and course layouts
  • Ability to identify client’s needs, communicate product benefits, while building lasting account relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to professionally follow up, move forward/advance, and close opportunities
  • Must be well versed is solution based selling and creative closing techniques
  • Excellent listening, presentation and communications skills
  • Ability to travel at least 30% of time
  • Demonstrated success working responsibly and effectively in home office environment and ability to travel independently
  • Effective time management, and prioritization skills
  • Strong computer skills (WebEx, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, CRM Programs)
  • Good driving, credit and personal records

Company Description

i-Human Patients, Inc. is a privately held company founded by experienced entrepreneurs to transform worldwide medical education by giving students the ability to simulate comprehensive patient encounters using a cloud-based virtual patient service. Students interview virtual patients, perform exams, develop diagnostic hypotheses, order diagnostic tests, review test results, and develop treatment plans while getting online guidance and feedback from the system. Faculty can objectively assess individual and/or group student performance on patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills, and provide a learning tool that integrates clinical experience much earlier in medical education, making students better prepared for their apprenticeship training with real patients. In contrast to traditional, expensive mannequin and standardized patient (actor) approaches to simulation, IHP’s affordable service enables scalable, simultaneous training across an entire school whether in or outside of class, and provides students with the breadth and depth of patient encounters to better develop and refine their skills. By integrating basic science modules in a virtual clinical setting, our service further augments and accelerates students’ apprenticeship training.

IHP is currently working with medical, graduate nursing and physician assistant schools across the United States and fielding inquiries from around the world. This is an excellent opportunity to join a pioneering leader in the medical education industry at an early stage. The position offers substantial growth opportunities for a top sales executive who brings the required skills. Compensation, including stock options, will be competitive and commensurate with performance.

Additional Information

Type: Full-time
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Functions: Sales
Industries:E-Learning, Hospital & Health Care, Information Technology and Services

For more information on IHP and this position, please visit their website at www.i-human.com!

17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress Early Bird Ends March 17th!

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Early Bird Registration Ends March 17
17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
April 29-May 1, 2015 | Austin, TX

Save $200 if you register by March 17, 2015*

Join NPSF and their expert faculty at the only meeting with global reach and a singular focus on patient safety.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Lucian L. Leape, MD, one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation; chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute
  • Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention, Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Kaveh Shojania, MD, Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto, and editor-in-chief of BMJ Quality & Safety
  • Allan Frankel, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Safe and Reliable Healthcare,and an author of The Essential Guide for Patient Safety Officers
  • Kim Blanton, Patient and Family Advisor, Vidant Health
  • Chrissie Blackburn, Principal Advisor, Patient and Family Engagement at University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Beth Daley Ullem, MBA, Patient Advocate and Governance Expert, Board of Directors, ThedaCare Hospital System and Solutions for Patient Safety

PRE-CONGRESS DAY, April 29

Full-day intensive sessions:
• Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course
• Leadership Day: Safer Health Care Through Transparency
• Keeping Kidz Safe During Kare: Advancements and Lessons from Pediatrics *NEW THIS YEAR*
• Sharing and Caring: Practical Initiatives for Advancing Patient and Family Engagement
• Patient Safety Science: Successful Practices to Optimize Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

EDUCATIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS in six theme tracks:

• Optimizing the Benefits and Minimizing Harms of Health Technology
• Creating and Sustaining Joy, Meaning, and Safety in the Workplace
• Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Setting
• Accelerating the Cost Case for $afety
• Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care
• Advancing Safety Science Implementation

We’ll also have posters, live health care simulations, networking, award presentations, and more.

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What past attendees say:
“From a participant’s perspective, this year’s NPSF Congress was one of the strongest patient safety meetings I have attended in years.”

“It was an excellent event and really highlights the shift and progress made in the wider patient safety discussion, especially over the past few years.”

“Thank you, NPSF — you crafted a thought-inspiring, provocative, robust Congress — we leave with ideas, plans, and a sense of purpose!!!”
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*Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety atNPSF or the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program save even more with member discounts. Log in to npsf.org and check the member pages for the discount codes.

Register online or learn more: http://bit.ly/NPSF_17


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Society for Simulation in Healthcare Empowers Members to Review Medical Simulation Products Through Konsiderate.com

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Last week the Society of Simulation in Healthcare announced the launch of their partnership with Konsiderate.com, the community driven ratings and review website for medical simulation products and services. Unlike new users who login to Konsiderate with their work email of LinkedIn accounts and must write their first review to gain full access to community reviews, SSH members who login through their membership portal unlock full website benefits. Check out the official announcement below:

Official SSH Announcement:

We are pleased to announce the addition of unlimited access to Konsiderate.com as a new benefit for all SSH Members.

Konsiderate.com is an independent website featuring medical simulation product and service ratings & reviews by over 900 simulation champions from around the world. Since launching in June of last year, hundreds of reviews have been written by your peers on everything from $20 boxes of simulated medications to $200,000 simulation debriefing systems.

As an SSH membership benefit, you are now able to get instant full access to all of the reviews already posted on the Konsiderate website.

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Login to Konsiderate through your SSH Membership Portal today for full access!

SSH President Shares Why Medical Simulation Is Essential for Patient Safety for the Future of Healthcare

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Dr. Pamela Andreatta, President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), recently wrote an article for the Future Of Healthcare News on Why Healthcare Simulation Is Essential for Patient Safety. Below is an excerpt of the piece:

“A dress rehearsal”

“Consider the analogy to a concert pianist, who trains under the tutelage of a maestro. The trained pianist would never perform before an audience without having practiced extensively beforehand and likely warmed-up immediately prior to any performance. In this situation, the risk of poor performance would be embarrassment for the pianist and the maestro, and disappointment for the audience. Yet, requiring trainees to perform without similar preparation is standard practice in health care, where the risks of poor performance are much higher. Fortunately, advances in clinical teaching methods and technologies offer an alternate approach.

Simulation-based teaching methods allow learners to acquire and maintain clinical skills in a safe environment where they can practice as much as they want on realistic, simulated patients, instead of real patients. Technological advances have led to simulated patients that function like their real patient correlates, allowing clinicians to practice techniques from catheter placement and identification of abnormal physical examination findings, to more complex interactions involving communication, disaster management, and multi-disciplinary teamwork.”

Read Pamela’s full article on the FutureOfHealthcareNews.com!

‘Simulation Discomfiters’ – The Anti-Champions Who Frustrate Our Programs

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I looked up the definition of champion today. Words like “supporter”, “booster”, “friend”, “hero”, and “superstar” were among my favorites — and all words I feel when I think of the thousands of simulation champions I have met over the past many years. Below these great words I saw the antonyms of champion, which included words like “trivial”, “worst”, “least” and “discomfit”.

Discomfit was a word I had never heard before. It means “1. to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed 2. to frustrate the plans or purpose of”. A discomfiter, therefore, is a person who makes things difficult, confusing, and embarrassing while frustrating the plans and purposes of a team.

On various occasions I have directly witnessed one individual’s ego take down an entire healthcare simulation program. As a community builder in our field of simulation, I have had countless phone calls with champions from around the world who share their grief and frustration over the constant roadblocking by another member of their team — a discomfiter who is usually set in their ways unable to truly adopt the change required for technical and learning innovation to occur. Whether its spreading rumors, continually demanding attention, discrediting and threatening others, or just ignoring contributions — these discomfiters do exist. Sadly, sometimes a discomfiter’s constant complaining and negative energy succeeds and they get their way which leads to the eviction of champions and the reduction of simulation.

Usually within three to six months after such a tragic event, I learn from the champion that the simulation program has suffered a great deal – with learning outcomes and operational efficiency diminishing sometimes down to nothing. Literally, a single personnel change and within six months a robust simulation program with huge learner impacts turns into wasted equipment, spaces, and time.

For some of us in smaller programs we are the entire simulation team. I’m sure you’ve wondered what would happen if you needed to find work elsewhere — but has your administration? How much knowledge and expertise walks out the door with you — especially when you do not have the opportunity to train your replacement.

Dr. Val Gokenbach, Professor for American Sentinel University in the DNP, MSN and BSN programs, wrote an article for NurseTogether.com called Lose the Ego Nurses, It’s Not About You“. In her article Dr. Gokenbach shares that “as an administrator for over 35 years in healthcare organizations, I have seen ego destroy individuals, ruin reputations, hinder personal growth and success”. (Nursing is just one example of where unchecked egos and unprofessional communication can cause problems, but such challenges exist throughout healthcare including patient vs doctor, nurse vs doctor, and even police officer vs. fire fighter engagements).

Dr. Gokenback explains the ego and the impact that ego can have on our lives and our programs when left unchecked: “Our ego is constantly threatened by the perception of others and is always in need of attention. Anything that threatens that security can become a basis for conflict, anger, and fear. The reality is that we all have egos. The successful nurse learns to realize the concept, protect themselves emotionally, and control their reaction.”

Ultimately in the workplace administrators have the responsibility to check egos and ensure that the program, simulation or otherwise, can continue to innovate and succeed. Tools that are available to help us with this delicate situation like signing up for the TeamSTEPPS Communication System Free Online Master Training or taking time to reflect on healthcare team communication with new books like Collaborative Caring by S. Gordon.

I faced such issues myself as the first director of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Primarily I quietly relied on one primary question to help me decipher if challengers where champions of discomfiters: does this person’s request benefit the simulation program, or benefit the person?

Dr. Gokenback’s advice to such discomfiters? “Get over yourself. Think of your importance to the greater good and not only your world, which is small in comparison.” Read her full article here.

Have you dealt with a “discomfiter” in your simulation career?
Share about your experience on the HealthySim LinkedIn Discussion Group!


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Surgical Sam “World’s First Infant Surgical Team Trainer” From The Chamberlain Group | IMSH 2015 Video Interview

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Lisa Chamberlain of The Chamberlain Group toured us through Surgical Sam while exhibiting at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2015. This unique model allows for advanced surgical training with realistic features specific to modules teams need rare training to perform. Watch our video interview below to get an inside look at Surgical Sam:

More from The Chamberlain Group’s Website:

“Surgical Sam is the world’s first beating heart, breathing, bleeding, high fidelity team trainer for pediatric surgery, developed with Boston Children’s Hospital as the centerpiece of their team-training initiatives in pediatric cardiothoracic and general surgery.

Unlike other patient mannequins that simulate only basic physiology, Surgical Sam ‘moves the needle’ on pediatric surgical team training by allowing important steps of surgery to really happen – allowing OR teams to fully immerse in simulations to optimize performance, safety and outcomes for children.

Surgical Sam for CT Training includes:

  • Surgical Sam Chassis 
  • Cardiothoracic Module 
  • Beating Heart Controller 
  • Pulse Controller
  • Variable Rate Controller
  • Shipping Case
  • Quick Start Curriculum developed by Boston Children’s Hospital

Modules available now

The Cardiothoracic Module features a beating heart with replaceable right atrium and aorta for cannulation, a suturable IVC bleed site, recloseable sternum, and ventilation-compatible lungs. Module supports hemodynamic flow to the thoracic cavity; bleed sites are externally controlled for simulating hemorrhagic events. 

The General Surgery Module includes ventilation compatible lungs, replaceable stomach and duodenum, liver with a capsule bleed and simulated electrocautery, and bowel for perforation and other emergent procedures. Module supports hemodynamic flow to the abdominal cavity; bleed sites are externally controlled for simulating hemorrhagic events.”

Visit TheCGroup.com to learn more about Surgical Sam and their other products today!

OtoSim2 Otolaryngology Simulator Launched at IMSH 2015 | Video Interview

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Continuing our IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Video Interviews, today we showcase the new OtoSim2 from Otosim! OtoSim 2 evolved out of the first Otosim product, which now has an instrumented otoscope so we can tell exactly where the student is looking, we can ask the student to find features, and provide verbal feedback through the computer. OtoSim 2 also doubles the number of images, adds case studies, allows you the potential to upload your own images, and allows for mass training for any number of students.

More from OtoSim’s Website:

OtoSim Inc. continues to innovate with a new simulation and training technology for otolaryngology. Interest and feedback gathered over the past 3 years from various healthcare practitioners has proven to be the catalyst for a novel breakthrough in otoscopy simulation: OtoSim 2.

OtoSim 2 is the upgraded version of OtoSim with new software and hardware, and increased capabilities:

  • Verify student progress via the instrumented otoscope. Trainees can point with this device to complete the learning feedback loop.
  • Expand student knowledge through reviewing 380 high resolution images from the Hawke Library to instruct, practice, and test students
  • Save instructor time by connecting up to 14 OtoSim units to a single trainer laptop to effectively instruct groups at the same time
  • Supplement classroom instruction with 150 pre-annotated images for self-directed learning
  • Improve viewer retention through immersive full-screen experience with a simple, easy-to-use graphical user interface
  • Further increase student capability through advanced quizzes with randomized, realistic clinical scenarios that test both medical and patient interaction skills
  • Build student confidence through the use of the instrumented otoscope, allowing students to practice and improve their otoscopic

This is the only product I am aware of in this high-fidelity category of Otolaryngology simulation! OtoSim 2’s improvements make me think it will stay that way for some time to come.

Learn all about it on the OtoSim Website!

‘UKETS’ Endovascular Simulation Meeting – Bristol UK March 25th & 26th

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Co-Founder Sebastian Mafeld wrote in to share about the UK Endovascular TraineeS event his team is putting on this March 25th and 26th in Bristol UK. Essentially this is a cross specialty event between vascular surgery, radiology and cardiology. Throughout the event, simulation will be utilized for high-fidelity training unique to endovascular practice. Looks like our friends at Mentice and Simbionix are apart of the sponsors of this innovative group.

March 25th

  • Aimed at F1/F2 level
  • Interested in cardiology
  • Radiology or vascular surgery
  • Dedicated careers session
  • Hands-on, interactive and a great introduction to your potential future specialty
  • Only course of its kind!

March 26th

  • Essential hands on experience with state of the art simulation
  • Aimed at ST1 level upwards
  • Interested in cardiology, radiology or vascular surgery
  • Increase your confidence with endovascular practice
  • Pre-Course online lectures
  • Expert faculty

Learn more about the UKETS organization and events at UKETS.org !


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

Back in September we reported from the National Association for EMS Educators (NAEMSE) about Laerdal supported research regarding the utilization of simulation in EMS programs across the United States (Read that recap article here). Just this month the full article entitled “Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study” has been released on informahealthcare.com, with the objective and conclusions shared below.

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Authors: Kim D. McKenna, Elliot Carhart, Daniel Bercher, Andrew Spain, John Todaro, and Joann Freel.

The authors acknowledge the assistance of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, the NAEMSE staff members and Justin Weiss.

Laerdal Medical Corporation, a corporate sponsor of NAEMSE, provided financial support for this research. K. McKenna and J. Todaro serve on the NAEMSE board of directors and J. Freel is the executive director. Funds were used to support committee meetings and expenses related to the study. The study was conducted independently of the funders.

“Objectives: The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders’ efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.

Methods. This was a cross-sectional census survey of paramedic programs that were accredited or had a Letter of Review from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions at the time of the study. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square analyses.

Results. Of the 638 surveys sent, 389 valid responses (61%) were analyzed. Paramedic programs reported they have or have access to a wide range of simulation resources (task trainers [100%], simple manikins [100%], intermediate manikins [99%], advanced/fully programmable manikins [91%], live simulated patients [83%], computer-based [71%], and virtual reality [19%]); however, they do not consistently use them, particularly advanced (71%), live simulated patients (66%), computer-based (games, scenarios) (31%), and virtual reality (4%). Simulation equipment (of any type) reportedly sits idle and unused in (31%) of programs. Lack of training was cited as the most common reason. Personnel support specific to simulation was available in 44% of programs. Programs reported using simulation to replace skills more frequently than to replace field or clinical hours. Simulation goals included assessment, critical thinking, and problem-solving most frequently, and patient and crew safety least often. Programs using advanced manikins report manufacturers as their primary means of training (87%) and that 19% of faculty had no training specific to those manikins. Many (78%) respondents felt they should use more simulation.

Conclusions: 

These results suggest that simulation in accredited paramedic programs mirrors the proverbial three-legged stool. To ensure simulation is used effectively, programs must have the appropriate equipment, faculty training, and resources. If any of these elements is missing, the stool topples and programs are less likely to use simulation. Administrators must recognize that to maximize the use of simulation within their program, they must view simulation as a fully integrated strategy within their education system. This research provides data for accredited paramedic program personnel to present to administrators to justify requests for faculty education and personnel resources to maximize the use of their simulation equipment.

It is incumbent on program directors to ensure that their faculty has adequate initial and ongoing simulation education, mentors to assist with adoption of new technologies, and sufficient personnel resources and equipment (representing patients of all ages) to promote the most effective use of simulation. Regional and national simulation work groups should be developed to allow faculty to collaborate on simulation best practices within accredited paramedic programs. While there are standardized resources to train nursing faculty on how to use simulation, and generic simulation instruction competencies for healthcare, no specific framework exists specifically geared to guide simulation best practices in the unique prehospital environment. The EMS community should collaborate to provide that framework so that the three-legged stool of simulation will stand firmly on a solid pedagogical foundation to serve as an essential tool for paramedic student learning.”

Thoughts:

Clearly the need for hands-on training in simulation technology is needed to ensure that investments in equipment and staff are made clear here. SimGHOSTS annual hands-on training events and online resources answer this specific call for technical training of simulation technologies. Master degree programs in healthcare simulation from institutions like NYIT, Drexel, and USF, add additional value to clinical educators and administrators of simulation programs. Conferences like INACSL, IPSSW, ASPiH, SESAM and IMSH provide annual discourse regarding the evolution of medical simulation theory and best practices. Courses like iSim provide hands-on training in clinical educator facilitation and debriefing.

The tools exist to provide the required training mentioned above but the real need now is the acknowledgement by administrators that this professional development and training is a necessary requirement to operating a medical simulation program!

Read the full SUPER article on Informa Healthcare here!