INACSL Offers Simulation Fellowship with Support from CAE Healthcare

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Furthering the professional development support of simulation champions around the world, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) organization has partnered with CAE Healthcare to develop a powerful Fellowship training program!

About the Simulation Fellowship Program

This course has been co-developed by INACSL and CAE Healthcare Academy and offers global participants the opportunity to design, facilitate and debrief a Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) using the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation for use in all areas of healthcare education.

The Fellowships are designed for new simulation educators, existing simulation educators who need additional support, and directors overseeing a simulation center. The course is experiential and interactive in nature and utilizes seminars, discussion groups, plenary sessions and “hands on” activities to deliver course content. Each Fellowship is a three-part program consisting of webinars, workshops and mentoring. Cohort will consist of no more than 30 participants and three facilitators. Facilitators are simulation experts with five or more years of experience creating and delivering effective simulation education globally.

Each Fellowship is limited to 30 participants and consists of the following elements. Registrations possible for IMSH and INACSL 2017 events covering the below:

Course Details:



  • Length of Course: 8 Months
  • Credits: 26 CEUs
  • Price: $2000 ($250 non-refundable)
Module One:
Introductory Pre-Recorded Webinar
  • Focus on the History of Simulation
  • Introduction to the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation
  • Overview of the Fellowship

Introductory Live Webinar

  • Cohort Welcome and Introduction/Experiences
  • Expectations for Fellowship
  • Overview of First Workshop Details

Educational Revolution: Two-Day Workshop

  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Implementing the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation
  • Educational design of simulation activities
  • Creation of your own educational strategy using any form of simulation pedagogy (e.g., Mannequins, SPs etc.)
Module Two: 
How to Communicate to Facilitate Live Webinar
  • Introduction to communication strategies
  • Overview of facilitation, debriefing and evaluation

Immersive Faculty Development

  • Pre-brief, facilitation and debrief strategies
  • Evaluation tools
  • Role-play facilitation and debriefing of your own simulation activity
  • Peer review and feedback
  • Facilitation and debriefing in challenging situations
Module Three:
Mentoring Program: Monthly online activities with designated facilitator and peers of fellowship cohort to include:
  • Professional chat room
  • Case Studies
  • Journal article review
  • Teaching strategies
  • Research methodologies
  • Peer review of facilitation/debriefing
  • Reflective Journaling

Participants are invited to a special fellowship reception to be held during the annual HPSN World and INACSL conferences.

Learn more on the CAE Healthcare website!


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3D Digital Continuity is the Future of Healthcare Education

3-D Digital Continuity Is the Future of Human Health

Sim champions it won’t be long before the entire healthcare industry is surronded by 3D Animation! We already know that designing and testing devices using 3D physical simulation is a key part of developing a commercial product. Slowly we are convincing the world that simulating and testing healthcare providers will become a key part of developing a more effictive healthcare system. Imagine watching in real-time, the human patient’s case as it developed — in 3D on the wall during diagnosis. With faster computers like IBM’s Watson — its only a matter of time! Check out the use of animation from a recent Medical Device Summit:

Steve Levine reports on The Living Heart Project which enables realistic simulation. At a time when the industry is facing some of its toughest challenges, more than 200 regulators, engineers, and healthcare leaders came together in Chicago at the American Medical Device (AMD) Summit in October, to discuss the state of the medical device industry and focus on opportunities to accelerate innovation, with increased predictability and profitability. From a regulatory, patient and payer perspective, medical device business models are changing, creating an environment that has rendered sustainable innovation elusive for many medical device companies seeking to grow their top line as well as bottom line.

These shifts in the marketplace are pressuring the balancing act between corporate efficiency, time to market, and predictable patient outcomes. It has raised an essential question for the future of the medical device industry—how to restructure to remain competitive and compliant while simultaneously meeting the needs of the patient, provider, and enterprise? The healthcare industry is finding answers in an unlikely place, by turning to a resource traditionally associated with more traditional manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace.

Poverty Simulation Helps Shape Future Healthcare Professionals

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Has your nursing program considered running a poverty simulation? Help your healthcare learners not only see the benefits of simulation outside the lab context, but also better understand the difficulties faced by less fortunate members of your community. Here’s how NDSU is using simulation to teach their nursing students about poverty:

Students at the NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck will get a glimpse into how a family in poverty navigates the complexities of life. More than 60 senior nursing students are scheduled to take part in a poverty simulation experience at Bismarck State College.

During the simulation, the nursing students will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities while interacting with various community resources.

Brittney Mueller, simulation coordinator at NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health, said the goal is to enable participants to view poverty from different angles and begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money over an extended period of time. “As nurses embark on their careers, they will one day work with patients facing difficult decisions on a regular basis,” said Mueller. “Deciding whether to buy food or pay for health care is something that some people may face on a monthly basis.


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Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

At the 2016 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego, California, Laerdal Medical queried the experts in attendance on a variety of topics, including “Is simulation just about the simulator?” With innovations in technology expanding teaching and learning options over the past decade, simulation has become an integral part of medical education at all levels. During the event Laerdal covered a series of important questions with the following video interview topics.

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Laerdal’s Ask the Experts Series:

  1. Does Simulation Work?
  2. How does deliberate practice and debriefing work?
  3. How do I make a case for simulation?
  4. Is simulation just about the simulator?
  5. How do people manage the process of change?
  6. How do people sustain their simulation programs?
  7. What makes a good supplier partner for simulation?

Watch the entire 7 videos series from Laerdal here!

News Medical Interview with Simulation Thought Leader Regarding Role Playing in Healthcare Education

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A little while ago on News Medical, Catherine Stoddart MBA, MSc, Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust provided an interview regarding the use of role play simulation in her healthcare education program. Here are some excerpts from the article by James White, MPsych:

Do you think it would be worth like having refresher training for senior staff so they don’t become biased?

Yes, I do. I think one of the really hard things that happens particularly around patient experience is that people may have really good clinical care and the last thing they remember about their visit, is the fact that their discharge drugs arrived on time or a staff member was rude about arranging transport etc.

It’s a bit like going to Italy and then your plane’s late on the way home, and the last thing you remember is that you arrived three hours late and got an extra parking ticket, which spoilt the whole experience.

I think there’s something around how you show that to people, in a way that is good for senior staff, because we get used to some unfortunate facts, like we may say, “Oh sorry. You are ready to go home but it will take four hours for you to get discharge forms.” We get used to these difficulties and normalize them. But in actual fact it’s not acceptable because that’s what they’ll remember.

What type of training would you like to see taught to the next generation of healthcare within NHS? What would you like see implemented within the NHS?

We’re going to need simulation for technical skills for all disciplines along with covering the spectrum of high fidelity and then scenarios that are integrated education early on in their careers.

If I use an example again from Australia, the first year of undergraduate education in every discipline at one of the universities is taught together, 14 disciplines. You build inter-disciplinary trust and understanding for the basic education and skills of others.

The 14 professions will include medicine from this year. They have their professional subject matter, but subjects like communication, philosophy, quality and all those types of values are taught together.

We currently have a weird phenomenon where kids that are integrated in secondary schools are subdivided by discipline or profession at university and then brought back together in a working environment, and expected to form a cohesive group.

I would like to see us exploring that idea and you use simulation and team based learning. That brings a fundamental trust straight off because you understand other disciplines’ educational perspective. I’d love to see that within the NHS.

Read the full interview on News Medical’s website!

The Complete Healthcare Simulation Library

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Have you seen all the latest healthcare simulation books? There has been quite a new number of texts since HealthySimulation.com began in 2010. Check out the latest list of all the best healthcare simulation book here:


Did we forgot a book? Email us and let us know and we’ll add it!

Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

Looking to further your graduate level education in healthcare simulation? Check out the Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Certificate program from RMU:

This graduate-level certificate offers health sciences educators the opportunity to gain current knowledge and experience in techniques related to simulation facilitation, instruction, and leadership. This certificate program prepares graduates for the CHSE examination. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective simulation facilitation/instructional strategies
  • Integrate standards for best practice within your simulation program
  • Incorporate simulation measurement and evaluation strategies to enhance program outcomes
  • Determine priorities for funding of simulation research projects
  • Identify leadership strategies to enhance success of a simulation program
  • Utilize innovative trends such as TeamSTEPPS teamwork training in designing experiences
  • Explore technologies appropriate for use in a simulation laboratory

You can earn this certificate with three convenient eight-week online classes designed for working professionals, the first of which we will cover today:

Class 1: Leadership in Simulation Facilitation and Instruction

This course explores current research in high fidelity simulation and education, through the use of both manikins and standardized patients. This course is taught by Donna McDermott, MSN, CHSE, who is an assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University. A Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Donna has a wealth of experience with simulation center accreditation and incorporating simulation throughout undergraduate and graduate curriculum.Special focus is given to:

  • Scenario facilitation and design
  • INACSL standards for best practices
  • Prebriefing and facilitation
  • Debriefing and evaluation

Stay tuned for more class breakdowns or
visit the RMU Sim Certificate Program Webpage to learn more now!

S-Scope Stethoscope Simulator from MT Tool – IMSH 2016 Interview

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At IMSH, HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview a new auscultation simulator in the guise of a stethoscope. This simple-to-use product allows you to simulate body sounds in-order to teach learners about the specific sounds of the body. We had a chance to check out the included app and considered the ability to add your own sounds very useful! Check out our interview below:

About MT Tool

MT Tool is a group of people with backgrounds in medicine, teaching, manufacturing, and engineering, providing teaching tools to enhance the learning experience of medical students through simulation. After taking on multiple projects related to medical education we recognized an opportunity to provide a more accessible, easier to use simulation stethoscope and app, to bring a more realistic learning experience to a larger number of students. Meanwhile we are ready and willing to take on custom projects, and help bring your medical teaching tool concepts to reality. When it comes to simulation stethoscopes you have choices. The MT S-Scope and App offer a new option for bringing versatility to the classroom and lab. Contact us today with questions or for anything we might be able to help you with.

Included with the S-Scope Kit:

  • MT S-Scope Simulation Stethoscope with built in receiver
  • Smart device preloaded with the original MT S-Scope App
  • Dual USB charging station with cables
  • Durable hard plastic storage and transportation case

Teaching Opportunities:

  • Offers learning in a variety of ways; seeing, listening, and doing
  • Helps students understand the nuances of different sounds
  • Makes it easy for faculty to use in the lab with minimal setup
  • Brings a higher level of fidelity into the testing arena
  • Student can be asked to identify a sound in real time
  • Makes an OSCE encounter more realistic

Once a student places the stethoscope on the appropriate listening post the instructor / SP activates the sound file. The student hears the sounds through the stethoscope. Setup is as simple as pairing the scope with the device that will be used to transmit the sounds. The stethoscope is completely wireless and receives stethoscope sounds from the device at a range of up to 30 feet. Scopes come packaged with device and app, including multiple different heart and lung sounds with optional cases. Instructors are also free to use their own devices and sound files.

The first generation MT S-Scope App allows users to access proprietary stethoscope sound files for a variety of conditions. Case files are included to provide an enhanced learning experience, with complete sets of sounds for each case. Sound files can also be accessed directly for each condition to aid in the evaluation process. The simple and easy to use app is ideal for OSCE encounters. Standardized patients simply tap the appropriate listening post icon to play the corresponding sound through the student’s MT S-Scope. Case files are perfect for teaching. At the end of each case the user is prompted to select an organ, which takes them to the listening post icon map for the selected case. The app gives students a more realistic auscultation experience. Current standard cases include Pneumonia, COPD, Crohn’s Disease and Asthma, which include 33 unique stethoscope recordings.

Learn more at the MT Tool website today!

New Mobile App ‘Serious Games’ Help Train Surgeons

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Yesterday we covered how useful a LinkedIn account is for finding medical simulation resources, which you can read about here. Today another fascinating article popped up on our feed regarding two new games that are designed to improve the performance of Surgeons!

Marlies Schijven is a Professor of Surgery who is also the Chair on Serious Gaming, Simulation and Applied Mobile Healthcare. In close collaboration with Dutch game companies, she developed two apps that surgeons in training can use to practice their skills with a mobile game. According to Schijven, “Lots of people like playing a quick game on their smartphone. You can take advantage of that.” The apps are designed for professionals; you need to have medical expertise to be able to answer the questions correctly. The first, Medialis from game company Little Chicken, helps you learn how to quickly make decisions. You race against the clock to answer multiple choice questions about medical issues, such as removing a gallbladder using keyhole surgery or respiratory problems. At the end of the game, you can share your score with colleagues or with your instructor, says Schijven. You can challenge other players, and keep track of your score or share it by SMS, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

The game “Medialis’ can be downloaded in Google Play and the Itunes Appstore.

The second app is called “Dr Game: Surgeon Trouble” and was developed by the game company “WeirdBeard” in close collaboration with the experts from AMC. During the game, something goes wrong with the equipment that is essential for a laparoscopic surgeon. The player needs to go into trouble-shooter mode to solve the problem. According to Schijven, it’s the first time that apps like this are available which have been thoroughly medically evaluated in advance – both games have been validated by the AMC. “We have shown that surgeons perform better thanks to gaming. That’s why it’s logical to develop mobile games. For example, in a test situation, surgeons in training who play Dr Game re ­ cognise problems more quickly, and are better at solving them than surgeons who were trained the ‘old -fashioned’ way. As from 2016, both games are obligatory for our medical residents to use in preparation for laparoscopic training”

The game ‘Dr. Game Surgeon Trouble’ can be downloaded for free in Google Play and the Itunes Appstore.

Read the full article about the games on LinkedIn!

EMS Webinar Tomorrow Wed. Dec. 2nd 2PM EST – “A Look at the Statistics Behind Our Assessments”

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Join EMS tomorrow Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 pm EST (1:00 pm CST; 12:00 pm MST; 11:00 am PST) for a free and informational webinar “A Look at the Statistics Behind Our Assessments”.

Abstract: Statistics are ubiquitous in academia. They’re used to assess the performance of learners on a variety of objectives, and careful calculation of statistics is vital to properly evaluate the learners as well as the evaluator. Different rubrics and assessment tools cannot necessarily be subject to the same type of statistics. In this talk, the presenter will take a step back to the basic use of statistics for evaluating learners and convey an array of ideas and methods behind the statistical models. This presentation will not require a mathematical background.

Presented by:

Daniel J. Backlund, Ph.D.
Director of Simulation IT
The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Click here to register.

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Med Students Crunch Data, Examine Trends – Every first and second year student at the NYU School of Medicine is required to do what’s called a ‘health care by the numbers’ project. Students are given access to an enormous database with more than 5 million anonymous records — information on every hospital patient in the state for the preceding two years. More>>

Trauma Patients Assessed More Quickly After Caregivers Receive Simulation Training – Injured patients were evaluated and received medical imaging tests 30% faster after an innovative performance improvement project was enacted at one hospital. More>>

Multitasking in the ER Means More Patient Safety Hazards – Even after emergency physicians had acclimated to a new commercial electronic health record (EHR), they increased their tasks performed per minute by nearly 12 percent, increasing the potential for patient safety hazards. The results of a study of one hospital’s transition from a homegrown EHR to a commercial EHR were published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. More>>

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Medical, nursing, and allied health schools, hospitals, and counseling programs use EMS’ suite of products to more efficiently manage clinical simulation centers, effectively evaluate learner performance, and digitally document simulated events. As the leader in clinical simulation management technology since its founding in 1994, EMS offers a single platform for mannequin- and actor-based medical simulation training with one-call support for both software and hardware. EMS provides a complete turnkey solution that includes integrated software and hardware, design and planning, engineering, configuration, installation, training, file backup, and support.

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