Recent News Regarding Virtual Simulation Learning Environments

Previously has covered various innovations in virtual reality training departments like the MODSim birthing room simulator and these Industrial Plant Simulators. Today we learn about a few new virtual environment training projects already working in training programs:

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MURSION is the virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skil ls required to be effective in high-stakes careers. Mursion offers educators unl imited opportunities to practice their craft. Teachers can rehearse a questioning strategy, try out routines to better manage their classroom, or practice the introduction of a challenging concept to simulated student s who mimic the actual behaviors and learning styles of student s in their class. Learn more at:

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USMC 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “For a long while a lot of the simulators out there provided a great capability but weren’t necessarily linked to training and readiness standards, and that’s where a lot of this effort is currently underway to look at that,” Adams said. To that end, the Marines are launching a massive effort at Camp Lejeune, N.C. this month to assess more than 20 warfighting areas to ensure the simulators available match the requirements laid out in the training and readiness (T&R) manuals.

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Clemson virtual training program gets $3M in federal funding. Virtual reality work being undertaken by Clemson University is getting a boost from a $3 million National Science Foundation grant. Clemson’s Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-School, along with technical colleges around the state, will use the grant to advance the talent pipeline in aerospace, automotive and advanced manufacturing. Collaborators include S.C. Advanced Technological Education, Greenville Technical College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.

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Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes From Institute of Medicine

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IOM has recently released a report on “Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes”:

“Over the past half century, there have been ebbs and flows of interest in linking what is now called interprofessional education (IPE) with interprofessional collaboration and team-based care. Whereas considerable research has focused on student learning, only recently have researchers begun to look beyond the classroom and beyond learning outcomes for the impact of IPE on such issues as patient safety, patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, health promotion, population health, and the cost of care. In 2013, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education held two workshops on IPE. At these workshops, a number of questions were raised, the most important of which was “What data and metrics are needed to evaluate the impact of IPE on individual, population, and system outcomes?” To answer this question, the Forum’s 47 individual sponsors requested that an IOM consensus committee be convened to examine the existing evidence on this complex issue and consider the potential design of future studies that could expand this evidence base.”


Read the briefing on the IOM website.

SimGHOSTS Signs Affiliation Agreement With IPSS at IPSSW 2015 in Vancouver


During the 7th annual IPSSW 2015 event this week in Vancouver Canada, Executive Director Lance Baily signed into agreement an official affiliation with President Dr. Stephanie Sudikoff of the International Pediatric Simulation Society, which is incorporated in Switzerland. The agreement was approved by the Executive Board of SimGHOSTS and Event Director Ryan Eling was also in attendance.

Lance said regarding the agreement, “We are thrilled to directly connect the resources and international community of SimGHOSTS into the wonderfully innovative organization of IPSS — and we look forward to supporting the increase adoption and utilization of simulation technologies for all of their members”.

The agreement provides for a mutual exchange of organizational news updates, promotion of collaborative simulation resource projects, and discounted membership opportunities for both communities.

Further Aims of this Affiliation

  • Promoting each respective organization and their endeavors amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Sharing developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organization
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organization-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community.

Learn more about SimGHOSTS and their other affiliate ASPiH on the SimGHOSTS Affiliations Page.

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Drexel Med MS in Med Sim Inaugural Class Already Implementing Course Learning Into Their Programs

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Jami S. Smith, MPA, MEd, PA-C Academic Director Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine wrote in to share this amazing update regarding the inaugural MS Med Sim class! Learn how you can attend upcoming online or in-person informational sessions about the program below.

It is rare in online education to have students connect and become great friends even with thousands of miles in between them. It is even more rare for an entire class of students to become close colleagues that can relate and appreciate each other’s struggles and triumphs. Yet, Drexel’s MS in Medical & Healthcare Simulation program students have bonded in unanticipated ways; after just two semesters, the students have come together to learn together and support each other as they take their newly learned skills directly into their real life careers.

This inaugural class of students admitted into to the MSMS program have diverse backgrounds including medicine, nursing and prehospital professions. Yet, all can relate with each other when it comes to the world of healthcare education and simulation. The MSMS is a truly interprofessional program that has broken down traditional healthcare environment silos. The program and its curriculum has given the students the opportunity to learn how different disciplines educate their students. The knowledge gained from working together in their classes and hearing stories from their classmates has demonstrated the powerful impact of effective quality interprofessional education.

The MSMS students have already applied what they are learning in class and from each other directly into their current careers. The students were recently asked to list out what they have accomplished professionally from the program and the response was incredible. In just two semesters the students have made countless changes, started new initiatives and started new research projects in simulation at their institutions.

Dr. Sharon Griswold, program director and professor for Drexel University College of Medicine Emergency Medicine department was filled with pride to hear what a difference the program is making at already established sim centers. “I truly believe that we are advancing the science of simulation with our curriculum. This program has been a tremendous collaborative effort involving internationally renowned faculty working along with our talented Drexel faculty. The program and its students has far exceed my expectations.”


Susan Coffey Zern, MD, Director of the Virtual Education and Simulation Training at Christian Care Health System in Delaware performed a needs assessment to determine the need for an advanced airway course. She then went on to develop and implement the simulated course for anesthesia, emergency medicine and respiratory care.

MSMS student Matthews Charnetski is implementing many changes at Des Moines University. Charnetski is a simulation specialist for the University and has been assisting with curriculum design and enhancement utilizing various simulation methods. He is implementing mastery learning techniques he gained from the program and has created a curriculum to assist in the training and streamlining of the primary Infectious Disease Transport Team for Iowa.

“Through information and skills directly gained through the MSMS program I have been able to sway a large portion of ‘we’ve always done it this way’ faculty to better understand simulation methods and begin to open up to the idea that there is a more efficient and effective way to educate our students through simulation methods” said Charnetski.

Elizabeth Horsley, RN a nursing simulation educator for Brock University, has made many changes to their undergraduate nursing program. She is currently in the process of developing a strategic plan for the simulation program and has presented new educational methods and simulation pedagogy to the nursing faculty. She also developed a “Friday Night Simulation Lights” program with general surgery residents; the piloted session was viewed as an overwhelming success.

She has also worked with groups outside of her University including Sim-One, McMaster University Medical School and Niagara Health Systems to teach and develop simulation training.

“This program has given me the knowledge, tools and the confidence to increase my profile in health professions education in our community by taking a lead and active role in simulation initiatives” said Horsley.

With a little more than a year to go in the program, everyone behind the MSMS program at Drexel is excited to see what the students will accomplish next.

Drexel University’s Masters in Medical & Healthcare Simulation is a unique, part-time, primarily online, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. The program’s faculty are national and international leaders in medical and healthcare simulation. This degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills. For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page!

Attend an MSMS Online Information Session 
Drexel will also be hosting live online information sessions about the MSMS program in April and May. Hosted by faculty, staff and students from the program, the sessions provide a wealth of information about the program and allow for opportunities to ask questions.

Meet with Current MSMS Students for a special Q&A session.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:00pm EDT

Meet with Program Director Sharon Griswold, MD for an overview of the program.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:00pm EDT

For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page and RSVP for an upcoming info session here!

7th Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshop Opens in Vancouver

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This morning in beautiful Vancouver, Canada over 250 global attendees participated in the opening ceremonies of the 7th annual IPSSW, which focuses on Pediatric Simulation in Healthcare. The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) has been established to promote and support multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training and research in all subspecialties that care for infants and children . The Society organizes an annual meeting that brings together leaders in the field of pediatric simulation with educators, researchers and patient safety experts. The meeting – IPSSW – provides an opportunity to expand horizons, cross-fertilize ideas and promote excellence in education and investigative research. In 2013, provided a comprehensive two-part video breakdown of that year’s event with interviews of key leadership and participants.

About IPSSW 2015

“IPSSW2015 – Reaching Out to the Future” recognizes and encompasses a number of developments in the continued evolution of pediatric simulation. Firstly, the continued expansion of simulation across the globe including to resource-poor contexts and the formation of international collaboratives has us “reaching-out” as a community. Secondly, Outreach simulation, where the centre-based silos are broken down and simulation is delivered in community-based settings, is another manifestation of our simulation enthusiasts reaching-out. Finally pediatric simulation is at the forefront of the trail being blazed into the future in terms of a paradigm shift in education and high-stakes assessment.

President’s Address

Dr. Stephanie Sudikoff, the new President of the IPSS organization, announced the major updates regarding the community:

  • Reincorporated in Switzerland
  • Bylaws were reviewed and updated as part of the new application
  • IPSS was awarded Excellence in Simulation Award from SESAM Middle Eastern and Northern African Conference.
  • These projects continues to grow: Malawi Simulation Training Support, ECMO Curriculum Development, Fellowships in Simulation – Training the Future Leaders of our Field

In closing Stephanie asked the community “Who can we be together?” in 2015 and requested to hear from each of the organizations’s 210 members.

Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Geoff Norman, Ph.D. from McMaster University, spoke about “Cost-effective use of simulation in designing an evidence – based clinical curriculum”. Dr. Norman attempted to demonstrate how we use simulation to achieve our goals — but do we do it the most effectively and affordably? He defined some assumptions:

1) Performance on the simulation is related to performance in the real world. He agreed that this has been proven correct.

2) The more authentic the simulation the stronger the learning outcomes. Basically, does greater fidelity mean greater learning?

Dr. Norman pointed to four main points for simulator functionality

  • Authenticity – the extent to which the simulation appears to resemble reality (face validity)
  • Sensorimotor fidelity – the extent to which the critical elements of the simulation accurately reproduce the real task
  • Psychoaffective fidelity – the degree to which the task is perceived to be similar to the real task
  • Environmental / contextual fidelity – the degree to which the environment (room instruments) is realistic.

Dr. Norman shared a number of research articles which demonstrated a mis-connection between simulated learning features and dramatic outcome results. While he showed some examples of research where medical simulators only mildly improved outcomes, his theory completely failed to look at the aviation simulation industry. Medical simulation is relatively new field where the technology adoption is still emerging with NO regulated requirements. Contrast that with aviation which has existed for over a hundred years, and is now a regulated requirement by governments around the world. Widespread adoption over a longer period of time has evolved the simulators into better and better replications of real world environments. I am sure if we did research to examine learning on a 747 simulator from 1968, and a 747 simulator from 2015, that the learning outcomes would be improved. Not mentioning the dramatic changes from the original 747 cockpit to today’s models — but the level of fidelity itself better mimics the reality of flying today.

Dr. Norman closed with points that encouraged the audience to created interleaved (mixed) practice where diagnosis for the correct tool provides better long term outcomes. This means not teaching to memorize the tools to perfection, but teaching to understand which tools to use in different scenarios.

About Dr. Norman

Geoff Norman, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He received a B.Sc. in physics form the University of Manitoba in 1965 and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from McMaster University in 1971, and subsequently a M.A. in educational psychology from Michigan State University in 1977. He is the author of 10 books in education, measurement and statistics, and over 200 journal articles. He has won numerous awards, including the Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. The Outstanding Achievement Award of the Medical Council of Canada, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association, and the Karolinska Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education . He presently holds a Canada Research Chair. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. He received an honorary doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 2010.

Learn more at the IPSSW 2015 homepage and the @IPSS twitter account!

Simulation Week Starts Tomorrow: Share and Follow Your World Online!

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Today an email from John Stewart, CEO of Simulation Australiasia, shares about the innovative online event “Simulation Week” which begins tomorrow. You can follow along with all the great stories, or contribute, at!

“The team at SimAust have been counting down the days until SimulationWeek commences, and are very excited that the week officially begins tomorrowSimulationWeek runs from tomorrow, Saturday 2 May, until Friday 8 May. The week provides an opportunity to promote the many forms of simulation in our organisations and communities to celebrate its accomplishments and future vision.

SimulationWeek is hosted online at and is open to anyone that wishes to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are essential and this platform provides an amazing opportunity to display images easily. This provides an exciting snapshot of simulation for the world to see. For information and examples on how to contribute online, please click here

There are interactive opportunities to contribute to SimulationWeek offline too. To coincide with SimulationWeek, the Northern Centre for Health Education and Research (NCHER) are hosting an open day within their Simulation Centre on Friday 8 May, from 10am to 4pm. The new centre is a partnership between Northern Health, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University and will provide multidisciplinary education and research opportunities. 

If you wish to participate offline, please click here for suggestions and information on contributing.”

HealthySim looks forward to seeing all the wonderful sharing this week on!

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Laerdal Launches New LLEAP Software To Customer Base


Just received an email announcing that Laerdal has released LLEAP, aka “Laerdal Learning Application” – a new software platform that will run ALL Laerdal products to current customers.

“In 2015, valued Laerdal customers, are entitled to 1 Free LLEAP license for each compatible simulator you currently own, providing an even greater return on investment.”

About LLEAP:

“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. Implementing LLEAP Software into your current simulation program offers a number of benefits including:

Save Time

LLEAP looks and behaves like a single unified platform, thus reducing time spent training on multiple platforms. System capabilities are fully integrated and ready to use from a variety of interfaces—from PC-operated simulators to standardized patients.

Reduce Cost

Reduce scenario development time and scenario purchase costs. Scenarios designed for LLEAP or SimPad simulators can be shared with minimal or no additional development time. Use self-authored scenarios orSimStore™ content for a standardized, reproducible training experience.

Improve Efficiency

The LLEAP interface is based on proven SimMan 3G software but incorporates brand new functionality such as faster, more intuitive event registration, automatic updates when connected to the internet, and built-in video tutorials to help simplify simulation for faculty and staff.”

LLEAP Technical Computers:

“Before you begin your transition to LLEAP, you may need to consider refreshing some of your hardware and determining if Technical and Educational Services are needed. Leveraging the expertise of Laerdal solution experts can help ensure a seamless upgrade.”



Learn more about LLEAP on Laerdal’s website!

TODAY & This Week: Watch NPSF Live Interviews With Laerdal

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Join Laerdal Medical LIVE from the National Patient Safety Congress, Booth 517/519, and listen to interviews with industry experts on their experiences in improving patient safety. Can’t make it to Austin? Good news. You can see live interviews with subject matter experts via your computer or mobile device with LiveStream. All their broadcasted sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event concludes.

Themes and Topics Throughout the Week will include:
• The Impact of Patient Safety Culture
• How Hospitals Can Improve Patient Safety Through Simulation
• The Use of Story Telling in Improving Patient Safety
• Using Simulation to Identify Root Cause
• Patient Hand-Offs
• Using Simulation to Reduce Risk during Labor and Delivery

Join Laerdal at NPSF as they broadcast LIVE on the the next following days:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
4:15pm – 6:30pm CST

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm CST 4:15pm – 6:30pm CST

Friday, May 1, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm CST

Watch Live at the Laerdal NPSF Website & Follow @theNPSF for updates!

Reuters: Han Robot Can Engage With Humans & Has Medical Simulation Potential

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Recently Reuters covered a Hong Kong Electronics Fair where Robot Humanoid “Han” by Hanson Robotics was on display. As I have shared many times before, I truly believe that we are only at the very early stages of what patient simulator technology can eventually be. The need to more realistic present patient facial expressions is a clear opportunity that will become a standard feature in tomorrow’s medical simulation manikin products. Patients relay important information through their facial expressions and learners will benefit from increased technology in this area.

From the Hanson Robotics Website:

“Our robots exhibit the highest quality expressions and interactivity in the world, fusing our advances in walking, talking robots who maintain eye contact, recognize faces and understand speech, hold conversations, and simulate a real person’s personality.

Hanson Robotics develops and manufactures humanlike robots and smart software that bring our robots to life. Hanson robots include the world’s first expressive biped robot, Albert-Hubo, heralded by WIRED as “genius”, and the small Zeno robot, a low-cost child robot who is evolving into a family member. Hanson delivers robots to prestigious laboratories around the world, which include the University of Cambridge, the University of Geneva, UCSD, JPL/Caltech, United Arab Emirates University, the University of Bristol, the University of Pisa, National Taiwan University, and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where the robots serve a wide range of science and engineering research, including autism therapy, artificial intelligence and machine perception, neuroscience and cognitive science, mechanical engineering, and artificial muscle actuator research.

This research has resulted in hundreds of peer review publications, and naturally captures abundant press and publicity. The bold appearance of life in Hanson robots springs from the synthesis of biology, neurally-derived cognitive systems, machine perception, artistry of interactive character design, animation, and sculpture, and the expressive quality of Hanson’s patented Frubber(tm), or “flesh rubber”, which is a spongy, structured elastic polymer that expertly mimics the movement of real human musculature and skin using 1/20th the power of other materials. In this activity, Hanson Robotics seeks to understand and model the human being, deliver living robotic characters to the consumer, and accelerate progress towards greater-than-human intelligence in machines. We hope you will join us in this quest to build a better, smarter future.”

From Report:

“So Han’s really exciting because not only can he generate very realistic facial expressions, but he can also interact with the environment around him. So he has cameras on his eyes and on his chest, which allow him to recognize people’s face, not only that, but recognize their gender, their age, whether they are happy or sad, and that makes him very exciting for places like hotels for example, where you need to appreciate the customers in front of you and react accordingly,” Copplestone said.

“I think it’s very magical, because the robot’s facial expressions are very rich. When I greeted him, he responded. When I asked him to smile, he smiled. He can flirt and wink. It’s very well made,” Xiao said.

Copplestone added that some of the robotic technology, such as facial recognition, is available on open source; meaning robot developers around the world can use the same software.

A unique feature of Han is his human-like skin, which is created by a patented material called “Frubber,” short for “Flesh Rubber”, an elastic polymer.

Copplestone said the human-like robot heads could serve a range of functions, especially where face-to-face communications is important.

“There are three markets we are really excited about. One is hospitality, so for example, the receptionist behind desk and hotels. The second one is entertainment, so casinos, theme parks and museums. And the third is health care, and that’s in two ways.

Another area of medical care is for the elderly. We believe a human face on a robot makes it far more approachable, and efficient, and effective in caring for older people.”

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Featured Job: Simulation Operations Specialist at Cook Children’s Fort Worth

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Institution: Cook Children’s Health Care System

Title: Simulation Operations Specialist

Location: Fort Worth TX


The Simulation Operations Specialist will provide technical and instructional support for the day to day operations and is responsible for operating and maintaining sophisticated high, mid, and low fidelity simulation equipment, audio-visual equipment, photo production equipment and computer equipment.  The Simulation Operations Specialist will work in collaboration with department Director, experiential learning specialists, basic and advanced life support educator, clinical educators, information services/information technology and other identified stake holders. Position is Full-Time – 8a-5p (1st Shift).


  • Required Bachelor’s degree with a preference in computer technology or health related field.
  • Required five years of experience in learning based healthcare simulation technology.
  • Required proficiency in the use of audio/visual equipment (i.e., video cameras [GoPro, KB Port, REPLAY], monitors, microphones), including recording, duplication, and editing.
  • Required proficiency with PC applications such as Microsoft Office suite, and MAC applications.
  • Preferred Master’s or Advanced Degree in Technology or Health-related field.
  • Preferred proficiency with Laerdal, Gaumard and CAE patient simulators, software and hardware.
  • Preferred Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS).

For more information about Cook Children’s or to apply, please go to the Cook Children’s Job Posting Page