Serious Fun: Video Gamer Group Simulates Military Engagements

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Check out this recent Polygon article by Charlie Hall entitled “Why We Fight: Inside Shack Tactical, The Elite Military Simulation Group” about an online clan of gamers that by the name of Shack Tactical and play ARMA III. One of the players, “Gluck” is a real life veteran who has 116,00 youtube followers that have watched his simulated military engagements more than 18,000,000 times.

Excerpt from the Polygon Article: 

Flying low above a pine forest, the two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters suddenly broke formation. From my seat at the open door, the view tipped straight down for a moment before we leveled off. In the distance, backlit by a sky purpling with the dawn, I could see Alpha squad beginning to descend, their rotors kicking up a huge cloud of dust.

Our pilot pulled us into a shallow valley and I lost sight of both the other chopper and the sunrise. In the darkness I began to notice that my palms were sweating.

I’d played Arma, the complex military simulation series, before. I had plenty of experience in how to use the various small arms in the game, how to aim and reload and adjust them for range. I’d spent hundreds of hours learning to navigate across its environments on foot; through jungles with a map, over deserts by compass and once, while at sea, by using only the stars. Over the years I’d struggled with, and mastered, its bizarre user interface.


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I was in Shack Tactical now, an elite Arma gaming group, embedded with them as a new recruit. To keep the experience pure I withheld my true identity as a writer. I was there to document a kind of role playing experience that can’t be found anywhere else, and I didn’t need someone showing off or holding back because I was there to observe them.

The way ShackTac plays is different from the military. Those differences have a lot to do with the weapons they choose to fight with (usually Cold War era, analogue weapons), but also the missions they create and play (like traditional meeting engagements, but also highly thematic scenarios like hostage rescues that require acting skills). There are rules and hierarchies; all of the players in ShackTac have a rank — from pFNG (pre-Fucking New Guy) to NCO (Non Commissioned Officer). But unlike the military, ShackTac doesn’t have fixed units — players can fight alongside whoever they like from night to night. Certain roles, however, are off limits to all but senior members. Pilot slots are reserved for only the most skilled players in the group.

But what makes ShackTac truly unique are the length of their games. Whether fighting against computer-controlled opponents or other members of the group, games are grueling, hours-long affairs. Sessions can last five hours or more, and each individual mission often ends only when the last member of ShackTac has died.

McFarlin fulfills an intangible role at ShackTac, and not just because he’s an officer in the U.S. Army. While he once had a dangerous firefight in Iraq, he’s had hundreds in Arma over the years. And because of that he’s a great in-game leader. He’s the the kind of player you want in your foxhole late on a Saturday night.

The group’s popularity is a big reason why Gluck now works with the company that makes Arma, Bohemia Interactive, as a consultant and video designer. He’s the author of an extensive series of freely available written and video tutorials for Arma products, all of which grew out of his experiences leading ShackTac. Called the Tips, Tactics and Procedures Manual, much of that content was bundled together to create the authoritative guidebook sold alongside Arma 3.

Read the full Polygon Coverage of this Simulated Battle Group here.

MERCI ‘Trains the Trainer’ to Reduce Medical Error Through Simulab and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Partnership

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MERCI ‘Trains the Trainer’ to Reduce Medical Error through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Collaboration

Recently I learned about MERCI (Medical Error Reduction and Certification, Inc.), which rolls out of Simulab Corporation. MERCI has joined forces with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to deliver turnkey training programs that have been proven to reduce medical errors. Northwestern has completed extensive research work using CentraLineMan and other Simulab trainers to reduce mechanical errors and infections. Watch our CentraLineMan video demonstration and on-site interview with Dr. Jeffrey Barsuk, who also touches on his research entitled “Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit”.

About MERCI:

MERCI provides turn-key patient safety training programs designed specifically to serve hospitals with goals of reducing procedural medical errors and improving patient care. MERCI uses the Train-the-Trainer programs that have been developed and validated by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to not only reduce medical errors but to also create a net savings to the hospital.

MERCI provides:

  • On-site validated turnkey training program implementation for system-wide standardization of training.
  • On-site in-service and auditing services to reinforce performance standards and verify compliance.
  • Self-funded training programs that pay for themselves with cost savings through error reduction.

MERCI Satisfies all Patient Safety Advocates:

  • Medicine: Procedural training programs proven to improve patient outcomes by reducing mechanical errors and hospital acquired infections.
  • Risk: Validated programs proven to reduce the rate of adverse events and improve the overall culture of safety.
  • Finance: Training programs that show immediate return on investment by saving the hospital more than the cost of the training program by reducing expenses in three areas: non-reimbursed events, Medicare safety rating penalties, and litigation expenses.

Very excited to watch and learn more about how this new venture will reduce adverse events and costs through evidence-based training programs!

Determine the potential for adverse event reduction and the return on investment, learn more at MerciProgram.com


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Combat & Casualty Care Covers Brooke Army Medical Center Sim Program

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Thomas J. Kai, Simulation Center Coordinator for Brooke Army Medical Center’s Sim Program, sent in this recent copy of Combat & Casualty Care, which highlighted their awesome department! Here is just a small excerpt from the complete article written by Steve Melito, TDM Correspondent, linked below.

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) is the Department of Defense’s largest inpatient medical facility. Located at Fort Sam Houston, TX, this certified Level 1 Trauma Center spans 2.1 million square feet and counts 425 beds. As the hospital component of the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), SAMMC has also cared for thousands of servicemembers injured in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In addition to patient care functions, this state-of-the-art facility provides a range of education, training, and research programs. Part of Army Medical Command, the hospital houses a Simulation Center that has received a rare accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) for simulation instruction and research, which Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Deen, the Medical Director of the SAMMC Simulation Center says “validates the high quality of the medical training at SAMMC.”

An Organizational Resource Today, the SAMMC SIM Center is one of the busiest of 10 facilities supported by the Army’s Central Simulation Committee, and just the second such facility to earn SSH accreditation. The SIM Center works with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, which operates the Army Burn Center at SAMMC, and supports Forward Surgical Teams who train with tools such as the Burn Navigator, a medical simulator that helps teach non-burn specialists how to make medical decisions regarding patient resuscitation. “The Simulation Center is an organizational resource,” explains Robert V. Coffman, the SIM Center’s Simulation Administrator. In addition to current research programs, the SIM Center evaluates new projects that validate simulation as a viable tool for training and education. The Center also provides support for 35 graduate medical education (GME) programs and subprograms, nine Army and Air Force enlisted training programs, an emergency medical technician refresher course, and annual skills validation training.

Expanded Education, Google Glass, and Hybrid Simulation

Medical simulation is evolving rapidly, and facilities like the SAMMC SIM Center regularly learn of new products with exciting possibilities. At the same time, medical professionals also devise new applications for existing products. “Emerging technologies are great,” Coffman says, “but thinking outside the box using current simulators has so many benefits.” As an example, he cites the work of Dr. Bonnie Haupt at Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare Systems. In a practice dissertation for the Doctorate in Nursing Program at Sacred Heart University, Dr. Haupt provided pre-operative education to veterans who were scheduled to receive coronary artery bypass graft surgeries. Coffman says that Dr. Haupt’s research found that “veterans who participated in simulation education revealed a significant increase in knowledge and satisfaction over traditional teaching methods,” including a reduction in patient anxiety. For Coffman, Dr. Haupt’s study suggests that simulation education is a “valuable tool” not just for training medical professionals, but also for educating patients and their families. “I would love to get SAMMC in for a follow-on study,” he adds. Just as apps for handheld mobile devices help medical trainees to test their knowledge and build critical thinking skills, patients and their families might better understand why specific treatment decisions are made. In addition to this research, Coffman is also optimistic about Google Glass, which he says “will be a huge leg up for training evaluation.” By enabling an evaluator to see what a student is focusing upon, Google Glass can help trainers to provide individualized feedback with regard to technologies such as CT, X-Ray, or ultrasound. In this way, evaluators can share a trainee’s point-of-view and “really get into their mind and see their rationale for patient care,” Coffman says.

Technologies such as the HC1 headset computer project from Motorola Solutions may also hold possibilities. Powered by voice command and equipped for remote video chats and the display of complex schematics, the HC1 uses Microsoft Windows and can connect via WiFi, Bluetooth, or mobile hot spot. Designed for harsh environments and remote locations, this hands-free mobile computer could also let trainers see what trainees see. Hybrid simulation is also expected to play a major role in medical training. According to Coffman, examples include the prompt birthing simulator, which allows real-time patient interaction with a trained actor or standardized patient (SP) while a simulator recreates the complication of a simulated birth. The cut suit, another hybrid simulation example, involves an SP who acts as if he or she were involved in a traumatic accident. The suit replaces actual injuries that must be treated while a patient is conscious. “This adds the realism that static or even hi-fi manikins lack,” Coffman says.

Thomas also sent in some pictures of his latest moulage! He wrote that “the one with the eye has a small impalement in the inner canthus (a screw). The other is a broken ankle where I used epoxy putty and paint, then applied make-up.” 

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Read the complete Combat & Casualty Care Article here and then check out the BAMC Sim Center Page here!

NBC Live Report Covers Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center

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Recently I had the wonderful privilege of visiting The Women’s Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai of Los Angeles, which you can read all about here. Seems like HealthySim.com is not the only news group to pick up on this amazing simulation facility as Southern California’s NBC Channel 4 recently visited the center for this video report:

Phillips and his cardiac surgical team practice their complex procedures on a regular basis at Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai. The $15 million dollar facility is a fully functional operating room with one big difference: the patients are state-of-the-art mannequins. Their skin feels and behaves like human skin; they have exact replicas of human organs; and they can be programmed with vital signs and medical problems. They can even bleed, talk, hyperventilate and give birth.

It’s as close to the real thing without putting a human patient at risk. “If you’re doing complex surgeries you’re able to simulate the actual surgery you’re going to do,” Dr. Alistair Phillips explains.

During the simulation, the medical team is challenged with a series of complications including equipment problems, patient complications, and emergencies. Working through these problems in advance of the actual surgery, not only improves their teamwork, but helps them prepare for the unexpected. Dr Bruce says “That means cutting down on risks and complications and improving results.” Read the full NBC4 News Story here.

Be sure to read my interview here with Center Manager Russell Metcalfe-Smith to learn more!


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TEDxArendal: ‘How collaboration makes it happen’ by Tor-Inge Garvik of Laerdal’s Global Health

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Just this past week TEDx posted this amazing presentation by Laerdal Global Health Industrial Engineer Tor-Inge Garvik. This is an updated presentation from Tore Laerdal’s TEDxStavanger presentation from a few years ago. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Tor Inge leads an ambitious development team focusing on global health and innovation. The non-profit company Laerdal Global Health’s goal is to help save the lives of hundreds of thousands newborns and mothers every year.

Working within strong global partnerships, they have made solutions available that dramatically improves survival at day of birth. Watch Tor-Inge talk about the products, the innovation, and how a tight cooperation with people in the field makes it all possible.

Tor Inge is an Industrial Designer with 14 years of experience with design in low resource settings. He leads an ambitious development team with studios in Norway and India. Working within strong international alliances for global health and innovation, the not-for-profit company Laerdal Global Health aims to develop and make solutions available that will help save hundreds of thousands of newborns and mothers every year.

Tor Inge obtained his masters from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU). Before joining Laerdal in 2007, he worked as a designer for the Peter Opsvik design studio. He has also worked as a program manager for Design without Borders (Foundation for Design and architecture in Norway) and with the Design for Sustainability group at TU Delft. He has a keen interest in collaborative innovation and user centered design.

About Laerdal Global Health

Laerdal Global Health (LGH) is a not-for-profit company that develops durable, simple, culturally adaptable, affordable products and programs aimed at helping save lives of newborns and mothers in low-resource countries.

Goals: Every day, 800 mothers die giving birth. Every day, about 8 000 newborn babies die. The majority of these deaths are preventable. We believe we can help.By 2015, our goal is to help save 250,000 more lives per year. We will reach our goals by:

  • Helping train and equip more than 1 million birth attendants
  • Introducing 12 – 15 disruptive innovative solutions that are durable, simple, culturally adaptable, and affordable
  • Catalyzing innovative partnerships and alliances
  • Establishing financial self-sustainability*

Ninety-five percent of Day of Birth deaths occur in just 75 countries identified by the UN Millennium Development Goals. To support these countries, we develop products and programs implemented at scale through global partnerships and alliances.

About TEDx

With TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

Learn more about Laerdal Global Health here, and TEDx Events here!

Free Medical Simulation Resource Website HealthySimulation.com Crosses 10,000 Monthly Readers!

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Friends — Our 10,000 balloons are working! I am thrilled to share that last month HealthySimulation.com provided a record breaking 10,271 readers from around the world with more than 21,000 pages of medical simulation content! This was our “highest” month yet, so thanks to each and every one of you who continues to read and support this free resource website!

As usual, we need to find ways to celebrate and so this morning I am happy to share that the 15 hours of administrative content from HealthySimAdmin.com which has been available for $450 will be made PUBLICLY available for FREE to subscribers of HealthySimulation.com ‘s free monthly newsletter! This morning I started moving over the content from HealthySimAdmin.com to HealthySimulation.com where the videos will be housed more permanently. What is HealthySimAdmin?

“The manikin isn’t connecting to wifi. You are five minutes late to an interview with a candidate who has no medical experience but a strong background in setting up labs. Someone from purchasing is on line two asking why you just bought $500 in wigs while your assistant informs you today’s tour group just doubled in size. Instantly an email beeps to your phone from your supervisor, who is just casually wondering if your sim labs will be “self-sustainable” for next year’s fiscal budget?”

Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical and Pocket Nurse and recorded at UNLV, HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first and only 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!

Since starting HealthySimulation.com in 2010 I have received countless emails from medical simulation program administrators all around the world looking for answers to the questions inherit with this emerging methodology. And while attending conferences, reading books, and touring other simulation centers has helped – there just has never been enough resources available to support Healthcare Simulation Administrators.

While HealthySimulation.com has provided new resources to the community I know that I am just one voice amoung thousands. And since none of us went to school to become an administrator of a healthcare simulation lab, we each have unique backgrounds which have brought us to this current profession. For example, my background in hollywood production provided me with a unique perspective on the recording challenges faced by a medical simulation program administrator. In other words, each of us has an amazing way to overcome a specific challenge inherit with running a healthcare simulation program.

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Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim adminsThe HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession!

For the next few weeks I will keep the page unlocked as I continue to migrate content over as since this morning only 2 of the 9 sessions are available. In our next month’s free newsletter I will re-lock the page and send out the new password! Sign up today so you don’t miss out!

Visit the New Homepage for HealthySimAdmin and start watching this free content today!


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Free Webinar 2PM ET TODAY: ‘How to Affordably Increase Sim Lab Technical Staff’ Hosted by Education Management Solutions

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Course Title: How to Affordably Increase Sim Lab Technical Staff

Time: TODAY Wednesday, October 1 at 2:00 pm EDT (1:00 pm CDT; 12:00 pm MDT; 11:00 am PDT)

Presented by: HealthySimulation.com Founder Lance Baily

As an entrepreneur, medical simulation industry thought leader, media producer, and EMS/firefighter, Lance has the background and the experience necessary to guide simulation-based projects to the next level. Lance has served as a Simulation Technology Specialist in Los Angeles, and from 2009 to 2012, the Director of the 31,000 ft. multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV). Lance is the founder of:

  • HeathySimulation.com - Free medical simulation resource website
  • HealthySimAdmin.com - Recorded sessions on simulation program administration
  • SimGHOSTS.org - Annual hands-on training events and online resources for simulation technology specialists
  • Konsiderate.com - Community-written ratings & reviews of medical simulation products & services.

Abstract: 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!

To Register for This Free Online Event Visit the EMS Webinar Website

About EMS:

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Education Management Solutions (EMS) is an industry pioneer in simulation-based solutions for healthcare training environments – ranging from clinical simulation management software and hardware to counselor education, and case authoring and interactive computer-based training tools. Working alongside subject matter experts, we serve as the driving force behind numerous consumer-centered innovations that continue to move the clinical simulation market forward with breakthrough technologies.

We understand that clinical simulation is no longer a nice-to-have, but rather a learning necessity – and without the proper clinical simulation management tools it can be overwhelming to manage. Our SIMULATIONiQ solution is the only intelligent operating platform that brings together all the programs, people and processes into a single, simplified view that saves time, improves clinical outcomes and delivers peace of mind. When we use the phrase industry pioneer, we mean it. Operating out of our world headquarters in Exton, Pennsylvania, we were founded in 1994 and boast 15 years of experience providing state-of-the-art technology for clinical education and training environments.

As we continue to expand our product offering to meet the evolving needs of our customers, we’re experiencing unprecedented success. In fact, over the past three years alone, we’ve seen an annual growth rate of more than 159%. We’re turning heads both within the industry and in the mainstream business community. For the past eight years we’ve been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the USA, and also garnered accolades on Deloitte Technology’s Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists as a leading technology company in Greater Philadelphia and North America respectively, as well as one of the Top 100 companies in the Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware region.

An unparalleled number of firsts make our software the benchmark by which all others are judged. The SIMULATIONiQ solution is the preferred choice for a growing international community of clinical simulation management customers, including Centra Health; Christiana Care Health System; Weil Cornell Medical College, Qatar; The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners; National University of Singapore; Swedish Medical Center; and The University of Hawaii at Manoa. Institutions big and small trust us to deliver the solutions they need to drive greater visibility, usability, marketability, adaptability, scalability, measurement, and ROI.

To Register for This Free Online Event Visit the EMS Webinar Website

SimGHOSTS 2014 Events Opening Keynotes & Plenary Sessions Free To Watch

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All the SimGHOSTS 2014 opening keynote & plenary sessions addresses are free to watch! If you missed their Australia or USA events, be sure to gain some of the valuable knowledge shared their through these massive sessions!

SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address by President James Cypert “Elevating the Dialogue” Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare – SimGHOSTS President James Cypert presented on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He  began the conversation with a community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this the 2014 USA keynote address was to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

SimGHOSTS USA Plenary Address by Jane Nicklin & Stuart Ruby “The Growth of Simulation Technology Specialist Support by the UK” Sponsored by Laerdal – Coming soon!

SimGHOSTS Australia Opening Keynote by iSimulate “Innovation in Mobile Simulation” – On June 26th 2014, Platinum Sponsor iSimulate  provided the opening keynote address to SimGHOSTS’ first overseas event, hosted at the University of The Sunshine Coast in the Queensland Region of Australia. The keynote was provided by Dr. Anthony Lewis, iSimulate Co-founder and Medical Director. This event was live-streamed for FREE through SimGHOSTS.org around the world for those who could not attend the three day event in Sippy Downs. The story of iSimulate is one of an identified need to make simulation technology easier, cheaper and more flexible that existing technology. Created by Medical Educators in Australia, iSimulate started as a idea and has progressed to become a company who’s products are used across the world. In this keynote, learn why and how two medical educators decided to challenge a simulation philosophy that “ever more” technologically advanced manikins are better. Instead, they took the cumbersome technology out of the manikin and placed it into an user-friendly iPad.

SimGHOSTS Australia Plenary Address by Dylan Campher Sponsored and Reflecting Upon the “Clinical Skills Development Service” - The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and healthcare providers throughout Australia. CSDS utilizes a hub-and-spoke model of support to support simulation providers throughout Queensland. With CSDS as the hub, this model focuses on providing systems and resources to support Pocket Simulation Centres, the spokes, ensuring the imbedding of simulation close to or within clinical environments. In conjunction with its role of providing support to hospital-based skills centres, the growth of Pocket Simulation Centres provides clinicians with the tools and techniques to address local needs. These in situ programs now address local training requirements, just-in-time training, and process redesign.


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EMS To Launch New ‘Global Institute for Simulation Training’ in November

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While preparing for my EMS webinar this Wednesday October 1st at 2PM EST on the topic of “Affordably Increasing Simulation Technology Staff”, I learned that the company is opening its brand new Global Institute for Simulation Training mid November in Exton Pennsylvania. The SimulationIQ team forwarded me this invitation to anyone regionally, nationally, or internationally who is interested in touring this state-of-the-art simulation facility put together by Education Management Solutions:

Please save the date for the Global Institute for Simulation Training’s grand opening reception on November 13, 2014 from 4-6:00 PM in Exton, PA.

The Global Institute for Simulation Training, a not for profit organization, features ten clinical rooms, two lecture rooms, and two control rooms in 5000 sq. ft. of flexible education space. The center includes a fully integrated audio-video system to capture training and debriefing sessions, a robust learning management system, and clinical task trainers and simulators.

“We are creating a state-of-the-art facility where educators will have the latest technology and tools to teach and conduct research, and learners will improve skills in a safe environment,” says Laurie Kerns, educator and board member of the Global Institute for Simulation Training. Laurie is also Vice President of Education Services at Education Management Solutions (EMS), a pioneer in providing solutions for the clinical simulation industry.  

More information will be coming out soon so stay tuned to SimulationIQ.com!

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) Acquires Simbionix

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This week I learned of a very interesting industry development that 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), which is one of the world’s leading 3d printing companies, acquired surgical simulator company Simbionix. 3D Systems goes beyond personal 3d printers with high-accuracy professional modeling systems which can be used for prototyping and functional part manufacturing. Consider just one of their printing systems:

Why I find this acquisition so interesting is knowing that 3D Systems can produce medical models and/or components, and that Simbionix is one of the major players in the surgical simulator space. Very curious to see what new innovations this new partnership will bring the healthcare education technology community.

About 3D Systems:

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

About the Simbionix Acquisition:

This is an ideal fit as the world moves toward personalized medicine and patient specific procedures.  3D Systems has re-imagined the future of medicine and has added two other healthcare companies in the past several weeks Medical Modeling (range of custom anatomical models and Virtual Surgical Planning services) and LayerWise (metal additive manufacturing).

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing capabilities.  Healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices, and training simulators that feature the Simbionix product line.

These products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. Simbionix training simulators are used in 2500+ institutions in 70+ countries around the world.

 Learn more about Simbionix and their new parent company 3D Systems