Ontario Based SIM-one Provides Upcoming Course in ‘Simulation Research: Best Practices for Planning a Research Study’


This has been a week for upcoming simulation courses and workshop announcements. It makes us happy to think that five years ago there was only a handful of courses every year around the world to train clinical educators in the process of medical simulation, now there is a course a week! This latest training program is an ONLINE course that you can take from anywhere on getting into Simulation Research.

Simulation Research: Best Practices for Planning a Research Study is facilitated and led by leading simulation and health care education researchers across Ontario. Facilitators will coach course participants through the process of building a research study based on their research question or interest. They will provide guidance on practical issues such as method planning, grant applications, knowledge mobilization planning, and team building.

Wed, September 30 to Wed, November 18
Hosted Online
Course Fee: $495 CAN

This eight-week course includes video-recorded lectures, interactive live webinars with expert researchers, and review & questions periods. It complements the Simulation Research: Primer introductory course.

Who will benefit?

Have a defined research question or hypothesis, but not sure how to begin planning your study? Or, completed theSimulation Research: Primer course and looking for more information? Then this course is for you.

What will I learn?

  • Tips & tools for building research questions into concrete research study plans
  • Guidance on developing a research study, including creating a study design (qualitative & quantitative methods planning)
  • Choosing and validating the right measurement tools
  • Knowledge mobilization planning
  • Guidance on applying for simulation research grant proposal(s)
  • How to build a strong research team

Learning outcomes & benefits

Participants will become familiar with the core concepts for planning a research study, including:

  • Steps to investigate a simulation research question
  • Creating and critiquing a research study method/protocol
  • Documenting a research study protocol and knowledge mobilization plan
  • Identifying human and physical resources necessary to complete a research study
  • Drafting a grant application

Learn more about this and other SIM-one courses at their website today!

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University of Birmingham UK Provides Healthcare Simulation Courses Starting Soon!

The University of Birmingham UK recently shared on our @HealthySim twitter account about their upcoming healthcare simulation courses: “Suitable for all health care professionals with an interest or involvement in delivering training and education, the main aims of this programme are to provide you with:

  • an understanding of the principles of adult learning and how they can be applied to multidisciplinary health care simulation training
  • an understanding of the evolution, variety and importance of human factors in healthcare practice
  • the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate simulation training
  • the debriefing skills required to aide learners subsequent reflection and development”

uk simulation courses adult learning

Adult learning theory and its application to multidisciplinary healthcare simulation learning and teaching

This 20 credit module is the introductory module for the Post Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation. The aims of this module are:

  • To provide students with a sound knowledge of the principles of adult learning applicable to healthcare simulation.
  • To enable students to effectively use healthcare simulation technology and subsequently develop their own projects for teaching and learning

debriefing skills simulation

Development and debriefing of multidisciplinary healthcare simulation scenarios

This 20 credit module forms one part of the Post Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation. The aims of this module are to provide you with:

  • An understanding of the process for creating an effect scenario that can be used in simulation training.
  • Knowledge of the available technologies and how to ‘drive’ the technology.

Additionally you will explore all roles within the simulation faculty and how they contribute to the fidelity of multidisciplinary health care simulation as well as the principles of debriefing a simulation scenario.

non technical skills simulation

Non-technical skills for multidisciplinary healthcare simulation

This 20 credit module forms one part of the Post Graduate Certificate programme in Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation. This module will provide you with an understanding of non-technical skills vital to enable the exploration of these crucial concepts in multidisciplinary healthcare simulation teaching and learning.

Learn more and register today on the Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation – PGCert Page!

New Jersey SimWARS Competition Event November 5th Still Taking Team Signups!

Just received word from Samantha Singh, Director of the Regional Perinatal Simulation Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, about the upcoming Northeastern Interprofessional SimWARS™ Competition. In this high-energy, competitive tournament, successful teams must work together to solve problems in a simulated high-pressure environment. Valuable feedback will be provided by an objective panel of expert debriefers who will assess team performances before an audience of peers casting their votes for the winning team.


This competition is open to states in the Northeastern Region, we are looking for Interprofessional teams of four to compete against friends and associates in this fun hands-on learning experience. Teams will compete against each other in short, hi-fidelity scenarios, with the winning teams advancing. The final two teams will face off in the grand finale on the morning of the simulation/education Symposium being held at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Following the SimWARS™ Competition, experts will discuss the use of simulation in healthcare education.

Until October 1, 2015 the program is recruiting teams for SimWARS™  preliminary rounds & accepting abstracts for podium and poster presentations

Thursday November 5, 2015
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Islami Auditorium
Livingston, NJ 07039

Please help them make this event a success by attending, participating and sharing this information with friends and colleagues!

Learn more about the event and then Register today

Professor Debra Nestel Shares The Benefits of Simulation to Medical Journal of Australia

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Recently The Medical Journal of Australia interviewed Professor Debra Nestel BA PhD FAcadMEd CHSE-A, who is professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University in Melbourne. In the audio interview below Dr. Nestel discusses the role of simulated patients and other modalities, particularly in relation to rural training. With MJA engagement editor, Cate Swannell.

To accompany a Careers feature on simulation training in medical schools she speaks with MJA engagement editor Cate Swannell in the video below:

Learn more about The Medical Journal of Australia and Dr. Debra Nestel!

Free Vital Sign Simulator App Continues to Be Improved

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Back in 2013 we first shared about the Free Vital Sign Simulator from Florian Schwander (read that article here). Recently Jason Bowman at the ‘The Resuscitationist’ blog used the updated Vital Sign Simulator software to provide a long-distance SimWars competition.

Excerpt from Jason’s Use of Vital Sign Simulator:

Recently I was given the task of teaching an interactive EKG and ACLS review for our Emergency Medicine Interest Group. We wanted to make it entertaining so we planned a sort of mini simwars style event. I taught medic school and ACLS for some time so this should’ve been an easy topic. Bring in a rhythm generator, defibrillator and a cpr manakin and we should be good to go right? The only problem was that the Texas A&M College of Medicine consists of multiple remote campuses. This has made teaching skills labs like this difficult. So my first thought was to rig up a camera to broadcast my defibrillator screen and do it that way. But then I wouldn’t be able to introduce 12 lead’s or any other vitals without switching back to a different source. Plus, I didn’t have a camera like that anyways. The other option was to program everything into a powerpoint presentation. The problems with this is that not only is it a ton of work, it’s hard to control the information you’re providing as they ask for it. You always end up inadvertently leading the scenario with your slides rather than letting the students run it. The perfect solution would be to have some way to broadcast an ICU monitor display that you can control the numbers on. Enter the Vital Sign Simulator.

Vital Sign Simulator is a freeware program I came across on sourceforge.com that does exactly that. It’s designed for use in a dual monitor setup which just so happens to work perfectly for presentations and video conferences. VSS allows you control of the EKG rhythm, HR, RR, SPO2, and BP. It has most of the same controls as any good rhythm generator in that you can select the next rhythm after a shock, ignore a shock and it supports pacing as well. It’s designed to let you control it on one screen while projecting it onto your second screen. There are buttons on this screen for shocking, pacing and such. That is because this program is actually designed to run on a computer with two mice and keyboards so the students can control their own screen. We didn’t use it this way but if you want to that’s what it was made for. It even has a couple fun buttons on the operator screen like groan and vomit that made for some extra entertainment during the event! Another cool feature was the timer and timestamp feature. We didn’t end up using it the other night but it would definitely come in handy for a legitimate competition or serious training where seeing time to procedure might be helpful in comparing performance. All in all this was a pretty well featured and well designed little program for some freeware!

About Vital Sign Simulator

The vital sign simulator is intended for use in medical emergency training simulations. In combination with a (cheap) cpr-manikin, it offers a low-cost alternative to commercial high-tech patient simulation manikins. It is used with a dual monitor system, one monitor with controls for the operator and one providing the vital signs to the trainees. Heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood pressure and various moving ecg-samples can be set and changed at any time by the operator. The trainee-side interface allows automatic/manual defibrillation, cardioversion and pacing.

You can download Vital Sign Simulator here and read more about its use in long distance SimWars here.

SimUshare Lets Fire Instructors Go Beyond Imagination With Real Time Fire Effects Over Images & Videos


Recently learned of SimUshare’s Fire Training App, which enables you to add fire and smoke effects to a library of pictures and videos, including the ones you take! I definitely wish we had this app during fire academy, to enable our instructors to help us all be on the same page about what we “imaging” the scenario to be. With real time effects that are completely controllable by the instructor, it is easy to talk about an almost limitless number of simulated fire emergency cases with learners and professionals. I believe the app could also be utilized for pre-planning against possible fire scenarios in difficult locations in your district.

SimUshare Features:

  • Rapid Creation of Sims: SimsUshare’s user-friendly interface can be easily mastered without extensive training. Basic sims can be created in minutes; more elaborate sims might take just a little longer.
  • Fire Effects: SimsUshare comes with a large palette of special effects including eight kinds of smoke and fire, explosions, hazardous materials, a variety of people (characters) and much more.
  • Modify Effect Parameters: Change the volume, velocity, density, and color of smoke and fire. Show the effect of wind direction and speed. Narrow, widen or flip effects.
  • Masking Effects: With simple masking techniques fire and smoke will appear to come from behind or even inside objects for increased realism.
  • Time Sequencing: Make effects appear or disappear over a period of time. Effects can gradually increase in intensity. Create a developing situation.
  • Incident View Navigation: Use the easy navigation tools to move around all sides of a structure or even inside it. Perform 360s and site inspections as if you were on location.
  • Snapshots: Capture a snapshot during an operation. Use it later for incident review, analysis and critical thinking. Project it on a larger screen for group discussion.
  • Import Images: If you can take a picture of it, you can build a custom simulation around it. You can also import ready-made simulations from expert contributors in fire safety and training.
  • Capture Video: Capture video directly from within the app (iOS only currently). Upload files from mobile devices to your department’s training website.
  • Sharing: Copy your simulations to another device or save them to shared folders or Dropbox. Collaborate on specific training projects. (Network Edition only)

The app is available in a variety of formats for different operating systems. Learn more at the SimUshare website today!

Interview with University of Saskatchewan Sim Tech Malcolm White

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The University of Saskatchewan media team say down with Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Malcolm White this week to learn more about his responsibilities as a Sim Tech. Have you encouraged your institutions journalism, media, and PR department to swing by your sim lab lately? You never know when free press may queue in an anonymous donor!

UoS Article Excerpt:

“Malcolm Whyte wears many, many hats.

As a simulation technology specialist, he recreates medical and clinical scenarios for health science students in the interprofessional Clinical Learning Resource Centre (CLRC). This requires a delicate, tactful mix of skills and knowledge, ranging from information technology and audio/ video to health care, education and theatrics.

“My day can go from putting makeup of a burn on a mannequin to setting up the medical scenario and getting supplies ready to scripting out what we’re going to say and programming a mannequin,” he said.

In total, he manages about 30 mannequins, which are used at distributed learning sites across the province. But these mannequins are no dummies. The most realistic, or high-fidelity, mannequins can be programmed to speak, bleed, sweat, blink, seize and respond physiologically to medical intervention. “They’re basically advanced computers with arms and legs,” he said. “They have different parts in them that mimic us.” “

Read the Full Article on Sim Tech Malcolm White here!

Inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare Meeting October 23rd-25th

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Are you in the asia-pacific region and looking to connect and learn from your simulation peers? Then join me this October 23rd-25th at the Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH) inaugural event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Letter From the Organizers:

On behalf of the Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH), it is a great pleasure and honor to invite you, to the PASSH’s Inaugural Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 23 to 25, 2015.

This inaugural conference, jointly organised with the Taylor’s University, will be held under the theme “Healthcare Simulation in Asia: Today, Future & Beyond” will bring together motivated simulation leaders and learners from the Asia region. This will be the perfect opportunity to network and learn from each other, and to seek ways to integrate and apply simulation to educational curriculum more fit to the Asian culture and environment. We have invited a renowned simulation leader who have dedicated countless hours and days in helping advance healthcare simulation in Asia, Dr. Paul Phrampus from University of Pittsburgh.

All of the members and staff of the organizing committee, including the co-chairs are making every effort to ensure the success of the upcoming event and to make it a more meaningful and enjoyable moment of harmony. Please honor us with your presence to celebrate this historical event, and we hope that you will take back wonderful memories of Kuala Lumpur, a city of ancient heritage and modern technology. We welcome your interest and participation and look forward to meeting you in Kuala Lumpur in October 2015.

The Keynote presentation will be provided by Dr. Paul Phrampus, Wiser Simulation Center Director & SSH Past President.

Learn more and register today at the PASSH website today!

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Noldus Reminds Us Why Video Feedback Helps Educators Learn Too

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Today Noldus reminds us that by using video and audio recordings in education, students and educators can receive and benefit from direct feedback. Does your simulation program have video camera’s in the debriefing room, to debrief the debriefer? Peer reviewing our simulation experiences will enable them to improve just as we hope to improve our learner’s clinical behaviors.

From the Noldus Website:

Students are raised with TV and internet and are accustomed to interacting with images and videos. They are used to receiving information by watching short movie clips. On a daily basis, students find themselves browsing YouTube for information (and for fun, of course). In training and simulation situations including, for example, a simulated nurse-patient interaction, students can learn a lot. The recent research Patient Education and Counseling article “The power of clinicians’ affective communication” tells us that it is important to first deal with emotions in a medical encounter before trying to convey an important message, such as a treatment plan.

Bill Gates tells us in his TedX Talk that teachers need real feedback. Findings show that educators can use video to reflect on their own behavior. In fact, research shows that by seeing themselves on video, professionals are able to improve their receptive, informative, and relational skills.

Bill Gates: “We need a system that helps all our teachers be as good as the best”. A high school teacher: “I think that video exposes so much of what’s intrinsic to us as teachers in ways that help us learn and help us understand, and then help our broader communities understand what this complex work is really all about”. Watch the TedX Talk [3] to learn more about Bill Gates’ vision to educate the educators!

Watch Bill’s TEDx talk here:

Read the full article and learn more on the Noldus Website!

Sim Tech Training Workshop ‘SimGHOSTS 2015 Dubai’ Early-Bird Registration Ends Soon!

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Are you a simulation located in or near the middle east region looking for healthcare simulation technology specialist peer networking training with products from companies like Gaumard and Laerdal? Then join the SimGHOSTS team this November for their world famous “Sim Tech” meeting!

November 23rd (pre-con workshops)
November 24th+25th (Main event)
Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City
Early-Bird (Until Oct. 9th): $275.00 USD per person
Regular (Until Nov. 22nd): $400.oo USD per person
Door Price: $500.00 USD per person
Download the brochure here.

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS 2015 Middle East & Africa?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”), or those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a high-fidelity healthcare simulation lab. Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-today operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs.

The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare Simulation Technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation. Remember… Early-Bird Registration Ends October 9th!

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

  • Meet with other Simulation Technicians and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Receive specialized training in:
    • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
    • Audiovisual production techniques and debugging
    • Learning Management System troubleshooting
    • IT networking
    • Team leadership and communication techniques
    • Manikin moulage and makeup
    • Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices.
    • Much more….
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

SimGHOSTS is bringing our hands-on training event to Dubai, with partner Simulead! With the goal to connect Simulation Technology Specialists from around the world, the SimGHOSTS leadership is thrilled to partner with a key Middle Eastern distributor like Simulead to provide hands-on training, community support and more to those operating simulation technology in the region.

For the past five years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists at its annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States. Our inaugural international event hosted in 2014 by the University of the Sunshine Coast was a rousing success which brought together over a hundred simulation champions from around the world. The enthusiasm from the Australia event inspired SimGHOSTS to seek out partners in other regions, which led to the partnership with Simulead for a 2015 event in the Middle East.

October 9th is the early-bird registration deadline

So be sure to register today