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.



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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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:

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!

‘Fundamentals of AV Workshop’ Pre-Con at IPSSW 2015 May 3rd in Vacouver

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Looking to learn how integrate audiovisual systems and processes into your healthcare simulation program? Are you new to the technology, production techniques, or lab design? Join myself and other SimGHOSTS leadership for our comprehensive “Fundamentals of A/V” pre-conference workshop at the International Pediatric Society Symposium and Workshop May 3rd in beautiful Vancouver Canada!ipssw 2015

In this workshop SimGHOSTS Founder and Executive Director Lance Baily teams up with SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling and SimGHOSTS Vice President Ferooz Sekandarpoor to cover the ins and outs of audiovisual technology and its use in healthcare simulation. Drawing on their experiences in Hollywood, higher education media technology and simulation center design, this dynamic team will use hands on demonstrations and activities to explore the many factors when choosing, installing and operating the latest in audiovisual technology. The workshop will cover four major topics: components to an A/V system, overview of major simulation A/V platforms, simulation A/V design concepts and the basics of shooting video.

Simulation centers use audiovisual technology to record and stream video content; This requires many technological components which are often locked behind cabinets and in closets. In the first third of this workshop, the doors will be pulled wide open as we look at cameras, mixers, cables, speakers and more. Get your hands on many pieces of hardware and learn how equipment from multiple manufacturers work together to create an audiovisual recording system.

In order to have a successful simulation program, a center must have a robust and reliable audiovisual streaming and recording system. These A/V systems are a significant investment, so how does a simulation center staff select the appropriate solution to handle their needs? How do you seamlessly integrate this critical technology into your center? What other technological systems must be considered when designing the A/V system for a simulation center? Discussion will cover the types of simulation labs (OR Type, ICU type and Ward type, Skills lab), proper layout/standard layout, Audio Video infrastructure, IT requirements and incorporating telemedicine. The audience will learn the tips and techniques that are required to design or retrofit their simulation spaces.

For the final section of the workshop, the presenters will discuss the basics of video and audio recording, including cinematography and other Hollywood techniques. Participants will then divide into small groups and have the opportunity to film short movies. A final discussion will cover video editing and how simple, free or cheap software can allow simulation centers to create their own training and orientation videos.

Target Audience

Professionals working in simulation who utilize audio or video equipment to stream, transmit or record simulation exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the required and optional components to an A/V capture system
  • Compare and contrast the types of A/V system designs suitable for simulation
  • Demonstrate proper video and audio recording techniques
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities unique to A/V solutions in simulation
  • Assess your own center’s A/V system(s) flexibility, capability, and usability.

Learn more about the course on the IPSSW 2015 Pre-Con Workshop Page!

About IPSSW 2015:

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!

Click here to Register Today for this IPSSW Pre-Con Event!


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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!

INSPIRE – International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education : Free Support Community

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Today an introduction to INSPIRE: International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education, a free resource and support group for healthcare simulation champions looking to improve patient care outcomes. This is an incredible resource and should be shared as much as possible! Connect with these groups at IMSH or IPSSW in 2015.

About INSPIRE:

The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. The INSPIRE Network formed in 2011 from a large group of simulation-based researchers from a variety of disciplines and specialties looking to improve collaboration, mentorship, and productivity.  We merged two large-scale research networks, EXPRESS and POISE, into INSPIRE in 2011.  We are not a formal academic society; rather, we are a bottom-up, grassroots organization that has formed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscape of pediatric simulation research.

As of March 13, 2014, INSPIRE maintains an active membership of over 500 simulation enthusiasts across the world in over 26 countries.  We represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, pre-hospital care, psychology, engineering, public health, and education.  Although a large number of us work in pediatrics and related pediatric subspecialties, we also have non-healthcare members and those in other medical specialties – including emergency medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, and surgery.  There are no membership fees or ceremonies. We simply want to do good research and outreach and to help others do the same.  Joining is free, and anyone with study ideas looking for guidance or additional sites, or simply an interest in joining a study is welcome to join by emailing us. We do have centralized processes to review study ideas and provide feedback and/or support.

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INSPIRE Executive Team:

  • Adam Cheng, MD (Alberta Health Services – Alberta, Canada) Co-Chair
  • Marc Auerbach, MD MSci (Yale University – New Haven, CT) Senior Co-Chair
  • Betsy Hunt, MD MPH PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Senior Co-Chair
  • David O Kessler, MD MSci (Columbia University – New York, NY) Research Chair
  • Ralph MacKinnon, MD (Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Manchester, England) International Chair
  • Vinay Nadkarni, MD MS (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA) Senior Co-Chair
  • Martin V Pusic, MD PhD (New York University – New York, NY)
  • Karambir Singh, MD MPH (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD)
  • Jordan Duval-Arnould, PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Co-director of Technology
  • Todd P Chang, MD MAcM (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA) Co-director of Technology

INSPIRE Vision:  Improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioural skills, and simulation-based education.

INSPIRE Goals:

  1. Identify consensus research priorities
  2. Facilitate single and multicenter research projects
  3. Build expertise and knowledge
  4. Provide mentorship for new / novice investigators
  5. Promote an International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education

Are you headed to IMSH or IPSSW 2015 events?

An INSPIRE @ IMSH or INSPIRE @ IPSSW takes an entire day, in which multiple ALERT presentations of varying different stages of development – some studies barely in the brainstorming phase, and others already completing and looking for the next steps – will get presented.  The focus of the meetings, though, is less about the presentations, and more about active participations.  We devote over 60% of the meeting time for your projects.  We divide up into small teams, gather experts, allow networking, and generally develop your projects forward.

Learn more by downloading the INSPIRE 2014 Organizational report and then connect at INSPIREsim.com !


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International Pediatric Simulation Society Presidential Interview

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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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HealthStream Provides SimManager for Medical Simulation Success

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At the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop last month, HealthStream was on hand to explain the benefits of SimManager, a cloud-based platform designed to help with every aspect of operating a medical simulation program. While you can watch my part 1 and part 2 of my video recap summarizing the pediatric simulation IPSSW event, below is the full interview with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream. We covered how HealthStream can assist with managing competency review through blended learning applications, and how SimManager helps administrators oversee staff, equipment, leaners, scenario licenses, spaces and much much more…

Interview Recap:

Lisa: HealthStream is on the cutting edge of simulation in terms of education. Our newly developed platform is called SimManger, which is a part of the joint SimCenter venture with Laerdal. The idea behind SimManager is to have a internet-based, cloud-based platform where people can take care of all of their simulation educational management needs. They can manage resources, they can download scenario from SimStore, they can setup classes and content, and much more. Overall SimManager has been shown to be a very effective tool in helping primarily hospitals but also educational programs develop and operate their simulation programs.

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: Well you know Lance that HealthSteam’s primary focus our learning management platform. We started with education in the hospital setting and have grown now to be in one out of every two hospitals in the United States. Remaining on the cutting edge in terms of simulation means we had to move into the next level. 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.

Lance: Having directed a medical simulation center, there is a serious underestimation about the amount of time and energy it takes to running a medical simulation program initially and ongoing. And so tools that allow for administrators to start and engage with a continual process to manage tools, equipment, staff and learners, rooms, scheduling, scenarios is definitely something folks should consider for that long-term implementation of a program. It’s not just about that initial funding for equipment, but it will really require permanent staff, training, and time to prepare and engage in ongoing competencies.

Lisa: Absolutely, and there are so many moving parts to manage competencies  Even the AHA is moved into the maintenance of those skills. So HealthStream is very supportive of those organizations that also want to hone in on those competencies and make sure their staff is component in that flowing environment and be able to capture that data through our tools.

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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 article below:

You can learn all about SimManager and other SimCenter systems at the HealthStream website.


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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

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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).

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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!