Final Countdown for Early-Bird Rate Begins for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA – Aug. 1-4 at WakeMed Raleigh

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Sim Champs — its the “Final Countdown” for big savings to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina this August 1st-4th with early-bird registration!

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our 7th annual hands-on training event!  SimGHOSTS is working with Simulation Champion Dr. Amar Patel to bring the 2017 USA event to the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh, North Carolina! We cannot wait to showcase this amazing facility, team, and program to the world’s leading simulation technology specialists.  Save the date so you can join us there in August!

Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

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Early-Bird ENDS JULY 1st! $473
Standard (July 2nd – August 2nd): $597

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

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*New Thought* Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!


Platinum Sponsor – simAlliance

Once again, Level 3 Healthcare through simAlliance is sponsoring this year’s Keynote Address and Opening Reception!

The Keynote address will be given by Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore.  Dr. Gillett’s presentation will explore new simulation technologies, how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems, and lessons for the successful development, growth, and support of staff who operate simulation programs from his numerous administrative roles.

The Opening Reception Comedy Show & Networking Event will be held at Raleigh’s premiere comedy club “Goodnight’s”! This world famous venue for stand-up comedians has been putting on a show since 1983, with dinner & drink specials from its bar & grill. Bus transportation, taco bar dinner and drinks are on us thanks to simAlliance!

Laerdal, CAE Healthcare, EMS SimulationIQ will also be returning as Gold Sponsors to the event, providing hands-on technical workshops throughout the event!

Unable to join us in US this August? Join SimGHOSTS this month at SESAM with a special track or Singapore this November!

Learn more and Register for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA here!

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SimGHOSTS Announces American College of CHEST Physicians as Host for 2014 USA event

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Ryan Eling, Event Director of SimGHOSTS, announced yesterday that the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has been selected as the host of the 2014 SimGHOSTS USA event, to take place at their brand new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center August 5th-8th in Chicago, Illinois! Ryan says about the 2014 event “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the exciting CHEST location for the USA 2014 hands-on training meeting, the state-of-the-art center, central location, and fun welcoming personality of Chicago looks to make this year the best yet!”

Submit your SimGHOSTS 2014 USA course proposal today!

Ed Dellert, senior vice president of clinical education, informatics and research at CHEST, shared: “The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), which became the first-ever medical association to earn SSH accreditation in 2013 for its clinical simulation program, is excited to host this premier event, serving as an essential connection for professionals who are advancing patient care through the use of simulation in health care. We look forward to sharing our brand new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center with the diverse audience of attendees, who are at the leading edge in using simulation for education, testing, and research in health care.”

Learn more about CHEST at

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SimGHOSTS stands for the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists and is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for Sim Techs or those operating medical simulation technology. SimGHOSTS has held internationally attended events to provide community-driven and vendor technical training in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Now operating in its fourth year, SimGHOSTS continues to expand by offering both a US-based and for the first time, an Australian-based event in June of 2014 at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland!

Learn more about these hands-on training events and online resources for Sim Techs by visiting SimGHOSTS.Org!

“Tech Tips I Learned At SimGHOSTS 2013” – Free Webinar TODAY @ 12PM PDT

Pick up some great Sim Tech Tips and learn more about SimGHOSTS!

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TODAY October 17th at 12PM Pacific (1PM MDT, 2PM CDT, 3PM EDT) The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS.Org) is hosting a free webinar with guest speaker and simulation specialist Valen Anderson. Ms. Anderson will be presenting on her recent experience at the SimGHOSTS 2013 conference at the San Antonio Texas College School of Nursing and Allied Health Complex. She will be discussing a variety of topics she learned from the three day conference, including robot maintenance & programming, audiovisual equipment, and IT innovations. She will also be available to answer questions about the SimGHOSTS conference, as someone who has attended a event. See connection details below to join them for this unique and free webinar!

About Valen

Valen Anderson is a Simulation Technician at NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation (NCSI) in Evanston, Illinois. NCSI is a state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot facility, accredited by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and is a teaching affiliate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Valen joined NCSI’s team in the summer of 2012 and is responsible for supporting mannequin-based, task-trainer-based, and hybrid simulation activities in the simulation center as well as in the hospital. She operates an expansive selection of mannequin simulators, as well as the audiovisual recording system, B-Line Medical. Other responsibilities include communication with faculty to determine program details, working with vendors for upgrades or troubleshooting, and developing scenarios and curricula for the Center. She attended the SimGHOSTS 2013 Conference in San Antonio Texas, and continues to collaborate with the SimGHOSTS community.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Pepperdine University in 2012. During her scholastic career she assisted in Cellular Biology Research with Dr. Jay Brewster, contributing to the publicationEndoplasmic reticulum stress or mutation of an EF-hand Ca2+-binding domain directs the FKBP65 rotamase to an ERAD-based proteolysis, and studied abroad in the Galapagos Islands alongside Dr. Rodney Honeycutt. Prior to enrollment at Pepperdine, Valen studied internationally in Europe for 10 years. She attended the American School of The Hague, the Netherlands, and the International School of Bern, Switzerland. Valen can be reached by her email.

Connection Details:

We are using GOTO Meeting to present this webinar, with connection details below!

1. Please join my meeting, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM PDT.

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (626) 521-0014
Access Code: 234-447-061
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 234-447-061

Visit SimGHOSTS.Org to learn more!

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B-Line Medical Supports Sim Tech Innovation With $1000 in Prizes at SimGHOSTS 2013!

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Last week, B-Line Medical Co-Founder and CEO Lucas Huang presented two awards worth over $1000 at the SimGHOSTS 2013 San Antonio event!

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The B-Line Medical Sponsored DIY Video contest prizes were awarded to Ryan Douglas from St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University for his project “Showing Signs of Life – Adding Vital Signs to Low to Mid Fidelity Manikins for the community voted award. Ryan was awarded a GoPro3 Silver and annual Vimeo account.

The grand prize was awarded to Mark Johanneck from UW Health Clinical Simulation Program for his video project on “Re-purposing Used ATLS Training Skins“, which was selected by SimGHOSTS and B-Line leadership! Mark walked away with an iPad mini and a wireless Seagate Portable Hard drive!

Last year’s grand prize winner Fritz Sticht did not walk away empty handed though, and was provided a $50 gift card for entering the first DIY Video Contest entry, for his project on building a free EMR system at Behling Simulation Center.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2013 B-Line Medical DIY Video Contest Page to learn more!

SimGHOSTS Provides 172 Sim Techs with Hands-On Training at San Antonio College

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Last week 172 registered attendees from all over the world came together at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex for the launch of the 3rd annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, or SimGHOSTS. This beautiful 10,000 square foot simulation space was the perfect location for the 2013 event! The night of the pre-conference CAE Healthcare sponsored dinner and live country music at the famous “Little Red Barn” for 150 Sim Techs. Cowboy hats were distributed to the event team volunteers, some of whom dedicated an entire week of help to run the meeting!

The next morning, Event Chair Ryan Eling opened the meeting by sharing that his time with the organization this past year has been “an amazing growing experience”. Ryan thanked San Antonio College Interim Director Dr. Lula Westrup Pelayo, Ph.D., RN for helping to guide necessary agreement paperwork to host the SG13 event, and to help make San Antonio campus simulation staff member Joe Crain’s work to get to make this meeting such a success!

Ryan then introduced Laerdal representative Russell Smith who was shared that he was “impressed by what the community has come together to do here”. Laerdal sponsored the keynote session given by PhD Educator Timothy Clapper, who demonstrated the need for changing healthcare through the modern day communication methods of the AHRQ TeamSTEPPS system. More about this keynote will be posted shortly.

SimGHOSTS President-Elect
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Afterwords, I stepped down as President having held the positions for these past three years – however I will be remaining on as Executive Director and Board Member. This paved the way for the 2014 election race with speeches by three candidates Scott Crawford, Joey Failma and Ferooz Sekandarpoor.

With a close race, Joey Failma was elected President by the community. The new executive team of myself (Lance Baily), Mr. Failma and Ryan Eling, Event Chair, under the advice of Timothy Clapper, decided to offer Ferooz Sekandarpoor the Vice Presidency as he had the 2nd highest vote count. Ferooz was “honored” by the opportunity and accepted the position. Shortly following this, Scott Crawford was similarly accepted a Chair position on the board.  Later that night the team overwhelming supported the idea to elect Lizzy Oh, event volunteer, to the prominent position of Secretary Chair! The organization has empowered an entire team of dedicated new leadership to expand the work started by the staff of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2011!

Throughout the rest of the event over 45 sessions took place providing hands-on training in manikin programming, hardware maintenance & repair, a/v production, EHR technology integration, LMS systems, hybrid learning platforms, moulage makeup, teamstepps communication practices, staff management and much much more. During one of the sessions, the the B-Line Sponsored DIY Video contest prizes were awarded to Ryan Douglas from St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University for his project “Showing Signs of Life – Adding Vital Signs to Low to Mid Fidelity Manikins for the community voted award. The grand prize was awarded to Mark Johanneck from UW Health Clinical Simulation Program for his video project on “Re-purposing Used ATLS Training Skins“, which was selected by SimGHOSTS and B-Line leadership!

Eleven medical simulation vendors attended the event and were thrilled with the opportunities provided to engage with the growing technical audience. Sim Techs traveled from as far away as Moscow and Brisbane for the 4 day event. Many of the sessions were recorded and will be posted for subscribers to SimGHOSTS.Org – so stay tuned for more great information!

Looking back, I will never forget how so many people came together to make such an amazing event – I made fantastic new friends and heard powerful messages. SimGHOSTS 2013 was an outstanding success!

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Medical Simulation Technology Operations Training Meeting Aug. 7th in Texas

Gain hands-on training in using medical simulation technology from manikin programming, manikin maintenance, moulage makeup, IT infrastructures, A/V system debugging, basic medical training, team communication and more! Join hundreds of other Simulation Technicians, or folks responsible for the operation of simulation technology in their labs, August 7th – 9th near the Texas, San Antonio RiverWalk for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, or SimGHOSTS!

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Hear what these SimGHOSTS 2012 attendees have to say about this hands-on technical training event:

SimGHOSTS is a non-profit organization currently seeking tax-exempt status which provides online resources and hands-on training to the international medical simulation community.  This meeting is open to both healthcare professionals or IT professionals who are tasked with operating healthcare simulation lab technology, and equally serves beginning to advanced levels of training in all major simulation responsibilities.  The 2013 Laerdal Sponsored Keynote Address by Timothy Clapper PhD will empower simulation technicians to better communicate within their simulation programs through the methodology of TEAMSTEPPS.

Visit http://www.SimGHOSTS.Org to learn more today!

Sim Tech Training Meeting ‘SimGHOSTS 2013’ Agenda & Registration Now Live!

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Join over 200 other Healthcare Simulation Technicians at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex this August 6th – 9th for the global healthcare simulation industry’s 3nd annual “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” hands-on training event. Answering an overwhelming call by the community for continued simulation technician specific events, San Antonio College and the SimGHOSTS non-profit organization are thrilled to invite simulation technicians from around the world to join one another in Texas.

The 2013 “SimGHOSTS” event will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. As well, meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

Watch these testimonials from Sim Techs at the 2012 event:

Download the SG13 Agenda, which houses over 45 technical-based training courses specifically designed for Simulation Technology Specialists.

Note that this event has ALWAYS sold out, and that there are only a limited number of early-bird passes so consider signing up today at the SimGHOSTS 2013 Meeting Page!



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SimGHOSTS.Org Offers October Discount for Sim Tech Website Resources

Subscribe to SimGHOSTS to gain community support & exclusive content!

Sign up this month and get $40 off your annual online subscription!

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The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists website is has been serving content to the international Sim Tech community since April 2012, and announced today how it plans to do that even better! For the past several months, the SimGHOSTS.Org website has provided free file-sharing, list-serv, forums, links, tutorials and more – and today the website is thrilled to announce they have launched access to HD video recorded presentations from the SimGHOSTS 2012 event!  To help this new non-profit organization compensate for the website development costs, file-hosting, video streaming, as well as expand the future online content we are making the subscriber-only content of the website fee-based.

Subscription to SimGhosts.Org now provides access to exclusive shared community resources, including:

  • Up-to-date information about upcoming SimGHOSTS events.
  • Subscriber-only list-serv email system now over 600 users strong. Get answers to technical questions and share your know-how with this entire global community!
  • Powerpoint presentations from the SimGHOSTS 2012 event. (PLUS Video Content – See below).
  • Community user forums to learn answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Sim Tech community contact info to stay in touch with regional peers.
  • All shared documents created by the international sim tech community including:
    • Sim Tech Job descriptions
    • Operations manuals
    • Policies & procedure documents
    • Scenario design templates
    • Standard operating procedures
    • Scheduling guidelines
    • Sim Lab operations document templates
    • Much more…
  • Ability to join our project-teams and help develop the future of the healthcare simulation technology specialist profession.
  • Archived blog posts with key news, links and community lessons learned.
  • How-to tutorials by and for the community to increase realism and efficiency in your simulation lab.
  • Any available upcoming SimGHOSTS.Org product discounts

Best-of-all, with your subscription you can watch ten video-recorded presentations from the SimGHOSTS 2012 event in full HD! 

Watch full-length hour+ presentations in full HD currently being uploaded to the site including:

  • Operations Manual development
  • Professional career development
  • Sim Tech empowerment (leadership techniques and administrator buy-in)
  • IT Networking & debugging
  • Mobile sim truck design & operations
  • Sim lab control consolidation
  • Do-It-Yourself project showcases
  • Sim lab design
  • And more!

To see an example of this video content, check out the 2012 event Keynote address from a Aviation Simulation Technician Dorsey Kemp, available for free thanks to CAE Healthcare!

Discounted Subscription for the month of October 2012!

As a special incentive to join this professional community, for the month of October a one-year annual subscription is only $95.00. Starting November 1st, 2012 the rate will increase to $135.00, so be sure to consider joining this technical community today! (Reminder: 2012 event attendees received subscription until August 2013).

Take advantage of the launch of SimGHOSTS 2012 exclusive content and sign-up today!

SimGHOSTS 2012 DIY Video Contest Winners

Behling Sim Center & Northwestern University win BIG at SimGHOSTS 2012 with Laerdal DIY Video Contest!


At the 2012 Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) Laerdal awarded two prizes for the “DIY Project Video Contest”! Fritz Sticht from Behling Simulation Center at the University of Buffalo and Brian Florek from Northwestern University’s Fieberg School of Medicine Sim Center won big at SimGhosts 2012!
Fritz won an iPad3 for demonstrating an affordable and easy-to-build Cervix/Uterus Model:
Fritz Sticht Behling Simulation Center

Brian won a GoPro2 for his video on Increasing Mechanical Ventilation Fidelity on the Laerdal Simman 3G:

Briak Florek Northwestern University


Watch all the contest entries by visiting the SimGHOSTS 2012 DIY Video Contest Page!