IPSSW 2017 Pediatric Simulation Conference Taking Place June 1-3 !

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Is your simulation focusing on pediatrics — or are you looking to expand your pediatric simulation courses? Keep learning on the latest advances in pediatric and perinatal simulation at the 9th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops to collaborate, create and captivate — June 1-3 in Boston!

In previous years, you have attended the IPSS Symposia and Workshops and experienced the benefits of enhancing your knowledge in healthcare simulation and making valuable connections with great colleagues from all pediatric subspecialties from novice to expert level. Continue to develop your expertise, gain important insights and practical ideas to take back to your work place by joining us at IPSSW2017.

Gain new perspectives, inspiration and motivation from passionate and innovative speakers on different topics: Debriefing and teaching methodologies Simulation instruction design and curriculum development Interprofessional education Process improvement and organisational change Simulation for procedural and psychomotor skills Innovation / future direction and outreach simulation Program development / administration and program management Assessment (including use and validation of measurement and assessment tools). Discover the detailed program and the diverse sessions taking place at the conference.

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Customise your learning experience Create your own conference schedule by selecting the workshops, roundtable sessions, panel discussions, and oral presentations that best suit your learning objectives. Don’t miss the pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, 31 May, for gaining more in-depth knowledge in your area of expertise. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to register early!

I believe you will be able to check out Paul while you are there, the world’s first high emotion preterm simulator from SIMCharacters!

Learn more and register at the IPSS website today!

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ECMO Simulation in Pediatrics: IPSS Webinar TOMORROW March 22nd 17:00 GMT


Our friends at the International Pediatric Simulation Society are putting on another great webinar tomorrow with champions from Yale. If you can’t make tomorrow you can check out all their previous awesome webinars here! Are you looking for an ECMO simulator? Check out the EigenFlow from CLR!

Title: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygen Simulation in Pediatrics: Establishing the Current State & Defining the Path Ahead
Time: Tomorrow 22 March 2016 – 17:00 GMT (13:00 EDT)

Webinar Description & Learning Objectives:
This webinar will include a summary of the current state of ECMO simulation, based upon results of survey data from both IPSS and ELSO.  We will describe current gaps noted in our needs assessment, including standardized training materials, technical options for integrating the manikin with the ECMO circuit, and information on best educational practices for simulation and debriefing.  We will then describe future plans for the development of these materials, including collaboration with ELSO.
  1. Discuss the current prevalence and characteristics of ECMO simulation being performed amongst the community of pediatric simulationists and ECMO providers.
  2. Contrast various methods of interfacing a simulation manikin with an ECMO circuit, using high- and low-fidelity techniques, and the benefits and deficiencies of each.
  3. Describe current plans to develop standardized training materials for ECMO simulation through an interprofessional, international collaboration of simulation and ECMO providers.

Lindsay C. Johnston, MD, MEd is currently an attending neonatologist at Yale University, after having completed Pediatrics residency at the University of Pittsburgh and fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has directed Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital’s interprofessional ECMO simulation program for the pediatric ECMO team since 2010.  She has published several articles and presented information about this program at numerous international meetings.  Lindsay has been leading efforts through the IPSS, in collaboration with ELSO, to provide instructional materials and tools for the pediatric simulation community.  A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Masters Degree in Medical Education, Lindsay is interested in assessment of competency, and would like to apply this to assess the efficacy of ECMO simulation training in the future.

Anne Ades, MD, MEd is an attending neonatologist and the Director of Neonatal Education at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently received her Masters Degree in Medical Education through the University of Pennsylvania. She is the director of ECMO education at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has developed many simulation based ECMO educational programs and has been involved in several workshops and expert panels about ECMO and simulation. She is very interested in how to enrich educational programs with simulation and other techniques to enhance acquisition of knowledge and skill as well as to prevent skill decay.
Gary Oldenburg, MS, RRT-NPS is the ECMO and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program Manager at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. He has developed and directed many ECMO simulation-based programs throughout his career as a leader in the ECMO community, including facilitating and directing the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) ECMO training courses in the United States and in Latin America. He is a member of the ELSO Steering Committee where he represents ECMO Coordinators and is on the Education sub-committee providing expertise in ECMO education and simulation. Gary is interested in encouraging, developing, and supporting ECMO programs with simulation-based training and competency.
Register here for the webinar and then login here
Learn more at the IPSS website

Save the Date: May 9-11 for 8th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops

The 8th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW2016) is the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation. The next meeting will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on 9-11 May 2016, and will provide three days of stimulating content, discussion and debate from the evolving world of pediatric simulation.

The keynote speakers always play a crucial role in the sustainability and strength of the IPSS conferences and so here is the list of their 2016 distinguished speakers!

Rhona Flin – Rhona Flin (PhD, FBPsS, FRSE) is Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. Her research examines human performance in high risk industries with projects on leadership, culture, team skills and decision making in healthcare, aviation and the energy industries. She now conducts research and consultancy on managers’ safety leadership and on non-technical skills in surgery and in the oil and gas sector.

Tore Laerdal – Tore Laerdal is Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation, Chairman of Laerdal Medical, and Managing Director of Laerdal Global Health. In recent years he has focused on helping reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance.

Bob Shepton – Bob Shepton has been a Royal Marines Officer, a full time youth leader in the east end of London, and Chaplain to two schools, combining a strong emphasis on outdoor pursuits with the pastoral work.  He pioneered climbing at Lulworth and Portland, and made new rock routes on the Ormes of Llandudno. Voyages include a circumnavigation of the world with school leavers via Antarctica and Cape Horn, and fifteen Atlantic crossings.

Apparently IPSS has already received an impressive number of 203 abstracts for IPSSW2016  — but theres still time to submit poster presentations.

Learn more about IPSS and their 2016 event on their website today!

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SimGHOSTS Signs Affiliation Agreement With IPSS at IPSSW 2015 in Vancouver


During the 7th annual IPSSW 2015 event this week in Vancouver Canada, Executive Director Lance Baily signed into agreement an official affiliation with President Dr. Stephanie Sudikoff of the International Pediatric Simulation Society, which is incorporated in Switzerland. The agreement was approved by the Executive Board of SimGHOSTS and Event Director Ryan Eling was also in attendance.

Lance said regarding the agreement, “We are thrilled to directly connect the resources and international community of SimGHOSTS into the wonderfully innovative organization of IPSS — and we look forward to supporting the increase adoption and utilization of simulation technologies for all of their members”.

The agreement provides for a mutual exchange of organizational news updates, promotion of collaborative simulation resource projects, and discounted membership opportunities for both communities.

Further Aims of this Affiliation

  • Promoting each respective organization and their endeavors amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Sharing developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organization
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organization-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community.

Learn more about SimGHOSTS and their other affiliate ASPiH on the SimGHOSTS Affiliations Page.

Learn more about IPSS at: http://ipssglobal.org/

July 22: Free Webinar on Improving Debriefings From International Pediatric Society for Simulation


Using Learning Theory to Improve Debriefings

Presenter: David Rodgers, EdD, NREMT -P

22 July, 2014 – 12:00 GMT

About the Presenter

David Rodgers is the manager of the Clinical Simulation Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Rodgers earned his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and his Master’s Degree in Communications Studies from Marshall University. Clinically, he is a paramedic with experience as a flight paramedic, EMS supervisor, and manager of a hospital-based critical care transport service. Dr. Rodgers has a wide range of experience in simulation center operations and simulation educational program development. He was the founding director of a large teaching-hospital based simulation center, helped expand the capabilities of an established pediatric simulation center, and operated his own simulation education consulting company serving a wide range of clients.

Description of Webinar

This webinar will review several aspects of modern learning theory as it relates to simulation debriefings. Included will be discussions and examples of how the tenets of adult learning theory and brain-based learning theory can be applied to the debriefing.


At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. List three interactive elements of brain-based learning theory
2. Describe how these brain-based learning theory elements can be applied to improve simulation debriefings
3. Describe how adult learning theory impacts the debriefing

About our Webinar Series

The IPSS webinars are presented every 4-6 weeks for the benefit of members of the International Pediatric Simulation Society. The goal of the webinar series is to promote learning, community and advancement of Pediatric Simulation.

A wide range of topics related to Pediatric Simulation are presented during the webinars. Core topics include: Education, Curriculum, Research, Technology, International Simulation, and Program Development.

The format for each webinar is a 20-30 minute didactic session, followed by a 20-30 minute discussion.
Start times vary to optimize international participation across the globe.

Learn more and sign up by visiting the IPSS Webinar Page today!

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Upcoming Webinar: The Use of Simulation for Evaluating Interventions that Support Collaborative Teamwork


IPSS, or the International Pediatric Simulation Society, is providing a free webinar on May 27th 17:00 GMT (UTC: 0), on the topic of The Use of Simulation for Evaluating Interventions that Support Collaborative Teamwork, presented by Dr. Randall Burd.

Description of the webinar: 
In this webinar, Dr. Burd will present the use of simulation as an approach for evaluating new strategies for improving performance during resuscitation.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the advantages and limitations of simulation as an evaluation tool in this setting
2. Describe experimental considerations the should be considered in this setting
3. Understand the challenges of recruitment and how these may impact experimental findings

About the Presenter:
Dr. Burd has practiced pediatric surgery since 1997 and joined Children’s National Medical Center in 2008. He is the Chief of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery and an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College (BA in Mathematics) and obtained his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD). He did his general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota where he also obtained a PhD in Surgery/Microbiology. He did his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI. His area of research interest is in developing new approaches for improving teamwork during trauma resuscitation and improving prehospital pediatric trauma triage. For the past ten years, Dr. Burd has led a multidisciplinary research team studying errors and teamwork in trauma resuscitation. This team includes collaborators in emergency medicine and surgery, human factors, informatics, computer science and biomedical engineering. His research in trauma resuscitation is now funded by grants from the NIH.

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To learn more and to sign-up for this FREE online event, please visit the IPSS Webinar page.

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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International Pediatric Simulation Conference

Quick update today that Healthstream has sponsored my attendance to the 5th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW) at the New York Academy of Medicine, which is put on by The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS).


Simulation applied to pediatrics is undergoing rapid growth as evidenced by wide expansion of programs on a global scale, mounting literature, simulation research consortiums, and increased participation in international meetings devoted entirely to the subspecialty (IPSSW).

IPSS promotes and supports multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training and research among all subspecialties.

Full video update and report coming soon!