7th Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshop Opens in Vancouver

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This morning in beautiful Vancouver, Canada over 250 global attendees participated in the opening ceremonies of the 7th annual IPSSW, which focuses on Pediatric Simulation in Healthcare. The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) has been established to promote and support multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training and research in all subspecialties that care for infants and children . The Society organizes an annual meeting that brings together leaders in the field of pediatric simulation with educators, researchers and patient safety experts. The meeting – IPSSW – provides an opportunity to expand horizons, cross-fertilize ideas and promote excellence in education and investigative research. In 2013, HealthySimulation.com provided a comprehensive two-part video breakdown of that year’s event with interviews of key leadership and participants.

About IPSSW 2015

“IPSSW2015 – Reaching Out to the Future” recognizes and encompasses a number of developments in the continued evolution of pediatric simulation. Firstly, the continued expansion of simulation across the globe including to resource-poor contexts and the formation of international collaboratives has us “reaching-out” as a community. Secondly, Outreach simulation, where the centre-based silos are broken down and simulation is delivered in community-based settings, is another manifestation of our simulation enthusiasts reaching-out. Finally pediatric simulation is at the forefront of the trail being blazed into the future in terms of a paradigm shift in education and high-stakes assessment.

President’s Address

Dr. Stephanie Sudikoff, the new President of the IPSS organization, announced the major updates regarding the community:

  • Reincorporated in Switzerland
  • Bylaws were reviewed and updated as part of the new application
  • IPSS was awarded Excellence in Simulation Award from SESAM Middle Eastern and Northern African Conference.
  • These projects continues to grow: Malawi Simulation Training Support, ECMO Curriculum Development, Fellowships in Simulation – Training the Future Leaders of our Field

In closing Stephanie asked the community “Who can we be together?” in 2015 and requested to hear from each of the organizations’s 210 members.

Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Geoff Norman, Ph.D. from McMaster University, spoke about “Cost-effective use of simulation in designing an evidence – based clinical curriculum”. Dr. Norman attempted to demonstrate how we use simulation to achieve our goals — but do we do it the most effectively and affordably? He defined some assumptions:

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1) Performance on the simulation is related to performance in the real world. He agreed that this has been proven correct.

2) The more authentic the simulation the stronger the learning outcomes. Basically, does greater fidelity mean greater learning?

Dr. Norman pointed to four main points for simulator functionality

  • Authenticity – the extent to which the simulation appears to resemble reality (face validity)
  • Sensorimotor fidelity – the extent to which the critical elements of the simulation accurately reproduce the real task
  • Psychoaffective fidelity – the degree to which the task is perceived to be similar to the real task
  • Environmental / contextual fidelity – the degree to which the environment (room instruments) is realistic.

Dr. Norman shared a number of research articles which demonstrated a mis-connection between simulated learning features and dramatic outcome results. While he showed some examples of research where medical simulators only mildly improved outcomes, his theory completely failed to look at the aviation simulation industry. Medical simulation is relatively new field where the technology adoption is still emerging with NO regulated requirements. Contrast that with aviation which has existed for over a hundred years, and is now a regulated requirement by governments around the world. Widespread adoption over a longer period of time has evolved the simulators into better and better replications of real world environments. I am sure if we did research to examine learning on a 747 simulator from 1968, and a 747 simulator from 2015, that the learning outcomes would be improved. Not mentioning the dramatic changes from the original 747 cockpit to today’s models — but the level of fidelity itself better mimics the reality of flying today.

Dr. Norman closed with points that encouraged the audience to created interleaved (mixed) practice where diagnosis for the correct tool provides better long term outcomes. This means not teaching to memorize the tools to perfection, but teaching to understand which tools to use in different scenarios.

About Dr. Norman

Geoff Norman, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He received a B.Sc. in physics form the University of Manitoba in 1965 and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from McMaster University in 1971, and subsequently a M.A. in educational psychology from Michigan State University in 1977. He is the author of 10 books in education, measurement and statistics, and over 200 journal articles. He has won numerous awards, including the Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. The Outstanding Achievement Award of the Medical Council of Canada, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association, and the Karolinska Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education . He presently holds a Canada Research Chair. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. He received an honorary doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 2010.

Learn more at the IPSSW 2015 homepage and the @IPSS twitter account!

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International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops May 4th-6th Vancouver Canada

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Canadians rejoice! The International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops are coming to Vancouver May 4th-6th. SimGHOSTS has been invited out to provide a pre-con workshop on the Fundamentals of A/V Technology in Medical Simulation so those of you looking to connect with a/v technology be sure to join them there! IPSSW is wonderful event for anyone interested in healthcare simulation, pediatrics and innovation. Also in attendance will be the awesome pediatric simulation research support organization INSPiRE!

Join renowned and global experts in the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation for three days of in-depth discussion on the role simulation plays to provide safe and effective care to sick children and infants, and the continued evolution and expansion of pediatric simulation across the globe. IPSSW2015 will feature distinguished international speakers from a range of industries with important in-sights applicable to our practice. Don’t miss an inspiring conference with unmatched networking and knowledge exchange in hands-on workshops, roundtable sessions, special interest groups and poster presentations!

All pediatric subspecialties from novice to expert level: Physicians, Nursing, Allied Health Care, Simulation Educators and Researchers, Technicians and Administrators. Register soon and take an active role in the advancement of pediatric simulation science for the purpose of improving education and patient outcomes in perinatal and pediatric medicine.

5 Reasons to Attend the 7th IPSSW Event in Vancouver, Canada:

  1. Join renowned and global experts in the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation.
  2. Get top-notch education and hear about the latest advances in pediatric simulation with the exciting and stimulating program.
  3. Meet prestigious keynote speakers from a range of industries and leverage your professional network.
  4. Sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge with the pre-conference workshops.
  5. Enjoy the stunning views while walking through the breath-taking city of Vancouver, Canada.

May 4th Pre-conference workshops, choose the one that’s right for you!

  • Designing and Conducting Pediatric Simulation-based Research
  • The Business of Simulation
  • Interprofessional Education – How to Introduce Simulation to a New Audience
  • Challenging Debriefings: Tools to Navigate Difficult Conversations During Simulation-based Education
  • Sim-based Evaluation and Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Audiovisual Technology in Simulation (Taught by SimGHOSTS Leadership!)
  • Building a Program to Last: Complete SIMToolkits for Busy Hospital-based Pediatric Simulator Program

Learn more at the IPSSW 2015 website today!

International Pediatric Simulation Society Presidential Interview


HealthStream sponsored HealthySim’s attendance to the 5th annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop, where I had an opportunity to interview newly appointed President, Dr. David Grant. You can watch the video recap of the IPSSW event including snippets from Dr. Grant’s interview by reading part 1 and part 2 of my event coverage, as well as learn more about HealthStream’s SimManager platform that was on display. Below is the complete interview with Dr. Grant about IPSS, the organization which runs IPSSW, and why an international Pediatric Simulation Organization and event were created.

Interview Excerpt:

David explained that “Although there are simulation societies in the US and other parts of the world, what our pediatric simulation colleagues found was that their membership and organizations are so much about adult practice, and so we felt that there were very few elements that dealt specifically with our pediatric needs.”

I agreed with Dr. Grant that because cases of childhood illness or trauma were rare in pediatric education – simulation could really fill the gap of learning opportunities. David added “Yes so it’s this idea of critical-mass volume, and so the high-risk low volume events is exactly what a lot of our simulation programs evolved around. When I trained, it was acceptable for people to learn on patients, and so through simulation education (and changes in medical education and nursing practices and training), we are trying to move that learning curve and expertise further away from the patient so that we have those learning experiences in a simulated patient environment rather than a clinical patient. Watch the video above for more great information.

You can learn more about the International Pediatric Simulation Society by visiting their website at http://www.ipedsim.com. Special thanks to HealthStream for sponsoring both the IPSSW event and the coverage by HealthySimulation.com!

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Part 2 of IPSSW Pediatric Simulation Conference Coverage

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Last month HealthStream sponsored HealthySimulation.com’s attendance to the 5th annual IPSSW (International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop) in New York. Read and watch Part 1 of my event coverage of IPSSW here.

In Part 2, we interview Lisa from HealthStream about the powerful uses of SimManager, learn how Dr. Wong’s puppets can help with pediatric education, and hear from Dr. Renuka Mehta about how to build and expand a medical school simulation program.

I then met with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream to learn why they chose to support Pediatric Healthcare at IPSSW as well as how SimManager can help programs track competencies and expand training through simulation. (A quick note of disclosure here that while HealthStream sponsored a portion IPSSW and this video production, that the IPSS organization does not specifically endorse HealthStream or any other particular simulation-based vendor).

Lance: One of the major topics here today at IPSSW 2013 has been blended learning, can you talk to us about how HealthStream can support that in healthcare education/training?

Lisa: Fortunately HealthStream has a continuum in the blended learning environment. We begin with our courseware, we move into a soft simulation using HeartCode, and then we move into scenarios using high-fidelity simulators. We really have the scope of blended learning at our fingertips which I think thats really important in this venue to be able to approach all of those.

Lance: Right. So another huge area covered here today has been about research in terms of implementing simulation to as a way to maintain competency not only in initial training such as residency type skills but also in hospital rotations, whether that be in-situ or just-in-time training to maintain most of that retention  Can you talk to us about how SimManager can be used as a platform to schedule and maintain this type of ongoing program and culture of simulation training?

Lisa: We feel strongly that competency is an ever-changing ever-flowing thing that you don’t just take a one time skills test and you’re done – but it is something that is actionable and that people need to constantly be taking a look at competency in term of an ongoing evolution over time and skill level. SimManager is a great platform in order to maintain those competencies; for example taking a look at your classes, making sure your curriculum is where it needs to be, using a schedule to building in simulation events and scheduling courses, downloading scenarios and allocating them to simulators – all of that is just part of the functionality of simmanager which is an excellent platform to use when evaluating competency.

SimManager capabilities include:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and techs
  • Track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrate simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Customize role management
  • Schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrate with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrate with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper & SimView

You can learn more about SimManager features by watching my comprehensive product breakdown below:

Having the most fun throughout the event was Dr. Julielynn Wong, Medical Doctor and Puppeteer! I spent some time meeting her friends and learning about the opportunity to utilize puppets in pediatric events. Julielynn shared “I was trained as a public health and preventive medicine specialist and I elected to train in television puppeter under a Jim Henson protege named Michael Earl (who has won 4 emmys), because I wanted to apply tv-puppet techniques to have better capabilities in healthcare communication. I have worked with the SuperSpritz program, a nutrition educational program which utilizes “vegetable” puppets that have super powers to make it cool for kids to like vegetables. The goal was not just to give children knowledge but to inspire behavior-change too.” If you think about it, simulation manikins are just really expensive versions of puppets which also help to train knowledge, skills and behavior changes!

Lastly, I spoke with Dr. Renuka Mehta, Medical Director at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Simulation Center to hear some advice about increasing the use of simulation in a residency program and why she is so interested in SimManager.

Dr. Mehta suggested “First of all a person has to have passion to run simulation, and second of all you most show that simulation does help. I have done so many small and medium sized studies to show that simulation is really helpful and that’s why learners like it. Obviously there’s a shortage of money available, but there are great number of grants and philanthropic funds as well so eventually your budgets will work out. You may not start with a huge program, and while you do need money, you can start with small resources to slowly build up. And then, once all the employees like simulation, the students like simulation, the residents and faculty like simulation – then you can start using your program as an advertisement tool for future students. So sometimes you have to get started not from top-down but bottom-up as well. Our program is now featured in the paper and used as advertising for next year’s learners.

Looking at the SimManager product, I found that it will help me to build up my simulation program by maintaining the calendar, the competency of my employees and their trainees, the programs equipment, and overall, my time management.”

To learn more, visit the IPSS website and HealthStream’s SimManager website.

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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