HealthySim LinkedIn Group Crosses 2,500 Members – Join Today To Connect With Global Healthcare Simulation Peers!

Hey HealthySim Reader! Just wanted to share that our LinkedIn group just crossed 2,500 members this week, allowing for dynamic conversations between medical simulation champions from around the world. Share your simulation successes and ask questions of the community by connecting today. Through that group you can also sign up there for a daily or weekly digest of articles so you can stay current in between our free monthly newsletters.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account I highly recommend it — read my article on”Why Medical Simulation professionals Should Have a LinkedIn Account“. (Hint: It can help your professional career AND your simulation program grow)!

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New K9 Simulator From ITTS to be Showcased at EMSWorld



While browsing products on the website, I came across a new trauma simulator I had never seen before — probably because it is brand new! The innovative folks at Innovative Tactical Technology Solutions (ITTS) have done it again with a new K9 Simulator to help police departments, military squads, or veterinary simulation champions to drill for K9 trauma simulations. I would also recommend EMS training programs consider investment in this learning tool. You may remember that I interviewed ITTS on camera a few years back to learn more about their TOM Manikin, which stands for Tactical Operations Medical Manikin — a product designed by TSgt. Keary Miller, a retired Air Force PJ (Pararescue man) who won the Silver Star for his bravery at the Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. Watch my interview below to or read the article on TOM Man here. Clearly ITTS knows how to create realistic learning manikins for austere environments.

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Helpful Thoughts on In Situ Simulation

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Today a helpful list of advantages, disadvantages, safety issues and tips, success strategies, and evidence for In Situ Simulation by the blogging team at Life in the Fast Lane. Life in the Fast Lane is comprised of Australasian critical care physicians and nurses exploring the changing world of eLearning, emergency medicine, critical care and toxicology through clinical cases, fictionalized anecdotes and medical satire. Below is an excerpt of the list they created:


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  • In situ simulation is simulation that takes place in the actual working environment and involving those who work there
  • As such, it is distinct from ‘center-based simulation’, which takes place in a separate simulation center
  • In situ simulation may involve any simulation modality (e.g. mannikin-based, simulated patients, task trainers, hybrid simulations), be high or low fidelity, and may be scheduled or performed impromptu (will appropriate prebriefing)

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Early-Bird Ends This Friday for SimGHOSTS Australia June 23-26 at Brisbane CSDS — & Other SimGHOSTS Updates!

The 2015 “SimGHOSTS” events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. As well, meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

Australia Early-Bird Rate About to Expire!

The early-bird registration for SimGHOSTS Australia (June 23-26) at CSDS in Brisbane ends this week! Use discount code “SGCHAMP” to get the early-bird registration rate of only $422 (USD). Hurry, this rate ends June 5th 8PM PST (UTC-7)! Platinum Sponsor Laerdal Medical will be providing unique training opportunities throughout the conference. Learn more and register today on the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia page!

SimGHOSTS Expands Staff Again

SimGHOSTS Founder and Part-Time Executive Director Lance Baily is becoming the new part-time Development Director, and President James Cypert has been hired into an expanded full-time Executive Director position! Read all about it on!

Leeds UK July Event Co-Hosted By ASPiH Still Has Early-Bird Passes!

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Pre-Conference: Monday July 27th, 2015
Located at the: Leeds Beckett University Clinical Skills Suite

Main Conference: Tuesday July 28th and Wednesday July 29th, 2015
Located at the: NHS Horizon Leeds event facility

Join an estimated attendance of 100 other Simulation Technicians from around the world this July 27th – 29th for the global healthcare simulation industry’s “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” hands on training event. Answering an overwhelming call by the United Kingdom community for continued simulation technician specific events, the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) and the SimGHOSTS non-profit 501(c)3 organization are thrilled to invite simulation technicians from around the world to join one another in Leeds, UK. Learn more on the SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK page.

USA August Event Only Has Only 25 Early-Bird Registrations Left!

The world’s largest medical simulation technology training and community event is taking place this August 4th-7th in Los Angeles California at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center! Don’t miss this globally attended event to learn and connect with your peers and 20 leading industry vendors including Level 3 Healthcare, Laerdal Medical, CAE Healthcare and Gaumard Scientific! Register your discounted pass today on the SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Page!

Dubai UAE November Event Now Taking Course Abstracts

Get a discount on your registration and present at the Middle East’s first Simulation event dedicated to simulation technology specialists, or those operating medical simulation labs. Supported by industry leader Simulead, this one of a kind training opportunity will provide much needed community support for those operating healthcare simulation in the middle east and african regions. Learn more on the SimGHOSTS 2015 MEA Page!

SMI Eye Tracking Glasses Enable Real Time First Person POV and Research Benefits for Medical Simulation

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At IPSSW 2015 HealthySim had a chance to connect with Naghmeh Shafiei MA, West Coast Eye Tracking Application Specialist for SMI SensoMotoric Instruments Inc. Naghmeh shared a powerful innovative tool called the SMI Eye Tracking Glasses, which enable a perfect real-time 1st person perspective with the ability to track eye movements on the viewing screen. Imagine being able to have your debriefing room learners watch the simulation experience unfold from the actual 1st person perspective of your primary learner, while simultaneously seeing where that primary learner is looking at all times. HealthySim saw the system first hand and its implications for medical simulation are outstanding.

The SMI hardware and software systems have already been utilized by the professional sports industry, automotive industry, food industry, educational industry and more.

About SMI

“SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) is a global leader in dedicated computer vision applications, developing and marketing eye & gaze tracking systems, oculomotor research devices and OEM solutions for a wide range of applications.

Founded in 1991 as a spin-off from academic research, SMI was the first company to offer a commercial, vision-based 3D eye tracking solution. We now have over 17 years of experience in developing application-specific solutions in close collaboration with our clients.

We serve our customers around the globe from our offices in Teltow, near Berlin, Germany and Boston, USA, backed by a network of trusted local distributors and partners worldwide

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Our products combine a maximum of performance and usability with the highest possible quality, resulting in high-value solutions for our customers. Our major fields of expertise are:

– Eye & gaze tracking systems in research and industry
– High speed image processing, and
– Eye tracking and registration solutions in ophthalmology.


More than 4,000 of our systems installed worldwide are testimony to our continuing success in providing innovative products and outstanding services to the market. While SMI has won several awards, the largest reward for us each year is our trusted business relationships with academia and industry.”

The SMI system has been utilized by the UCLA School of Nursing in their Simulation program research, who presented some of their findings with the tool at IMSH 2015 earlier this year. More on that work will hopefully be coming soon to a SimGHOSTS event near you!

To learn more, reach out to Naghmeh and visit the SMI website!

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SynDaver Labs Receives $3M Investment On Shark Tank

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*UPDATE*: Unfortunately the deal fell through but Syndaver is still moving forward with new hires! Read more through the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

If you watch the popular investment show “Shark Tank” then you already know that on Friday’s episode of last Week (S6E28) that medical simulation company Syndaver received $3 million in funding in exchange for 25% equity of the company from celebrity investor Robert Herjavec. Congratulations to Dr. Sakezles and Syndaver for their amazing success. We look forward to seeing increased utilization of their awesome products in our medical education training.

Below is the recent press release on the Syndaver Website:

“TAMPA, Fla. – Celebrity investor and businessman, Robert Herjavec, offered $3 million to Dr. Christopher Sakezles, a Tampa scientist, for a stake in his Tampa-based company, SynDaver Labs, Friday on the television show Shark Tank.

Sakezles accepted the offer on national television and plans for the new partnership are being finalized.

SynDaver is currently hiring, and over the next few years, Sakezles plans on creating more than 500 jobs in Tampa, where the company is headquartered, and Phoenix, where the company has an advanced research facility.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of the Shark Tank appearance,” said Sakezles. “We were able to secure exactly what we were looking for and what we needed to continue our growth.”

Sakezles, a Tampa-native, founded SynDaver Labs in 2004 when he needed to test medical devices he was developing, but didn’t have funding for the required animal studies. As a result, SynDaver Labs was born.

Every product or procedure designed to be used on humans is required by the Food and Drug Administration or the Consumer Product Safety Commission to be proven safe and effective via simulated use testing. SynDaver’s Synthetic Human is an ethical and cost-effective way to get this done.

“This is obviously good not only for ethical reasons, but also because avoiding animal use saves a great deal of time and money,” said Sakezles. “So, I started designing synthetic organs to test devices and over time they became very elaborate.”

According to Sakezles, the SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most sophisticated hands-on surgical simulator ever devised. It bleeds, breathes and even the pupils dilate when they are exposed to light.

“We are the only company in the world that makes synthetic cadavers,” Sakezles says. “And all other anatomical models on the market are made from plastic or rubber, while ours are made from a proprietary library of more than 100 synthetic human tissues.”

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The SynDaver Synthetic Human is used primarily for surgical simulation, medical training, and medical device development testing.

The model includes skin with fat and fascia planes, all bones, muscles, tendon and ligaments, fully articulating joints, a functioning respiratory system with trachea, lungs and diaphragm, complete digestive tract from esophagus to rectum, urinary tract with kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen and reproductive organs. A functioning circulatory system with heart, coronaries, aorta, vena cava and vasculature to the extremities is also included.

The system works with all known imaging equipment, including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and all known surgical systems – even those that employ energy such as lasers.

A base model is scheduled to be released soon, which will cost approximately $25,000, while the ultra-high-end Synthetic Human Patient currently retails for around $100,000.

About SynDaver Labs

SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs more than 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.”

Do you utilize SynDaver products? Rate and review them on where their Suture Pads currently have a 5/5 star rating!

Again, Congratulations to Dr.Sakezles and SynDaver Labs!

(Watch the Shark Tank SynDaver clip here).

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Drexel Med MS in Med Sim Inaugural Class Already Implementing Course Learning Into Their Programs

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Jami S. Smith, MPA, MEd, PA-C Academic Director Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine wrote in to share this amazing update regarding the inaugural MS Med Sim class! Learn how you can attend upcoming online or in-person informational sessions about the program below.

It is rare in online education to have students connect and become great friends even with thousands of miles in between them. It is even more rare for an entire class of students to become close colleagues that can relate and appreciate each other’s struggles and triumphs. Yet, Drexel’s MS in Medical & Healthcare Simulation program students have bonded in unanticipated ways; after just two semesters, the students have come together to learn together and support each other as they take their newly learned skills directly into their real life careers.

This inaugural class of students admitted into to the MSMS program have diverse backgrounds including medicine, nursing and prehospital professions. Yet, all can relate with each other when it comes to the world of healthcare education and simulation. The MSMS is a truly interprofessional program that has broken down traditional healthcare environment silos. The program and its curriculum has given the students the opportunity to learn how different disciplines educate their students. The knowledge gained from working together in their classes and hearing stories from their classmates has demonstrated the powerful impact of effective quality interprofessional education.

The MSMS students have already applied what they are learning in class and from each other directly into their current careers. The students were recently asked to list out what they have accomplished professionally from the program and the response was incredible. In just two semesters the students have made countless changes, started new initiatives and started new research projects in simulation at their institutions.

Dr. Sharon Griswold, program director and professor for Drexel University College of Medicine Emergency Medicine department was filled with pride to hear what a difference the program is making at already established sim centers. “I truly believe that we are advancing the science of simulation with our curriculum. This program has been a tremendous collaborative effort involving internationally renowned faculty working along with our talented Drexel faculty. The program and its students has far exceed my expectations.”


Susan Coffey Zern, MD, Director of the Virtual Education and Simulation Training at Christian Care Health System in Delaware performed a needs assessment to determine the need for an advanced airway course. She then went on to develop and implement the simulated course for anesthesia, emergency medicine and respiratory care.

MSMS student Matthews Charnetski is implementing many changes at Des Moines University. Charnetski is a simulation specialist for the University and has been assisting with curriculum design and enhancement utilizing various simulation methods. He is implementing mastery learning techniques he gained from the program and has created a curriculum to assist in the training and streamlining of the primary Infectious Disease Transport Team for Iowa.

“Through information and skills directly gained through the MSMS program I have been able to sway a large portion of ‘we’ve always done it this way’ faculty to better understand simulation methods and begin to open up to the idea that there is a more efficient and effective way to educate our students through simulation methods” said Charnetski.

Elizabeth Horsley, RN a nursing simulation educator for Brock University, has made many changes to their undergraduate nursing program. She is currently in the process of developing a strategic plan for the simulation program and has presented new educational methods and simulation pedagogy to the nursing faculty. She also developed a “Friday Night Simulation Lights” program with general surgery residents; the piloted session was viewed as an overwhelming success.

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She has also worked with groups outside of her University including Sim-One, McMaster University Medical School and Niagara Health Systems to teach and develop simulation training.

“This program has given me the knowledge, tools and the confidence to increase my profile in health professions education in our community by taking a lead and active role in simulation initiatives” said Horsley.

With a little more than a year to go in the program, everyone behind the MSMS program at Drexel is excited to see what the students will accomplish next.

Drexel University’s Masters in Medical & Healthcare Simulation is a unique, part-time, primarily online, two-year program that is the first of its kind to offer advanced training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an interprofessional setting. The program’s faculty are national and international leaders in medical and healthcare simulation. This degree program will prepare healthcare professions to further their academic career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills. For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page!

Attend an MSMS Online Information Session 
Drexel will also be hosting live online information sessions about the MSMS program in April and May. Hosted by faculty, staff and students from the program, the sessions provide a wealth of information about the program and allow for opportunities to ask questions.

Meet with Current MSMS Students for a special Q&A session.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:00pm EDT

Meet with Program Director Sharon Griswold, MD for an overview of the program.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:00pm EDT

For more information about the masters program, please visit the Drexel Med MS Medical Simulation Page and RSVP for an upcoming info session here!

Simulation Week Starts Tomorrow: Share and Follow Your World Online!

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Today an email from John Stewart, CEO of Simulation Australiasia, shares about the innovative online event “Simulation Week” which begins tomorrow. You can follow along with all the great stories, or contribute, at!

“The team at SimAust have been counting down the days until SimulationWeek commences, and are very excited that the week officially begins tomorrowSimulationWeek runs from tomorrow, Saturday 2 May, until Friday 8 May. The week provides an opportunity to promote the many forms of simulation in our organisations and communities to celebrate its accomplishments and future vision.

SimulationWeek is hosted online at and is open to anyone that wishes to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are essential and this platform provides an amazing opportunity to display images easily. This provides an exciting snapshot of simulation for the world to see. For information and examples on how to contribute online, please click here

There are interactive opportunities to contribute to SimulationWeek offline too. To coincide with SimulationWeek, the Northern Centre for Health Education and Research (NCHER) are hosting an open day within their Simulation Centre on Friday 8 May, from 10am to 4pm. The new centre is a partnership between Northern Health, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University and will provide multidisciplinary education and research opportunities. 

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If you wish to participate offline, please click here for suggestions and information on contributing.”

HealthySim looks forward to seeing all the wonderful sharing this week on!

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Laerdal Launches New LLEAP Software To Customer Base


Just received an email announcing that Laerdal has released LLEAP, aka “Laerdal Learning Application” – a new software platform that will run ALL Laerdal products to current customers.

“In 2015, valued Laerdal customers, are entitled to 1 Free LLEAP license for each compatible simulator you currently own, providing an even greater return on investment.”

About LLEAP:

“LLEAP Software unifies the control of all PC-operated Laerdal simulators. LLEAP brings simplicity to running simulation training and efficiencies to the management and development of scenarios. Implementing LLEAP Software into your current simulation program offers a number of benefits including:

Save Time

LLEAP looks and behaves like a single unified platform, thus reducing time spent training on multiple platforms. System capabilities are fully integrated and ready to use from a variety of interfaces—from PC-operated simulators to standardized patients.

Reduce Cost

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Reduce scenario development time and scenario purchase costs. Scenarios designed for LLEAP or SimPad simulators can be shared with minimal or no additional development time. Use self-authored scenarios orSimStore™ content for a standardized, reproducible training experience.

Improve Efficiency

The LLEAP interface is based on proven SimMan 3G software but incorporates brand new functionality such as faster, more intuitive event registration, automatic updates when connected to the internet, and built-in video tutorials to help simplify simulation for faculty and staff.”

LLEAP Technical Computers:

“Before you begin your transition to LLEAP, you may need to consider refreshing some of your hardware and determining if Technical and Educational Services are needed. Leveraging the expertise of Laerdal solution experts can help ensure a seamless upgrade.”



Learn more about LLEAP on Laerdal’s website!

TODAY & This Week: Watch NPSF Live Interviews With Laerdal

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Join Laerdal Medical LIVE from the National Patient Safety Congress, Booth 517/519, and listen to interviews with industry experts on their experiences in improving patient safety. Can’t make it to Austin? Good news. You can see live interviews with subject matter experts via your computer or mobile device with LiveStream. All their broadcasted sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event concludes.

Themes and Topics Throughout the Week will include:
• The Impact of Patient Safety Culture
• How Hospitals Can Improve Patient Safety Through Simulation
• The Use of Story Telling in Improving Patient Safety
• Using Simulation to Identify Root Cause
• Patient Hand-Offs
• Using Simulation to Reduce Risk during Labor and Delivery

Join Laerdal at NPSF as they broadcast LIVE on the the next following days:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
4:15pm – 6:30pm CST

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm CST 4:15pm – 6:30pm CST

Friday, May 1, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm CST

Watch Live at the Laerdal NPSF Website & Follow @theNPSF for updates!