NAEMSE Symposium Takes Place Next Week in Reno, NV — EMS Educators Don’t Miss Out!


Next week is the annual National Association for Emergency Medical Service Educator Symposium, taking place the 16-21st at the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, NV. The Annual Symposium is an event that is held each year in different cities around the country. It is an opportunity for EMS Educators to come together and network with other EMS educators. The symposium consists of educational pre-conferences and general/break-out sessions that are designed to help the educator better hone their teaching skills and take those new ideas back with them to the classroom. It also gives attendees the chance to visit the Exhibit Hall where EMS exhibitors will give attendees one-of-a-kind face to face time and information regarding their respective products.


The National Association of EMS Educators is a 501 ( c ) non profit educational association that has been incorporated since 1995. It is a professional membership organization that is made up of over 3,000 EMS educators, both nationally and internationally, that include Instructors, Program Directors, Deans, Training Officers, EMS Physicians, EMS Nurses and EMS State Officials. It is governed by a board of directors and the home office headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. The staff of NAEMSE is made up of an Executive Director, Business Manager, Education Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Communications Coordinator.

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The annual NAEMSE Symposium is the premiere educational event that is held each year in different locations around the country. It is an opportunity for EMS Educators to come together and network with other EMS educators. The Symposium consists of educational pre-conferences, general sessions and break-out sessions that are presented to help the educator advance their teaching skills and take those new ideas back to the classroom. In additional to learning new skills and networking, all participants receive “take home” resources to use in their classrooms.  Also there is an exhibit hall where educators can view the latest in EMS equipment, textbooks and educational technology. Visit Symposium to find out more information.

Are you attending the show? Email or Twitter @HealthySim to connect!

There’s still time to Register – Learn more at the NAEMSE 2014 Symposium Website

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Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide

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Dr. Barry Issenberg, Director of the Gordon Medical Simulation Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and co-author of AMEE Guide #82 “Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide PART-2″ reminds us here of the importance of considering the practical implementation of medical simulation. While Part-1 focused on simulation program development and operations, part-2 focuses on clinical educators and getting ROI on learning outcomes. Think of these articles as a great “How To Get Started” guide to medical simulation!

Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide Part -2 Abstract:

Over the past two decades, there has been an exponential and enthusiastic adoption of simulation in healthcare education internationally. Medicine has learned much from professions that have established programs in simulation for training, such as aviation, the military and space exploration. Increased demands on training hours, limited patient encounters, and a focus on patient safety have led to a new paradigm of education in healthcare that increasingly involves technology and innovative ways to provide a standardized curriculum. A robust body of literature is growing, seeking to answer the question of how best to use simulation in healthcare education. Building on the groundwork of the Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME) Guide on the features of simulators that lead to effective learning, this current Guide provides practical guidance to aid educators in effectively using simulation for training. It is a selective review to describe best practices and illustrative case studies.

This Guide is the second part of a two-part AMEE Guide on simulation in healthcare education. The first Guide focuses on building a simulation program, and discusses more operational topics such as types of simulators, simulation center structure and set-up, fidelity management, and scenario engineering, as well as faculty preparation. This Guide will focus on the educational principles that lead to effective learning, and include topics such as feedback and debriefing, deliberate practice, and curriculum integration – all central to simulation efficacy. The important subjects of mastery learning, range of difficulty, capturing clinical variation, and individualized learning are also examined. Finally, we discuss approaches to team training and suggest future directions. Each section follows a framework of background and definition, its importance to effective use of simulation, practical points with examples, and challenges generally encountered. Simulation-based healthcare education has great potential for use throughout the healthcare education continuum, from undergraduate to continuing education. It can also be used to train a variety of healthcare providers in different disciplines from novices to experts. This Guide aims to equip healthcare educators with the tools to use this learning modality to its full capability.

To download part-2 of the FREE article visit here. Part-1 is located here.

iSIM Course: Improving Instructional Methods for Simulation Educators


Are you looking for training in medical simulation instructional methods?  Project Manager Richard Rodríguez-Pérez from The Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education wrote in to let me know about the upcoming iSim Course taking place September 17th-19th.

This 2.5 day program is a collaborative effort of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (GCRME) at the University of Miami and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) at the University of Pittsburgh. It is designed as an introduction to fundamental skills and abilities for delivering simulation-based healthcare education through a variety of techniques and technologies. The program emphasizes hands-on activities and active participation to maximize simulation-based instruction skill acquisition. The program is open to all medical professionals who are interested in improving their simulation-based instructional skills and is targeted at those with a background in healthcare education.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Review and discuss methods of simulation, simulation technologies and simulation environments.
  • Identify and incorporate evidence-based features that lead to effective simulation-based learning.
  • Review basic design and development elements for constructing a simulation scenario activity.
  • Identify simulation environment design requirements elements as they relate to required fidelity and equipment for simulation activities.
  • Identify the elements necessary to use simulation for assessment and debriefing.
  • Review debriefing methods for team training simulation activities.
  • Implement fundamental strategies for debriefing healthcare teams

While covering the WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium last month I had a chance to sit down with one of the Directors of the iSim Course, Dr. Paul Phrampus – where he shared about the powerful training program during our video interview:

To learn more about this course and how to register, continue reading this article by clicking the link below.

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Clinical Simulation Educator Certificate Program

Bryan Health offers our community a certificate program for clinical facilitators of medical simulation.  Bryan Health’s website suggests that their graduate level certificarte program is the answer for faculty seeking to become better facilitators of high-fidelity simulation.

Certificate in medical simulation

This course is taught by faculty who include educators who have served on the INACSL board of directors! Their website continues to explains…

“Simulation as a Teaching Strategy

Simulation is a time-honored strategy in healthcare education and has been utilized for decades to help learners apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. The addition of patient simulation allows educators an opportunity to provide hands-on application of learning in a safe, non-threatening environment without risk to human patients. Simulated clinical experiences are designed to help learners manage a variety of patient care situations that they might not otherwise encounter in the traditional clinical environment. Using state-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulators, the faculty at Bryan College of Health Sciences have become leaders in the use of this teaching and learning strategy.

While the use of high-fidelity patient simulation grows exponentially in healthcare education and practice environments, faculty continue to have a need to enhance their experience and expertise in using this teaching strategy. Bryan College of Health Sciences proudly offers a graduate level Certificate in Simulation Education with academic credit earned. This certificate program features online educational strategies and the opportunity for practicum experience with practical value.

This certificate program (three courses, nine credit hours) offers:

  • Online educational strategies
  • Program outcomes that contribute to the body of knowledge for patient simulation
  • A 10-week format that avoids the busiest times in academic schedules
  • Courses appropriate for academic and staff educators

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit their website and call Dr. Barbara Sittner 1-800-742-7844, ext. 18846 or e-mail Barbara Sittner.