Featured Medical Simulation Job: Central New Mexico Community College Seeks Director

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Check out this featured job post from CNM Simulation Program!

Title:  CNM STEMulus Director

Location:  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Institution:  Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

Click here to apply!

Duties & Responsibilities:  Under the general joint supervision of the Dean of School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety (HWPS) and the Chief Community Engagement Officer, oversees Central New Mexico Community College’s (CNM) health care programs located at CNM STEMulus and HWPS, including but not limited to simulation training, continuing education units (CEU), American Heart Association training center programs and other training / conferences / workshops.  The Director is responsible for administrative functions for the program.  These duties may include, but are not limited to, serving as a liaison among the students of the program, the faculty, and the College administration, as well as direct involvement in the development of employability of CNM’s students within the community. This position will be responsible for the development of new and additional programs and community growth. Additionally, this position will be involved in College initiatives designed at strategic goal development for within HWPS, CNM STEMulus, and the community.

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Responsible for the ongoing/yearly organization, administration, coordination, and evaluation of all aspects of the program. Responsible for outcomes assessment, accreditation, and program development. Establishes / develops and maintains effective community partnerships in support of CNM STEMulus programs and the health care simulations for students. Responsible for publicity, fundraising and high level tours for simulation and other programs intended for external users. Partner with HWPS and CNM STEMulus faculty and staff in the development of laboratory / simulation, CEU and various training learning experiences / opportunities and curriculum.

Responsible for the management of CNM STEMulus instructors and all HWPS simulation lab staff and work-studies. Provides leadership, direction, and support to assigned staff. Responsible for the management of the simulation lab operations, including but not limited to, development, maintenance, and enforcement of policies and procedures for all simulation programs that will affect staff, faculty, students and external customers. Responsible for maintenance and effective operation  of the simulation lab equipment including, but not limited to, LearningSpace, Pyxis medication system, and Gaumard / Laerdal / CAE high fidelity mannequins.

Develops the budget for the CNM STEMulus programs and HWPS simulation labs and community programs.  Oversees department budget, and monitors expenditures to ensure adherence to College policies.  Forecasts and controls expenditures for the department by projecting department needs, justifying requests, allocating funds, revising priorities, and monitoring expenditures. This includes equipment purchases and repairs/maintenance.

Actively prospects and leverages potential new business opportunities within the healthcare arena.  Cultivates strong, long-term relationships with key decision-makers within the health care industry and develops deep knowledge of potential client organizations.  Analyzes potential opportunities and develops marketing strategies to promote CNM STEMulus health care programs. These duties can include, but are not limited to, oversight of simulation projects with community partners, and developing goals for programs intended for external users.

Minimum Requirements:  – A Master’s degree in simulation technology, health care profession, or a related field

  • At least three (3) years’ experience in simulation-based education and training, evaluation of outcomes, patient safety, and implementation of innovative simulation-based education and training programs necessary
  • This position requires a background check.
  • This position requires a current NM driver’s license.

Click here to apply!

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SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Presentation Proposals Due January 31st!

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Australian & Pacific Rim Readers: Looking to present your innovations or best practices to other healthcare simulation technology specialists?

Submit your presentation proposal by January 31st and get $50 off your registration to SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia, taking place at the Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) in Brisbane, Queensland on June 23rd-26th, 2015. Learn more about this 2nd annual event at the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Page.

SimGHOSTS Australia is looking for hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Anything else you do in your healthcare simulation technology job!

Presentation Submission: Now Open until January 31st. Visit the SG15AUS Abstract submission page here. Presenters get $50 off their registration!

Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2014

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The Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2014 are curated here to help you improve the adoption, utilization and efficiency of your healthcare simulation programs! We took the most read, most clicked, most shared articles from our hundreds of written posts from 2014 and shared here the top 50 articles from the year. These are all must read articles which you can share easily with this special link: http://bit.ly/healthysim-top50-2014

50) Bridging The Gap Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Simulation Technicians – Guest author Lisa Schwaberow wrote in this helpful piece to assist Sim Techs who need to gain more medical knowledge. After explaining the benefits to hiring a tech without a clinical background, Lisa reviews some handy ipad apps to help those with technical experience gain more healthcare knowledge. Lisa is looking for a new Sim Tech position and is willing to relocate if you are looking for a great simulation champion!

49) TeamSTEPPS Online Master Trainer CE Course Now Available for FREEThe “Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety” 2.0 Online Master Trainer Course consists of 11 modules, 8 of which offer continuing education (CE) credits. Learners in a cohort or noncohort group completing the full course of all 11 modules and a coaching session with a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer (also known as a teach-back session) not only receive CE credits, but can also receive certification as a Master Trainer.

48) INSPIRE Provides Free Pediatric Simulation Support Community – The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. Learn more about their workshops at IMSH & IPSSW.

47) MEdSim Magazine Advances Patient Safety Through Education and Training - MEdSim Magazine is written by professionals in medicine, simulation and training who are recognized leaders with a lifetime of experience which addresses the needs of medical practitioners, educators, and academicians around the world.

46) Hemoulage: A Review of TrueClot Blood Simulant by Reader Will EnfingerRead this comprehensive use-test review of clotting blood moulage product “TrueClot” from Luna Inc.

45) Simulation Moulage: Should You Be Using It? - From Moulage Expert Bobbie Merica, an introduction and reasons behind utilizing moulage in your medical simulations. Also, check out Theatrical Blood Effects Part 4, From MilitaryMoulage.com- Part 4 of MilitaryMoulage.com’s article on Theatrical Blood Effects for Realistic Casualty Simulation has been released. Here, moulage experts from the website share a few extra blood makeup tips, including how to “release” effects at the right time using Squibs and pumps.

44) HealthySim Youtube Channel Crosses 50,000 Views! – To highlight this achievement I have shared here the top “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more!

43) “New Validation for Simulation Education” ANA Article from INACSL VP Lori LioceArticle covers the continued evolution of healthcare simulation, the recent NCSBN landmark research study results, and the INACSL standards — all of which are helping to support the increase of simulation in healthcare education.

42) Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills Empowers Team to Achieve Legendary Vision – Learn how this team’s dedication to vision has created one of the most realistic sim centers I have ever seen.

41) SimSpaces Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Lab Fidelity – Learn how you can quickly apply these printed canvas styled papered wall coverings to quickly add fidelity to your simulated learning environments.

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40) Timothy Clapper PhD Articles on TeamSTEPPS Communication Training Opportunities for Medical Simulation Programs -Links to: TeamSTEPPS: The patient safety tool that needs to be implemented., Why your TeamSTEPPS program may not be working & Next steps in TeamSTEPPS: Creating a just culture with observation and simulation.

39) NAEMSE Plenary: Laerdal Supported Research Study of Simulation Education in EMSLearn some of the results from Phase I of this landmark study conducted by the National Association of EMS Educator Research Committee.

38) Medical Student Speaks Up and Saves a Life — But Not Without Persistence“A minute passed. And then another. Nobody came by to see this patient, who continued to bleed. I hesitated against speaking up, since we were in the middle of a trauma. But I couldn’t wait any longer. I asked an ED nurse if he was her patient. “No,” she said before hurrying off.”

37) Video of U.S. Government Subcommittee Hearing on 1000+ Lethal Medical Errors a Day – This two-hour recording is a must watch for those interested in furthering the use of medical simulation to improve patient care and reducing medical errors.

36) Simulated Patient ‘Allergic to Ink’ Warning Sign, Download to Save Your Manikins – Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains from learners.

35) Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator From CAE Healthcare at IMSH 2014 Video Interview Part 1 – CAE Healthcare unveiled Fidelis, their state-of-the-art maternal fetal simulator at IMSH 2014. In part 1 of this video interview with Pam Azevedo, CAE Healthcare Product Manager, we explore the key connection between CAE Healthcare simulation divisions and parent company CAE Aviation divisions – including expanded engineering opportunities. This has lead to a complete overhaul of the engineering design of manikin features, with CAE Healthcare’s first high-fidelity birthing simulator being Fidelis!

34) Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator IMSH 2014 Interview Part 2: Advanced Engineering – Unique to CAE Healthcare is the ability to pull from the years of experience manufacturing some of the world’s leading aviation simulators. You can really see the attention to engineering detail and streamlined design of the Fidelis by seeing her in this video!

33) Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide – Dr. Barry Issenberg, Director of the Gordon Medical Simulation Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and co-author of AMEE Guide #82 “Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide PART-2″ reminds us here of the importance of considering the practical implementation of medical simulation. This article is FREE to download!

32) Developing a Strong Simulation Operations Team – A poster entitled “Super Technical Teams: Continuing Professional Development to Support Sim Ops” from IMSH 2014 by Nicole Jones de Rooy, who works for the School of Medicine’s Simulation Program at Australia’s Griffith University is now available for download! Learn what it takes to improve simulation working relationships and continue staff development.

31) First Ever Practicum Week of Drexel University MS in Medical Simulation Program Deemed True Success – One of the unique features of the MSMS program at Drexel is the heavy focus on being interprofessional and the projects were required to have a variety of professional roles. Learn more about this new MS program that was called by one student “Quite simply, this was by far the best, most outstanding educational event of my career”.

30) Sheffield Hallam University Uses Augmented Reality to Increase Manikin Fidelity – Sheffield Hallam University was recently featured on BBC news for their augmented reality system which increases realism of stagnate simulators by overlaying recorded standardized patient videos on top of the manikin. This is a step in the right direction towards increased fidelity for patient simulator engagements. Because this is such an innovative project, I have added several links in this article to additional information.

29) Do You Charge for Sim Center Tours? A LinkedIn Discussion – A great conversation took place in the SSH LinkedIn Discussion group regarding tours of Simulation Spaces. Fritz Sticht, Administrative Director at Behling Simulation Center, asked “we are constantly getting requests for tours and I am wondering how to justify attaching a fee to such requests. As you know these tours take up time and center resources. Thanks for your input.” Check out the many interesting responses, including my own!

28) Pole Mountable Power Supply From Pocket Nurse – Sim Techs rejoice! More power is now quickly and easily available through Pocket Nurse! How cool is this pole mountable Power Strip to enable you to quickly bring in more equipment to specific areas without needing to lay down multiple cords and take the time to tape up floors. Thanks to Pocket Nurse you can now bring one cord in and attach power where you need it with this iv-pole attaching power strip.

27) Pre-Production; How To Plan Your Sim Lab Video Project – In this article I answer this reader email question: “I was wondering what YOUR process is for creating a video for the Sim Lab. Do you come up with what you want to communicate, write the script, do a storyboard and then shoot it, followed by editing? (this was my method) I work with very non technical people that don’t get the whole storyboarding thing, they want to just start shooting.”

26) Gordon: “Some Physicians Continue to Ignore Learning Opportunity From Aviation Simulation” – Suzanne Gordon, author of Beyond the Checklist: What Else Can Healthcare Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety, recently wrote up an article entitled “…just two guys in a box” – Really?” which focuses on her frustration when healthcare physicians criticize the training take-aways from aviation without true understanding. “As we have gone around the country discussing our book, we have been struck by the number of people who insist that healthcare has little to learn from aviation because the two enterprises are entirely different. Critics suggest that healthcare is far more complex than aviation even though they have no experience in that field.

25) “VIRTSIM” From Motion Reality Provides Virtual Reality Physical Environment Simulator – Learn about VIRTSIM, where trainees are fully immersed “head-to-toe” in training scenarios requiring the execution of basic individual maneuvers, complex unit tactics, and mission rehearsals. They are able to train as individuals, in teams, or in full squads. Trainees have complete freedom of movement to run, jump, or crawl throughout the full volume (up to 5,000 square feet – equivalent to a basketball court), unrestricted by wires or tethers. The VIRTSIM system allows training in a range of reconfigurable environments.

24) U.S. Navy Show “Scrubbing In” Takes Us Inside San Diego Bioskills Simulation Training Center – This U.S. Navy produced show “Scrubbing In” highlights a recent visit of the Bioskills Simulation Training Center at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. “The goal of this episode is to showcase some of the training that helps keep our medical personnel ready to provide care in a variety of situations.”

23) Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation Group – Kam McCowan, Paramedic Intern & Simulation Technology Specialist, recently started a new website dedicated to promoting Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation program and simulator development. Are you interested in highlighting your work with or supporting the development of low cost or low resource simulation program or equipment? Then you must stop by!

22) Medical Simulation Research Article: Using Simulation to Develop Handover Skills – This article outlines the potential impact of ineffective handover skills on nurses’ confidence, competence and coordination, as well as on patient safety. It focuses on how student nurses can develop their communication skills by looking specifically at how the University of Derby used simulation to teach pre-registration student nurses effective handover techniques.

21) iSimulate ALSi Patient Monitor Continues to Innovate Healthcare Simulation Space – During IMSH 2014, iSimulate’s CEO Peter McKie introduced me to all the latest updates for their patient monitoring system, which can dramatically increase the realism of your low-fidelity manikins or standardized patients. With the option to purchase an ongoing licensing agreement, users can take full advantage of all these recent updates and those still yet to come. Also in this article is a link to our comprehensive product demonstration using iPad captured video.

20) “Bedside Manners” Play DVD and Workbook Help Demo & Teach Healthcare Communication Issues – Bedside Manners is a play, recorded dvd, and workbook designed to improve effective communication between healthcare professionals. Past participants have reported that its use enhances on-going efforts to reduce medical errors and injuries and helps to improve teamwork and workplace civility. This has resulted in improved patient safety and care! This is a must watch training tool for all healthcare educators!

19) SIM-one Offers Simulation Certificate Training Courses – MASCS (Mastering the Artistic Side of Clinical Simulation) is a certificate program that focuses on the creative and psychological elements required to bring simulations to life, enhancing fidelity and increasing learner engagement. MASCS introduces the use of best practice principles and techniques developed in many fields that can be used for enhancing health professions education. This program is designed to help mentor and support participants in developing their careers in the exciting field of healthcare simulation, with the opportunity to become a SIM-one Simulationist.

18) What’s in a Name? The Many Titles of “Sim Techs” – I exported the titles of those attending SimGHOSTS 2014 USA to demonstrate what a dynamic range of titles this profession currently entertains. Find out which title has the most frequency!

17) Performance Analysis Results When Teaching with Simulated EHR – Does training with simulated EHR increases learning outcomes? Read this abstract posted on the The National Center for Biotechnology to find out the results of the study.

20) 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting Medical Simulation A/V Systems, From CAE Healthcare – CAE Healthcare just shared these top tips on their company blog. Covered here are the people, equipment, schedules and concepts necessary to be successful with your A/V system selections.

19) Learn More About NYIT MS in Medical / Health Care Simulation at IMSH – Have you considered a masters degree in Medical Simulation? NYIT is ahead of the curve with the world’s first MS in Medical / Health Care Simulation. If you are attending IMSH, Anthony Errichetti, Ph.D., Director of the Medical Simulation MS Program will be on hand at IMSH Booth #334 starting Sunday! Stop by their booth #334 to talk with Tony about the program!

18) Cardionics Offers Big Discounts on their Auscultation Manikins – Cardionics products range from Simulation & Education to Clinical FDA approved devices being used in diagnostic and tele-health fields. For over thirty years, Cardionics has been an innovator and leader in auscultation products and services which facilitate and support classroom education, clinical, and tele-health programs in medical institutions and universities throughout the world.

17) Recorded EMS Webinar: How to Affordably Expanding Your Simulation Staff by HealthySim Founder – Sign up with EMS for this and other free recorded webinars. Expanding your sim lab technical staff is a must for short and long-term simulation program success. This session will explore why hiring a Sim Tech is such a crucial step toward increasing simulation lab operational efficiency and learning quality. Maximize your budget through staff analysis of your technology-based simulation lab and then learn how to increase simulation staff in cost effective steps with proven techniques!

16) ‘True Plastic Surgery’ Blog Talks Sim Tech Shop – Looking for more great content for simulation technicians? At SimGHOSTS Australia I ran into Cyle Sprick who was shares his impressive DIY projects on this blog.

15) Free Simulation Faculty Training Tools & Scenarios from UW- This website is intended to be a resource for faculty and clinical educators and students with online modules teach the latest technologies and techniques for designing and enhancing an e-learning course, designing and implementing simulation in your curriculum, using telehealth to enhance communication, using informatics to manage and communicate data, learning team communication strategies and more.

14) Drexel University Offers New Graduate Program in Healthcare Simulation – The Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies recently launched a new graduate program offering a Master of Science Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation. This unique program offers advanced training to healthcare professionals to prepare them to teach others how to care for patients in simulation practice environments rather than practicing on patients.

13) Simulation Pioneer Passes Away – SSH President Pam Jeffries announced earlier this month that Dr. Stephen Abrahamson passed away at the age of 93. Watch this video interview from the Simulation Innovation Award’s held at IMSH 2014.

12) Joint Commission Journal Publishes “Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program – The eight factors–science, staff, supplies, space, support, systems, success, and sustainability–represent a synthesis of the most critical elements necessary for successful simulation programs. The order of the factors does not represent a deliberate prioritization or sequence, and the factors’ relative importance may change as the program evolves. Read this free article to learn how these eight factors can create program success.

11) Clinical Skills Lab Coordinator Standard Operating Procedures Example – Here is the downloadable SOP for the Lab Coordinator responsible for: Managing supplies, coordinating with faculty regarding skills lab setups, managing volunteers and student workers, skills labs signups, lab setups/teardowns, task trainer maintenance, utilization tracking and storage. (Sim Tech SOPs linked there as well).

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10) The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Releases Results of National Simulation Study – This three year study found that up to 50 percent simulation was effectively substituted for traditional clinical experience in all core courses across the prelicensure nursing curriculum, and did not affect NCLEX pass rates! Click to read the full study.

9) Eight Video Sessions Covering Sim Lab Management ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Now Free for HealthySimulation.com Subscribers – Subscribers to the free HealthySim newsletter can now get access to the fifteen hours of HD recorded content from HealthySimAdmin, a 2-day recorded event which brought administrators from a dynamic range of programs together to discuss the “how to” of medical simulation administration.

8) Why Do Healthcare Simulation Programs Hire Sim Techs Without Technical Backgrounds? Avoid this #1 Simulation Hiring Mistake! – Recently I received an email from a HealthySim reader who wished to remain anonymous regarding a concern that medical simulation programs seem to lean towards hiring Sim Techs for clinical experience rather than technical experience. This article response highlights a major community misunderstanding which a lot of my efforts have been geared towards correcting. to this article from the community, so I would highly recommend catching up with this conversation – There has been a huge number of responses in support of this argument so read how to help your program avoid future hiring mistakes!

7) Example of Simulation Lab Faculty, Staff and Learner Roles & Responsibilities Breakdown – Download these example guidelines which were created in-order to maximize the results of simulated learning experiences, which we know require the coordination of many ‘moving parts’.

6) Standard Operating Procedure Guides for Simulation Technician Positions – Here are two SOPs, or Standard Operating Procedure, manuals that we built at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in case we ever needed to train someone new to those positions. I tasked the staff with creating and annually updating their job descriptions AND these SOPs — so that if the role switched to another individual they would have a head-start on the responsibilities, and a guide on how to complete them!

5) Free ECG Simulator Game – James Cypert forwarded along a great 6-second ECG Simulator game where healthcare learners can practice identifying one of 27 most common rhythms. SkillStat provides the web version free to play online now!

4) SimGHOSTS Holds 4th Annual Simulation Technology Hands-On Training Event to 220 Participants – A four day event, the 4th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists was the second meeting the non-profit 501(c)3 organization put on this year following its first-ever Australia event which took place a month ago at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Read the highlights here and learn more about their 2015 training events around the world!

3) Konsiderate “Yelp Like” Medical Simulation Product Review Website Partners with Leading Industry Vendors – Learn why top vendors want to hear your simulation product and service feedback through Konsiderate’s validated peer review website. Get access to hundreds of medical simulation product reviews and share your own on this new website which launched in January of 2014.

2) The Ultimate Job Guide to Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists – Summary of TOP articles covering the topic of Sim Tech position descriptions, responsibilities, hiring, career development, administration, training and more.

1) Free Medical Simulation Scenarios - I have previously shared several articles on where to get free clinical simulation scenarios, which I link in this article as well as update you with even more free online resources for clinical simulation scenarios.

Looking for even more great healthcare simulation content? Check out:

HealthySim’s Top 10 Most-Read Medical Simulation Articles Of All Time! – Here is a list of the most read articles from the website since it began in 2010. All the best is here from free nursing simulation scenario databases to moulage recipes, best of the year recaps, sim tech hiring practices, simulation job listings as well as Simulab, Laerdal, and CAE Healthcare videos! Must read and must share article!

HealthySim’s Top 50 Articles of 2013 – Another comprehensive list of the best of HealthySimulation.com news from the previous year.

Finally, be sure to subscribe to our Free Newsletter to get all the best of HealthySimulation in 2015 and beyond!

Heading to IMSH in New Orleans Next Week? Things We Can’t Wait to See!

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Are you attending the world’s largest medical simulation conference next week in New Orleans? HealthySimulation.com will be there to capture all the latest news! Follow @HealthySim and #IMSH2015 on twitter to stay connected! We can’t wait to see these things in particular:

  • Spectrum of Innovation Showcase Tuesday 3Pm-6PM – The Spectrum of Innovation Showcases will feature the latest in innovative interventions for healthcare simulation from around the world, highlighting four key areas ranging from low cost and low resource modifications to high technologically sophisticated innovations.
  • SimGHOSTS to Showcase Oculus Rift Booth #235 – Have you ever experienced what has been called the “best VR experience in the world” ? Come learn about how the SimGHOSTS non-profit organization provides online resources and hands-on training events with the latest in medical simulation technologies!
  • Konsiderate Rating & Review Website Booth #635 – The team has been hard at work, come read the latest reviews on a lot of the products and services that will be on display at IMSH, and write your own!
  • Gaumard’s Victoria Birthing Simulator Booth #513 – We missed it last year! Can’t wait to see this innovative hardware from the world’s original innovator of birthing simulators.
  • CAE Healthcare’s Replay Stand Alone Camera System Booth #300 – New mobile recording platform from the folks who bring us LearningSpace, which is rated very highly by Konsiderate users!
  • Laerdal’s new LLEAP Operating Software Booth #109 – LLEAP software unifies the control of all PC-operated Laerdal simulators. LLEAP brings simplicity to running simulation training and efficiencies to the management and development of scenarios.
  • SonoSim Booth #317 New Ultrasound Technologies Based on Partnership with Laerdal – Laerdal Medical, a leading provider of simulation solutions for healthcare, and SonoSim, Inc., a leading provider of ultrasound education and training, today announced a wide-ranging agreement regarding distribution, product development and R&D collaboration.
  • Exhibitor Presentation Theaters:
    • Education Management Solutions – 3D Anatomy Simulation  Sunday, January 11, 5:50pm-6:20pm
    • HGA Architects & Engineers “Physician and Nursing Education: High Performance Learning Environments”, Monday, January 12, 11:30am-12:00pm
    • Mentice Presentation Theater “Trauma-Considerations for Building REBOA Course” Monday 12:10-12:40
    • OtoSim Inc. Otoscopy and Opthamoscopy Training Demonstrates OtoSim2 Monday, 12:50pm-1:20pm

We know there is a lot more than that for IMSH 2015 we just know these items are at the top of our list. HealthySimulation.com’s Lance Baily will be walking the floor and hanging out at the SimGHOSTS booth, so if you love reading this website stop by and say hello!

Remember, follow @HealthySim for hour by hour coverage!

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ASPiH UK National Simulation Development Project Summary Report

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The Association for the Simulated Practice in Healthcare published this UK National Simulation Summary Report earlier this year. This National Simulation Development Project (NSDP) was funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), with additional funding and resources from Health Education England (HEE), and was conducted primarily by the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH). This report brings together information on the current state of play within the field of simulation based education (SBE), a key part of the technology enhanced learning agenda.

Key Findings:

  • There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of SBE in healthcare
  • The funding, training and availability of faculty is a key constraint to wider adoption of SBE
  • SBE is used widely for training in core technical skills for craft specialties and other disciplines
  • The presence of SBE in core curricula for most medical specialties and in nursing is increasing
  • SBE is established as an essential component of human factors training but remains underutilised for this purpose
  • The UK has the highest number of advanced simulation centres in Europe and the UK NHS is regarded as a global leader in the field of SBE
  • The key problems facing those involved in delivering SBE in the UK are similar to those experienced elsewhere in the world.
  • The management, sharing and co-ordination between centres delivering SBE remains poor in many areas
  • The evidence that SBE can develop and assess skills and can change behaviours and improve patient outcomes requires further research and appropriate evidence to support future investment
  • The development of multi-professional training has increased but the disconnect between under and post graduate and between nurse and doctor training remains
  • Over 80% of advanced simulation centres have spare capacity
  • There is limited availability of virtual reality and procedural skills training simulators hampering delivery of some specialty curricula that now include simulated practice competency requirements
  • Use of in-situ simulation for all healthcare professionals is increasing but requires further support for effective delivery
  • The value of public and patient involvement in the design of SBE is not widely recognised
  • Quality control to guide the development of robust programmes of SBE and evidence the value and outcomes of these activities is required


1. National standards or guidance (as a complement to existing professional standards) for those educators delivering SBE are urgently required. We recommend that any on-going standards framework development includes strategic leadership and support from HEE, ASPiH, NES, HEA and AoME. Input should be sought from the relevant professional bodies and should take into account existing UK and international models currently in use. Future work should address the evidence that demonstrates successful completion, and subsequent progress from novice to expert; and will provide guidance on a portfolio approach to evidence that demonstrates the standards are being maintained through an appraisal process, or similar. This could also be an opportunity to establish support and a clear professional development pathway for those seeking to pursue scholarly development, or broader leadership qualities in SBE.

2. Funding, training and management support for faculty requires urgent attention. The availability of well trained, prepared and time resourced educators using SBE resources should be a key target for HEE, Local Health Boards, PSRBs (Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body) and Health education commissioners. The availability of faculty is also one of the key constraints limiting full utilisation of SBE resources. We recommend a national funding framework to support those delivering SBE and associated recognition in job plans and career portfolios.

3. The development of guidance for SBE in relation to patient safety and human factors training. There needs to be a national lead to ensure all those delivering SBE recognise and deliver effective human factors training by using simulated environments to drive home team skills, leadership and other key issues that affect patient safety. Human factors training provision should be a key criteria for commissioners of SBE. HEA and HEE should also develop a specific programme for SBE team training for medical, nursing and AHP students.

Download the Full UK Simulation Report through the ASPiH Website today! 

Thanks for A Great Year of Healthy Simulations!

simghosts2014 was Year of the Sim Tech!

Sim Champs,

2014 has been an amazing year for simulation. From the overwhelmingly positive NCSBN research results to the expansion of SimGHOSTS across the pacific into Australia and affiliation with ASPiH UK, and from the launch of new simulator products like the Fidelis and the Victoria to the development of Konsiderate – the worlds first community review platform for simulation products, our interesting world of modern technology & methodology continue to improve the structure of healthcare.

For me personally, 2014 brought forth a great deal of wonderful traveling; everywhere from Albuquerque New Mexico to Sippy Downs Australia. I can say matter-of-factly that no matter where I went, the common denominator amongst all simulation champions around the world is that we love what we do. While this is energy is consistent so too are the stories of frustration that come with being an innovator. As champions, we consistently are challenged by the status quo — sometimes on every step of our process towards successful utilization of simulation. But this feeling of resistance to innovation is not exclusive to healthcare simulation. Being an entrepreneur, I can share that I have experienced this same resistance in other industries as well. The movie “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill perfectly resembles the individual, institutional and community resistance to change.

In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise’s unfavorable financial situation, take a sophisticated sabermetric approach towards scouting and analyzing players, acquiring key “base hitters” over famous players, break through resistance to change and win 20 consecutive games, an American League record. More importantly, they forever changed the way Baseball would be played – something that the Red Sox realized earlier than other teams. In this scene below, the Owner of the Boston Red Sox acknowledges to Billy Beane, that the innovator will face the most challenges of all to bring change — but that change is inevitable and ultimately correct.

“For 41 million, you built a playoff team. You lost Damon, Giambi, Isringhausen, Peña and you won more games without them than you did with them. You won the exact same number of games that the Yankees won, but the Yankees spent 1.4 million per win and you paid 260 thousand. I know you’ve taken it in the teeth out there, but the first guy through the wall… it always gets bloody, always. It’s the threat and not just the way of doing business, but in their minds it’s threatening the game. But really what it’s threatening is their livelihoods, it’s threatening their jobs, it’s threatening the way that they do things. And every time that happens, whether it’s the government or a way of doing business or whatever it is, the people are holding the reins, have their hands on the switch. They will bet you’re crazy. I mean, anybody who’s not building a team right and rebuilding it using your model, they’re dinosaurs. They’ll be sittin’ on their a** on the sofa in October, watching the Boston Red Sox win the world series.”

Billy was then offered the most money any General Manager had ever been offered at that point in history to lead the Boston Red Sox the next year into victory, which he turned down because of his love of the Oakland A’s.

What helps me get through this resistance, challenge or frustration? I simply choose to focus on what has been accomplished, and the benefits of what still needs to be accomplished. Challenges faced are just hurdles to be jumped over, and accepting those difficulties as part of the path of a disruptive champion is honestly a necessary requirement to successfully overcoming them. With awareness and acceptance of these challenges, our resistance to resistance will be minimized — and that way — our energy can stay focused on working through resistance as opposed to be drained by it.

My goal for 2015 is to continue to dramatically expand the reach of HealthySimulation.com, SimGHOSTS.org and Konsiderate.com to help champions engage with one another even more. As Champions we can recharge our batteries not only by our successes, but by the support and sharing of successes by other simulation champions around the world who face the exact same resistance. Do you do the same? How else do you mentally overcome this resistance? Email me and let me know!

I thank each and every one of you for reading and sharing HealthySimulation.com this year, which made the website hit over 10,000 readers a month by Q4!  and always welcome your Our community of champions need to recharge reinforcement

Below are some of the photos from my crazy year of simulation! Write to me and share yours as I love to see what you are up to in simulation!


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I/ITSEC 2014 Comprehensive Conference Video Coverage


Every year the military & industry I/ITSEC organization puts together comprehensive video interview coverage of their annual event. Below, you can watch the entire playlist of simulation video interviews which highlight healthcare, aviation, military, education, space and more! Some of the interview segments covered include:

  • Training & Simulation Trends
  • Doug Hubbard on the panel for Quantified Warrior
  • Serious Games Awards
  • America’s Teachers Initiatives
  • Lockheed Martin Booth
  • Dozens more!

About I/ITSEC:

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. It is always held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida, USA, and it consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. I/ITSEC is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.

Watch the complete video playlist here:

Visit the ITSEC website to learn more!

Moulage Workshop for Simulated Mass Casualty Experiences Jan. 29-30 in Oceanside, CA

moulage training

Bobbie Merica, Owner Moulage Concepts Bridging the Gap in Simulation, wrote in to share a $75 Discount for her upcoming 2-day Moulage workshop focusing on mass casualty experiences taking place Jan. 28th & 30th in Oceanside, CA. I have taken Bobbie’s workshop before at SimGHOSTS and can attest that this is a great course!

Use discount code HEALTHYSIM to get $75 off!

The following interactive workshop is designed to enhance realism in medical moulage and emergency simulation exercises. Utilizing best practice techniques, this interactive 16 hour course will be presented in a multifarious approach including:

  • scenario staging and building
  • accessory moulage options
  • moulage care, reuse and storage recommendations
  • time and money saving alternatives

Participants will learn the following Moulage Techniques:

  • Learn to use professional makeup, gels, silifix, waxes & SIMSafe products to create beginner, intermediate and advanced medical-trauma conditions and odors.
  • Learn to create life-like three dimensional wounds that can be triaged, sutured, debrided, drained and even ruptured if handled aggressively to ensure a realistic training experience in the field.
  • Learn to use moulage techniques to enhance symptom assessment, injury recognition, stress inoculation and supportive decision making.

Who Should Attend:

  • MCI Training Coordinators
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Facilitators
  • Police/Fire/Public Officials
  • Simulation Coordinators/Techs.
  • First Responders/EMS
  • Anyone who works with volunteers/simulation trainers or mass casualty incidents

Learn more about Bobbies’ Moulage Recipe Book, and her course at MoulageConcepts.com !

Happy Holidays Dance Video from SimGHOSTS!

SimGHOSTS Dance Video 2014

Happy Holidays & a Wonderful New Years from SimGHOSTS!

SimGHOSTS Vice President Ferooz Sekandarpoor shot and edited this “Happy Dance” video recorded at SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia and 2014 United States – where hundreds of simulation technology specialists from around the world came together to celebrate all things “tech”! SimGHOSTS participants certainly are happy!

They thanked all those attendees and vendors who attended, subscribed, supported, and shared SimGHOSTS in 2014!

Learn more about their 2015 events and IMSH Attendance at http://www.SimGHOSTS.Org

DiaMedical Helps Us Select Simulated Vs. Functioning Headwall Systems

Today a handy breakdown chart from DiaMedical USA to aid us in selecting the right Headwall system for our educational spaces. Click the photo below to see the full diagram breakdown which will aid in your purchasing process.

Simulated Headwall: The simulated headwall is the least expensive teaching headwall option. This headwall façade is available as both a horizontal and vertical flat wall unit. These headwalls include all accessories to replicate a patient room at an affordable price.

Functioning Headwall: The functioning headwall generates vacuum, air and simulated oxygen by connecting to an external compressor. This simple design incorporates distinctive features which simulates a real world medical environment for students, a solution that is thousands of dollars less than a traditional centralized system.

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Have you purchased headwalls from DiaMedical USA before? Review their products and customer service on Konsiderate.com!

Download the full Headwall diagram here, and then
Visit DiaMedical USA website for more healthcare simulation hardware!