Save $200 on WISER’s October iSIM Course to Improve Simulation Instructional Methods

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Save $200 on the October iSIM course provided at the UPMC WISER Center with this special HealthySim discount code!

Improving Simulation Instructional Methods Assessment, Debriefing, Comprehensive, and Development are just a few words that describe WISER’s iSIM Improving Simulation Instructional Methods (iSIM) course.

iSIM is a three (3)-day immersive program designed to cover the fundamental skills for the creation and delivery of high quality simulation-based healthcare education through a variety of techniques and technologies while emphasizing hands-on learning through active participation.



The program is intended for healthcare professionals and educators who are interested in improving their instructional skills. Each participant will engage in an interactive experience and gain knowledge and skills to enhance their ability to design and conduct simulation-based learning and assessment activities.

The course has been designed and is actively facilitated by internationally renowned experts in simulation and faculty development from WISER at The University of Pittsburgh, and The Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami. This course will prepare educators to enhance their skills using simulation methods. The iSIM course is held at WISER in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania three times a year.

Register now for the next available iSIM course in October and save $200 by using the discount code (WISER!).

Visit the WISER website to learn more & enroll today!


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Do Checklists Change Human Behaviors? Thoughts from Medical Lawyer Dr. Argy

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Today a post from friend Dr. Nicolas Argy, MD, JD and professor at Boston University School of Public Health in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. His legal and medical training combined with strong interpersonal and problem solving skills has made him a highly effective and productive educator and consultant in the field! Here in his post “Changing Human Behavior With Checklists: Do They Enhance Patient Safety?”, Dr. Argy questions the effectiveness of education:

The downfall of the checklist is not inherent to the list or the process itself but the more important question of how we create sustained changes in human behavior.  The literature is nascent regarding successful use of implementation science.  The business world talks about change management.  Behavioral psychologist, economists and neurocognitive researchers struggle to achieve sustained changes in human behavior.  Kahneman has shown our flawed decision making  regarding economics but the poor rationale appears in all spheres of life.  

The natural  consequence of flawed decision making is flawed behaviors that follow.  Research continues on specific techniques to achieve the goal of  influencing behaviors.  Some focus on creating intrinsic motivation to cause change.  Others rely on education or typical carrots and sticks approaches.  More are moving to neurocognitively aware methods using heuristic techniques, progressive participatory dialectic techniques, exaggeration, gamification and closed loop data collection with realtime feedback  including video and simulation training.

Other articles by Dr. Argy include:

Read this and other articles by Dr. Argy on his new blog!

EMS Webinar Tomorrow Wed. Dec. 2nd 2PM EST – “A Look at the Statistics Behind Our Assessments”

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Join EMS tomorrow Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 pm EST (1:00 pm CST; 12:00 pm MST; 11:00 am PST) for a free and informational webinar “A Look at the Statistics Behind Our Assessments”.

Abstract: Statistics are ubiquitous in academia. They’re used to assess the performance of learners on a variety of objectives, and careful calculation of statistics is vital to properly evaluate the learners as well as the evaluator. Different rubrics and assessment tools cannot necessarily be subject to the same type of statistics. In this talk, the presenter will take a step back to the basic use of statistics for evaluating learners and convey an array of ideas and methods behind the statistical models. This presentation will not require a mathematical background.

Presented by:

Daniel J. Backlund, Ph.D.
Director of Simulation IT
The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Click here to register.

More Updates from EMS SimulationIQ:

Med Students Crunch Data, Examine Trends – Every first and second year student at the NYU School of Medicine is required to do what’s called a ‘health care by the numbers’ project. Students are given access to an enormous database with more than 5 million anonymous records — information on every hospital patient in the state for the preceding two years. More>>

Trauma Patients Assessed More Quickly After Caregivers Receive Simulation Training – Injured patients were evaluated and received medical imaging tests 30% faster after an innovative performance improvement project was enacted at one hospital. More>>

Multitasking in the ER Means More Patient Safety Hazards – Even after emergency physicians had acclimated to a new commercial electronic health record (EHR), they increased their tasks performed per minute by nearly 12 percent, increasing the potential for patient safety hazards. The results of a study of one hospital’s transition from a homegrown EHR to a commercial EHR were published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. More>>

About Education Management Solutions (EMS)
Medical, nursing, and allied health schools, hospitals, and counseling programs use EMS’ suite of products to more efficiently manage clinical simulation centers, effectively evaluate learner performance, and digitally document simulated events. As the leader in clinical simulation management technology since its founding in 1994, EMS offers a single platform for mannequin- and actor-based medical simulation training with one-call support for both software and hardware. EMS provides a complete turnkey solution that includes integrated software and hardware, design and planning, engineering, configuration, installation, training, file backup, and support.

Visit SimulationIQ.com to learn more!


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“A Simulator Is Not A Strategy” – New Solutions From Laerdal and NLN

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Laerdal’s new solutions website says “A Simulator Is Not a Strategy”. Partnering with the NLN, Laerdal has built new solutions to help nursing simulation programs increase the adoption and utilization of their simulator systems to improve their learning outcomes. What new support is Laerdal offering?

Comprehensive Assessments: Expert trained consultants will conduct a series of on-site meetings, interviews, and surveys with your team to evaluate your institution.

Implementation: A key success factor in building a successful and sustainable simulation program, is tailoring the scope of the implementation to address the teaching, program infrastructure, curriculum, debriefing methods, and clinical environment.

Pulse Checks: Pulse Check is the time to take the pulse of your simulation program, adhere to business success tools and make a lasting, effective change.

From Laerdal’s New Webpage:

“A Simulator Is Not a Strategy” may sound bold coming from the leader in high fidelity simulation. But, even our best simulators only do a fraction of their job if they are not put to good use. In a survey of nursing programs, the majority reported owning patient simulators. Yet, only 50% used them to conduct high fidelity scenario-based simulations. That means the other 50% are missing out. 

Simulation in nurse training can replace up to 50% of hospital clinical hours. Clinical hours are often viewed as one of a nursing program’s biggest constraints. Clinical hours are often expensive, involve logistical challenges, and can even be a barrier to school expansion. Simulation can replace half of those clinical hours. And, the good news is that for the majority of our customers, achieving this means merely leveraging the resources you already have. Your simulators are eager to be put to good use.

Laerdal’s Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing are designed to provide you with an optimized training environment that will help you improve utilization, achieve efficient quality outcomes, and maximize your return-on-investment for the assets you already have.

Please take our Simulation Gap Assessment to see how well you are optimizing the assets you already have. These questions are based on recognized standards from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Take the Assessment on Laerdal’s New Solution Webpage today and see where your program can grow!

i-Human Patients Video Interview from IMSH 2015 – Virtual Patients Provide Obvious Educational Benefits

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Continuing our video series from IMSH 2015, we take a look at i-Human Patients a Software As A Service (SAAS) that enables educators to provide realistic virtual patient encounters for healthcare students in a variety of disciplines. The software is very intuitive and easy to use — maximizing learning time on a variety of case statements. What’s important to remember here is that i-Human Patients adds an additional level of fidelity for your learners, as not all “simulation” needs to be accomplished through a high-fidelity manikin. While obviously the physical interaction and communication practices are better suited for the sim lab, the didactic reasoning and assessment “cognitive” practice opportunities can be repeated faster and with perhaps greater accuracy through a software platform like i-Human Patients (if for no other reason than the setup/teardown time of engaging with task trainers and manikins). Watch our video interview from IMSH 2015 to learn more:

About i-Human Patients:

Active learning is proven to be more effective than more passive approaches where much is done on behalf of the student. Educators can choose existing cases targeting different experience levels. They can also author their own cases using the i-Human Patients point-and-click authoring system and medical multimedia repository. The breadth and depth of possible cases provide a full and consistent quality education. The scalable, low-cost online technology enables rapid deployment within a school and across remote locations.

  • Active, realistic learning
  • Symptoms-based approach to diagnostic reasoning
  • Individualized feedback and coaching
  • Objective competency evaluation
  • Point-and-click authoring system
  • Rich medical multimedia repository

Cases: Database, Authoring and Sharing

  • Large Variety Of Patient Cases Available – Over 100 published cases (M1-M4 class years) to select from including free “Share and Share Alike” cases and “Premium” cases sponsored by the AMA
  • Point-And-Click Authoring System – Included so instructors can easily create their own cases
  • Create & Share Derivative Works – Create & share derivative works under a Creative Commons “Share & Share Alike” license

i-Human Patients enables students to:

  • take patient histories – learning what questions to ask, and how to interpret then follow-up on relevant findings
  • take and assess vital signs
  • select physical exams and interpret findings
  • select and prioritize differential diagnoses
  • order and associate tests with differential diagnoses, and interpret test findings
  • develop treatment plans
  • review and write patient records
  • and get feedback and coaching at every step of the way!

One of the opportunities I appreciate most about i-Human Patient’s authoring platform is the ability to find and share created patient cases through the system itself. What a wonderful way for the participating community to work together towards better teaching outcomes. I hear you will be able to read reviews from current users of i-Human Patient (like Rush Medical Center, Rosalind Franklin University and Drexel University), shortly on Konsiderate.com – the new home for medical simulation product ratings and reviews, but more on that shortly.

Learn more about this Virtual Patient Software at the i-Human Patients website today!


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