23rd Annual SESAM Healthcare Simulation Conference Taking Registrations for June Paris Event

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The SESAM 2017 Annual Meeting will offer a variety of engaging keynote lectures and state-of-the-art sessions, a powerful selection of educational workshops, and a exhibition hall providing a great opportunity to connect with exhibiting companies and observe the latest products and technology. For the first time, the meeting is being supported by the SimGHOSTS organization with technical content and discounted registrations for Sim Tech staff. As well, the fourth international SimChallenge competition for medical students will take place during the event, where teams of medical students will have a chance to compete against each other in challenging simulated clinical scenarios. Full details and program schedule available on the SESAM website.

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Keynote and Plenary Speakers:

  • François Taddei – Director of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity
  • Vinay Nadkarni – Professor and Endowed Chair at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Leslie Graham – Professor, Nursing University of Ontario
  • Scott Crawford -Assistant Professor Associate Program Director Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (President of SimGHOSTS)
  • Debra Nestel – Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University & Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation

Register now for the SESAM 2017 Paris Meeting!

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Lebanon’s LAU Medical Simulation Conference Opens in Beirut

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This morning at the Metropolitan Hilton in Beirut, Lebanon, the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie School of Medicine 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, under the patronage of His Excellency The President of The Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, opened with a focus on Simulation for Education and Patient Safety.

Dr. Vanda Abi Raad, MD, MHPE Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Director and Clinical Simulation Center Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee helped co-chair the event alongside SESAM President Antoine Tesniere. The event was supported by SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

Dr. René Amalberti, MD, PhD Senior Advisor of Patient Safety for Haute Autorité de Santé France provided the opening keynote “Adapting medical simulation to the rapid massive structural and organizational changes occurring in healthcare”. Dr. Amalberti is a professor of medicine, physiology, and ergonomics – who after a residency in psychiatry, joined the Air Force in 1977, and graduated in aerospace medicine, obtaining a permanent military research position in 1982. He retired with the rank of general in February 2008 and is now working part-time as Senior Advisor, Patient Safety, at the Haute Autorité de Santé.

Dr. Amalberti explained that the costs of healthcare will dramatically in the next few decades as the population continues to grow and age. For example to this audience, he reminded us that the population aged over 60 in Lebanon will more than double by 2050 to 31%. Furthermore, he explained that simulation is a perfect fit for many of the challenges that will be facing healthcare as this demand continues to increase.

  • Develop training on interfaces and distant communication among professionals
  • Provide specific training scenario on the coordination between hospitals and primary care
  • Broaden the type of professionals involved to capture the true variety of pros involve in patients journey
  • Connect the time frame of training to the patient journey
  • Improve scenarios and debriefings introducing a larger range of strategies

He explained that by optimizing strategies to adopt best practices and working conditions you can better manage risks to increase control, recover, mitigate and innovate.

Dr. Amalberti’s latest book “Safer Healthcare Strategies for the Real World” is available for download for free. The opening ceremonies continued with Antoine Tesniere, President of SESAM.

Follow @HealthySim and @SESAMSimulation for all the conference updates!

IMSH 2016 Opens in San Diego

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The 16th annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare launched yesterday and the number of new companies entering our space is staggering. Perhaps the reason has something to do with SSH President Chad Epps announcement during the opening ceremonies that this was the most attended IMSH event ever with over 2500 attendees! The opening ceremonies received a standing ovation after a number of champions from around the world shared their personal stories that connected their lives to the opportunities of simulation. It was a fantastic way to remind the community that the end goal of simulation, is the patient safety outcomes that come with improved training and healthier professional communication practices.

HealthySimulation will be interviewing many of the vendors tomorrow so stay tuned for all our upcoming video content highlighting the latest in simulation technologies.

For now, check out these quick announcements that were sent our way:

Operative Experience Strengthens Business with Lou Oberndorf as Significant Investor and Chairman. Learn more here.

New Lap Team Training from 3D Systems (Simbionix)
At IMSH, experience the new high fidelity laparoscopic team training capability that allows several trainees to work on one LAP Mentor procedure simultaneously.
Read More…

Two Places to Witness the Latest in Motion Tracking for Healthcare Applications

At IMSH next week, there are two places to witness the latest in motion tracking for healthcare applications: 1) the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase on Sunday afternoon, and 2) the Polhemus booth, #527. See a live demo of the MicroSensor 1.8, designed specifically for a cardiac catheterization simulator. Complimentary technologies, such as the FastSCAN II 3D laser scanner and the OmniView eye tracker will also be on display.

Be the first to see all that’s new in CAE Healthcare booths #600 and #608!

During the 16th Annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, we will debut a number of never-before-seen patient, surgical, and center management solutions, with new advancements in educational content.

Come explore the latest developments in simulation training technology and partake in compelling, live demonstrations.

  • Follow an intense medical emergency scenario, featuring patient simulators Lucina and METIman
  • Catch round-the-clock demos of our LearningSpace and Replay audiovisual and center management solutions (Booth #608)
  • Witness hyper-realistic surgical cut suit simulations for tactical combat trauma, conducted by Strategic Operations

… and prepare to be amazed by a few surprises!

Laerdal Medical is proud to closely collaborate with these partners. Together, we are able to better understand real user needs so that efficient learning solutions may be implemented locally. We invite you to visit our partner’s booths at IMSH 2016.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Booth #1004 – Discover how our partnership has resulted in collaborative programs and products that contribute to the health and well-being of newborns, infants, and children around the world. Booth #1004

HealthStream – Booth #701: Stop by and ask about HealthStream and Laerdal’s delivery of the new American Heart Association electronic learning solutions for BLS, ACLS, and PALS training.

NLN – Booth #800: Engage with the NLN about collaborative efforts to harness simulation and technology to advance excellence in nursing education including SIRC, SESN, and vSim for Nursing. Booth #800

AHA – Booth #701: Get hands-on with the competency-based RQI training program for high-quality CPR and improved patient outcomes. Learn about the problem of rapid skills decay and the solution that RQI offers.

Blue Street Capital – #800: Connect with our partners from Blue Street Capital who can work with you to find the best financial solution to maximize the benefits of financing and leasing.


Remedy Simulation Group is excited to be attending IMSH 2016 in San Diego! Please come see our new simulation products, review our contract manufacturing options, and meet “Crystal” our Rapid Anatomy™ model. We look forward to talking with you at booth #730!


SynDaver, EMS announce partnership at IMSH

SAN DIEGO – SynDaver Labs and Education Management Services (EMS) have teamed up and plan to showcase their new partnership at theInternational Meeting for Simulation and Healthcare from January 17-20.                        

During the three-day conference the two companies will demonstrate what they believe to be the most medically accurate and comprehensive medical training simulation system built to date. This system will utilize a combination of SynDaver’s flagship Synthetic Patient model and EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ operating platform.

Follow @HealthySim and #IMSH2016 for all the latest!

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SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Early-Bird Registration Ends Today!



The 5th annual healthcare simulation technology hands-on training event SimGHOSTS is being hosted by the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center this August 4th-7th in sunny Los Angeles California.

Early-bird registration ends today so sign up now for a big discount!

SimGHOSTS provides educational support for simulation technicians or clinical educators responsible for operating healthcare simulation technology. The courses offered range from beginner to advanced in all categories, including:

  • Manikin programming and repair
  • Audio/visual system design, integration and consolidation
  • IT networking and debugging
  • Trauma moulage makeup
  • Video production and editing
  • Team communication and technical leadership
  • Medical pharmacology for non-healthcare staff
  • Professional development workshops
  • And much more…

Receive training and explore the latest technologies from 20 leading simulation vendors including Level 3 Healthcare, Laerdal Medical, CAE Healthcare, Gaumard Scientific, Pocket Nurse, B-Line Medical, EMS and many more!

Fun Event with Serious Value

“Everyone involved in operating simulation needs to be at SimGHOSTS!” -North Central Texas College Health Sciences Sim Coordinator Amy Wise. Watch what other champs have to say.

There are only a handful of $425.00 early-bird registrations left so sign up now to guarantee the best passes and hotel rates. Use discount code “FIFTHTIME” for early bird rate which ends today! Registration includes complimentary annual subscription to our global community website valued at $135.00 USD.

Learn more at SimGHOSTS.org!

Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine 21st Annual Meeting: Belfast June 24-26

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James Murray MD, Director Clinical Skills Education Centre of the The Queens University of Belfast and friends of SESAM wrote me to share that their next event will be moved to June of 2015 hosted at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast!

About SESAM From Their Website:

Our Mission is to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care for the purpose of training and research. We are not affiliated to any medical or other speciality. Members have a wide and varied background within healthcare and medical education, but all with an interest and passion in medical simulation. If you are using simulation techniques or are considering doing so, please consider supporting the society and join SESAM’s dynamic simulation community as a member.  This will bring you in contact with international protagonists of simulation. Are you planning to host a meeting on medical simulation?  Please consider to make it a SESAM affiliated meeting.  Talk to a member of the EC about the conditions!  Read about the many other networking opportunities, discount options with our affiliated partners and benefits of being a member.

About 2015

Plans for the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine in Belfast are progressing and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Belfast in 9 months’ time.  We are taking this opportunity to update you on some important aspects of the conference preparations.

Date Change for 2015: This year we have decided to change the format of the Meeting.We will begin with a half day on Wednesday 24th June 2015 and finish on Friday 26th June 2015.

Announcement of Keynote Speakers: We are very excited to announce three of our Keynote Speakers:

Michael Goode
Michael L. Good,MD, is the ninth and current dean of the University Of Florida College of Medicine, where he focuses on the professional development of nearly 1,000 clinical and research faculty as well as the continued strengthening of the educational curricula for the more than 1,600 learners. Dr. Good serves on the Board of Directors for UF Health Shands and chairs the Board of Directors for the UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville. In his 20-plus years on the faculty, Dr. Good has held numerous leadership positions at UF and its clinical affiliates. Before being named interim dean of the College of Medicine in May 2008, he served as senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the college and chief of staff for UF Health Shands Hospital and Shands AGH. His leadership experience also extends to the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, where he served as chief of staff and system medical director, respectively.

Professor William McGaghie
Bill is the Director, Ralph P. Leischner, Jr. MD Institute for Medical Education
Professor of Medical Education, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He has published extensively in health professions education, simulation-based education, preventive medicine, and related fields. He holds joint appointments at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. He will offer unique insight into simulation based educational research, faculty development, and interprofessional programs that unite future physicians, nurses, and health science researchers to create a more cohesive team resulting in better patient care.

Pam Kato
Pamela M. Kato, Ed.M., Ph.D. joined Coventry University in the UK in 2014 as Professor of Serious Games to provide strategic leadership to the Serious Games Institute to increase their research impact and create ground-breaking technologies. Dr. Kato received her Masters degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine. As the founding President and CEO at HopeLab in Silicon Valley, she led the efforts to develop and conduct research on Re-Mission, a ground-breaking serious game shown to improve adherence to cancer treatment among young people with cancer in the most scientifically rigorously designed randomized trial on a video game to date. As the owner of P. M. Kato Consulting, she helped companies make award-winning and effective serious games for health. Her clients included Healthy Solutions, Grendel Games (Netherlands), Sanofi-Aventis (France), Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Belgium), the Ministry of Health Holdings (Singapore) and Halmstad University (Sweden). Her research appears in peer-reviewed journals and she writes about her work in an award-winning blog (pamkato.com). She was a guest professor at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg in 2012 and adjunct faculty at University College Utrecht. She also held a positon as Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford Hospital in Pediatrics from 2001 to 2008 and was a Visiting Scholar at MIT in their Comparative Media Studies from 2002 to 2003.

Learn more about this meeting at the SESAMBelfast2015.com website!

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ASPiH UK 2013 Simulation Conference Video Coverage & Interviews – Part 1

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This November I was invited to attend ASPiH at the famous Majestic Hotel in Harrogate England, alongside other sim tech training event SimGHOSTS leadership Ryan Eling and Joey Failma. ASPiH, which stands for the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, was having its fourth annual meeting with more than 400 in attendance. Watch the Part 1 of our video coverage below:

I had a chance to sit down with current ASPiH President and Director of Nottingham University’s Trent Simulation Center Dr. Bryn Baxendale to learn more about this innovative event and professional organization.

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Dr. Baxendale Interview Highlights:

  • ASPiH successfully brings together simulation users from across disciplines for conferences and networking.
  • The organization also links directly to political action for professional awareness supporting the need for innovation with new ways to educate and develop the workforce.

Next week we will post the full interview with Bryn so stay tuned for more there.

Now because in the UK government plays a larger role in national healthcare, the opening keynote by Professor Ieuan Ellis, Chair for the UK Council of Deans of Health was a powerful reminder to attendees about the challenges in healthcare that simulation can specifically address. A key takeaway there is the use of medical simulation to decrease the length of time it takes to implement new healthcare practices throughout the system.

In the multi-day Tech hall Simulation Technology Specialists shared their home-made do-it-yourself simulation lab innovations and presented to one another about the recent operational successes of their programs. Ryan Eling presented on consolidating control panels in the sim control room, and I presented on film-making techniques which can increase sim lab realism and learning opportunities. Jane Nicklin, Strategic Clinical Skills Advisor at Leeds Metropolitan University and ASPiH Tech SIG Co-chair, spoke with me to explain not just the rapid growth of support by ASPiH leadership for technical course content but also the technical workforce development project with Higher Education England. You can also download a short powerpoint of updates here.

Key Takeaways from Jane:

  •  At ASPiH 2012 in Oxford, there was only one session of Technical presentations. Now in 2013, Tech Room is running for the full two day event.
  • ASPiH recognizes need to better support emerging professional community of Simulation Technicians.
  • Realization that Sim Techs come from a range of backgrounds and are not being professional supported with initial or ongoing training. Most of current tech labor force has developed home-grown skill sets.
  • Connection with SimGHOSTS for collaborative support discussions.
  • UK Higher Education England supported national survey of Sim Tech work force, which has lead to the development of a pilot paid apprenticeship training program for about 20 Sim Techs around the country.

Part 2 is now available here, which covers more of the conference sessions including an important keynote from Dr. Barry Issenberg! In the mean time, visit www.aspih.org.uk to learn more about ASPiH today!

Sim Tech Training Event Coming to Australia in 2014

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SimGHOSTS, which stands for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is expanding its annual hands-on training meeting for Sim Techs by launching a second event in Australia next year! While the non-profit organization is still selecting a USA-host for next year’s ongoing meeting, today they announced a 2nd meeting to take place at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the Queensland region of Australia.

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As the founder of this non-profit organization I have been thrilled to create support almost 1,000 simulation technology specialist champions over the past three years. Witnessing the continued presence of Sim Techs from Australia at the SimGHOSTS event, I knew we had to start to connect the growing international community of simulation technology specialists by providing the same desperately needed support to champions “down under”.

This event will be an opportunity for simulation professionals to come and learn from simulation technology leaders and leading industry vendors. There will be hands-on workshops, pre-conference courses and podium presentations covering a variety of topics, including: Moulage, Audiovisual technology, Simulator programming, Hardware maintenance and configuration, Information technology, Basic medical training and much more.

SimGHOSTS 2013 Testimonials:

Interested in being a leader at SG14-AUS? You can already submit a presentation proposal to SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia! The community has even put together a list of nifty courses they would like to see at SimGHOSTS!

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Visit the new SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia page to learn more!

CAE Healthcare’s World HPSN San Francisco Conference June 30th – July 2nd

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Share Your Expertise at HPSN World 2013! 

Make plans to join CAE at HPSN World 2013 this June 30-July 2 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. More than 1,000 simulation educators and students from around theworld will attend their annual conference.

CAE’s website is now accepting registrations and session proposals at hpsn.com. Share your expertise and creativity by becoming an HPSN World 2013 facilitator.

Submit Your Proposal in Any of the Following Categories:

  • Immersive Sessions with Simulator for small groups or with audience participation.
  • Podium Presentations presenting research or best practices.
  • Round Table Discussions of dynamic topics in simulation.
  • Expert Panel Presentations of three to four experts on hot topics in simulation.
  • Poster Sessions presenting progress in research and unique accomplishments.

Deadline is Feb. 28th!

Click here to learn more or send your submission.

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HPSN World 2013
June 30 – July 2
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street – San Francisco, CA 94103

SESAM 2013, June 13 – 15 in Paris!

The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) has announced their 19th Annual Meeting!


From their website: “This meeting will be an outstanding occasion for the SESAM to gather simulation users from all over Europe, but also to a larger extent from other continents, and exchange about scientific, educational, and many others aspects of Simulation in Healthcare. All our efforts will be focused on bringing you the utmost scientific content, in an area totally dedicated to Science. Among the different topics of interest for simulation, our goal is to get insights from experts on the proper integration of simulation programs into curricula, the use of virtual reality and numeric simulation, and the impact of simulation on patient outcomes.”

Key Details:

Congress 19th Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine

Dates: June, 13 to 15, 2013

Place: Centre de Congrès de la Villette in Paris- France

Website: www.sesamparis2013.com

Official Language: English

Meet HealthySimulation at IMSH 2013!

Are you attending the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2013 later this month in Orlando and interested in scheduling some face-time with HealthySimulation.com founder and medical simulation consultant Lance Baily?  Email Lance today to setup a time to say hello and get insights to your medical simulation questions!

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Setup a time today through email or find Lance on the exhibit room floor or teaching his session “Challenges in AV Technology” with Todd Summerson.