American Academy of Pediatrics & Kognito Launch Simulation System to Train Pediatricians

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The American Academy of Pediatrics and Kognito recently announced the launch of Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens about Performance Enhancement – a free, role-play simulation designed to prepare pediatricians and other child health professionals to lead real-life conversation with teens about appearance and performance-enhancing substances.

About Kognito

Kognito is a healthcare simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to inspire and inform, impact how people think and act, evoke empathy, and change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations. We build and assess their confidence and competency by providing them the ability to practice conversations with our growing family of emotionally-responsive virtual people. Our innovative approach uses the science of learning, the art of conversation and the power of game technology to measurably improve social, emotional, and physical health. Leading health, education, government, and non-profit organizations use our growing portfolio of simulations. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


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Press Release Excerpt:

The use of appearance and performance-enhancing substances among youth has increased tremendously over the past decade. More than 10 percent of adolescents have misused prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement, and about 6 percent of the general high school population has used illegal steroids for appearance or strength enhancement. Physicians should be aware of the use of performance-enhancing substances by pediatric patients; be prepared to identify risk factors, signs, and symptoms; ask screening questions; and offer anticipatory guidance related to their use.

This innovative simulation engages users in role-play conversations with three virtual and emotionally responsive patients presenting with signs of appearance and performance-enhancing substances. As the health professional in the simulation, users choose what to say to the virtual patient, how to respond to their hesitations, resistance, and misconceptions, and how to use motivational interviewing techniques to motivate them to change their behavior.


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MedicActiV from France-Based SimForHealth Showcased at Stanford MedicineX

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SimforHealth is an international start-up with offices in Canada and headquarters in France which brings together healthcare professionals, education expert and 3D engineers to create virtual training solutions for medical education. SimforHealth is recognized by BPI France as one of the 2,000 most innovative companies in France in 2016.

SimforHealth has created MedicActiV,the first digital simulation platform dedicated to health training. It was created to meet the initial and continuing needs of health professionals for e-service training, on site or remotely. They believe many healthcare professionals is that virtual clinical cases can provide an important complementary, innovative contribution to the overall training process. It is an essential link between theory and the reality in the field MedicActiV seeks to disseminate this technology and innovative approach to education as widely as possible through collaboration.

Are you near California this week? MedicActiV has been selected for a device demo in the Tech Tent (On Friday September 16th – Ten on Alumni Lawn 2:40PM-3:40PM. During the demo their team will show how MedicActiV is a really good solution to improve the international medical education by virtual clinical cases. You can download the MedX event agenda here.

Learn more about SimForHealthMedicActiV and the Stanford MedicineX Conference!

Limbs And Things Provides Online & Hands-on Hybrid Suture Tutor Training Kits

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Graham Whiteside from Limbs & Things was on-hand at IMSH 2013 to talk with HealthySimulation.com about their new Limbs Learning Online training platform which combines online courseware with hands-on training kits. What is really innovative about this new learning platform is that it provides online learning cirricullum which is directly tied to a specific task trainer. Learners will therefore spend less time trying to figure out a task trainer and more time practicing the skill. Watch my video interview with Graham to learn more about LimbsLearningOnline.com and the new SutureTutorPlus Kit training program:

Limbs & Things has been designing, manufacturing and distributing clinical and surgical skills training products for over 20 years. Their new Limbs Learning Online website will offer a range of e-learning courses designed for medical undergraduates, nursing students, foundation trainees, surgical trainees, nurse practitioners, doctors training in emergency medicine, and trainers. These courses will offer anytime, anywhere access to subscribers via a broadband internet connection.

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These hybrid courses training engage learners across a multitude of mediums including:

  • Computer graphics and videos which clearly explain the principles.
  • Video of the techniques being demonstrated on medical models.
  • Clinical video of the procedures on a patient.
  • Content is broken down into clearly structured modules, chapters and topics with explanatory on screen text and full narration.
  • And unlike other online courses, the Limbs & Things learning online material is supported by hands-on models and materials.

SutureTutorPlus is the first of these online self-directed learning packages. STP will benefit any student or healthcare professional wanting to acquire hands-on practical skills, or any institution delivering training, in the following areas:

  • Suturing techniques Suture aftercare
  • Handling of instruments
  • Incision of skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • Needles and sutures
  • Knot tying
  • Scrubbing, gowning and gloving
  • Cleaning a wound
  • Local anesthesia
  • Patient management and consent
  • Other methods of wound closure

Be sure to check out the demos of the SutureTutorPlus courseware available at the Limbs Learning Online website, as well as the institutional discounts available for bulk investments.


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Khan Academy Revolutionizes Computer Science Education

Techcrunch has put up an article about Khan Academy’s latest development in online education. What is the Khan Academy?

Khan Academy is an educational non-profit focused on providing high-quality education for everyone. They produce a collection of free online micro lectures on a variety of different subjects, including mathematics, history, computer science, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and economics. Khan Academy also incorporates game mechanics into their system by awarding students with badges for reaching certain skill levels.”

The TechCrunch article highlights KA’s new online computer science education system which is free for the entire world.  The article explicates:

“The new Computer Science site focuses on the critical early adolescent years, where children broaden (or narrow) their interests and identity before high school. The lessons don’t get much more complicated than basic algebra, and how these intuitive mathematical concepts can create powerful artistic, video game, and website experiences. “We wanted to create something that could get anyone with minimal knowledge of Computer Science really excited by the field–no matter what their age or situation,” says Sinha. One of the most advanced lessons, for instance, is a replication of Pac-Man (i.e. a circle eating other smaller circles) and stops short of a university-level Computer Science course.

The heart of the design places a simplified, interactive text editor that sits adjacent to the code’s drawing output, which updates in real time as students explore how different variables and numbers change the size, shapes, and colors of their new creation. An optional video guides students through the lesson, step-by-step, and, most importantly, can be paused at any point so that they can tinker with the drawing as curiosity and confusion arise during the process.

This part is key: learning is contextual and idiosyncratic; students better absorb new material if they can learn at their own pace and see the result of different options in realtime.

The pedagogy fits squarely into what educators called “scaffolded problem-based learning” [PDF]; students solve real-life problems and are encouraged to explore, but are guided by a teacher along the way, who can point out novel ways of accomplishing the task.”

While not directly related to medical simulation, this article reminds us that online learning opportunities will continue to become more and more relevant in simulation labs as the internet’s role in education continues to expand.