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!

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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 SimulationWeek.com!

“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 www.simulationweek.com 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 SimulationWeek.com!

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!

Reuters: Han Robot Can Engage With Humans & Has Medical Simulation Potential

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Recently Reuters covered a Hong Kong Electronics Fair where Robot Humanoid “Han” by Hanson Robotics was on display. As I have shared many times before, I truly believe that we are only at the very early stages of what patient simulator technology can eventually be. The need to more realistic present patient facial expressions is a clear opportunity that will become a standard feature in tomorrow’s medical simulation manikin products. Patients relay important information through their facial expressions and learners will benefit from increased technology in this area.

From the Hanson Robotics Website:

“Our robots exhibit the highest quality expressions and interactivity in the world, fusing our advances in walking, talking robots who maintain eye contact, recognize faces and understand speech, hold conversations, and simulate a real person’s personality.

Hanson Robotics develops and manufactures humanlike robots and smart software that bring our robots to life. Hanson robots include the world’s first expressive biped robot, Albert-Hubo, heralded by WIRED as “genius”, and the small Zeno robot, a low-cost child robot who is evolving into a family member. Hanson delivers robots to prestigious laboratories around the world, which include the University of Cambridge, the University of Geneva, UCSD, JPL/Caltech, United Arab Emirates University, the University of Bristol, the University of Pisa, National Taiwan University, and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where the robots serve a wide range of science and engineering research, including autism therapy, artificial intelligence and machine perception, neuroscience and cognitive science, mechanical engineering, and artificial muscle actuator research.

This research has resulted in hundreds of peer review publications, and naturally captures abundant press and publicity. The bold appearance of life in Hanson robots springs from the synthesis of biology, neurally-derived cognitive systems, machine perception, artistry of interactive character design, animation, and sculpture, and the expressive quality of Hanson’s patented Frubber(tm), or “flesh rubber”, which is a spongy, structured elastic polymer that expertly mimics the movement of real human musculature and skin using 1/20th the power of other materials. In this activity, Hanson Robotics seeks to understand and model the human being, deliver living robotic characters to the consumer, and accelerate progress towards greater-than-human intelligence in machines. We hope you will join us in this quest to build a better, smarter future.”

From Reuters.com Report:

“So Han’s really exciting because not only can he generate very realistic facial expressions, but he can also interact with the environment around him. So he has cameras on his eyes and on his chest, which allow him to recognize people’s face, not only that, but recognize their gender, their age, whether they are happy or sad, and that makes him very exciting for places like hotels for example, where you need to appreciate the customers in front of you and react accordingly,” Copplestone said.

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“I think it’s very magical, because the robot’s facial expressions are very rich. When I greeted him, he responded. When I asked him to smile, he smiled. He can flirt and wink. It’s very well made,” Xiao said.

Copplestone added that some of the robotic technology, such as facial recognition, is available on open source; meaning robot developers around the world can use the same software.

A unique feature of Han is his human-like skin, which is created by a patented material called “Frubber,” short for “Flesh Rubber”, an elastic polymer.

Copplestone said the human-like robot heads could serve a range of functions, especially where face-to-face communications is important.

“There are three markets we are really excited about. One is hospitality, so for example, the receptionist behind desk and hotels. The second one is entertainment, so casinos, theme parks and museums. And the third is health care, and that’s in two ways.

Another area of medical care is for the elderly. We believe a human face on a robot makes it far more approachable, and efficient, and effective in caring for older people.”

Read the full story on Reuters.com & Visit Hanson Robotics to Learn more!

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TODAY: “Improve Faculty Buy-In” Webinar April 22nd 2PM EST Hosted by SimGHOSTS

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SimGHOSTS is hosting a webinar presented by Level 3 Healthcare staff on “Improving Faculty Buy-in” for your simulation programs. Although this presentation will be shared from the perspective of technical staff – it will be applicable to all those looking to improve utilization of simulation by faculty or clinical educators.

Today’s simulation control room is a great place to be innovative, but the challenge that many centers have is the educators who are asked to use these control computers, and AV solutions, are not necessarily comfortable with the high-level of technology being integrated. Simplifying Simulation can improve the faculty buy-in, Level 3 Healthcare shows you how. Presented vy Michael Young Benjamin Campagnola.

Date Time: April 22nd 2PM-3PM EST (TODAY)

About Michael

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H. Michael Young has worked within the healthcare simulation field over the last nine years, first at Tarleton State University (TSU) and most recently for Level 3 Healthcare. In his role at TSU, Michael grew into a role best described as the simulation systems administrator, but like so many of those working in simulation operations enjoyed the more generic title of Simulation Technology Specialist. As an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Mr. Young has served on the Board of Directors (2013), sat on the Accreditation Council, and currently serves on the Certification Committee as sub- committee Chair for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). In addition to his responsibilities with Level 3 Healthcare, Mr. Young is also working on his doctorate (Ed.D.) at TSU.

About Ben

Ben Campagnola holds an extensive record of successes engineering and programming large, customized commercial automation systems across a variety of markets. Specializing in the integration of computer software with control automation systems, he brings a new conceptual level of control to the integration industry- mostly focusing on the Python and Crestron programming environments. Experience in electronics and API development help him to utilize new products and technology in ways otherwise unattempted. Ben continually deploys exceptional programming by utilizing clean and standardized coding practices in his never-ending endeavor to create a universal technology environment where communications, AV, and automation seamlessly operate in tandem.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS Webinar Announcement Page!

B-Line Medical Seeks Product Marketing Manager in Washington D.C. Office

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B-Line Medical is seeking a Product Marketing Manager to work out of their Washington D.C. office!

About The Company:

B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based solutions. Our software has helped over 350 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 17 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively.

Our Mission Statement is to enhance medical simulation training and improve patient safety by providing the best tools for data capture, visualization, and analysis.Improve Patient Safety.

About the Job:

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B-Line Medical is seeking a Product Marketing Manager. The Product Marketing Manager is responsible for the development and execution of the overall brand marketing strategy for B-Line Medical’s products and services. This includes defining the competitive landscape, product positioning/messaging, market intelligence, customer experience, sales enablement, campaigns, lead generation programs, and events driving client awareness, interest, and sales opportunities.

What you will be doing:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of B-Line Medical’s market
  • Define and implement product marketing plan, and drive all ongoing marketing activities
  • Develop product positioning and messaging that differentiates B-line Medical’s products in the market by understanding customer needs, product roadmap, market trends, and competitive forces
  • Continually perform competitive analysis and adjust product marketing strategy when necessary to ensure that B-Line Medical remains the market leader
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of product marketing materials which includes product collateral, website content, social media, case studies, demos, white papers, videos and presentations
  • Develop and manage a small Product Marketing team
  • Collaborate with Sales Team to develop landing pages, emails, collateral, and content/promotional pieces that convert recipients and visitors into leads
  • Create high-value customer reference stories to support key sales, marketing, and launch initiatives
  • Develop and implement a sales enablement program that includes messaging training, competitive counter-tactics, and product education
  • Establish continuous feedback loop with Product Management to influence the product development roadmap when market analysis reveals product deficiencies
  • Plan and lead product/feature launches across multiple departments (Sales, Engineering, Product Management, Customer Support, Product Training)
  • Manage all industry conference logistics, and establish more effective and consistent process for pre/post conference approach (including shipping, promotion, and post-conference follow-up

Desired Skills and Experience

What B-Line Medical is seeking:

  • B.A./B.S. in Marketing, Business, or related fields required
  • M.B.A/M.A./M.S a plus
  • 5+ years of experience marketing products for a B2B software or technology company
  • 2+ years direct experience with planning and executing  product marketing strategy for a B2B software or technology company
  • Experience in either medical simulation marketing, healthcare/hospital technology marketing or SaaS software marketing a plus
  • Proven experience in building innovative, proactive, high-impact marketing campaigns for software products utilizing all relevant channels and media, and aligning strategy with business goals
  • Demonstrated ability to set, measure, and improve marketing metrics
  • Experience driving product and feature launches, and go-to-market strategy
  • Proven experience in managing a team and growing junior team members
  • Experience with Hubspot and Salesforce.com
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to influence across organizational lines
  • Highly organized and disciplined
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Self-motivated and able to execute with minimal management oversight in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and complex issues
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving ability

Learn More & Apply on the B-Line Medical Website!

Noldus Brings Diverse Range of Recording & Debriefing Systems to Medical Simulation


At IMSH 2015 I met with Niek Wilmink about a/v recording and performance analysis solutions from Noldus, a company which has a long history of recording performance analysis systems outside of just medical simulation, and which is based in the Netherlands. For medical simulation they offer two different systems, “Viso” for quick and easy capture and “The Observer” for complex performance analysis. Big in Europe, Noldus has started to expand their products and services across North America.

“Simulating events adds to our understanding of human behavior for example when under stress. A simulated operating room can provide a secure environment for training and evaluation: new protocols or high-tech tools can be tested and different scenarios can be simulated. A variety of data such as video streams, information from movement sensors, physiological data, and more can easily be integrated in a Noldus’ solution (medical simulation software: Viso and The Observer XT).”



Code behavior in an accurate and quantitative way. Integrate video, audio, eye tracking, physiology, and more. Calculate statistics and assess reliability. Code on-the-go using a handheld with Pocket Observer.

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The Observer XT supports the entire workflow of your project, from setting up to gathering and analyzing the observational data. You can extend your system with different modules, uASQ for questionnaires, Pocket Observer for on-the-go scoring, and Coder Licenses for efficient research.

More than 20,000 professionals around the world are using The Observer XT for advancing their research, testing, and training. The Observer XT is used worldwide at universities, research institutes, along with leading companies in many markets.

Viso is a multi-room, multi-video recording suite:

  • Highly scalable: depending on your requirements, Viso can be configured for two to an unlimited number of rooms.
  • Video and screen recording: up to 4 IP cameras can be recorded in perfect sync. You can even add a screen capture enabling recording of a computer monitor in sync with the video/audio streams.
  • Quick debriefing: set markers via a simple key press and add comments at any time.
  • Instant debriefing: Because there is no delay in the debriefing, the educator’s attention can be completely focused on the learners’ behavior.
  • Centralized control: independent recording from multiple rooms using a single software license.

Learn more at the Noldus Medical Simulation Webpage today!

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How to export Quality-CPR (QCPR) data from simulation sessions with SimMan 3G and SimView from Juri Bendini

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Juri Bendini, Technical Manager & Educational Services Specialist at Laerdal Italia, recently shared on his blog on “How to export Quality-CPR (QCPR) data from simulation sessions with SimMan 3G and SimView”. In his detailed article with photo walk-thru Juri shows us how we can export these results into a spreadsheet and even display these results in real time to the learner!

“From November 2013 till December 2014, I attended simulation sessions taken in a hospital for training all the hospital staff involved in emergencies. It was a blended case of In Situ Simulation training. At the end of that training, the instructors were so excited by this way of training they appreciated to get the chance for getting data about the CPR performances done by the learners during those simulation sessions.

At the end of every single session, CPR data from each session with SimMan 3G has been available for being evaluated by the instructors. But how to export those QCPR data from a debriefing file?

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SimView system allows you to export the Simulation Activity File for watching it with Session Viewer. Using Session Viewer you can print out the log file alone, so you get all the session’s data in a PDF format. If you’d rather to get them in a different format, then you must convert that PDF file. When you’ve more than one file, converting them one by one it’s a really boring activity: or you can find a method for converting all together at once.”

Read the full How To Guide here on Juri’s Blog and be sure to follow him at @PecoraNera1 for more great simulation tips today!

SimX Augmented VR Glasses Win IMSH Serious Games Showcase | Video Interview

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At the IMSH 2015 HealthySim had a chance to interview Ryan Ribeira, CEO of SimX, and practicing resident physician in emergency medicine at Stanford. Ryan was showcasing SimX at the 5th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase and Arcade which took place at IMSH 2015 in New Orleans, LA and provided over 300 attendees demonstrations of more than 21 entries. The event, started by Dr. Eric B. Bauman, continues to attract exceptional talent from around the world and did a fantastic job of highlighting some serious technology advances in our field such as SimX – which walked away as the WINNER of the Small Business or Corporation category.  (Click here to visit TheClinicalPlayground.com for a full showcase awards recap).

More about SimX:

Virtual Patients: SimX’s software replaces your physical simulation mannequins with a customizable, high-definition, 3D virtual patient, that can be projected onto any empty hospital bed. Whether obese, pregnant, young, old, vomiting, missing limbs, bleeding, or expressing any number of other physical signs and symptoms, SimX’s software allows you to reproduce patient presentations with unprecedented visual fidelity.

Case Builder: Build complex cases in minutes using the powerful visual case building system. Drag & drop events onto the field, determine the environment, and set patient data with just a few clicks. Use SimX’s powerful case monitoring and feedback system to see the case from each trainee’s perspective, and adjust case parameters on the fly.

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Global Case Marketplace: SimX allows you to access thousands of cases from top hospitals across the globe! Let your trainees learn from specialists at the cutting edge of their field. Tap into the expertise of your own simulation specialists. Market your cases to the world and turn your expertise into revenue.

Direct Integration: SimX is built so that your trainees can learn using the tools you already have right at your institution. You can use your own beds, monitors, ultrasounds, stethoscopes, even your existing simulation manniquins! It’s easy to ensure that SimX software will recognize your tools, and allow your trainees to use them in the simlation.

Cloud Based Software: SimX’s marketplace, case authoring tools, and moderator interface are all located on the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about downloads or compatibility issues. Write and run cases from your desktop, laptop, or even your mobile device! If it has a browser, it works with SimX.

Reporting:  SimX’s case authoring and moderating tools come with powerful reporting features built right in. Every order, request, and event is recorded on the case timeline, so your team can debrief and see how cases might have gone if their decisions had been different. Create powerful reports that can help you pinpoint where trainees need the most help, and can track the improvement of teams or individuals over time.

Learn more at SimXAR.com!