Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR22) Launches in Los Angeles

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Today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles the 22nd annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality meeting launched to an international audience. HealthySim is on hand to provide updates throughout the day on our @HealthySim twitter account – and stay tuned tomorrow for a blog post covering more activities from the event. For now, learn more about MMVR below:

About MMVR


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In 1992, Medicine Meets Virtual Reality first presented a daring vision of patient care and medical education transformed by computer technology. The evolving NextMed / MMVR engages researchers committed to intelligent healthcare—engineers, physicians, scientists, educators, students, industry, military, and futurists—with its creative mix of unorthodox thinking and validated investigation. Conference topics include:

    • Medical simulation and modeling
    • Data visualization and fusion
    • Virtual and augmented reality
    • Imaging devices and methods
    • Robotics, haptics, sensors
    • Human-computer interfaces
    • Data and decision networks, AI, mobile health
    • Wearable and implantable electronics
    • Projection systems
    • Learning and technology
    • Simulator design and validation
    • Physical and mental rehabilitation tools
    • Serious games
    • Surgical registration and navigation
    • Peri-operative guidance
    • Remote and battlefield care
    • Patient and public health monitoring and education

NextMed / MMVR promotes the creation and adoption of IT-enabled tools for patient care and medical education that support better precision, efficiency, and outcomes. The curriculum combines traditional assessment methods with unorthodox problem-solving to stimulate forward-thinking solutions to healthcare problems. Presentations are chosen to educate participants on:

    • Advances in simulation, modeling, and haptics that are upgrading medical education, skills  training, psychotherapy, and physical rehabilitation
    • Novel imaging, visualization, and data fusion methods that make clinical diagnosis and therapy more precise and personalized
    • Robotics and sensors that extend the caregiver’s reach and provide richer patient data
    • Medical intelligence networks that promote a collaborative healthcare environment and enhance decision-making
    • Broader goals, accomplishments, and challenges in the development and application of emerging healthcare technologies

Learn more at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Website!


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S-Scope Stethoscope Simulator from MT Tool – IMSH 2016 Interview

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At IMSH, HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview a new auscultation simulator in the guise of a stethoscope. This simple-to-use product allows you to simulate body sounds in-order to teach learners about the specific sounds of the body. We had a chance to check out the included app and considered the ability to add your own sounds very useful! Check out our interview below:

About MT Tool

MT Tool is a group of people with backgrounds in medicine, teaching, manufacturing, and engineering, providing teaching tools to enhance the learning experience of medical students through simulation. After taking on multiple projects related to medical education we recognized an opportunity to provide a more accessible, easier to use simulation stethoscope and app, to bring a more realistic learning experience to a larger number of students. Meanwhile we are ready and willing to take on custom projects, and help bring your medical teaching tool concepts to reality. When it comes to simulation stethoscopes you have choices. The MT S-Scope and App offer a new option for bringing versatility to the classroom and lab. Contact us today with questions or for anything we might be able to help you with.

Included with the S-Scope Kit:

  • MT S-Scope Simulation Stethoscope with built in receiver
  • Smart device preloaded with the original MT S-Scope App
  • Dual USB charging station with cables
  • Durable hard plastic storage and transportation case

Teaching Opportunities:

  • Offers learning in a variety of ways; seeing, listening, and doing
  • Helps students understand the nuances of different sounds
  • Makes it easy for faculty to use in the lab with minimal setup
  • Brings a higher level of fidelity into the testing arena
  • Student can be asked to identify a sound in real time
  • Makes an OSCE encounter more realistic

Once a student places the stethoscope on the appropriate listening post the instructor / SP activates the sound file. The student hears the sounds through the stethoscope. Setup is as simple as pairing the scope with the device that will be used to transmit the sounds. The stethoscope is completely wireless and receives stethoscope sounds from the device at a range of up to 30 feet. Scopes come packaged with device and app, including multiple different heart and lung sounds with optional cases. Instructors are also free to use their own devices and sound files.

The first generation MT S-Scope App allows users to access proprietary stethoscope sound files for a variety of conditions. Case files are included to provide an enhanced learning experience, with complete sets of sounds for each case. Sound files can also be accessed directly for each condition to aid in the evaluation process. The simple and easy to use app is ideal for OSCE encounters. Standardized patients simply tap the appropriate listening post icon to play the corresponding sound through the student’s MT S-Scope. Case files are perfect for teaching. At the end of each case the user is prompted to select an organ, which takes them to the listening post icon map for the selected case. The app gives students a more realistic auscultation experience. Current standard cases include Pneumonia, COPD, Crohn’s Disease and Asthma, which include 33 unique stethoscope recordings.

Learn more at the MT Tool website today!

Video Enhances Nursing & Interprofessional Healthcare Education

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Freelance writer Marcia Frellick recently shared this article on Nurse.com entitled “Video enhances interprofessional education”, and in an age where an estimated 400,000 patient deaths occur to due to medical error in the United States alone each year — we need every tool possible to help improve the educational process. Simulation obviously plays a huge role with professional healthcare education, and the importance of utilizing video recordings should never been undermined. Frellick shares that using the video systems, learners reflected on their own performance and realized “I need to speak up” and “I need to find my voice.”

Nurse.com Article Excerpt

Interprofessional training has gained prominence in the RN-to-BSN program at Drexel University in Philadelphia with a 10-week program launched in fall 2015 focusing on patient safety. Nurses watch video scenarios with actors including anesthesiologists, surgeons and other care providers from several disciplines, and use online simulation to respond as a nurse in a specific emergency.

Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, provides an example from the course: A patient arrives for a routine procedure. A nurse is working with an anesthesiologist who can’t access the airway but brushes aside the nurse’s concerns that the patient has been hypoxic for too long. The nurse sees the anesthesiologist is not following protocol. The nurse must use the TeamSTEPPS model — a system developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that encourages open communication and calling out procedure violations.

Nurses in the class videotape themselves and submit their responses. Members comment as a group and rate the responses. “A problem with claims and suits against nurses is failure to act,” Donnelly said. “This program raises the nurse’s level of awareness of her obligation to speak up. Your license is on the line.”

Video is the Future

Consider that the costs associated with a/v recording and video performance analysis will continue to decrease as the technology continues to improve. Mix that with research that proves that video recording increases provider performance and the future of healthcare starts to become more clear. Read our post about the JAMA research which showed a 31% increase in surgical performance with video recording. More on this important topic shortly!

Read the full article on Nurse.com!


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3D-Printed Hearts — A Training Tool for Canadian Surgeons via Norfolk News

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Interesting article today out of Canada and the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, which is working with 3D printing technology to help with clinical education:

About a dozen trainees — from Canada and such countries as Norway, Oman, Mexico and the United States — have come to watch master surgeons demonstrate the highly complicated techniques used to repair a number of congenital heart abnormalities and to safely practise those skills on models of their own. Three-dimensional copies have been created of five hearts from real infants with cardiac anomalies using a high-tech 3D-printer, which almost perfectly reproduces the organ’s structure using a photopolymer resin, based on sophisticated MRI and CT imaging.

“Each of the models represents a very specific form of disease that is very different,” says Dr. Glen Van Arsdell, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Sick Kids. “I can look at the model and tell you what the diagnosis is.” The 3D-printed hearts — some orange, others whitish in colour — were produced by Dr. Shi-Joon Yoo, a cardiac radiologist at the hospital.

Depending on its size, a duplicate of a child’s heart can take anywhere from four to 12 hours to produce, as layer upon layer of the resin is built up, he says. While the current cost is somewhat prohibitive – estimated at about $2,000 per model — Yoo says the technology means hundreds of copies can be printed after imaging a single child’s heart to demonstrate a particular defect.

“Anybody can practise on the same structure, so that is the real value of that.” Van Arsdell says the trainees have come to Toronto to learn procedures that would typically take years to learn by watching and assisting senior surgeons before they would be allowed to perform the operation on their own. For some, such expertise isn’t available in their home countries.

Read the full article on the Norfolk News website!

Ontario Based SIM-one Provides Upcoming Course in ‘Simulation Research: Best Practices for Planning a Research Study’

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This has been a week for upcoming simulation courses and workshop announcements. It makes us happy to think that five years ago there was only a handful of courses every year around the world to train clinical educators in the process of medical simulation, now there is a course a week! This latest training program is an ONLINE course that you can take from anywhere on getting into Simulation Research.

Simulation Research: Best Practices for Planning a Research Study is facilitated and led by leading simulation and health care education researchers across Ontario. Facilitators will coach course participants through the process of building a research study based on their research question or interest. They will provide guidance on practical issues such as method planning, grant applications, knowledge mobilization planning, and team building.

Details:
Wed, September 30 to Wed, November 18
Hosted Online
Course Fee: $495 CAN

This eight-week course includes video-recorded lectures, interactive live webinars with expert researchers, and review & questions periods. It complements the Simulation Research: Primer introductory course.

Who will benefit?

Have a defined research question or hypothesis, but not sure how to begin planning your study? Or, completed theSimulation Research: Primer course and looking for more information? Then this course is for you.

What will I learn?

  • Tips & tools for building research questions into concrete research study plans
  • Guidance on developing a research study, including creating a study design (qualitative & quantitative methods planning)
  • Choosing and validating the right measurement tools
  • Knowledge mobilization planning
  • Guidance on applying for simulation research grant proposal(s)
  • How to build a strong research team

Learning outcomes & benefits

Participants will become familiar with the core concepts for planning a research study, including:

  • Steps to investigate a simulation research question
  • Creating and critiquing a research study method/protocol
  • Documenting a research study protocol and knowledge mobilization plan
  • Identifying human and physical resources necessary to complete a research study
  • Drafting a grant application

Learn more about this and other SIM-one courses at their website today!


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Learning Through Simulation: A Blog Dedicated to The Methodology (Outside of Medicine)

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Late post today sharing a blog post from Robin Clark of The QMT Group entitled “Embracing Simulation” on his blogpost “All Things Simulation”. Although it is not about medical simulation per se, this resource website has some interesting perspective on simulation in education and should be explored by clinical educators interested in furthering the learning opportunities in their programs:

“Over the last 10 years, more than a thousand students have attended one or more of my simulation classes. I have seen successful and not so successful students. There are ways to help ensure success and here I provide some guidance on avoiding the most common mistakes.

Simulation modeling can be challenging for a beginner.  There is a sharp learning curve not only on the mechanics and nuances of the software, but also with managing a simulation project.  However, there is a magic formula and here it is in a nutshell. Make sure you have…

  • Training on the software
  • Support from a mentor
  • An appropriate first project
  • Support from the rest of the company
    • Access to data
    • Subject matter experts to educate yourself on the process
  • Time to work on the project
  • Time to verify and validate the project
  • Time to measure its success”

Read the Full Article and many like it on Robin’s “All Things Simulation” Blog today!

SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Opens at Cedars-Sinai

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This morning Dr. Julian Gold, Mayor of Beverly Hills and Co Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center opened SimGHOSTS 2015 USA at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center. Dr. Gold reminded the audience that now and more so in the future, simulation is being seen as a necessary component of healthcare education and training. Julian welcomed the 200+ attendees to the hospital and the city, appreciating the audience for the work that they do every day to improve patient care.

Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Healthcare’s CEO Brad Peterson introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Alistair Phillips, MD, FACC, FACS Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery Alistair Phillips, MD, is Co-Director of Cedars-Sinai’s Congenital Heart Program and the Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery within the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is board-certified in surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery. Dr. Phillips spoke on “Bringing the ME into TEAM: Simulation, Syndaver and Team Confidence: Increasing Value”.

He asked the audience “What is confidence?” Its that quiet and assured feeling you have before you fall on your face. How do we prevent ourselves from falling on our faces in Healthcare. We are going to do that through training, and healthcare simulation technology specialists are at the center of that ongoing change. Dr. Phillips urged the community to find way to connect Quality control and data assessment back into simulation to improve the entry and retraining process of providers.

Alistair reminded the audience the needs of teamwork:

  • Situational Aweareness and shared cognition
  • Leadership to flatten the hierarchy
  • Followership to report back
  • Closed loop communication for acknowledgement
  • Critical Language and standardized protocols
  • Assertive communication for non-deferenial discussion

He recommended six C’s for successfully achieving teamwork: Communication, cooperation, coordination, cognition, conflict resolution, and coaching. All of these elements are achieved best in practice, through simulation, before an actual healthcare patient encounter.

20 vendors were in attendance for the event, the most any SimGHOSTS event has ever seen before! Gold sponsor Laerdal sponsored tomorrow’s plenary address Suzie Kardong-Edgren, CAE Healthcare sponsored the a/v recording of every major session, and Gaumard Scientific sponsored the SimGHOSTS Bug Busters competition.

Level 3 Healthcare also sponsored the opening reception which is taking place later tonight at funny “Terminator” show.

Over the next three days, over 70 specialized courses in healthcare simulation technology will be taking place across several disciplines. Some courses include

  • “3-D Printing in Healthcare”: Turning CAT scans and MRIs into three-dimensional models of the heart, brain and other body parts
  • “Moulage Skills”: Fabricating trauma injuries on Manikins, including lacerations, gunshot wounds, burns and compound fractures.
  • “Fundamentals of Mold Making and Casting for the Sim Tech”: Learning techniques to make molds of arms or other body parts from silicone.
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& visit SimGHOSTS.org for more!

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University of Iowa Seeks Nursing Clinical Education & Simulation Center Manager

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The University of Iowa College of Nursing seeks to recruit a full time Nursing Clinical Education Center (NCEC) Manager responsible for the daily operations of the NCEC. The NCEC Manager supports all operations through planning, coordination and evaluation of all NCEC events, including simulation based education. This position is responsible for scheduling management, supervising staff, monitoring finances, maintaining policies and procedures, and managing day to day operational needs of the facility and College of Nursing (CoN) simulation program. The NCEC Manager provides guidance to all staff working for the College of Nursing within the NCEC and provides a central point of collaboration with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) staff and volunteers in supporting their simulated learning activities. Key areas of responsibility and characteristic responsibilities include:

Operational Support and Management:

  • Monitor schedules and utilization of NCEC space and equipment to ensure coordination between the College of Nursing and UIHC.
  • Administrate scheduling software database for desktop and virtual platforms; includes training and managing all user types and system maintenance. NCEC Manager and select NCEC staff will discern approval statuses for reservations of the NCEC.
  • Develop, update, maintain, and enforce NCEC policies and procedures. Oversee building and equipment maintenance, including small renovation projects. Provide support for NCEC visitor guided tours.

Financial:

Manage funding allocated to the NCEC, analyze expenditures, and project future costs. Review products for purchase; negotiate pricing and product specifications; approve and/or complete purchases.

Simulation Operations/Information Management:

  • Assist faculty in creating simulation scenarios to accomplish instructional and/or research goals and provide support in the simulation programming and the coordination of all medical equipment.
  • Determine and program audio visual (AV) needs and requirements as requested by lead faculty involving audio video systems (recording video capture, basic hardware functionality and processing), video postproduction editing, and integrating video into course management systems.
  • Collaborate with faculty and Instructional Services Coordinator as needed during learning activities (such as manipulating simulator responses through software, annotating data, or moulage).
  • Support follow up required after learning activities (such as post-course documentation and archiving activities).
  • Orient and provide ongoing training to faculty and students in proper simulation techniques.
  • Recommend updates and propose new simulation, audiovisual and other software technology for consideration.

Supervisory/HR:

Hire, train, and supervise College of Nursing staff and volunteers who work within the NCEC.

For more detailed information about this position opening including required qualifications, and to apply, please visit our website at medical simulation jobs and reference Requisition #66885. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Contact:

Ellen Cram, PhD, RN
ellen-cram@uiowa.edu
319-335-7052

Want to feature your job listing? Start at our medical simulation jobs page to learn more! 

Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) About to Launch First US Based Conference

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Several simulation champions have recommended to me to spread the word about the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) Conference, which is having its first international event in Chicago June 23-26, after crossing the Pacific Ocean from Australia. Unfortunately I cannot attend this year as SimGHOSTS Australia occurs on the same dates in Brisbane at the Clinical Skills Development Service, but I wanted to share with you here more about this innovative and highly praised event!


Cliff Reid: Making Things Happen

Why is SMACC different?

The first SMACC event was held on from 11-13 March 2013 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was a tremendous success, with a staggering 700 delegates at start-up. The second meeting (SMACC Gold) doubled in size to almost 1300 delegates and was an event like no other.

The SMACC concept arose from collaboration between a group of critical care websites from around the world that shared common values. The underlying ethos is to provide free online education with open access, in what has come to be known as ‘FOAM’ (Free Open Access Meducation).

The aim of the events was to provide a common forum for critical care practitioners and to provide the best academic content in an innovative and engaging format. Without financial or professional group support, the SMACC organisers took an enormous risk in getting this exciting not-for-profit venture up and running. The SMACC conference is administered under a charitable not-for-profit trust ‘C4’ – (Centre for Critical Care Collaboration). As a charitable trust ‘C4’ is strictly regulated. The organisers and speakers contribute their time free – no individual profits from the charitable trust.

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Recent News Regarding Virtual Simulation Learning Environments

Previously HealthySim.com has covered various innovations in virtual reality training departments like the MODSim birthing room simulator and these Industrial Plant Simulators. Today we learn about a few new virtual environment training projects already working in training programs:

At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the future of entertainment. Only limited by imagination, our advanced Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way.

Learn more at: TheVoid.com

mursion

MURSION is the virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skil ls required to be effective in high-stakes careers. Mursion offers educators unl imited opportunities to practice their craft. Teachers can rehearse a questioning strategy, try out routines to better manage their classroom, or practice the introduction of a challenging concept to simulated student s who mimic the actual behaviors and learning styles of student s in their class. Learn more at: Mursion.com

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USMC 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “For a long while a lot of the simulators out there provided a great capability but weren’t necessarily linked to training and readiness standards, and that’s where a lot of this effort is currently underway to look at that,” Adams said. To that end, the Marines are launching a massive effort at Camp Lejeune, N.C. this month to assess more than 20 warfighting areas to ensure the simulators available match the requirements laid out in the training and readiness (T&R) manuals.

Learn more at: USNI.org

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Clemson virtual training program gets $3M in federal funding. Virtual reality work being undertaken by Clemson University is getting a boost from a $3 million National Science Foundation grant. Clemson’s Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-School, along with technical colleges around the state, will use the grant to advance the talent pipeline in aerospace, automotive and advanced manufacturing. Collaborators include S.C. Advanced Technological Education, Greenville Technical College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.

Learn more at: GSABusiness.com