Rush University Launches New Simulation Center

The new Rush Clinical Skills and Simulation Center uses sophisticated manikins and other technology to simulate real-world patient care for students and health care workers at Rush University Medical Center.

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The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation celebrated its Grand Opening on Monday, September 8, 2014. The celebration marked the completion of Phase I of construction for the center, which has over four times the capacity of the former simulation laboratory.

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The 7,5000 square foot center is located on the ground floor of the Jelke Building at Rush University Medical Center and utilizes advanced technology to help create patient scenarios that vary from influenza to Ebola. The events mimic what a health care worker would experience in real life.

The new facilities will feature training environments for emergency/Intensive Care Unit (ICU) medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics. Each procedure room will include a control room, from which expert simulation staff can execute a variety of targeted treatment scenarios. New software and an integrated video recording system will allow peers and students to review simulations in debriefing sessions. During training scenarios, participants provide care utilizing an array of human patient simulators.

In Phase II, the center’s capacity will increase to over 15,000 square feet within the next year during this final phase of construction. Additional space will include ten examination rooms for our standardized patient unit, cadaver laboratory, and modern task simulations such as laparoscopy, bronchoscopy, and robotic simulators.

Learn more at the Rush University Website

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ASPiH Announces Affiliation and 2015 Training Event with SimGHOSTS



This morning incoming ASPiH President Helen Higham made her first official decree by announcing an affiliation agreement had been established with the world’s leading simulation technology specialist training organization SimGHOSTS.

The overall aims of the ASPiH / SimGHOSTS affiliation include:

  • Sharing & developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organisation
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organisation-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community
  • Establishing pathways for professional development and recognition of the Simulation Technology Specialist in healthcare including training programs and research
  • Promoting each respective organisation and their endeavours amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Exploring the collaborative development and administration of a UK specific event focused towards those operating healthcare simulation technology

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert was excited to announce a joint training event put on by both organizations to take place in the UK sometime in July of 2015. Sim Technology Specialists from all over the UK, Europe and beyond will have an opportunity to participate in the SimGHOSTS training events that have been so successful in the United States and Australia.

Stay tuned to and for more information coming soon!

Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare 2014 Nottingham Officially Begins!


 This morning in Nottingham, UK the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare officially opened its 2014 event with the theme of “Changing Behaviours”. President Bryn Baxendale announced some of the following new organizational developments:

  • New ASPiH Journal Published: “BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Journal” with Editor Nick Sevdalis
  • Creation of “Student ASPiH” (sASPiH) Special Interest Group to create and provide resources for student members
  • Launch of “SimHeroes”, a new simulation performance competition
  • Launch of “Skills Passport” providing learning opportunities to students through exhibitor equipment

The Opening Address was “Developing and Assessing the Performance of Professional Practice” by Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of UPMC’s WISER and Immediate Past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Paul spoke about his work with the patient safety and system wide training certification needs at UPMC which is a 20 hospital institution with about 6,000 physicians and 11,000 nurses, and how simulation can apply to practicing professionals.

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Paul reminded us of Dr. Peter Densen’s 2011 article on Challenges and Operations Facing Medical Education which stated that as of 2010, medical knowledge doubles every 3.5 years. This doubling continues to add increasing pressure on healthcare providers as they get further away from their initial education. He warned that simulation alone could not solve this dilemma alone, but could act as a kind of “trojan horse” to bring better performance assessment into the clinical environments as part of the solution. Paul then shared how UPMC is incorporating simulation as part of the solution for maintenance of certification (MOC) for a dynamic experience range of healthcare professionals which includes web-based information, videos, testing and more.

In conclusion Dr. Phrampus proposed a future model of personalized ongoing continuing education and efficient incorporation of simulation through efficiency combined with effectiveness, customized training to the learner, and by being connected to modern availability of data designed to help one make decisions based off their career. By pulling in system data with individual monitored data, customized learning opportunities become more efficient which simulation could be a part of.

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About ASPiH

ASPiH is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, we are a membership association formed in 2009 through the merger of the National Association of Medical Simulators (NAMS) and the Clinical Skills Network (CSN). The overarching goal of ASPiH is to enable wider sharing of knowledge, expertise, and educational innovation related to simulated practice across the healthcare professions.

ASPiH Aims

  • provide an effective communication network for those involved in simulated practice in the UK and beyond
  • provide quality exemplars of best practice in the application of simulated practice to education, training, assessment and research in healthcare
  • establish key benefits & evidence of impact linking simulated practice with improvements in patient safety & quality of care
  • develop and share key operational and strategic resources for members drawn from experience within the association and from links with relevant educational bodies nationally and internationally
  • encourage and support scholarly development and recognition of members through wider dissemination of innovative practice at scientific meetings and publications

Stay tuned for hourly updates by following @ASPiHUK & @HealthySim through #ASPiH2014!

ASPiH 2014 Launches: Opening Keynote Update & Sim Tech Pre-Con Recap

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Today the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) held its pre-conference courses kicking off their 2014 event at the University of Nottingham Orchid Hotel. SimGHOSTS leadership James Cypert, Ryan Eling and Lance Baily joined Sim Tech leaders Jane Nicklin, Stuart Ruby, and Chris Gay as they hosted the technical pre-con day at the nearby Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre. The day focused on a plethora of tech-specific topics starting with an identification of job duty breakdowns for NHS positions most similar to that of healthcare simulation technology specialist. Stuart and Chris researched the process for job classification utilized by the NHS in-order to better understand how to redefine their simulation technology positions to more accurately portray their responsibilities.

Next the SimGHOSTS leadership shared the growth of this simulation technology specialist non-profit organization providing hands-on training events and online resources around the world. The team highlighted their recent 2014 successes at both the USA-based American College of Chest Physicians and Australia-based University of the Sunshine Coast events that provided unique community networking and training to over 350 simulation champions from around the world.

Afterwards the group of simulation technology specialists spent the afternoon with moulage demonstrations from the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology Hair and Media Make-up department. Through an innovative partnership, the make-up department students learn clinical moulage by applying cosmetics to simulators for the healthcare learners to utilize in their scenarios! Lead by Curriculum Leader Kelly Carr, the cosmetology school provides realistic training moulage while increasing the fidelity of the healthcare school’s simulation events. Brilliant! Those eager to learn more about this innovative partnership can email Kelly Carr.

The pre-con event ended with surveys of the community’s future needs and announcements regarding the planned technical community support roadmaps currently in place for SimGHOSTS and ASPiH. I will continue to provide daily reports as the event continues!

At this moment Dr. Erik Hollnagel, Professor from the University of Southern Denmark and Chief Consultant of the Center for Quality Region of Southern Denmark, is opening  with a keynote discussion of safety. He reminded us that we believe we can prevent all accidents through a zero accident mindset, no repeats, and simple and non-negotiable rule, but questioned us if that was true? Professor Hollnagel continued to demonstrate how we incorrectly focus on the negative outcomes, which are usually only a small small percentage of what goes right, theorizing that focusing on the main region of the bell curve of what is going right should be where we put the majority of our research focus. Hollnagel recommends we explore “resilient safety management” by looking at the variability in different teams and routines of successful teams. You can learn more at

Follow all the latest updates through @ASPiHUK and @HealthySim!


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Implementing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Based Training in Interventional Radiology


Dr. Winokur is an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital where he specializes in Interventional Radiology. In this video recorded event which was supported by Mentice, Dr. Winokur shares his experience of “Implementing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Based Training in Interventional Radiology, Leading to Better Patient Safety”.

About Mentice From Their Website:


Founded in 1999, Mentice is the world leader in medical vascular simulation, providing high-end Simulation Solutions for training, education and assessment in a wide range of disciplines. The benefits of training with Mentice solutions are validated and well documented enhancing clinical performance, reducing cost, and in the long term, Improving Patient Safety. Mentice introduced the world’s first endovascular simulator in 2001 – the VIST – and has since been the market leader with the world’s largest install base of simulators for endovascular intervention. Mentice works closely with leading medical and healthcare professionals in order to develop long-term solutions for hands-on training. Mentice focuses on technical development, medical content and training curriculum in its endovascular and surgical simulator products. The company has vast experience from the use and application of simulators in both industry training sector and hospital based clinical skills training.

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Pulse R&D – 3D Models for Medical Education & Device Companies

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Our topic today is designed to support those medical simulation champions or new companies looking to build training products for our growing sector with the note about Pulse R&D, a group which helps to produce models for a plethora of medical markets. If you are looking to commercialize your medical simulation task-trainer concept, Pulse is certainly worth considering to help with creative engineering & design for prototype manufacturing!

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About Pulse R&D:

Surgeons are by nature hands-on people. How are you demonstrating your medical device? Pulse intentionally designs & engineers each model to tell the story of your medical device. Your model will be easy & intuitive to use, have smartly crafted consumables, clearly show the merits of your device, and be congruent with your brand. Custom designed 3D Medical Training Models, Physical Sales Aids, Medical Device Marketing Models, Anatomical Demonstration Models & Medical Device Replicas can be realistically complex or simple, pared down to the absolute essence of what you need to show. Give us an assignment! Tell us: the medical device, procedure, key strategic messages, and competitive differentiators. We will produce dynamic 3D model concepts for you to consider.

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Check out this insufflatable laparoscopic trainer pump and integrated camera and scope. Used for realistic training for surgeons on emerging procedures. The models are sent to locations all over the world to train without the use of expensive and inconvenient animal or cadaver labs.

Bring your idea to life today by visiting, just make sure to share it with us on HealthySim first!

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JUMP Trading Simulation & Education Center Leads Innovation for Medical Simulation

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Jump Trading Simulation & Education is a powerful force for innovation within our community of medical simulation. Recently the Center brought together leaders from High Consequence Industries (HCIs) came together to share ideas on Safety, Training, and Engineering Processes because Technology is evolving at a rapidly increasing pace, and with it, so do advances and concerns in safety science.

At the event “former Air Force Flight Surgeon and Captain for United Airlines, (retired) Dr. Bill Rutherford, believes that technology has become a crutch for safety. When technology starts to do everything for you, it is easy to lose focus. Over time, people begin to feel that they don’t actually need to perform, and hence lose – or never acquire – the knowledge to safely execute basic functions. This inability to perform becomes an issue when there is a hardware or software failure that requires a person to take control of the situation.

Going back to the basics could also save time and money. In health care, a lot of unnecessary costs could be avoided if caregivers were to take the time to talk to the patient and do a physical examination instead of immediately requesting tests and letting machines do the work. To reestablish and maintain such a culture, Dr. Rutherford believes that industries should continually reappraise training priorities and approaches, as well instilling the tenants of a Culture of Safety.” Click to read more…

This event is just one of dozens of collaborative projects, events and partnerships the JUMP team has put together through the leadership of Chief Medical Officer John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP, Executive Director of Innovation Paul Pribaz, and the rest of the amazing faculty and staff of this program. Whether its partnering engineers and clinicians through their ARCHES program, Entrepreneur in Residence support, courses on startup success or work with CSE Software, JUMP has their focus forward.

About Jump:

Through the amazing virtual tour of Jump seen above , learn how actual medical equipment is combined with state-of-the-art simulation devices and facilities to attract the finest minds in clinical education and provide the highest level of medical research, training and innovation.

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) is an incubator where collaboration and innovation lead the transformation of health care worldwide. Jump programs and objectives are key to improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of care for community members across the region. A collaboration between OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), Jump advances the Missions of both organizations.

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SimX Offers Augmented Reality Medical Simulations Through META 1 Wearable System


‘The technology of medical simulation continues to rapidly evolve with a new announcement from Immersive wearable headset manufacturer Meta that their new “Meta 1″ Augmented Reality goggles have recently started shipping. CNN says the Meta 1 “makes you a real life Tony Stark”. Below are some breakdowns about the hardware and software being developed specifically for medical simulations with a video demonstration recorded at TechCrunch: Disrupt. Augmented reality overlays 3d animations in real time over your physical envrionment. So in the photo above, SimX CMO Dr. Srihari Namperumal sees a virtual patient lying on the bed because of the QR code that is placed on the gurney surface. This provides learners with an opportunity to see virtual patients existing in real environments!


Key Features of the Meta 1 Device

  • True Scale Holograms: See the physical and holographic worlds merge through our 3D stereoscopic display in real size, depth and parallax.
  • Markerless Surface Tracking: Look around the room and watch as holographs stay anchored to physical tables, floors and walls – thanks to our low-latency, 360º tracking.
  • Natural User Interface: Grab, pinch and touch 3D objects in the real world, and drive a touch-based holographic user interface.

About SimX Augmented Reality Medical Simulation Software

“SimX’s software replaces your physical simulation mannequins with a customizable, high-definition, 3D virtual patient, that can be projected onto any empty hospital bed.  Whether obese, pregnant, young, old, vomiting, missing limbs, bleeding, or expressing any number of other physical signs and symptoms, SimX’s software allows you to reproduce patient presentations with unprecedented visual fidelity.

Build complex cases in minutes using the powerful visual case building system.  Drag & drop events onto the field, determine the environment, and set patient data with just a few clicks.  Use SimX’s powerful case monitoring and feedback system to see the case from each trainee’s perspective, and adjust case paramaters on the fly. “

Watch the demos above and learn more at the SimX and META websites!

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Free November 12th Webinar: Organizational Structure and Statistics in SimulationIQ Enterprise

Learn more about this free webinar taking place November 12th at 2PM Eastern through the simulation technology specialist organization SimGHOSTS:

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The ongoing SimGHOSTS webinar series welcomes Dr. Daniel Backlund from Texas Tech University Health Science Center who will discuss “Organizational Structure and Statistics in SimulationIQ Enterprise: An Introduction” and is focused to new and veteran users of Arcadia/SimulationIQ Enterprise.

The learning objectives of this talk are:

  1. Provide an overview of how the organizational structure in Enterprise differs from Arcadia and how can it be used effectively
  2. Give an overview of scoring methods available in Enterprise, and
  3. Discuss the types of statistical reports that can be generated for learners and SPs. 

Daniel J. Backlund, Ph.D. is the Director of Simulation IT at The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. As the Director of Simulation IT, Dr. Backlund is in charge of managing and maintaining the audio-visual system, office and simulator workstations, and all servers used by the SimLife center and regional campus simulation centers. 

Dr. Backlund has been with the SimLife center since the August of 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in computational semiconductor physics at Texas Tech University. His graduate work involved massively parallel computations on large computer clusters and his work has contributed to the further understanding of the basic chemistry of certain atoms inside of silicon. He brings his knowledge of servers, statistics, and mathematics to the simulation community and is eager to contribute and share his knowledge to others. The SimLife center has utilized the Arcadia product from Education Management Solutions, Inc. for over four years and has migrated all of their regional campuses to the new product: SimulationIQ Enterprise. Dr. Backlund continues to work closely with Education Management Solutions in developing their Enterprise product and provide his expertise and ideas for improvement.

Visit the SimGHOSTS.Org Webinar announcement to learn more and to sign up!

Managing a Medical Simulation Program? $450 of Administrator Resources Now Free

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The eight specialized sessions HD-recorded from HealthySimAdmin covering the administrative “how-to” of medical simulation program management have been unlocked for to subscribers of’s free monthly newsletter. Providing the “best of” coverage of the world’s leading news and resources for healthcare simulation, almost 3,000 professionals now have even more reason to celebrate their free monthly subscription! Previously sold at $450 you can now watch the entire series for free today! Have your unlock code? Visit the new HealthySimAdmin page to start watching now!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Over 300 simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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

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

  • Program Intro: “Riding the Wave of Simulation” – Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, FireFighter I, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur
  • Session A: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Session B: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR
  • Session C: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM
  • Session D: “Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
  • Session E: “Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
  • Session F: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP
  • Session G: “Increasing Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
  • Session H: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur & HealthySimAdmin Organizer

To get free access to these sessions Subscribe now to the HealthySim Best of Newsletter. If you are already a subscriber – the unlock code is in your October Newsletter sent on Monday the 27th!