Abstract Submission Deadlines for SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Summer Events End Soon!

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Sim Champs! The time is almost here to submit your courses for SimGHOSTS Summer events taking place around the World! Get discounted registration to your regional event by being accepted to present at the meeting. Highlight your program success stories and support your community by submitting awesome content today!

Due Dates:

USA – February 1st Extended Until February 8th!

AUS – February 8th


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UK – February 15th

We are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Podium Presentations (20 minute, 50 minute or 110 minute lecture with photos, videos and demos)
  • Workshops (2 – 4 hour hands-on training course)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)

 SimGHOSTS topic categories for all events are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology

They are also looking for presentations in VR, augmented reality, patient safety, and other specialized simulation technologies in 2016!

Presentations can be of varying length: 20, 50 or 110 minutes; or a 4-hour workshop. They are looking for content that covers many experience levels, from Beginner to Advanced.Accepted 20 minute proposals earn presenter a $25 discount on event registration. 
Accepted 50 or 110 minute proposals earn a $50 discount for one of the presenter(s).
Accepted 4-hour workshops earn a $50 discount for up to 3 presenters.

Presentation Proposal Links by Event:

SimGHOSTS 2016: Australia

SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2016

SimGHOSTS 2016: USA


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Victorian Simulated Patient Network Website Provides Free Simulation Resources

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Debra Nestel is the Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University, Australia. She is also the Editor in Chief of the new Advances in Simulation, a new open access journal associated by the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). More on that soon!

Recently Debra shared with HealthySim about The Virtual Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) website, which was established to create a network of individuals with a special interest in simulated patient (SP) methodology. The VSPN offers online modules on various aspects of working with SPs involved in health and social care professional education. The modules are likely to be of interest to simulation educators, technicians, SPs and to some extent learners involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training in all health professional disciplines.

The VSPN aims to provide individuals interested in simulated patient (SP) practice with a network to share with and from each other. SPs are individuals trained to portray real patients. SPs contribute to health professional education in many ways. There is a spectrum of SP practices that are expanding. The VSPN aims to connect SPs, educators, students, clinicians and others through this website.


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The website is free and aims to share information about this modality from many simulation champions in the field. Earlier this year the VSPN crossed over 500 members who come from every continent!

Visit the VSPN website for all these free resources and to learn more!

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

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

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


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


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CSDS Simulation Technology and Research Magazine (STaR) 3rd Edition Released

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The awesome team from Australia-based Queenland Health’s Clinical Skills Development Service have released the 3rd edition of their fantastic Simulation Technology and Research (STaR) Magazine. Featured articles in this edition:


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  • Keeping the ANZAC spirit alive through simulation
  • SimGHOSTS Australia 2015 International Conference
  • Lance Baily interview: Founder and Development Director of SimGHOSTS
  • SimGHOSTS Australia 2015
  • The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) simulation audiovisual installation
  • Visiting Professor Workshop: Visiting Professor’s work brings simulation to the masses
  • Pocket Centre profile Mackay Pocket Centre
  • The battle against Ebola
  • Pocket Centres: Your local simulation hub
  • Training for speech pathologists managing tracheostomy patients
  • Clinical trial examination
  • Honorary Fellow interview Caroline Heggie
  • Logistics support for SToRK
  • Simon says: I’m back with a new batch of questions… keep them coming!
  • Accreditation

Read the full STaR Magazine here!

SimGHOSTS Australia 2015 Launches at Clinical Skills Development Service

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Today in Brisbane Australia over 100 simulation champions from around the world came together at the Clinical Skills Development Service for the 2nd annual “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists”, aka SimGHOSTS. This was the 6th international event put on by the organization which also has meetings in the United Kingdom (co-hosted by ASPiH), the United States (hosted at Cedars-Sinai) and Dubai (supported by Simulead).

CSDS Director Dylan Campher opened the show with an introduction to Elwyn Hellway provided the “Welcome to Country” of the Gubby way, an official ceremony sharing the ancestry and aboriginal people of Australia. Dylan then returned to start the show. A team of clinical professionals took the stage with a Simman during a cardiac arrest – a very tense simulation moment — unfortunately the patient didn’t survive the simulation — which unbelievably brought on a GHOST! On the screen behind the stage was a projected Ghost which brought the call for “Ghost Busters”. Being Australia, Crocidile Dundee showed up to help call for the Ghost Busters — and together they captured the Ghost!

Event Director Ryan Eling thanked Platinum Sponsor Laerdal Medical for their sponsorship of the keynote address by Dr. Caroyln Yucha and the opening reception. He also thanked CAE Healthcare & Mediquip who sponsored tomorrow’s Plenary Address. He also recognized Limbs & Things, Trauma Sim, and Simulation Australia.

After morning announcements Ryan brought up Laerdal Queensland Territory Sales Manager Lucas Tomczak who spoke to the support of the company of organizations and communities like SimGHOSTS, stating that their mission of “helping save lives” was not just a catch phrase – but an earnest passion shared by their global team-members. Lucas introduced Dr. Carolyn Yucha, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The school was apart of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which also connected Nevada State College and the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — all of whom collaborated on the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV). SimGHOSTS founder Lance Baily began the organization and annual events at the CSCLV in 2011 when he was the Director of the center.


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Dr. Yucha spoke on how to Negotiate to create an effective and efficient student learning environment, described the different roles and training needs for simulation staff, and discussed, and strategies for sim champs to communicate their needs.

Today opens three days of hands-on training and community networking for those who operate Simulation Technology across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Registered attendees were also provided complimentary subscription to SimGHOSTS.org which will connect Sim Techs from the four global events from around the world.

Follow @SimGHOSTS, @luke27 to stay up to date with latest announcements & learn more about the organization and its future world events at SimGHOSTS.org!

Early-Bird Ends This Friday for SimGHOSTS Australia June 23-26 at Brisbane CSDS — & Other SimGHOSTS Updates!

The 2015 “SimGHOSTS” events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. As well, meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

Australia Early-Bird Rate About to Expire!

The early-bird registration for SimGHOSTS Australia (June 23-26) at CSDS in Brisbane ends this week! Use discount code “SGCHAMP” to get the early-bird registration rate of only $422 (USD). Hurry, this rate ends June 5th 8PM PST (UTC-7)! Platinum Sponsor Laerdal Medical will be providing unique training opportunities throughout the conference. Learn more and register today on the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia page!

SimGHOSTS Expands Staff Again

SimGHOSTS Founder and Part-Time Executive Director Lance Baily is becoming the new part-time Development Director, and President James Cypert has been hired into an expanded full-time Executive Director position! Read all about it on SimGHOSTS.org!

Leeds UK July Event Co-Hosted By ASPiH Still Has Early-Bird Passes!


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Pre-Conference: Monday July 27th, 2015
Located at the: Leeds Beckett University Clinical Skills Suite

Main Conference: Tuesday July 28th and Wednesday July 29th, 2015
Located at the: NHS Horizon Leeds event facility

Join an estimated attendance of 100 other Simulation Technicians from around the world this July 27th – 29th for the global healthcare simulation industry’s “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” hands on training event. Answering an overwhelming call by the United Kingdom community for continued simulation technician specific events, the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) and the SimGHOSTS non-profit 501(c)3 organization are thrilled to invite simulation technicians from around the world to join one another in Leeds, UK. Learn more on the SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK page.

USA August Event Only Has Only 25 Early-Bird Registrations Left!

The world’s largest medical simulation technology training and community event is taking place this August 4th-7th in Los Angeles California at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center! Don’t miss this globally attended event to learn and connect with your peers and 20 leading industry vendors including Level 3 Healthcare, Laerdal Medical, CAE Healthcare and Gaumard Scientific! Register your discounted pass today on the SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Page!

Dubai UAE November Event Now Taking Course Abstracts

Get a discount on your registration and present at the Middle East’s first Simulation event dedicated to simulation technology specialists, or those operating medical simulation labs. Supported by industry leader Simulead, this one of a kind training opportunity will provide much needed community support for those operating healthcare simulation in the middle east and african regions. Learn more on the SimGHOSTS 2015 MEA Page!

Australia’s HETI Provides Education and Training Requirements for Simulation Professionals Report

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Last week we reported on the amazing Simulation Based Education Report produced by Australia’s Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) which is available as a free download on their website. Simulation Program Lead Chris Moore tweeted a reminder that also available for download was another useful report on the Education & Training Requirements for Simulation Professionals.

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About the Education & Training Requirements for Simulation Professionals Report:

The NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) aims to support effective and targeted use of simulation based educational methodologies and technologies to support a capable workforce delivering excellent patient care. In partnership with the Federal Department of Health, HETI is responsible for implementing Schedule 4 of a Multi-Schedule Funding Agreement – Simulated Learning Environments. This report aims to respond to Key Performance Indicator 1.1 of the Agreement ‘… develop and implement a process for identifying, and reporting, priority education and training requirements for simulation educators.’

This report sets out priorities derived from an online survey of simulation professionals. The priority areas identified will inform simulation based education and training developed and delivered by HETI. It is also hoped this report will be used by education and health providers to inform local simulation based education activities. This report can be read in conjunction with ‘Simulation based education: Professional entry student education and training’.


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About HETI & Simulation:

Simulation is an important and effective education modality in HETI’s approach to training NSW health professionals. HETI supports a wide variety of simulation based educational methodologies and technologies – from specialised simulation centres to actor based learning – to support a capable workforce delivering excellent patient care.

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) undertakes a core role in supporting the NSW Health system in its education and training requirements. HETI’s vision is for A world class NSW Health Workforce supporting excellent patient care. Working closely with local health districts (LHDs), specialty health networks (SNs), other public health organisations and health education and training providers HETI ensures education and training across the system: – supports safe, high quality, multi-disciplinary, team based, patient centred care – meets service delivery needs and operational requirements – enhances workforce skills, flexibility and productivity. HETI has an inclusive approach to education and training. The application in practice means education and training provided is cross-sectorial, inter-professional and fully utilises a range of education methodologies and technologies.

Download the Education and Training Requirements for Simulation Professionals Report from the HETI Simulation Page today!

HETI Australia Shares Comprehensive ‘Simulation Based Education’ Report

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Simulation Champion Kirrian Steer wrote in this weekend to share a recent Report entitled produced by Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and Health Workforce Australia entitled “Simulation Based Education: Professional Entry Student Education and Training”. This 40 page report details the benefits, applications and reasons behind simulation which finishes with a showcase of multiple simulation sites already successfully integrating the technology and methodology. I highly recommend you read, download, and share this report and learn more about HETI today!

About HETI:

HETI supports and promotes coordinated education and training across NSW Health. We work to ensure that world-class education and training resources are available to support the full range of roles across the public health system including patient care, administration and support services. HETI’s mission is to pursue excellence in health education and training and workforce capability to improve the health of patients and the working lives of NSW Health staff.

HETI undertakes work in the following areas through programs, courses and initiatives:

  • Medical
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Allied Health
  • Rural and Remote
  • Leadership
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Learning
  • Simulation
  • Statewide Programs

About the Report:

This report highlights the key reasons to use simulation in student education and training and explores the most effective use of simulation in student curricula. It is intended to be a useful resource for simulation professionals wanting to optimise their work with students and to people involved in designing and delivering student curricula to identify new areas where simulation can be used to enhance education and training.


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A variety of sources were used to inform the report, including:

  • An evidence review facilitated by the Sax Institute for HETI titled ‘Simulated Learning Technologies in Undergraduate Curricula: An Evidence Check Review for HETI’ (The Review)
  • The HETI Simulation Priorities Report Reference Group
  • Consultations with simulation providers across NSW
  • HETI’s Simulation Priorities and Operational Plan 2014-2015.
  • HETI’s report on the ‘Education and Training Requirements for Simulation Professionals in NSW – Priorities identified from a survey of simulation professionals’ (2014 in press).

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HETI’s Summary of key findings:

  • Simulation is currently most often used in student education to:
    • support learning of commonly performed skills and procedures
    • manage acutely ill (and deteriorating) patients
    • orientate students to practices on clinical placements and for entry to registered practice • assess skills
  • The application of simulation based education varies considerably between professions and educational institutions.
  • Simulation includes a wide variety of educational techniques that are used throughout health education and training.
  • Why use simulation in student education?
    • There are many reasons to use simulation in student education including ethical imperatives, the potential to help address training system capacity issues and changes in the health system.
    • Simulation leads to clinical skills acquisition and retention when ongoing practice is offered and these skills are able to be transferred to clinical settings. There is moderate evidence which shows simulation can lead to learning faster when compared with other methods and that it is effective when used in conjunction with other methods.
    • There is moderate evidence that patient safety, knowledge, attitudes and skills are improved or enhanced by a range of simulation modalities when integrated in curricula for medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry.
  • What is the most effective way to use simulation in student education and training?
    Simulation in student education should be used to:

    • Address core graduate outcomes
    • Support the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards
    • There are several factors that those involved in student education should consider including:
      • the best environment for simulation based education
      • the most suitable modalities, tools and resources
      • program design
      • organisational considerations

Download the full Simulation Based Education Report off the HETI Simulation website today!


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2015 Australia and USA Event Locations Announced for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Training & Community Events

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Looking for the best in simulation technology training and community support? Well mark your 2015 calendars because the world’s leading organization for those operating simulation technology just announced its 2015 event schedule! SimGHOSTS will be at the Clinical Skills Development Service late June and Cedar-Sinai for USA in August! Year after year this technology-centered event grows in attendance by both operational staff and leading industry vendors. Now celebrating its 5th year, SimGHOSTS has firmly established itself as the premiere organization for healthcare simulation technical conversations! Watch the video testimonials from SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia which was just published:

What is SimGHOSTS?

SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for Sim Techs or those operating medical simulation technology. SimGHOSTS has held internationally attended events to provide community-driven and vendor technical training.

Now operating in its fifth year, SimGHOSTS continues its expanded mission offering yet again both a US-based and Australian-based events in 2015!

5th Annual SimGHOSTS USA Event Save the Date:

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Los Angeles, California

August 4-7th

Presentation Proposal Submission: Launches December 1st, Ends March 1st

Registration Opens Earlier this year: March 16th

About the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills: The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of professionals working together performing different roles and navigating the latest technology within our system. Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, ultimately, patient safety are at the heart of the center’s ethos. This proactive approach – training in teams, communicating in teams and solving problems in teams – helps Cedars-Sinai provide the best possible care to patients and provides staff with the latest in educational technology.

The new Simulation Center is the ultimate training environment — one where surgeons, physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals can master advanced skills. By constantly improving the skills of clinical staff, Women’s Guild is providing a resource that benefits every department at Cedars-Sinai and the patients they serve.


SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia 2nd Annual Event:

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Brisbane, Queensland

June 23rd-26th, 2015

Presentation Submission: Now Open until January 31st. Visit the SG15AUS Abstract submission page here.

Event Registration Opens February 9th

For the past four years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists or those who operate healthcare simulation technology at the annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States.  After a successful inaugural Australian event in 2014 and several strong partnerships built with healthcare simulation leaders in the country, SimGHOSTS 2015: Australia will be an exciting second chapter for our organization!

SimGHOSTS, or The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is bringing its successful hands-on training event for those operating simulation technology and labs in Australia this June 2015! Join us at The Clinical Skills Development Service at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital this June 23rd – 26th to take part in manikin programming, hardware repair, A/V System debugging, medical pharmacology, IT infrastructure building, community development and much much more!

About the CSDS:

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is the one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide. We aim to achieve the best outcomes for patients, educators, and clinicians in Queensland through seven core functions.

Annually, the SDC now supports the training to tens of thousands clinicians and students. This training is being matched by the work of Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres that the CSDS supports through the training of Faculty and Simulation Coordinators, provision of curriculum resources, and the distribution and maintenance of simulator equipment across the state. An investment in research and ongoing commitment to improving services for simulation education providers will continue to enable simulation to enhance the education of clinicians, improve clinical service delivery, and contribute to better clinical outcomes for patients.


SimGHOSTS 2015 events will provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Who Should Attend This Event?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Event and the USA Event!

Australia’s Clinical Skills Development Service Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Earlier this week The Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) celebrated 10 years of providing healthcare simulation training throughout Queensland, Australia. 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 external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide. The focus of our education and training is on clinical skills, communication, and crisis management, delivered via eLearning and face-to-face simulation. Based at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital campus, our centre covers over 3500m², with 26 session rooms, laboratories, and a fully functional operating theatre and hospital ward. As part of the celebrations, CSDS held an open day at the Skills Development Centre located on the RBWH campus which shared simulation experiences, Pocket Simulation Centre Showcases, Timeline displays and immersive scenarios!

One of the genius models the CSDS has implemented is their “hub-and-spoke” model of equipment utilization:

CSDS provides a large range of support services to Pocket Simulation Centres and Skills Centres to improve state-wide simulation education access across Queensland, using a hub- and-spoke model.

The hub–and-spoke model consists of the Brisbane Skills Development Centre (hub) linking to the other Queensland Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres, providing in situ training within Hospital and Health Services across Queensland.


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The services and tools provided include:

  • setting up and maintaining audiovisual equipment
  • providing access to a large pool of simulation equipment
  • access to an online curriculum and resource sharing database
  • accreditation tools that provides a quality framework for simulation education sites.

Learn more about this model and the CSDS through the Free-To-Watch Plenary Session Address provided by CSDS Director Dylan Campher recorded at SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast!

More information on the CSDS 10 year celebration can also be accessed via the CSDS Homepage!