SimGHOSTS & ASPE Sign Affiliation Agreement to Improve Healthcare Learning Outcomes


The board members of ASPE and SimGHOSTS are thrilled to announce an affiliationbetween both global organizations to support the shared goals of improving healthcare education and patient safety. An agreement was signed following the International Meeting for Simulation In Healthcare, where members of both boards came together to finalize the document language. To celebrate, SimGHOSTS has extended their 50% annual subscription for ONE MORE MONTH! Sign up now and gain access to over 200 recorded sessions, a weekly forums digest, a growing document library, and more!

The overall aims of this affiliation include:

  • Promoting each respective organization and their endeavors amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Sharing & developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organization
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organization-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community
  • Establishing pathways for professional development and recognition of the Simulation Technology Specialist in healthcare including training programs and research
  • Exploring the collaborative development and administration of ASPE pre-conference specific events focused towards those operating healthcare simulation technology operated by SimGHOSTS.
  • Membership from both organizations will be provided discounted access to respective websites and will be invited to collaborate on research projects.
  • Furthermore, both organizations have reserved course hours at each other’s meetings to promote sharing and professional development.

Read the full SimGHOSTS / ASPE announcement here!

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Also: Abstracts due for SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK event!

Just a quick note to say that the SimGHOSTS-ASPIH UK Abstracts have been extended ONE week — so be sure to get your content in ASAP Sim Champs! Remember — you get a DISCOUNT on your registration when you are accepted to present!

UK (July 18th-20th) – Due February 15th (Submit Here)

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Hawaii’s Sim Tiki Sends Out Their First Simulation Program Newsletter

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Just received the first Sim Tiki simulation newsletter from this Hawaiian based simulation program doing great work with Japan and across the pacific. Run by Dr. Ben Berg, SimTiki has been providing resident exchange programs with Japanese Universities as well as hands-on training courses in Japan.

First Newsletter Excerpt:

Aloha and welcome to SimTiki’s first e-newsletter! Here you will find news and updates about SimTiki, as well as a preview of our upcoming activities.  We hope you will enjoy this communication to keep up-to-date with SimTiki.

We’ve had an eventful past few months and it’s been a year since SimTiki was granted accreditation in Research and Education/Training by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH). Dr. Yoko Akamine, from Nagano, Japan, completed her one year International Research Fellowship and departed in July.  Four participants from Japan joined us for SimTiki Academy programs ranging from two week to two months: Akiko Hirata, MD (Nippon Medical School Hospital) Tomohiro Inoue, MD (St. Mary’s Hospital), Yoko Ishibashi, RN (Fukuoka University Nursing School), and Nobuyasu Komazawa, MD (Osaka Medical College). Residents from Akita University & Nagasaki University participated in our JP Resident Physician courses. We continued with our Faculty development courses, FunSim and SimBites, with participants from UH, JABSOM and Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC). We were also thrilled to welcome our first participant from the Netherlands at our September FCCS course, along with other learners from TAMC and the OBGYN Hawaii Residency Program.  We wish you a happy & healthy holiday season!

Read the full Sim Tiki newsletter here and visit the Sim Tiki website for more info!


Tore Laerdal TEDx Talk “Collaboration Breeds Innovation”

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Tore Laerdal, Chairman of Laerdal Medical gave this TEDx talk last year in Stavanger on how “Collaboration Breeds Innovation” and opened his presentation by sharing how his life was saved by his father at the age of two after he drowned in a lake. As a plastics toy manufacturer, Tore believes this personal experience of life-saving motivated his father Åsmund S. Lærdal to create the resusci-anne, the worlds leading CPR training manikin which has estimated to save more than 2,000,000 lives. Watch this inspiring presentation to see why Collaboration does indeed breed innovation.

From TEDx:

Tore Laerdal is Chairman of Laerdal Medical, a Norwegian family owned company that since modern lifesaving techniques were developed in 1960, has been a leading supplier of training material and therapeutic equipment for acute medicine.

Tore Laerdal is also Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine. The Foundation has earmarked significant funding for practically oriented MDG 4 and MDG 5 research projects. In recent years, Mr Laerdal has turned his full focus to global health challenges, and established Laerdal Global Health, a not for profit company with the sole purpose of providing highly affordable and culturally sensitive training and therapeutic solutions to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance. Furthermore, Laerdal Global Health has established the Day of Birth Alliance with Jhpiego and the Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design at the Johns Hopkins University. Mr Laerdal serves as Chairman of the Board of two external research foundations in Norway. He holds an MSc degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University in Hertfordshire in the UK. 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.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Mama Natalie

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Tore concluded his talk speaking about his own “aha” moments when he visited Africa and learned of the thousands of preventable newborn deaths taking place there — to which lead to the development of the Mama Natalie. An extremely affordable birthing simulator, the device is now used throughout the world to train healthcare teams for the birthing scenario in low resource environments.

MamaNatalie birthing simulator that comes with NeoNatalie helps you create realistic training scenarios easily. It has been designed to facilitate an engaging role play that will make the learning sessions memorable and efficient. MamaNatalie is a birthing simulator that makes it easy to create very compelling simulations of complex or normal birthing scenarios. It is strapped onto the operator, who takes the role of the mother, and manually controls the training scenario and the following features:

  • Bleeding Positioning and delivery of the baby
  • Delivery of placenta
  • Fetal heart sounds
  • Cervix landmark
  • Urine bladder cathetherization
  • Uterine massage
  • Uterine compression

Purchase provides donation: For each MamaNatalie purchased through Laerdal Medical, an additional MamaNatalie is being donated to low-resource countries through Laerdal Global Health and the Helping Mothers Survive initiative!

Learn more about the history of Laerdal here, the Mama Natalie here, and then watch more great TEDx events here.

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Upcoming Webinar: The Use of Simulation for Evaluating Interventions that Support Collaborative Teamwork


IPSS, or the International Pediatric Simulation Society, is providing a free webinar on May 27th 17:00 GMT (UTC: 0), on the topic of The Use of Simulation for Evaluating Interventions that Support Collaborative Teamwork, presented by Dr. Randall Burd.

Description of the webinar: 
In this webinar, Dr. Burd will present the use of simulation as an approach for evaluating new strategies for improving performance during resuscitation.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the advantages and limitations of simulation as an evaluation tool in this setting
2. Describe experimental considerations the should be considered in this setting
3. Understand the challenges of recruitment and how these may impact experimental findings

About the Presenter:
Dr. Burd has practiced pediatric surgery since 1997 and joined Children’s National Medical Center in 2008. He is the Chief of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery and an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College (BA in Mathematics) and obtained his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD). He did his general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota where he also obtained a PhD in Surgery/Microbiology. He did his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI. His area of research interest is in developing new approaches for improving teamwork during trauma resuscitation and improving prehospital pediatric trauma triage. For the past ten years, Dr. Burd has led a multidisciplinary research team studying errors and teamwork in trauma resuscitation. This team includes collaborators in emergency medicine and surgery, human factors, informatics, computer science and biomedical engineering. His research in trauma resuscitation is now funded by grants from the NIH.

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To learn more and to sign-up for this FREE online event, please visit the IPSS Webinar page.

Free Webinar May 7th: Nursing & Theatre Department Collaborative Simulations

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Last week I mentioned that SimulationIQ from Education Management Solutions had a great database of medical simulation whitepapers and recorded webinars. Learn all about the EMS database of clinical simulation content here. I just received word that the next free online webinar is taking place May 7th and is entitled “A Collaborative Simulation: Nursing and Theatre Departments Use Forum Theatre to Teach End-of-Life Skills”. Even if you are not at a campus with a theatre program, medical simulation programs should consider reaching out to local schools or theatre groups to explore collaborative relationships as this provides a unique and mutually beneficial exercise for both groups.

Presented by:
Patricia M. (Wall) McCauley, MSN, RN
Director, Clinical Resource and Simulation Center
Regis College, School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions

And Janis Tuxbury, DNP, FNP-BC
Nursing Faculty
Regis College, School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions

Abstract: Nursing students must gain knowledge and develop skills in end-of-life care as part of their education. However, students may not have the opportunity during their clinical experiences to care for such a patient. A collaborative effort between the nursing and theatre departments at one college addresses this possible deficit. The webinar will describe the method of forum theatre and explain how it has been used to teach end-of-life nursing skills.

Wednesday, May 7 at 2:00 pm EDT (1:00 pm CDT12:00 pm MDT11:00 am PDT)

Click here to register for this FREE webinar event!

Learn more about Regis College here.

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FREE for one week only: HealthySimAdmin’s Collaborative Sim Program Development Session!


For the next week you can watch HealthySimAdmin‘s 2-hour opening session “Collaborative Simulation Program Development (Across Disciplines and/or Institutions)” lead by University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN for FREE right here on!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Earlier this month, over 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online for the HealthySimAdmin during this opening session lead by Dean Carolyn Yucha, which was then followed by a panel discussion / Q&A session with administrators from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultants.

Be sure to watch the introduction to HealthySimAdmin and stay tuned for access to the recorded sessions from this innovative meeting designed to support the professional development of healthcare simulation program administrators!

Session Outline:

Imagine splitting the cost of a brand new simulation center and operational program in thirds, while simultaneously increasing access to equipment, space and staff support. Now also consider the benefits of partnering with other healthcare professional disciplines to further breakdown the traditional educational training silos through your simulation program. Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN from UNLV’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs will launch our discussion into how to develop a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional collaborative simulation center. Dean Yucha spent three years leading the development of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, which supports the clinical education of three distinct institutions across a multitude of disciplines. Following Dean Yucha’s presentation, the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts will continue the discussion of related topics such as stakeholder identification and board/committee needs, types of umbrella administrative structures, architectural design considerations, financial reimbursement systems, building and program support services, legal requirements, ongoing collaborative issues and more. Funding models will be touched upon briefly but will be explored in greater depth during subsequent sessions. Audience question and answer sessions will follow the lecture and panel discussion. In summary, in this session we will learn how to build and continue a successful collaborative partnership for a medical simulation program.

Session Lead by:

Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Carolyn Yucha is Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a developer of the CSCLV and serves on its Advisory Committee. Dr. Yucha earned her academic credentials from the State University of New York system: her BS in Nursing from the University at Albany, her MS in Nursing from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Physiology from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY. She worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Florida before moving to Las Vegas. Dr. Yucha has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published numerous articles, and is editor of a scientific journal, Biological Research for Journal.

Dr. Yucha was instrumental in creating the original concept of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She worked with architects to design the space and worked closely with other Deans to develop the curriculum, staffing, and financial model to sustain the center. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the CSCLV.