23rd Annual SESAM Simulation Meeting Opens in Paris

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Yesterday in Paris at the Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères, the 23rd annual Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), opened its exhibit floor and sessions to Europe’s medical simulation community. Tonight, attendees will be treated to a candlelight gala dinner on the top of the Eiffel Tower!

Today, François Taddei provided the opening address covering the history and state of education in healthcare. François Taddei is the Director of the CRI (Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity) in Paris, which offers dedicated facilities hosting visiting professors, a wide choice of courses and several student discussion clubs. CRI’s main role is to promote new pedagogies to help creative students take initiatives and develop their research projects, with the help of mentors, research institutions, private companies and foundations, such as the Bettencourt Foundation, which has supported many student-created activities. These activities range from the first French synthetic biology team (for the MIT-sponsored iGEM Competition) to the Paris-Montagne science festival and the Science Académie, an outreach program that allows high school students from deprived neighborhoods to discover the creativity of science.

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SimGHOSTS, SoFraSimS and IPSS leadership helped provide additional session content, including a plenary session by Dr. Scott Crawford about the future of technology in healthcare.

Exhibit show highlights include SimCharacters Preterm Simulator Paul, SimforHealth’s VR learning platform MedicActiV, high-fidelity ventilation management with Laerdal’s SimMan 3G, new infant simulators from LifeCast Body, and SAM III from Cardionics.

The event continues through Friday afternoon with full days of keynotes, presentations and exhibit hall news — all of which you can follow along with the hashtag #SESAM2017.

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23rd Annual SESAM Healthcare Simulation Conference Taking Registrations for June Paris Event

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The SESAM 2017 Annual Meeting will offer a variety of engaging keynote lectures and state-of-the-art sessions, a powerful selection of educational workshops, and a exhibition hall providing a great opportunity to connect with exhibiting companies and observe the latest products and technology. For the first time, the meeting is being supported by the SimGHOSTS organization with technical content and discounted registrations for Sim Tech staff. As well, the fourth international SimChallenge competition for medical students will take place during the event, where teams of medical students will have a chance to compete against each other in challenging simulated clinical scenarios. Full details and program schedule available on the SESAM website.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers:

  • François Taddei – Director of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity
  • Vinay Nadkarni – Professor and Endowed Chair at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Leslie Graham – Professor, Nursing University of Ontario
  • Scott Crawford -Assistant Professor Associate Program Director Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (President of SimGHOSTS)
  • Debra Nestel – Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University & Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation

Register now for the SESAM 2017 Paris Meeting!

PickUpSim Ovum Collection Simulator From EU-Based Company Accurate – SESAM 2016 Exhibitor Video Part 2

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At SESAM 2016 HealthySimulation.com interviewed Massimo Giannessi, Chief Operating Officer at Accurate, a European-based provider of healthcare simulation products, including the PickUpSim. The interviewed covered the PickUpSim, an innovative, high fidelity system for the simulation of the human ovum collection procedure in the context of assisted human reproduction.

About Accurate

Accurate encompasses advanced skills in software engineering applied to educational model and biomedical engineering, as well as a deep international experience of research and development of truly effective, hi-tech, educational models. The analysis of educational needs, around which R&D focuses its main activities, is taken care of by a well-recognized, international scientific board. The continuous presence at the primary international congresses in the panorama of medical education through publications and lectures, proves the strong collaboration with the medical/scientific community and the significant amount of resources devoted to technological research.

PickUpSim is an innovative, high fidelity system for the simulation of the human ovum collection procedure in the context of assisted human reproduction. The simulator includes an haptic feedback system and a virtual echographic monitor. The main technical features of PickUpSim include:

  • Haptic feedback
  • Simulation of the deformation imposed by the needle on the soft tissues
  • Simulation of follicle emptying and re-filling
  • Scenarios based on real clinical images

Simulation of PickUpSim enables hands-on procedural training and permits, thanks to the haptic feedback, simulation of the resistance to penetration of the soft tissues traversed by the Ovum Aspiration Needle, in particular the ovarian surface and the ovarian follicle.

Echographic Monitoring

  • Monitoring of the procedure by a simulated Transvaginal Echographic monitor
  • Real time simulation of emptying and re-filling of the follicles

Permitted Movements and Echographic Monitoring

  • Needle movements are allowed both in the forward and in the backward direction.
  • It is possible to move the ultrasound probe in the sagittal plane and to observe a coherent and real-time modification of the scene (allowing the user to investigate the volume of the follicles and to choose the proper entry plane for the needle).
  • It is possible to rotate the ultrasound probe and to get a transverse view (in order to allow the user to investigate blood vessels and to differentiate vessels from follicles)
  • Simulated aspiration of follicles driven by a pedal pump.

Exercises and Simulations: The user can practice and develop competency using simulation scenarios based on real clinical images.

The scenarios available take into account:

  • the proper movements to reach the target follicles;
  • the proper suction and washing timing;
  • the avoidance of critical anatomical structures.

A user’s performance can be evaluated on all the above aspects.

Control: The intuitive control software runs on a comfortable notebook with a wide-view (15.6″) LED backlight display, Core-i3 processor and 4 GB RAM.

External LCD Display: The external 18.5″ LED backlight display lets you isolate the echographic view bringing more realism to your simulation scenario.

PickUpSim is a product from Accurate, a company blending international experience, scientific research, engineering and development of truly effective hi-tech educational solutions in the medical field.


European simulationists can learn more at the Accurate Website!

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SESAM 2016 Lisbon Medical Simulation Event Newsletter Update

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Today HealthySim is sharing a newsletter update from our friends at SESAM who are highlighting the latest developments from their 22nd annual conference taking place in Lisbon 15-17 June! HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org Founder Lance Baily will be among those providing plenary addresses at the event.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

SESAM is happy to announce that our pre-conference workshops are now available to book and they would like to invite all delegates to register to attend. Spaces are limited so you are encouraged to register early for these courses:

  1. Integrating Simulated Patient Methodology in Your Practice
  2. The Role of Pre-Graduate Students Working in Simulation Centres
  3. Pediatric Emergencies – Advanced Simulation Course

Highlighting Scientific Content

sesam 2016 plenarySESAM has three great “State of Art” sessions during SESAM 2016. This week, they would like to share Dr. Fajzal Hagi’s bio as one of their invited speakers.

Dr. Fajzal Hagi is a Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ontario, Canada.

As a surgeon and educator, Faizal has a passion for improving health services though the innovative and evidence-based use of simulation-based education, both at home and abroad. To that end, his efforts have focused on simulation instructional design, platform and curriculum development, and faculty development in simulation pedagogy in a variety of clinical domains and at a local, national, and international level. Currently, as a member of the IPSS-WFPICCS-Malawi collaboration, he is working with the Malawi Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to strengthen Malawi’s capacity to develop and deliver simulation-based education within the limits of its resource-constraints. The goal of this collaboration is to use simulation and other innovative educational methods to generate sustainable improvements in the delivery of pediatric health services throughout the country.

Social Events

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.  According to legend, the location was named for Ulysses, who founded the settlement after he left Troy to escape the Greek coalition. Later, the Greek name appeared in Vulgar Latin in the form Olissipona. Julius Caesar made it a municipium Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo.

Learn more and register for SESAM 2016 here!

Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) Launches New Advances in Simulation Journal

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Today a note about a new medical simulation journal coming soon from the world’s longest running healthcare simulation organization: SESAM!

Advances in Simulation provides a forum to share scholarly practice to advance the use of simulation in the context of health and social care. Advances in Simulation publishes articles that cover all science and social science disciplines, all health and social care professions and multi- and inter-professional studies. The journal includes articles relevant to simulation that include the study of health care practice, human factors, psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, teamwork, human performance, education, learning technology, economics, biomedical engineering, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics, scientific computation, simulation modelling, population studies, theatre, craft, program evaluation and more.

All articles published by Advances in Simulation will be made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.


The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) was founded in 1994 in Copenhagen and aims to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care and medicine for the purpose of training and research. Key roles of SESAM are to develop and support the application of simulation in education, research, and quality management by facilitating collaborations and the exchange of technology and knowledge throughout Europe.

Professor Debra Nestel, Editor-in-Chief

Professor Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, Australia. For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities.

Good news! Advances in Simulation is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles soon so head over to their website to submit your simulation research today!

Visit the Advances in Simulation Journal Website and SESAM’s Website for more information!

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ASPiH UK Day 2 Speaks to Safety in Healthcare & Lessons from the Aviation Industry

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Today in Brighton UK, day 2 of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare annual meeting was kicked off by Peter McCulloch Professor of Surgery at the University of Oxford, and co-director of the Patient Safety Academy, who spoke on safety in healthcare.

He started by sharing his indoctrination as a surgeon in the 1980s with strict guidelines and responsibilities, especially after errors. He found in reality though blame is rarely accepted and incorporated. Peter then reminded us of several major accidents which demonstrated a common theme: that error occurs in multiple areas before disaster strikes reflecting:

  • There was no “root cause”, there was multiple causes.
  • There was no single person who acted outrageously
  • The contributing factors were very varied
  • Miscommunication and confusion about responsibility
  • Extraneous stressors impacting on judgements

He suggested that “the tip of the iceberg is not the most important part, the cumulative risk rises as a function of independent errors.” How then, do we prevent errors? Peter suggests we need to look not at salient points but as the system as a whole. This requires us to rationalize work systems with risk designed out, continuous monitoring with instant feedback on error, a trained and motivated workforce, and systems for ongoing evolutions of improvement changes. While difficult to provide, such explorations will provide clarity of responsibility, resilient workforce, standardized of work systems, and additional measurement tools.

What works?

  • Feedback – Given rapidly, specifically, and accurately. As well, it can be incentivized by anonymous competition, but must be supported opportunities to improve.
  • Checklists – promote clear structured communication but need to be co-designed by an educated workforce.
  • Team work training – Promoting culture and effective communication
  • QI – Utilizing a lean model for continual improvement adjustments.

Peter’s team has done research which has demonstrated dramatic results when crm and lean qi were combined as intervention. Challenges that remained for improvement were lack of time, space, expertise, attitudes, and management buy-in.

He concluded that we need an implementation strategy for change management when trying to improve healthcare education which includes diffusion of innovations, advertising psychology, interpersonal strategy, and incentives for change. He closed reminding us what simulation can do here: technical training, non-technical skills training, crisis proofing, and training in QI.

Afterwords, Dr Stephen Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at EuroControl spoke on European Air Traffic Control, A High Reliability Industry 

Stephen suggested that the notion of safety culture emerged from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, and has resulted in a mass of research and practical interventions, both small and large, in many industrial sectors. Recent thinking has, however, been increasingly critical of the concept and the value of safety culture research and practice. At the same time, practitioners’ experience on the ground is that the concept remains useful and relevant for various practical reasons. The middle ground may be that our ideas about safety culture need to adapt, both theoretically and practically, in several ways. This talk explored the notion of cultures of safety, outline some traps in safety culture work, and reflect on practical experience gained from over 30 European countries, from one of the world’s biggest safety culture programmes.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!

ASPiH UK 2015 Brighton Opens With Keynotes on Value of Different Simulation Settings & Patient Experiences

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Today in Brighton, England the first full day of the 6th annual Association for Simulated Patients in Healthcare event opened with two powerful keynote addresses for an audience of over 500 simulation champions from around the UK and the world. HealthySimulation was on hand to video record these keynotes which will be made available in the near future.

The Value of Different Simulation Settings was the first keynote presentation given by Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals and former Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, State of Western Australia. Catherine has held positions in both the Australian State and Commonwealth Governments. She has held executive management roles and senior clinical nursing positions across Tertiary, General and Rural Australia including the Executive Director of Nursing across WA Country Health Service and the Regional Director for the Kimberley.Catherine has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Master of Science (Project Management), Master of Business Administration.

The presentation spoke about the Australian context of Simulation, global factors, and generational differences and explored the benefit of alternate simulation models from the organizational leadership perspective and how through case studies within the context of rural and remote health in Western Australia.

This presentation also explored examples where a range of simulation options such as actors, and the public have been used when there is limited access to clinical support and patient populations. These simulation tools have been utilized to develop and refine training opportunities for health professionals who are often isolated which is of individual and organizational concern. Reflection on events such as coronial enquiries, using the general public to develop health assessment skills and utilising remote emergency department monitoring for both teaching and management of clinically deteriorating patients in an educationally supportive environment have been implemented in remote Western Australia.

Catherine reminded us of strategic considerations:

  • Breath of impact – how does it align with the trusts goals
  • Inter-professional transferability caters across ed levels
  • Resource impact
  • Intellectual property – impact on partners
  • Setting standard and link to competence
  • Responsiveness, ie never events.

Catherine’s final thoughts on Simulation included:

Utilization of TEL is ultimately affected by multiple factors with the purpose of education, content of need, professional group using the service, acceptability of new and emerging tools. She shared with us that TEL is now a fundamental pillar and that remaining contemporary is the challenge.

The second keynote address was provided by Iain Upton BSc MSc FCIPD on a Patient’s Experience of the NHS. 

Iain’s presentation explored the gap between reality and simulation, from a unique patient perspective. In his recent work with Health Education England, he regularly discovers similarities between military and medical environments – the world of simulation is vital to both. He shared the reality of an environment where severe cranial nerve damage is a 24/7 issue and poses some challenges to the world of medical simulation about their approach to reality. Iain’s story was very personal and poignant but this presentation was unarguably pertinent and appropriate.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!

Ultrasound Simulator from Schallware

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Today while exploring medical simulation vendors I came across Schallware’s Ultrasound Simulator. Schallware was founded in Berlin in 2001 and came out of the Medical High School of Hannover.

“The Schallware Ultrasound Simulator allows your doctors to practice ultrasound diagnostics just as under real conditions. Moving one of the four dummy transducers over the dummy torsos produces the exact B-scans of the selected case. Our exclusive lossless multi-volume re-slicing algorithm computes these B-scans in real-time from the actual patient scan data. The scan data are organized into thematic modules ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty. With two dummy torsos and four dummy transducers available, our system covers ultrasound diagnosis scenarios in the internal medicine, emergency, cardiology and gynaecology departments. The Core System includes one dummy torso, three modules and corresponding transducers. Various add-on modules are available from our continuously growing library produced by our affiliated clinics. Each module is served with a tutorial including documented patient cases.”

Simulator Features:

  • Real ultrasound data simulator, high resolution by free hand technology
  • Multivolumes to scan whole abdomen and sides
  • Focus on pathology database with over 200 cases
  • Any multivolume patient is acquired with own data
  • Continuum ultrasound volume with 3D segmentation objects
  • Loading of huge 3D original ultrasound data, multivolumes > 4GB
  • Fusion data window (MRI,CT), synchronized to ultrasound window -scan data is organized into thematic modules ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty
  • Tracking of probe movement and real time calculating of reslice B-image, M-Mode
  • Realistic non impression function for probe color doppler volumes, color doppler cineloops, spectral doppler images
  • Documentation: all cases are documented with patient history, remarks what to find in case for ultrasound diagnostic
  • Regions of interest with autonavigation (bubble in space), separated in anatomy and pathology -objects of interest, make visible segmented 3D objects
  • Easy submodule creation
  • Print function for findings report, as well pdf export
  • 2 years of guarantee
  • Yearly update of content 2 years on-site training of department members

Learn more at Schallware.com!

ASPiH UK Simulation Conference 2014 Theme: Changing Behaviours

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If you are in the UK, Europe or even beyond then ASPIH 2014 is a MUST-ATTEND healthcare simulation conference event! Last year myself and SimGHOSTS leadership were invited to present and connect during the three day event and found it to be one of the most refreshing and innovative meetings they have ever participated in.

“The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) is a not-for-profit membership Association dedicated to improving patient care and professional performance by the use of simulated practice and technology enhanced learning. This conference will explore how simulation in its broadest sense, along with other modalities of technology enhanced learning, can be applied to enhance the development of expertise, rehearsal and reflection on clinical performance. The programme will also explore how we can strengthen the resilience of clinical practice and processes across all aspects of healthcare systems. Specific themes throughout the three days will enable delegates to access a breadth and depth of topics and expertise in the science and real world applications of HF in healthcare. Our aim is for delegates to leave with the ability to apply some key principles and practical approaches to enhance the education and training that they provide, and to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of care for which they are responsible.”

The organization is still collecting workshop and presentation submissions so if you are interesting in presenting you can still get something good in there!

2014 Keynote Speakers Confirmed So Far:

• Hege Ersdal (SAFER Foundation Centre, Norway)
• Paul Phrampus (WISER Institute, Pittsburgh USA)
• Murray Anderson‐Wallace (Patient Stories, UK)
Keep watching the website for updates as more names are announced

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Download the 2014 ASPIH Nottingham Brochure here, and visit the ASPiH website to learn more about this medical simulation organization, journal and annual event.

ASPiH UK 2013 Simulation Conference Video Coverage & Interviews – Part 1

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This November I was invited to attend ASPiH at the famous Majestic Hotel in Harrogate England, alongside other sim tech training event SimGHOSTS leadership Ryan Eling and Joey Failma. ASPiH, which stands for the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, was having its fourth annual meeting with more than 400 in attendance. Watch the Part 1 of our video coverage below:

I had a chance to sit down with current ASPiH President and Director of Nottingham University’s Trent Simulation Center Dr. Bryn Baxendale to learn more about this innovative event and professional organization.

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Dr. Baxendale Interview Highlights:

  • ASPiH successfully brings together simulation users from across disciplines for conferences and networking.
  • The organization also links directly to political action for professional awareness supporting the need for innovation with new ways to educate and develop the workforce.

Next week we will post the full interview with Bryn so stay tuned for more there.

Now because in the UK government plays a larger role in national healthcare, the opening keynote by Professor Ieuan Ellis, Chair for the UK Council of Deans of Health was a powerful reminder to attendees about the challenges in healthcare that simulation can specifically address. A key takeaway there is the use of medical simulation to decrease the length of time it takes to implement new healthcare practices throughout the system.

In the multi-day Tech hall Simulation Technology Specialists shared their home-made do-it-yourself simulation lab innovations and presented to one another about the recent operational successes of their programs. Ryan Eling presented on consolidating control panels in the sim control room, and I presented on film-making techniques which can increase sim lab realism and learning opportunities. Jane Nicklin, Strategic Clinical Skills Advisor at Leeds Metropolitan University and ASPiH Tech SIG Co-chair, spoke with me to explain not just the rapid growth of support by ASPiH leadership for technical course content but also the technical workforce development project with Higher Education England. You can also download a short powerpoint of updates here.

Key Takeaways from Jane:

  •  At ASPiH 2012 in Oxford, there was only one session of Technical presentations. Now in 2013, Tech Room is running for the full two day event.
  • ASPiH recognizes need to better support emerging professional community of Simulation Technicians.
  • Realization that Sim Techs come from a range of backgrounds and are not being professional supported with initial or ongoing training. Most of current tech labor force has developed home-grown skill sets.
  • Connection with SimGHOSTS for collaborative support discussions.
  • UK Higher Education England supported national survey of Sim Tech work force, which has lead to the development of a pilot paid apprenticeship training program for about 20 Sim Techs around the country.

Part 2 is now available here, which covers more of the conference sessions including an important keynote from Dr. Barry Issenberg! In the mean time, visit www.aspih.org.uk to learn more about ASPiH today!