Integrating Scenario-Based Simulation Into Radiology Education Improves Learning Outcomes

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Check out the conclusion of this Dovepress Journal Research entitled “Integrating of scenario-based simulation into radiology education to improve critical thinking skills”, which found that “the integration of scenario-based simulations in radiology education led to a positive impact on learning outcomes, formative interactive learning, and filling the gap between theory and practice. Moreover, it promoted critical thinking skills and allowed radiology professionals to demonstrate their knowledge of similar cases.”

The article was published November 7th, 2016 by authors Abuzaid MM and Elshami W from, Medical Diagnostic Imaging Department, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Introduction: For many years, conventional radiographic films have been used for radiology education. Nevertheless, advances in imaging modalities, image quality, and the number of images produced by various methods have seen a move toward digital formats. Certainly, a patient’s case has a significant value in medical education; it can transfer theoretical knowledge to real experiences. The aim of this study is to evaluate the value of scenario-based simulations in radiology education and their impact on professional learning outcomes.



Materials and methods: Patient scenarios were collected and converted to digital teaching files, each supported by clinical history, anatomy illustration, as well as medical and radiological investigation. The scenarios were presented online to radiology professionals for 6 months. At the end of the study, the scenarios were evaluated regarding design, content, and their role in improving critical thinking.

Results: Twenty-two scenarios were published online covering various radiology areas. Two hundred and thirty-eight radiology professionals were invited, and 84% participated in the evaluation process. Each participant completed an average of 13 scenarios with an approximate time of 23 minutes for each. The majority of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the scenarios were well designed (94%), were appropriate to their level of knowledge (70%), and helped them in critical thinking and in understanding similar cases (79%).


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HealthySimulation Now Hosts Largest Medical Simulation LinkedIn Group in the World

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Recently HealthySim’s Medical Simulation LinkedIn Group crossed 3,000 subscribers — becoming the largest in the world! Our daily articles are posted there along with many others from simulation champions such as yourself who also comment an start discussions. Those interested in daily medical simulation updates on top of our free monthly email newsletter, can subscribe to the channel and its free daily group update. Looks like the online social networking platform just got a new design so its the perfect time to check it out.

Not on LinkedIn yet? You should be! Consider why this “Professional Facebook” is an important online resume and networking tool for modern careers with our article on the topic here. Microsoft thought so much of LinkedIn — they bought it this year!

Are you looking to advertise simulation products, services, or jobs? Email us to learn how you can connect the global medical simulation community today on our website, newsletter, twitter feed and our newsletter.

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Overcoming IT Issues for Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 6

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Have you been watching the recently released HealthySimAdmin series sponsored by Laerdal, Pocket Nurse, and B-Line Medical? The recorded sessions covered administrative topics crucial for the success of your medical simulation program. Each session starts with a presentation from a leading expert and then finishes with a panel discussion by 10 simulation program administrators to help understand the opportunities from a range of diverse perspectives. So far we have covered:

Maximizing Efficiency of Daily Program Operations in Healthcare Simulation – Part 5

Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – Part 4

Clinical Educator Buy-In & Training for Healthcare Simulation – Part 3

Sim Program Funding Sources & Models – Part 2

Collaborative Simulation Program Development – Part 1

Today’s episode focuses on Overcoming IT issues!

HealthySimAdmin Session Description:

While the methodology of medical simulation has expanded exponentially in clinical education programs around the world, the understanding of the technical requirements necessary to operate these labs has remained somewhat linear. James Cypert leads our discussion of IT issues and support structures. He will provide valuable insights that will help your program avoid short and long-term technical failures. This conversation will include considerations for manikin, audiovisual, network, and computer desktop/laptop hardware needs. Our expert panel will then join James to discuss topics related to operating this new technology including: pitfalls to avoid when designing a new simulation space, lab security and how to control access to sensitive information, the most commonly preventable IT issues, IT support models, maximizing and protecting IT staff time, documentation development and distribution, and currently available training resources. This session will also introduce us to the benefits and recommendations when hiring simulation and IT staff as well as gaining their input on simulation-based equipment purchases. We will also discuss the critical need to consider and develop a plan for technology refresh cycles. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. This session will help us learn how to successfully navigate the technology support needs of managing medical simulation.

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#NLNSummit2016 Video Plenary – Debra Spunt Lecture by Dr. Janice C. Palaganas

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Miss the NLN Summit this year? No worries HealthySim has you covered with this awesome Debra Spunt Lecture sponsored by Laerdal Medical and provided by Dr. Janice Palaganas, Director of Educational Innovation and Development and the Center for Medical Simulation!

A winner of multiple honors, Dr. Palaganas most recently received the President’s Award from Loma Linda, the university’s highest honor for scholastic achievement and community participation; and the Presidential Citation Award from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Her professional service includes membership on the committee that produced a report for the Institute of Medicine on measuring IPE outcomes; contributing content to the NLN High-Stakes Assessment for Nursing Study; in 2012, chairing the Interprofessional Education and Healthcare Simulation Symposium, attended by more than 500 educators, a conference funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, the NLN, and SSH. Just this year, Dr. Palaganas received another substantial grant from the Macy Foundation for “Creating an Interprofessional Community of Practice for Health Professions Educators.”

Her primary career focus has been as an educator of educators, bringing her long experience in and passion for IPE simulation to audiences nationwide and abroad. Dr. Palaganas has instructed approximately 4800 professionals, 20 percent of whom have been nurses. Her current students are among today’s leaders in health care education, ranging from department chairs, deans, and directors to postdoctoral research fellows. In her work for the SSH, she developed training and mentoring for all SSH accreditation reviewers.

Dr. Palaganas was editor-in-chief of SSH’s first textbook, Defining Excellence in Health Simulation Programs. She serves as a journal reviewer at SSH, for the NLN’s Nursing Education Perspectives, and for the Journal of Patient Safety. Her original scholarship includes numerous published peer-reviewed articles, many considered seminal pieces, e.g., a history of simulation-enhanced IPE; the first study of co-debriefing; and an updated meta-review of IPE literature.

You can watch all the recording keynote address from this Summit on the NLN Youtube page!

Maximizing Efficiency of Daily Program Operations in Healthcare Simulation – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 5

Recently HealthySimulation.com publicly launched the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 5 of HealthySimAdmin: Improving Healthcare Simulation Center Daily Operations. Originally priced at over $450 the 2 hour presentation and panel discussion is now available to watch for free, thanks to Laerdal, B-Line Medical and Pocket Nurse.

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About the Session

None of us received a formal education in leading or managing a medical simulation program. While the unique background experiences we hold may help us with certain aspects of operating these modern day clinical training facilities, most of us have identified knowledge gaps when it comes to operations. Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT leads our conversation on the crucial topic of learning how to successfully manage the operation of a medical simulation lab or program. Questions to be addressed include: how do we efficiently schedule spaces with limited resources? How do we hire, manage, and train staff? Who develops policies and procedures and what are the regulations and enforcement systems publicized and adhered to before and after program launch? What innovative leadership approaches paid off and what management pitfalls can be avoided?

Following Henry’s presentation the HSA panel of experts will continue the discussion addressing topics such as: administrative needs and management strategies, committee development and policy amendments, gaining institutional support, tactics for team staff meetings, usage statistics and analysis, learning when and how to expand staff, consultant reviews, maintenance and support needs, as well as building contingency or emergency backup plans. Considerations for both single lab and multi-lab training facilities will be shared. Audience question and answer session to follow. This session will provide strategies and tactics for the successful operation of your medical simulation lab space.

Session Presentation Lead By:

Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
Director, Simulation Training and Research Center
Florida International University

Henry Henao is a clinical assistant professor of Nursing and currently serves as the Director of the Simulation Training and Research Center (the STAR Center) at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In this capacity, Henry provides the vision and manages the daily operation of a 16,000 square foot facility which houses twenty high-fidelity human patient simulators and opened in February of 2010.

Henry has served as a consultant on faculty development, curriculum integration, design, development, and operations of simulation centers. Henry serves as a team leader and site principal investigator for the longitudinal, multi-site, landmark “The National Simulation Study”, funded by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN). Henry recently served as a subject matter expert to review the soon to be published standards for simulation evaluation from the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Henry was selected as one of twenty participants’ in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Leadership development program for simulation educators.

Professor Henao has worked as an emergency department nurse and as an Emergency Medical Technician for nearly twenty years. He currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is managing partner of Nurse Practitioner Partners, LLC; a nurse-owned company that provides NP services to growing medical practices. Prof. Henao is also Vice-President and Communications Director for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade. Professor Henao holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Barry
University with a graduate specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College/The City University of New York.

Watch the whole series now at the HealthySimAdmin Pages!

Beyond Debriefing – Studiocode from Vosaic Enables for High Level Research Studies for Healthcare Simulation

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Check out the latest news about Studiocode from Vosaic, which provides high level research opportunities during a/v recording debriefing of your healthcare simulation event. Note: While Studiocode is a standalone product — You can also add Studiocode on top of an existing video solution product to enhance research capabilities!

  • Discover Opportunities: As the capstone product, Studiocode provides endless possibilities for analysis, leading to even deeper insights. Customized video tagging identifies specific moments useful to your research process.
  • Quickly Identify the Crucial Moments: Create timelines, databases, and transcription text that allow for easy cross-referencing and analysis, helping you identify patterns and trends as they emerge.
  • User Self-Discovery: The ability for users to refer to their own videos allows students, researchers, and educators alike to see how their performance is affecting the outcome of their research projects or simulations. This data can be collected and organized to influence future efforts while facilitating debrief scenarios to further learning opportunities.

Studiocode Features Include:

  • Live Markup/Coding
  • Build Markup/Code Forms
  • Live Record Video
  • Import Recorded Video
  • Advanced Markup/Coding
  • Post Markup/Coding
  • Basic Reporting
  • Video Transcription
  • Deep Analysis Tools
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Cloud Storage (add-on)
  • Cloud Sharing (add-on)

About Vosaic In Their Own Words

Video is an invaluable tool for research and learning opportunities. Our video analysis software lets you interpret the multi-faceted elements of video while identifying patterns that form a comprehensive picture. Creating clarity around results and discovering trends that may not be otherwise immediately apparent can lead to more robust outcomes. These new insights facilitate the training and education of everyone from nurses and physicians to mathematical researchers.

Our passion for video analysis means that we are fully invested in all the fields our users work in. We understand your unique needs and that helps drive product utilization, ensuring that you’re maximizing the features of the Vosaic products to produce your best results. Agile and customizable, Vosaic can be applied to almost every need or industry. The fields of healthcare, education, and research in particular have found Vosaic to be an invaluable tool that encourages new insights and drives growth and performance.

Learn more on the Vosaic website today!

3rd Annual Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Launches in Singapore

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Today 250 simulation champions from around Asia and the World came together for the 3rd annual APMSH meeting at the National University of Singapore. The event was organized by co-chairs Ms Kirsty Freeman, A/Prof Suresh Pillai, and Dr. Yasuharu Okuda, and is supported by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and platinum sponsored by Asia-based simulation distributor TellYes. HealthySimulation.com was on hand to share this wonderful event!

About APMSH

This meeting brings together simulation experts, educationists, industry professionals and product distributors under one roof at the University Cultural Centre. The theme for this year’s conference “Improving Outcomes, Building Connections”, serves to underscore the utility of simulation training in enhancing patient safety and quality improvement, thereby ensuring better patient outcomes. Concurrently, the congregation of simulation professionals will help to promote regional and international cooperation, collaboration and networking by establishing ties with simulation specialists.

From exciting Pre-Conference Courses to renowned Plenary Speakers, in-conference workshops, podium presentations, poster submissions and cutting-edge product displays, there is definitely something for both the novice as well as the discerning simulation expert. Participate and engage with presenters and Special Interest Groups on the latest in Assessment & Evaluation, Program Administration, Faculty Development, Technical Operations, Instructional Methods, Research Methodologies and Interprofessional Education. Be enthralled by the first-ever Simulation Showcase highlighting live demonstrations of different countries’ approach to simulation and be invigorated by an intense debate by simulation experts during the Simulation Debate!

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Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 4

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Last month we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 4 of HealthySimAdmin: Building Research Programs Into Healthcare Simulation. This 2-hour recording starts with a presentation by Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning — which is also the host of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA — and then finishes off with a panel session by a dynamic range of simulation program administrators who provide advice for those integrating research into their simulation programs. Thank to Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse these recorded sessions are now available for free to the public!

About Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin:

Medical Simulation is quickly becoming a leading methodology for clinical skills based education
and training. Impacting how our learners understand and apply the content is just as important as expanding our understanding of how to improve human and system processes. Groups interested in developing and funding or expanding current research into simulation will find this session led by Amar Patel MS, REMT-P, CFC extremely useful. Amar will lead our discussion highlighting the successful integration of research at the facility he manages.

Amar shares:

  • Types of research that can be conducted (scopes of projects)
  • Costs associated with conducting and managing research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • The Return on Investment
  • What you need to know to begin (documents, education, IRB, policies & Procedures)
  • Publishing abstracts and completed research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Setting up the simulation environment (is it research friendly?)

Afterwards our panel engaged in a discussion on how to build and facilitate a successful research component into your simulation program. An audience question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. Through this session we learned how to conduct, integrate, and manage research projects. Furthermore, we will highlight ways to incentivize educators to engage in successful simulation-based research projects that will promote your institution and your program.

Session Presentation Lead By:

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams. Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Watch the whole HealthySimAdmin video series now here!

Inova Fairfax Simulation Center Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

Inova Fairfax Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

NBC Washington reports on a new program at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia is giving the term “practicing medicine” a new meaning:

The Inova Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is an effort to keep doctors, nurses and medical students engaged both with the latest in medical techniques as well as some of the more usual challenges in medicine. “It is a laboratory for our physicians and nurses, students, any health care professional to train, whether they’re new or whether they’re a seasoned clinician,” said Director Dr. Craig Cheifitz, who helped develop the center.

The center has 14 rooms, including an operating room, and state-of-the-art technology. “We do have very high tech mannequins, which have the ability to bleed – artificial blood, of course — voice files, can even change their vitals,” Cheifitz said.

Health care professionals work in teams and deal with everything from infectious diseases to head wounds to complicated births. The exercises are done in real time, and the center is frequently at capacity, Cheifitz said. It’s one of seven medical simulation centers in Virginia.“Medical education for years has been such that after you graduate, you might learn more from a textbook or a conference,” Cheifitz said.

Healthcare IT News Covers Growing Use of Healthcare Simulation Technology

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Stephen Burrows, Chair & Program Director of Healthcare Information Systems at Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, once reflected on the growing use of healthcare simulation technology in Healthcare on HealthcareITNews.com. How does your healthcare IT department interact with your simulation program?

With an explosion of technology in simulation, the opportunity to teach healthcare students has almost limitless boundaries.  At the heart of simulation in healthcare is the human patient simulator (HPS). In 1969, Abrahamson, Denson, and Wolf wrote about the ‘Effectiveness of a simulator in training anesthesiology residents’ and the use of patient simulators (Journal of Medical Education) to train physician residents. They felt that simulation held much promise and, from their findings, it would provide “a significant time saving in training” and that “anesthesiology residents might be expected to achieve this level of professional competence in a saving of 22 days over a period of 77 days.”

Today’s patient simulators are significantly more advanced. Most of them can blink, breathe, cry, sweat, and have a heartbeat and pulse. When hooked up to monitors, they can even display vital signs. With some customization by the faculty the ‘patient’ can exhibit any number of cardiac arrhythmias. The technology can even mimic virtually every major bodily function. Using different scenarios, students can experience a range of events from physical examination to major trauma. The simulator even recognizes injected medications via RFID and responds with appropriate vital signs. This is a particularly helpful (and safe) way to demonstrate a reaction to the wrong medication being given by the student.

Read the Full HealthcareITnews.com Article here!