Final Countdown for Early-Bird Rate Begins for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA – Aug. 1-4 at WakeMed Raleigh

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Sim Champs — its the “Final Countdown” for big savings to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina this August 1st-4th with early-bird registration!

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our 7th annual hands-on training event!  SimGHOSTS is working with Simulation Champion Dr. Amar Patel to bring the 2017 USA event to the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh, North Carolina! We cannot wait to showcase this amazing facility, team, and program to the world’s leading simulation technology specialists.  Save the date so you can join us there in August!

Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Brochure here


Early-Bird ENDS JULY 1st! $473
Standard (July 2nd – August 2nd): $597

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

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*New Thought* Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!


Platinum Sponsor – simAlliance

Once again, Level 3 Healthcare through simAlliance is sponsoring this year’s Keynote Address and Opening Reception!

The Keynote address will be given by Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore.  Dr. Gillett’s presentation will explore new simulation technologies, how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems, and lessons for the successful development, growth, and support of staff who operate simulation programs from his numerous administrative roles.

The Opening Reception Comedy Show & Networking Event will be held at Raleigh’s premiere comedy club “Goodnight’s”! This world famous venue for stand-up comedians has been putting on a show since 1983, with dinner & drink specials from its bar & grill. Bus transportation, taco bar dinner and drinks are on us thanks to simAlliance!

Laerdal, CAE Healthcare, EMS SimulationIQ will also be returning as Gold Sponsors to the event, providing hands-on technical workshops throughout the event!

Unable to join us in US this August? Join SimGHOSTS this month at SESAM with a special track or Singapore this November!

Learn more and Register for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA here!

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Next Wednesday Morning: Watch SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address Sponsored by Level 3 Medical

Level 3 Medical

Level 3 Medical has sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA @ CHEST (#SG14USA) keynote address, presented by recently appointed SimGHOSTS President James Cypert! This event will be broadcast and streamed LIVE Wednesday morning Day 1 of the main event at the American College of CHEST Physicians in greater Chicago, IL – so even if you can’t make the USA event this year you should mark your calendar to watch this free session.


SimGHOSTS proudly introduces Level 3 Medical as the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Medical is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team has added a special plenary panel Friday morning to dive deeper into the Level 3 Medical build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program. Be sure to stop by their booth to learn how they can help your simulation program too!

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert will present on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He will begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this year’s keynote address is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

Level 3 Medical Sponsored SimGHOSTS 2014: USA Keynote address “Of Mice and Geeks: Elevating the Dialog Through Research”

James Cypert – Technology Director – California Baptist University, President, SimGHOSTS

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When the concept of “research” for the typical geek invokes images of Gandalf at Minas Tirith frantically searching through the hordes of scrolls and tombs looking for information about the One Ring. For others, it could be an image of Master Yoda and Obi‑Wan in the Jedi Temple discovering the betrayal of Anakin. That imagery aside, research is fundamentally exactly this, a search for the truth of any matter, and research can be done by anyone. In fact, we all conduct research at various levels. The issue at hand however, is how does one go about conducting research that is acceptable to others that is well‑formed, and answers definitively any given question. With that in mind the purpose of this session is to explore the basic research methods for the simulation technician.

The learning objectives of this keynote are:

1. Acquire knowledge about basic research methods
2. Identify the core components conducting of research
3. Discuss possible topics for SimGHOSTS community research focus
4. Identify individuals in the community that can be used as resources for research

James will present basic research methods that everyone can apply, then begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research. To wrap up the session the facilitator will invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research.

About Level 3 Medical:

The medical division of Level 3 has been providing advanced multimedia solutions in minimally invasive surgical environments and simulation centers since 2007. This Phoenix based medical engineering group has pioneered designs in telehealth, live HD video distribution, recording, archiving, content management and media retrieval systems for medical universities, teaching hospitals and simulation labs. Level 3 Medical’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use case and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow, profitability and/or learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Level 3 Medical was founded as a division of Level 3 Audio Visual who has been well established in the commercial industry since 1996. Level 3 AV had been working with a major medical university on their classroom presentation technology when they were presented with a challenge from the Dean of Anatomy. Level 3 AV was asked to design and build a cordless, wireless, mobile HD video cart for their anatomy lab. The Dean and his faculty had several uses in mind for this cart but Its main purpose was to capture high definition video from a student’s cadaver, transmit that video to an AV head end, store and meta-tag the captured video while simultaneously transmitting the video back out to twenty, high definition, LCD monitors dispersed around the lab as well as to a secondary lab located across the campus. A secondary purpose of this cart was for the creation of video text books that could be produced and stored online as an additional reference for the medical staff and students.

The creation and use of this cart was a major success for both Level 3 Medical as well as the University. Level 3 Medical realized they had just created one of, if not the first ever, high definition telemedicine carts and, for the University, use of this cart was shown to increase both test scores as well as enrollment.

Level 3 Medical is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of applying current technology to existing medical work spaces, medical training centers and simulation labs.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Level 3 Medical Opening Keynote Address Page Wednesday morning to get the link!


Serious Games & Virtual Environment Showcase @ IMSH 2014

Fire Chief Eric B. Bauman, PhD, RN, Paramedic just emailed to remind HealthySim readers about the upcoming video game technology showcase at January’s IMSH 2014 in San Francisco!

serious games winner i-human

(Craig Knocke of I-Human receiving the Best in Show award at the 3rd Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade and Showcase for small or entrepreneurial company from Dr. Eric B. Bauman).

Join us at IMSH 2014 for the 4th annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment (VE) Arcade and Showcase. The Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade and Showcase provides an environment where users of virtual and game-based technology can collaborate and network with students, clinicians, educators, start-ups, as well as small and large established companies.

If you have a serious game, virtual environment or related innovative technology designed for clinical education we want to see it at the Arcade and Showcase.  Inclusion criteria are primarily based on the ability of the participant to provide hands on interactive experiences for IMSH attendees to engage in. While the interactive experience generally relates to some sort of media or multi-media experience, this is not required. Experiences should occur in a virtual environment or through game-play. 

All presenters are eligible for Best-in-Show awards.  Awards criteria include attending to the creativity, interactivity and or game experience that each “product” provides.  Other facets of evaluation include: Organization, Ease of Use, Level of Fidelity, Customizability, Innovation, and Adaptability.

Submit your abstract and download the Serious Games and VE Arcade and Showcase FAQ today! Follow this group on twitter hashtag: #IMSHArcade.

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Tacit Knowledge (From Simulation) Adds to Situational Awareness

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Richard B. Gasaway PhD, Fire Chief, RET. shared a recent post on his website Situational Awareness Matters!™ about the benefits of “tacit knowledge”. What is tacit knowledge? Richard explains:

“Tacit knowledge is the collection of life’s experiences, education and training that reside outside conscious awareness.  It’s the knowledge one possess that helps guide intuition, a vital component to making high-stress, high-consequence, split second decisions.

As you go through life you purposefully acquire a lot of information. You also acquire as much, if not more, information unintentionally. Your senses are very perceptive to environmental clues and cues and they’re always processing and analyzing what is happening around you. While you may not know it, your brain is recording and storing some of those experiences. That is part of your tacit knowledge.

As you consciously navigate through life you are also perceiving and storing information. Some of this information you can recall quickly and flawlessly. Some if it is difficult to remember. The information stored, but outside of the ready recall region, is in part, tacit knowledge.

As you have similar experiences over and over again, your brain stores patterns of information from those experiences that become routines your brain can call up that will guide your decision making. Those stored patterns are, in part, tacit knowledge.”

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At WISER’S Nursing Symposium on Simulation last week, Director Dr. Paul Phrampus reminded us during his opening keynote that simulation provides for a learned experience which adds to the experiences available to healthcare professionals when they encounter a patient.  Thus, the tacit knowledge gained from simulations can add to both the conscious and unconscious experience healthcare learners have when engaging future patients. Just like coaches always tell us when playing a new sport, “you need to build muscle memory” – which is not something exactly understood or explained to others.

And indeed, Richard continues this theory by sharing just how we develop tacit knowledge: “The only way to develop tacit knowledge is exposure to new experiences (i.e., learning) and repetitive exposure to existing experiences (i.e., practice). Novices can advance the development of tacit knowledge by training in realistic and repetitive scenarios and by exposure to lessons of past successes and failures (near-miss reports, case studies, line of duty death reports, videos, etc.).”

Read Richard’s entire article on Tacit Knowledge and Situational Awareness for more powerful insights into tacit knowledge, which clearly has a direct relationship to medical simulation.

Richard B. Gasaway is a scholar-practitioner with a passion for improving workplace safety. In addition to serving 33 years on the front lines as a firefighter, EMT-Paramedic and fire chief, he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree while studying how individuals, teams and organizations develop and maintain situational awareness and make decisions in high stress, high consequence, time compressed environments. Dr. Gasaway is widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading authorities on first responder situational awareness and decision making. Visit his website to learn more.

Medical Simulation Books

medical simulation books

Medical Simulation books can really help your sim lab program grow!  I just added a new widget to the right column of so that you can see all the latest recommended reading library for starting or growing a healthcare simulation program. 

Medical simulation books cover topics ranging from nursing scenario development, curriculum integration, collaborative simulation program development, day-to-day operations, administration, moulage creation, types of manikin products available, lab design and much much more! I have read all of the medical simulation books listed above and find that each has key pieces of the puzzle for operating a healthcare simulation program.

Medical Simulation books are great ways to gain additional experience from successful simulation champions, but don’t forget that the technology continues to rapidly transform this educational methodology and your community will remain the most “up-to-date” resource available for your clinical simulation program needs. To find more community support in medical simulation administration, visit, and to find more community support in the simulation technology specialist position visit SimGHOSTS.Org!

Check out all of these texts today for your holiday ‘wish-lists’!

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myMETI – Free Educational & Learning Materials

Medical Simulation Learning Materials

myMETI is a free medical simulation resource webpage provided by CAE Healthcare (& METI).  On myMETI you can find all of the following:

  • Free METI scenario samples
  • Scenario development tools
  • Simulation Effectiveness Tools
  • Simulator orientations
  • Forums boards
  • Programming tips & tutorials
  • Müse installation files
  • Müse & MetiVision installation tutorials
  • Training course schedules
  • Grant writing tools
  • Lists of available METI mentors
  • Medical simulation based position description examples
  • Simulation center layouts and floorplan examples
  • Example patient simulation room supply lists
  • Learner guideline, confidentiality and orientation forms.
  • Sponsored research articles and whitepapers
  • Video tutorials and simulation examples
  • Expert and sales contacts for CAE Healthcare

Even if you are not a CAE Healthcare customer or do not own a METI product, the myMETI website is a great resource for your medical simulation program!

East Coast Medical Simulation Methodology Courses @ SUNY Buffalo

Would you like to learn more about teaching using simulation?  The Behling Simulation Center at the University at Buffalo is pleased to announce our 2012 dates for simulation methodology courses!  Each course provides the hands on, practical knowledge you need to provide effective immersive simulations for your students.  Classes are small (8-10 learners each) and provide a mentoring environment for the learner. Download the “Nuts & Bolts Simulation Methodology Course” Overview.

Nuts & Bolts Simulation Training

Nuts and Bolts of Simulation Methodology:
March 14-16, 2012
June 4-6, 2012
August 15-17, 2012
November 14-16, 2012

Fine Tuning Debriefing Skills:
June 7-8, 2012
(Note, you must have either taken a simulation methodology course or actively running and debriefing immersive simulation exercises for at least one year as a pre-requisite for this course).

A more detailed description of the course content, tuition, lodging and on-line registration can be found by following this link: or by calling (716) 829-2467.

The Behling Simulation Center is located at the University at Buffalo in the Academic Health Center servicing the five health professions schools at the University specializing in immersive patient care management simulation with a focus on interprofessional simulation education.  Buffalo can be conveniently reached by air or ground transportation and is located 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, two hours South of the major metropolitan area of Toronto, ON, three hours from Cleveland, OH, and an hour’s flight from most East coast and Mid-west airline hubs.

SUNY hopes to see you in Buffalo!

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