First SimGHOSTS Australia Sim Tech Training Meeting A Huge Success!

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Wednesday morning in Sippy Downs, Queensland at 7AM AEST (UTC+10), over 105 Simulation Technicians from around the world came together at SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia to engage in two full days of hands-on training, technical community networking and exhibit hall demonstrations from leading medical simulation industry partners. 130 participants came from as far away as Singapore, Canada, as well as of course from all over Australia and New Zealand. Located about an hour north of Brisbane, Australia – the meeting has taken over two years to plan and was primarily organized by SimGHOSTS Founder and Executive Director Lance Baily, SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling, and USC School of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Dr. Patrea Anderson. This new opportunity would not have been possible without the amazing efforts of Dr. Patrea Andersen who has been connecting over skype with Lance and Ryan during the past two years to help put together Australia’s first technical training meeting for simulation operators!

SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization which began at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas and has since connected thousands of simulation champions from around the world with annual events, online community resources and professional development support.

This morning’s introduction will begin with a “Welcome to Country” from a local tribe representative, which was followed by introductions to the Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill to the University of the Sunshine Coast. Lance Baily then thanked Professor John Bartlett and Head of School Margaret Barns for their support of Simulation Technology operators and SimGHOSTS, before thanking the SimGHOSTS board of directors and six participating vendors.

Leading industry vendors iSimulate, B-Line Medical, the Clinical Skills Development Service, Laerdal, Limbs & Things, and Scientific Educational Supplies sponsored this first Australian meeting specific for Simulation Technology Specialists. More than 40 courses will be presented over the next two days from SimGHOSTS board members, USC simulation staff, international simulation champions, and vendor technical instructors.

The keynote address is being provided by iSimulate co-founder Anthony Lewis BSc PhD MB BCh FRCA FANZCA who is a specialist in Anesthesia and Retrieval Medicine at St George Hospital and Greater Sydney Area HEMS in Sydney. In this keynote, the audience will 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. Started in Australia, iSimulate’s ideas have progressed to become a company whose products are used across the world.  The Opening Ceremonies start at 7:15AM AEST, with the keynote address beginning at 7:50AM AEST. The recorded livestream will be made available in the near future.


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The afternoon Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) plenary address was provided by Director of Simulation and Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Dylan Campher.  This presentation explored how the CSDS distributed simulation model works. As a service the program manages partnership agreements with 45 Pocket Simulation Centres scattered throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Over the past 14 years, Dylan has contributed to healthcare as a clinician, educator, program manager and executive. Dylan’s experience in simulation and education includes: operation, delivery, development, assessment and evaluation of simulation and on-line programs. Dylan has presented both nationally and internationally on a diverse range of simulation topics. Dylan is also the co-author of the book – Medical Crisis Management, Improving Performance Under Pressure and is also the lead assessor and co-author of the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. Learn more about the CSDS plenary session here.

Today B-Line Medical will award prizes for innovation to attending Sim Techs who created “DIY” Videos which showcased projects built to increase realism or efficiency in simulation labs. Projects submitted include pitted edema leg moulage, cyst moulage, magnetic defib pads, teleconference systems, and more.  Sandy Yin of B-Line Medical said of this community event, “Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood!”. You can watch the amazing DIY Video Projects here.

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Follow the latest with the @SimGHOSTS Twitter account, hashtag #SG14AUS and on the main SimGHOSTS.org homepage.


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B-Line Medical “DIY Sim Lab Project” Video Contest Highlights Innovation for SimGHOSTS Australia

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Ten SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia participants have submitted “DIY Projects” that increased lab efficiency or realism to the B-Line Medical Video Contest. You can visit the contest page and watch all the submitted DIY projects so that you too can learn how to increase realism and efficiency in your medical simulation program. Up to $1000 in prizes are being offered this year, including an iPad Air and GoPro 3, to be given away by B-Line Medical’s Sandy Yin — who had this to say about Sim Techs and SimGHOSTS:

“Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood.” – Sandy Yin, Marketing Strategist @ B-Line Medical

Videos will not be judged on production quality as much as ability to demonstrate and teach others how they can duplicate these DIY project in their own sim labs! Check out this entry by Suzy O’Brien from the University of the Sunshine Coast on “BGL – Simulated Blood and Hand”:


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About B-Line: B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based solutions. Our software has helped over 300 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 12 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively. Learn more at http://www.blinemedical.com.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia B-Line Medical DIY Contest Page!


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SimGHOSTS “Sim Tech Training 2014 Events” Update

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SimGHOSTS just shared the latest updates regarding their 2014 events! There is limited time left to secure passes for the Australia event, and half of the early-bird passes for the USA event have already sold out. Since 2011 - SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, has provided thousands of Sim Techs from the around the world with the hands-on training events and online resources they need for professional and program development. Now recognized as an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization, SimGHOSTS continues to be the innovative leader for the growing numbers of Simulation Technicians with two events in 2014:

SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia:
(June 25-27th at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia)


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  • Estimated attendance has been secured and thus Early-Bird Registrations have sold out! May discounts are still in effect so register today.
  • Attendees still have time to submit their “DIY Sim Lab Project Video” for the B-Line Medical Competition for their chance to win up to $1000 in prizes!
  • Sponsoring Vendors now include:
    • Platinum Sponsor: iSimulate
    • Gold Sponsor: B-Line Medical
    • Gold Sponsor: Clinical Skills Development Service
    • Silver Sponsor: Laerdal
    • Bronze Sponsor: Limbs & Things
    • Bronze Sponsor: Scientific Educational Supplies
  • Opening Reception details to be announced shortly

SimGHOSTS 2014 USA:
(August 5th-8th at the American College of Chest Physicians in Greater Chicago, IL)

  • Half of Early-Bird Registrations have already sold out. Hurry to secure your USA registration now!
  • Attendees still have time to submit their “Sim Lab How-To” Video for the B-Line Medical Competition for their chance to win up to $1000 in prizes!
  • Pocket Nurse Scholarship Winners Announced
  • Opening Reception to be held at PinStripes Bowling! Download the event brochure for more details.
  • Sponsoring Vendors now include:
    • Platinum & Opening Reception Sponsor: To Be Announced Shortly
    • Gold Sponsor: Laerdal
    • Gold Sponsor: B-Line Medical
    • Silver Sponsor: Worldpoint
    • Silver Sponsor: CAE Healthcare
    • Silver Sponsor: Gaumard Scientific
    • Bronze Sponsor: Limbs & Things
    • Bronze Sponsor: Simulab
    • Bronze Sponsor: Surgical Science
    • Bronze Sponsor: SimulationIQ
    • Bronze Sponsor: Medical Shipment
    • Bronze Sponsor: Cardionics
    • Bronze Sponsor: KBPort
    • Bronze Sponsor: Pocket Nurse
    • Bronze Sponsor: Otosim

2014 is certainly becoming the “Year of the Sim Tech” — Learn more at SimGHOSTS.org!

Australia Sim Tech Training Event ‘SimGHOSTS’ Opens Registration

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Yesterday, online registration opened for SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists – which is taking place June 25th-27th at the University of The Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane in Queensland Australia. Now operating in its fourth year, SimGHOSTS.org has launched its first overseas event to better support Sim Techs in Australia and Asia. Over 30 courses have been selected from community members and vendor technical staff including topics such as manikin programming, hardware repair, A/V System debugging, medical pharmacology, IT infrastructure building, community development and more. SimGHOSTS will be continuing its annual USA meeting, which is taking place at the American College of Chest Physicians August 5th-8th.

Click here to download the most-up-to-date SG14-Australia Brochure

SG14-AUS Event Highlights Include:

  • Opening Keynote Address by iSimulate on “Mobile Simulation Technology”
  • Beginner and Advanced IT integration and installations
  • In-Situ Camera Placement and Video Production Shooting and Editing courses
  • Full day Trauma Moulage pre-con and two-hour training sessions with Australian Company TraumaSim
  • Medical courses from Doctors and Nurses for sim techs with technical-backgrounds
  • Teaching acting students for scenario roles to increase simulation fidelity
  • Operational management courses including “How to Increase Technical staff”, “How to run a Sim Center off-hours”, and “Expanding Your Sim Program”
  • DIY Projects and Innovation Awards with B-Line Medical
  • Lab design and equipment sourcing / procurement techniques.
  • Hands-on manikin hardware training with Laerdal products for every attendee!
  • And many more!

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Important to note is that there are only a LIMITED amount of  “early-bird” registration passes for $397 USD. Once these passes are sold then the registration will jump to $525 USD — so be sure to buy your conference pass today!

Register Now For SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia

Want to learn what SimGHOSTS is all about? Check out the SimGHOSTS 2013 Meeting Recap page to see what went down — and watch the 2013 testimonials video below to see why the World’s first meeting for Sim Techs is the BEST place to connect with the growing international professional community! Of course, you can visit SimGHOSTS.org to see the latest!


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Sim Tech Training Event Coming to Australia in 2014

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SimGHOSTS, which stands for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is expanding its annual hands-on training meeting for Sim Techs by launching a second event in Australia next year! While the non-profit organization is still selecting a USA-host for next year’s ongoing meeting, today they announced a 2nd meeting to take place at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the Queensland region of Australia.

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As the founder of this non-profit organization I have been thrilled to create support almost 1,000 simulation technology specialist champions over the past three years. Witnessing the continued presence of Sim Techs from Australia at the SimGHOSTS event, I knew we had to start to connect the growing international community of simulation technology specialists by providing the same desperately needed support to champions “down under”.

This event will be an opportunity for simulation professionals to come and learn from simulation technology leaders and leading industry vendors. There will be hands-on workshops, pre-conference courses and podium presentations covering a variety of topics, including: Moulage, Audiovisual technology, Simulator programming, Hardware maintenance and configuration, Information technology, Basic medical training and much more.

SimGHOSTS 2013 Testimonials:


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Interested in being a leader at SG14-AUS? You can already submit a presentation proposal to SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia! The community has even put together a list of nifty courses they would like to see at SimGHOSTS!

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Visit the new SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia page to learn more!

iSimulate ALSi Patient Vitals iPad Software

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iSimulate unveiled their new product software for the iPad called ALSi, which allows for patient vital sign presentation. Promising to turn any low-fidelty task trainer into a higher-fidelity engagement is what iSimulate is all about. The ASLi application can also be used on any standardized patient or other live-patient confederate actor to present your learners with real-time simulated vital signs.


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iSimulate, an Australian based company, operates a unique business model where your institution signs up for an annual membership fee which then provides you access to all of their simulation products.

To learn more about purchasing the iSimulate as well as the benefits of software membership, visit the iSimulate.com.au website today!


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