First Ever Practicum Week of Drexel University MS in Medical Simulation Program Deemed True Success

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“Quite simply, this was by far the best, most outstanding education or professional event of my career.”
Elizabeth Horsley, RN MEd from Ontario, Canada.

“The on campus sim practicum week was amazing and mind blowing. Outstanding faculty and staff.”
Bettina Schmitz, MD from Texas.

These quotes were from the first of three Simulation Laboratory Practicum courses required for the Master Medical Simulation degree at Drexel University College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies.  The remainder of the program is held completely online focusing on the many facets of simulation-based medical education while simultaneously providing students with multiple options to pursue related areas of interest upon graduation. This first week gave a broad overall look at the many areas of medical simulation that exist today. The students were introduced to both high and low fidelity forms of simulation, the costs involved and what simulation scenario best fits the educational needs.

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Beyond the actual simulation there was a heavy focus on writing goals and objectives, developing scenarios and cases, along with plenty of discussion on debriefing and evaluation.

The students were asked to take what they learned and create full scenarios that included goals and objects and a full debriefing session. The students then presented their projects on Friday and received instant group feedback.

One of the unique features of the MSMS program at Drexel is the heavy focus on being interprofessional and the projects were required to have a variety of professional roles.  Due to the fact that the students come from different backgrounds, including medical doctors, nursing and EMT, they were able to better understand why interprofessional simulation and communication is so important in medical education.

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It’s not very often you get to learn one-on-one from INCASL Clinical Simulation In Nursing Journal Editor Dr. Suzan Kardong-Edgren!

Learn more about the Drexel University College of Medicine MS in Medical Simulation.


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Leading Medical Simulation Vendors Have Partnered with Konsiderate!

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Examples of How the U.S. Military Trains with Medical Simulation

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Today, two news stories on how the US military is utilizing simulation to train for and improve patient care in combat and hospital scenarios: Above, Hospital Corpsman Cameron Carter works on a life-like mannequin during a combat scenario Thursday during Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course at Naval Hospital Pensacola. The training is designed to prepare corpsman for dealing with trauma in the battlefield. (Photo: Ben Twingley). Watch a video recap of this Pensacola News Journal article at “$67K life-like mannequins provide medical training”  by Staff Writer Marketta A. Davis.

Click to watch the video here.Below, Robert DiBiase Jr., Simulation Curriculum Program Coordinator/Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) has posted on his LinkedIn wall this reflection by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Gray, an independent duty medical technician, as she discusses the intense training she received at the CSTARS program at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The C-STARS program helps the Air Force train and maintain the highest caliber of trauma medics for expeditionary duties. (Produced by Andrew Breese and Tech Sgt. Bennie Davis):

Learn more by reading the PTJ news article or by visiting the C-STARS University of Maryland School of Medicine website.

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MEdSim Magazine Advances Patient Safety Through Education and Training

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Have you heard of MEdSim Magazine yet? MEdSim Magazine aims to promote the best education and training practices for the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a division of the world famous simulation group Halldale Media, the MEdSim professional publication covers topics specific to our world of medical simulation. In the past year I have attended two of Halldale’s simulation events including their new Healthcare Education Assessment Training and Technology (HEATT) meeting and their World Aviation Training & Simulation (WATS) conference, both of which were fantastic learning opportunities. Check out the latest copy below or visit the Halldale website to sign up for past and future editions.

About MEdSim Magazine:

MEdSim Magazine is written by professionals in medicine, simulation and training who are recognized leaders with a lifetime of experience.  MEdSim addresses the needs of medical practitioners, educators, and academicians around the world. MEdSim features innovative healthcare practice: it covers the latest simulations developed to train different medical professionals at different stages of their education and curriculum advancement to highlight the knowledge and skills needed to ensure patient safety and reduce healthcare cost.

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Insightful Blog from One of Medical Simulation’s Best: Dr. Paul Phrampus

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This past week I ran into Dr. Paul Phrampus while attending the UK-based ASPiH annual event in Nottingham. Previously HealthySim has video interviewed Dr. Phrampus during a visit to the WISER center in Pittsburgh, where we spoke about the iSim course, WISER’s connection to the history of medical simulation & Laerdal, and UPMC’s innovative stance on patient safety. In his blog “Simulating Healthcare“, Paul covers the many topics so crucial for our simulation success — usually focusing on the clinical educator / learning elements.

In his most recent post on how “Assessment is the True Value of Simulation”, Paul explains to us:

“Some people profoundly advocate simulation should be used for assessment because it is not appropriate tool, and others feel that it violates the safe learning environment. I think as we shift to a patient centric approach to simulation we should be able to create a reduction in this reluctance that allows assessment forward. In fact, I always find it interesting to point out to people during debriefing training programs, particularly those that are vocal against concepts of assessment, and let them realize that when they watch a simulation and then conduct and/or facilitated briefing they have actually already performed assessment in their minds. The very items that they have formed an opinion on, or “assessed” will play a part in the educational strategy that should ultimately reinforce what participants did well and encourage change in the areas where deficiencies were noted that will lead to an effective debriefing and the accomplishment of learning objectives.

Allowing participants to demonstrate competence could be one of the most important parts of the value equation for simulation. Manager and leaders of healthcare providing institutions are grappling with ways to improve quality and significantly improve patient safety all over the world. A patient centric approach to simulation would certainly suggest that as well.

This inevitably will help us in making stronger arguments for the case for simulation. At the moment many people try to sell the idea of simulation to their leadership. This creates thoughts and visions of expensive investments in technology and the daily pains of leaders. If we shift the point of focus point our sales pitch pivots to the selling of the concept of excellence, improved patient care, and safer patient care it will far better align with the pain points of those running healthcare systems. That becomes harder to deny!”

Some of Paul’s Most Recent Posts Include:

About Dr. Phrampus:

Dr. Paul E. Phrampus is the Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He is Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned a bachelor degree in biology from Old Dominion University, and an M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia medical school in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed residency training and board certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Phrampus has been active in patient safety efforts throughout UPMC. He is a member of the Quality Patient Care Committee of the UPMC Board of Directors. He is a Medical Director for the Center for Quality and Innovation. He has overseen the expansion of WISER capabilities in developing a distributive model of management for WISER as well as the satellites centers that have been deployed throughout the UPMC Health System. He led a team to create a simulation based difficult airway management program for emergency medicine that has now been completed by hundreds of physicians.

Dr. Phrampus serves in a leadership role in national simulation efforts through program committee leadership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. He has previously chaired the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, which is the largest multidisciplinary simulation meeting in the world. He is the 2013 President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare which has over 3,500 members.

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 Read Paul’s helpful “SimulatingHealthcare.net” blog here!

SimX Offers Augmented Reality Medical Simulations Through META 1 Wearable System

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‘The technology of medical simulation continues to rapidly evolve with a new announcement from Immersive wearable headset manufacturer Meta that their new “Meta 1″ Augmented Reality goggles have recently started shipping. CNN says the Meta 1 “makes you a real life Tony Stark”. Below are some breakdowns about the hardware and software being developed specifically for medical simulations with a video demonstration recorded at TechCrunch: Disrupt. Augmented reality overlays 3d animations in real time over your physical envrionment. So in the photo above, SimX CMO Dr. Srihari Namperumal sees a virtual patient lying on the bed because of the QR code that is placed on the gurney surface. This provides learners with an opportunity to see virtual patients existing in real environments!

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Key Features of the Meta 1 Device

  • True Scale Holograms: See the physical and holographic worlds merge through our 3D stereoscopic display in real size, depth and parallax.
  • Markerless Surface Tracking: Look around the room and watch as holographs stay anchored to physical tables, floors and walls – thanks to our low-latency, 360º tracking.
  • Natural User Interface: Grab, pinch and touch 3D objects in the real world, and drive a touch-based holographic user interface.

About SimX Augmented Reality Medical Simulation Software

“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.

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 paramaters on the fly. “

Watch the demos above and learn more at the SimX and META websites!

Managing a Medical Simulation Program? $450 of Administrator Resources Now Free

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The eight specialized sessions HD-recorded from HealthySimAdmin covering the administrative “how-to” of medical simulation program management have been unlocked for to subscribers of HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter. Providing the “best of” coverage of the world’s leading news and resources for healthcare simulation, almost 3,000 professionals now have even more reason to celebrate their free monthly subscription! Previously sold at $450 you can now watch the entire series for free today! Have your unlock code? Visit the new HealthySimAdmin page to start watching now!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Over 300 simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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  • Program Intro: “Riding the Wave of Simulation” – Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, FireFighter I, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur
  • Session A: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Session B: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR
  • Session C: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM
  • Session D: “Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
  • Session E: “Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
  • Session F: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP
  • Session G: “Increasing Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
  • Session H: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur & HealthySimAdmin Organizer

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Featured Job: Sr. Strategic Account Executive for i-Human Patients

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A featured job post this time from the award-winning i-Human, who were the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2013 “Best in Show” company in the category of “small or entrepreneurial company”. The i-Human Patients Authoring System enables medical educators to create new simulated patient encounters (as well as derivative works of existing “Share & Share Alike” cases) using a point-and-click approach to content development.
More about i-Human:

i-Human Patients, Inc. is a privately held company founded by experienced entrepreneurs to transform worldwide medical education by giving students the ability to simulate comprehensive patient encounters using a cloud-based virtual patient service. Students interview virtual patients, perform exams, develop diagnostic hypotheses, order diagnostic tests, review test results, and develop treatment plans while getting online guidance and feedback from the system. Faculty can objectively assess individual and/or group student performance on patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills, and provide a learning tool that integrates clinical experience much earlier in medical education, making students better prepared for their apprenticeship training with real patients. In contrast to traditional, expensive mannequin and standardized patient (actor) approaches to simulation, IHP’s affordable service enables scalable, simultaneous training across an entire school whether in or outside of class, and provides students with the breadth and depth of patient encounters to better develop and refine their skills. By integrating basic science modules in a virtual clinical setting, our service further augments and accelerates students’ apprenticeship training.

IHP is currently working with medical, graduate nursing and physician assistant schools across the United States and fielding inquiries from around the world. This is an excellent opportunity to join a pioneering leader in the medical education industry at an early stage. The position offers substantial growth opportunities for a top sales executive who brings the required skills. Compensation, including stock options, will be competitive and commensurate with performance.

Company: i-Human Patients, Inc.
Title: Sr. Strategic Account Executive
Locations: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas or Houston
Type: Full-time
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Functions: Sales
Industries: E-Learning, Hospital & Health Care, Information Technology and Services
Apply: Click here to apply!

Open Call from I-human: We are looking for an exceptional sales executive dedicated to high performance, personal excellence and a strong work ethic, who shares our passion for transforming medical education and our commitment to teamwork.

Reporting to our Director of Sales, this position can be based anywhere in the Western or Southwestern U.S..

The primary purpose of this position is to establish relationships with medical and graduate nursing schools, and to sell our web-based simulated patient services to their administration, faculty and simulation lab staff on a consultative sales basis. Future products will extend customer relationships to other healthcare professional schools as well as large healthcare provider organizations, hospitals and health systems.

  • The ideal candidate will have previous experience within the Medical Simulation market, Medical Education and/or Academic Hospital/Medical Center sales, presenting to deans, department chairs, faculty, and simulation lab and/or IT staff.
  • Proven strategic account management experience based on consultative sales in multi-stakeholder decision process environments is critical.
  • 5+years of medical education, medical simulation, healthcare/medical device/medical equipment, or healthcare ITstrategic account management experience — establishing account relationships and penetrating accounts — is required.

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Desired Skills & Experience

  • A BS/BA degree required, clinical training (e.g., EMT, nursing, etc.) is a plus
  • At least 3-5 years prior consultative sales experience required; medical education or medical simulation preferred; healthcare/medical device/medical equipment or healthcare IT sales experience may also be sufficient
  • Track record of success in building relationships and sales required; experience presenting to deans, faculty, and simulation lab preferred
  • Experience demonstrating and selling sophisticated products/technologies, web-based medical education sales preferred
  • Must be able to learn various clinical academic structures, curriculum designs, and course layouts
  • Ability to identify client’s needs, communicate product benefits, while building lasting account relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to professionally follow up, move forward/advance, and close opportunities
  • Must be well versed is solution based selling and creative closing techniques
  • Ability to construct, present and execute a Territory Business Plan
  • Excellent listening, presentation and communications skills
  • Ability to travel at least 30% of time
  • Demonstrated success working responsibly and effectively in home office environment and ability to travel independently
  • Effective time management, and prioritization skills
  • Strong computer skills (WebEx, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, CRM Programs)
  • Good driving, credit and personal records

The Sr. Strategic Account Executive will work with a team that has full operational responsibility for i-Human Patients, Inc.’s (IHP) worldwide activities. Initially, the territory will include a large part of the United States. Territory responsibility may be adjusted based on the number and timing of additional sales executives who will be joining.

Using expertise in medical education and simulation, healthcare information technology, relationship building and networking in the medical education market, the person in this position will focus on building new relationships and growing existing institutional accounts.

To learn more about this position visit the i-Human.com Job Page!

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