Texas Hospital Gains Local Media Attention… And How Yours Can Too!

Joe Gaza, Clinical Simulation Technician from Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas shared this recent local news coverage of his simulation program from KDHNews.com. Gaining local media attention helps to promote your simulation program for community awareness, adds positive PR about your institution and can even attract serious donors!

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Photo by Janice Gibbs of FME News Service: Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, left, interim chairman of the department of surgery, Alisa Carnes, director of nursing, and Dr. Michael Hofkamp, an anesthesiologist, simulate a surgical timeout at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

From KDHNews.com: “At certain times of the year, one or two operating rooms at Scott & White are taken out of circulation and become simulation sites. When personnel are being trained in new procedures, or competencies are being assessed, a couple of operating rooms are devoted to the tasks, said Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, interim chairman of the department of surgery and a colorectal surgeon. The simulation project was spearheaded by Dr. Timothy Stallard, director of simulation education and emergency physician; Dr. Michael Hofkamp, co-director of anesthesia simulation and anesthesiologist; Dr. Jose Pliego, medical director for clinical simulation and reproductive endocrinologist; and Annilyn Donnell, vice president of patient services for perioperative and women services. Papaconstantinon, Alisa Carnes, director of nursing, Hofkamp and Stallard demonstrated a simulation of a surgical timeout, a preprocedure verification process.

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Using simulations allows for practicing a lot of different procedures in a relatively short period of time, Stallard said. “If there are going to be mistakes, this is time to do it so we can correct those things and make sure everybody is on the same level,” he said. “It’s a unique opportunity to practice and hone skills.” Scott & White has a mobile simulation unit that travels to the smaller hospitals in the system. Scott & White was awarded a grant to purchase iPads and monitors for participants to review their simulation efforts. Between 350 and 500 people go through the Scott & White operating room simulations annually, Papaconstantinon said.”

Read the full local news story on KDHNews.com and then read the following articles to learn how to gain media attention for your Sim Lab:

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Sidra Medical and Research Center To Orient Using Medical Simulation

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At IMSH 2014 HealthySim had the opportunity to interview Joanne Davies, Director of Simulation at Sidra Medical and Research Center which is located in Doha, Qatar. Sidra Medical and Research Center is an ultramodern, all-digital academic medical center which will set new standards in patient care for women and children in Qatar, the Gulf region and internationally. It encompasses three essential missions: World-Class Patient Care, Medical Education and Biomedical Research. Joanne and I talked about how Sidra will use medical simulation to orient new staff, equipment and systems before opening in 2015, living and working in Qatar and the exciting career opportunities just becoming available:

Over 5000 new hospital staff from around the world will be coming to Sidra and will all go through the Hospital’s healthcare simulation program, so that they can better learn how to work together in the new building. This will also provide administrators a great bird’s eye view of work flow and system bugs before opening the center to patients.  Sidra’s Medical Simulation team is passionate about supporting the development of this innovative field, as demonstrated by their connection to the IPSS Malawi project. Joanne shared a great fondness for Qatar and the immense support of the country’s leadership for healthcare, education and economy. There is a lot of opportunity here for Simulation Champions, especially technicians, who are open to the idea of working abroad in the middle east.

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Sidra is Hiring:

Sidra is seeking highly qualified and dedicated individuals worldwide who want to make a lasting contribution to health care and the scientific community. You can see the simulation specific positions they are hiring for in our medical simulation jobs section!

From doctors, nurses and researchers to information management experts, Sidra will be an elite community of innovators working together in an environment that is collaborative, inclusive and open. Working at Sidra will mean working alongside colleagues of the highest caliber in a paper-lite environment that has been designed to enable healthcare professionals to spend less time on administration and more time caring for patients, participating in research and developing new skills.

About Qatar:

Qatar is one of the most rapidly changing and exciting countries in the world. Located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, the country is a melting pot of old and new. Here are some key statistics about the country as of April 2014:

  • The population of Qatar is approximately 1.7 million people, the majority of which are expatriates. Approximately 300,000 of the population are Qatari nationals.
  • Topping the Forbes list of the World’s richest countries, Qatar has the world’s highest per capita gross domestic product (GDP) as a result of its oil and natural gas revenues.
  • Qatar has one of the highest standards of living and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
  • Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world and is ranked 19th out of 153 countries in the Global Peace Index. Incidents of violence are rare in Qatar and crime rates are generally low.
  • While the official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken and understood. One can easily live in Qatar speaking only English.
  • Autumn and spring in Qatar are warm with maximum temperatures between 25 – 35°C, and the summer (June to September) is hot with temperatures reaching 40°C and above. Winter is cooler (15 – 20°C) with occasional rainfall.
  • Qatar has hosted several major international sporting events and will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
  • Women in Qatar have full rights, including voting, driving and working rights.

Learn more by visiting Sidra.org or by emailing Joanne Davies.

International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop Video Coverage Part 1


Last month HealthStream sponsored my attendance to the 5th Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops Conference or IPSSW. This specialized simulation meeting took place in the heart of New York City on 103rd st across from Central Park at the historic New York Academy of Medicine. Watch the video and read below for Part 1 of my event coverage below.

Special thanks to HealthStream for sponsoring this video production in an effort to expand the support for pediatric and other healthcare simulation champions around the world. With the goal of accelerating the adoption of simulation in the healthcare industry, HealthStream joined forces with Laerdal Medical in June of 2010 to form a joint-partnership called SimVentures to produce products like SimManger – which enable Simulation Programs to efficiently administer their staff, learners, outcomes, labs and equipment. Stay tuned for Part 2 of my IPSSW Coverage to learn more about HealthStream and SimManager.

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At IPSSW 2013 Over 450 pediatric simulation champions from more than 32 countries joined together for the sold-out three day event. The meeting had a very multidisciplinary feel with over 40% of the participants suggesting a nursing or allied health background. This was the first year IPSSW has taken place in the USA having previously operated around Europe.

After the recent horrific Boston bombings the trauma-based pediatric simulation demonstration rang close to home. The interdiscplinary scenario brought together professionals from a multitude of countries to quickly point out that this was indeed an internationally represented meeting.

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Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT and director of the media lab’s personal robots department provided an insightful keynote on the social robots in pediatric healthcare.  Cynthia reminded us that 85% of chronic diseases can be affected by behavior, and then demonstrated how robots can play an important role for influencing humans in social engagements. With a research project addressing weight management, Cynthia and her team created a study to learn if robots could hold the attention of those on a diet longer than normal computer screens or pen and paper. Not surprisingly, the energetic feedback, dynamic communication, and positive politeness of the robot provided for much longer participant engagements. People even began to name their robots and dress them up! Cynthia believes that such studies showcase the opportunity for robots to become ‘social lubricants’ providing nonjudgmental and supportive feedback to therapeutic human interventions. You can watch Cynthia’s TED talk here, and explore her book on designing personal robots here.

This Keynote address was the first of several sessions presented by speakers with backgrounds outside of healthcare. It was entirely refreshing to attend a simulation conference with experts from other fields helping to broaden our communities understanding of the current and future educational opportunities.

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