SimforHealth Introduces MedicActiV: Innovative Platform to Create & Share Virtual Clinical Cases, at SESAM 2017 Paris


During the opening of SESAM 2017 in Paris this week, SimforHealth is unveiling MedicActiV, an innovative new platform to consult, create & share virtual clinical cases. Learn how for a LIMITED TIME you can gain free access to this new global resource by reading more below…

We all know there is a gap between theoretical clinical training and physicians’ real-life experience. Students and health professionals must be given the opportunity to work on as many real-life cases as possible, before facing a real patient. Current classical training methods do not fit the rapid growth of medical knowledge. And clearly, medical education needs more realistic and immersive instructional technologies to prepare tomorrow’s clinicians.

SimforHealth, a leading provider of virtual solutions for medical education has created a new way to enhance medical education: The MedicActiV Platform.

MedicActiV is a digital simulation platform, like an international library of virtual clinical cases in any discipline. Healthcare education institutions or healthcare professionals can consult them, and also have the opportunity to create their own virtual clinical case with MedicActiV authoring tool. Once created, they can share it on the platform.

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The best way to understand how a virtual clinical case looks like on that platform is to watch a video of a vascular medicine case created with the cooperation of Doctor Aalami, Clinical Associate Professor and Vascular Surgeon at the prestigious University of Stanford Medicine. This video is a great way to understand the potential of MedicActiV’s and its compatibility with virtual reality using HTC Vive.

With this launch of the new version of the MedicActiV platform, SimforHealth calls healthcare professionals and institutions to participate in the project, by creating virtual clinical cases and sharing them with the healthcare community. Such a global resource can quickly increase the volume and quality of international medical knowledge.

Those attending SESAM 2017 Paris should stop by SimforHealth Booth EX31 to demo MedicActiV.

Gain FREE access to the system and its already strong library of resources until September!

Learn more on the website today!

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Online ‘Simulation Week’ Promotes the Use of Healthcare Simulation – Learn & Share Today!

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The annual online “Simulation Week” is in full affect! Check out hundreds of articles shared by the community and share your simulation story with a global audience. Organized by Simulation Australia, Sim Week promotes the use of healthcare simulation by sharing our community’s work with the whole world! This year SimWeek runs from Monday, May 2nd until Sunday May 8th. The week is a brilliant chance to promote all forms of simulation across our entire community, in our organizations, our institutions, our start-ups, our departments, our schools, our Universities and even our homes. It’s time to celebrate all things Sim, the wonderful accomplishments and our incredibly bright future.

You can find SimWeek online at and it is open to anyone to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are critical to conveying the messages so don’t leave them out! The site is linked through to all of our social media platforms so your messages will have a vast audience. Information and examples on how to contribute online can be found by clicking here.

Sim Week Events:

The Health Education and Training Institute, in partnership with the Southern NSW Local Health District, will be celebrating SimulationWeek with the staff of Batemans Bay Hospital and the local emergency services (Fire, Police, Ambulance and SES) with a sausage sizzle and open day of the Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre. This SimWeek event will be on Tuesday 3 May at Batemans Bay Hospital from 10:00am until 2.00pm.

On Wednesday 4 May, the Flinders University Hexapod will be doing a demonstration at 3:00pm until 4.00pm, The Flinders Hexapod is a testing facility that is based on a Stewart-Gough platform (the mechanism that is used to produce the motion in a flight simulator). The test machine is able to simulate complex motion and measure the effect that motion has on various structures and/or people. There are a large number of research projects that are planned for the facility, which include the building, maritime, and aerospace industries.

If you would like your story “up in lights”, email it to so we can make you and Simulation a Star.

Visit all this week!

University of San Francisco Now Offering Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Online


Did you know that USF is now offering their MS in Healthcare Simulation Online with an in-person intensive once a semester in San Francisco?

The USF program will prepare students for a career in teaching, management, or operations of health care simulations. This unique program requires no previous experience and is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians.

Simulation in healthcare has emerged as an integrated approach to educating and training professionals. Simulation labs are becoming more prevalent and individuals who understand the educational and administrative aspects will be key to their continued success.

USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions is a top 40 nursing school (according to U.S. News & World Report) and a distinguished 4,500 graduate alumni network that spans the globe.


  • Online format – Students attend courses and complete assignments online, adhering to relevant coursework deadlines
  • Designed to complete in four semesters (18 months)
  • Students attend one “intensive” per semester at USF in San Francisco
  • On-campus intensive will feature an expert speaker


The University of San Francisco is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Learn more by visiting the USF MS in Healthcare Simulation Webpage!

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Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

Looking to further your graduate level education in healthcare simulation? Check out the Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Certificate program from RMU:

This graduate-level certificate offers health sciences educators the opportunity to gain current knowledge and experience in techniques related to simulation facilitation, instruction, and leadership. This certificate program prepares graduates for the CHSE examination. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective simulation facilitation/instructional strategies
  • Integrate standards for best practice within your simulation program
  • Incorporate simulation measurement and evaluation strategies to enhance program outcomes
  • Determine priorities for funding of simulation research projects
  • Identify leadership strategies to enhance success of a simulation program
  • Utilize innovative trends such as TeamSTEPPS teamwork training in designing experiences
  • Explore technologies appropriate for use in a simulation laboratory

You can earn this certificate with three convenient eight-week online classes designed for working professionals, the first of which we will cover today:

Class 1: Leadership in Simulation Facilitation and Instruction

This course explores current research in high fidelity simulation and education, through the use of both manikins and standardized patients. This course is taught by Donna McDermott, MSN, CHSE, who is an assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University. A Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Donna has a wealth of experience with simulation center accreditation and incorporating simulation throughout undergraduate and graduate curriculum.Special focus is given to:

  • Scenario facilitation and design
  • INACSL standards for best practices
  • Prebriefing and facilitation
  • Debriefing and evaluation

Stay tuned for more class breakdowns or
visit the RMU Sim Certificate Program Webpage to learn more now!

2-Hour Laerdal SimMan 3G Programming Course Now Available Through SimGHOSTS

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Word today is that subscribers of (which has 50% off annual subscription again this month due to a big announcement coming next week), that you can now take a Laerdal SimMan 3G programming course right from your home or office. Best of all its only $50!

Not a subscriber to yet? Sign up here today! Gain access to over 200 recorded sessions, a weekly digest of conversations covering all things simulation by more than 1,500 international members, a document database, jobs posting area, and more — for only $60. For less than one Starbucks order a month you can save over 50% off the regular $135 annual subscription fee! Once you do you can gain access to some free courses, and this reasonably priced Laerdal Basic Programming Course put on by SimGHOSTS event director and simulation champion Ryan Eling.

About HSTS7100 – Basic Programming for Laerdal 3G

This 2-hour course covers basic programming theory, tools and techniques for the Laerdal platform. In part one, we cover the concepts and techniques for planning out a proper programmed scenario; these are general skills that apply to any high-, low- or no-fidelity simulation scenario. Focus is placed on communication with the entire simulation team, from students to staff to administrators to faculty.

Part Two is an extensive overview of the Laerdal 3G programming software. Here, we learn about Learner Inputs, Patient Responses, Trends, Handlers and the other tools found in the software. There is discussion and explanation of how these tools can be used, and also how they can be re-appropriated for creative solutions. This section ends with an explanation of an offline programming game that learners should play before proceeding to the final course section.

Part Three is a point by point review of the goals of the programming game. We uncover creative uses and tricks using the Laerdal software. In the end, this review demonstrates the instructor’s theory of approaching programming as a creative, collaborative and constantly reassessed activity.

Learning Objectives & Details:

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of programming theory, practice and techniques.
  • Explain the use of basic programming functions in the Laerdal platform.
  • Demonstrate alternative uses for Laerdal programming options.

Instructor: Ryan Eling
Course Length: 2-hours
Course Fee: $50
Format: Self-Paced – Online

Sign up for the HSTS7100 course on SimGHOSTS!

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December Discounts for New SimGHOSTS Online Courses & Website Subscription

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Special December Savings on New Website Subscription & New Online Courses!

SimGHOSTS has launched its new online courses enrolling now which start in January, and is providing super huge savings for December on both their courses AND new website subscription. SimGHOSTS is the world’s leading and only organization dedicated to supporting those operating healthcare simulation technology. In 2015 the non-profit put on four events around the world including Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Leeds University in the UK, the Clinical Skills Development Service in Brisbane, and at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai.

Did you attend a SimGHOSTS 2015 event or subscribe to in the past eleven months? Good news — your new account information is being mailed to you today!

New Website & Over 50% Off Annual Subscription in December:

The team has spent the last six months developing a new website with expanded capabilities including a new Learning Management System for courses and:

  • New weekly or daily digest of forums posts & blog articles
  • Over 190 video recorded sessions from previous SimGHOSTS events
  • Expanded Document Library with New Files
  • Improved forum functionality
  • New design, improved interface and functionality
  • Free job & resume postings for subscribers
  • Expanded global contact database
  • More Upcoming webinars from leading experts and vendors

Normally $135 USD per person annually, you can sign up for for the next year for only $60 bucks! That’s the cost of a cup of coffee each month to join your international community of Sim Techs and get access to hundreds of resources! But hurry — this opportunity ends January 1st!

Not a Subscriber Yet? Sign up today with 50% off the normal price at

SimGHOSTS Launches New Online Certificate Training Courses!

After two years of research and development, SimGHOSTS has started enrolling the first students in our new online courses! Taught by experienced simulation champions, these courses in IT and Healthcare related topics will increase your knowledge and skillsets required for your every day job. Future courses in audiovisual, education, simulation, and other domains are to be announced shortly.

As this is their first cohort of students we are offering HUGE SAVINGS for those who in enroll in the first sessions which start in January after IMSH. Enrollment space is limited so check out the courses and register today!

Announced Online SimGHOSTS Certificate Courses So Far:

  • HSTS200 – Fundamentals of Training and Education
  • HSTS300 – Medical Physiology for Healthcare Simulation I
  • HSTS301 – Medical Terminology for Healthcare Simulation
  • HSTS400 – Introduction to Information Technology Systems
  • HSTS401 – Introduction to Operating Systems
  • HSTS402 – Introduction to Networking
  • HSTS403a – Office Productivity and Support Specialist I: Word Processing
  • HSTS403b – Office Productivity and Support Specialist II: Spreadsheets

Learn more about these courses and register before they fill up at the new SimGHOSTS Online Training Courses Page. Remember– with limited enrollment this one time discount opportunity won’t last!

Soon SimGHOSTS subscribers will receive their first weekly digest of forums/blog articles so stay tuned!

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New Free Simulation Scenario Exchange Database from SIM-one

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Proven Scenario Resources, Peer-Reviewed & Free!

Introducing the SIM Scenario Exchange—an online repository of simulation scenarios, tools and templates. Open to all healthcare professions, disciplines and sectors, the Exchange fosters the improvement of simulation practices, facilitates knowledge transfer and helps simulationists save time. The Exchange was developed with funds from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in response to the community’s demand. SIM-one would like to thank Ontario simulationists who contributed to the development of the Exchange.

“The Exchange is a free and open resource made possible by the support of the healthcare simulation community,” said Dr. Tim Willett, SIM-one’s Director of R&D, who led the development of the Exchange. “The Exchange features an intuitive design that allows users to easily find scenarios and tools based on specific needs.”

At the click of the screen, users can search for simulation scenarios, scenario development tools and templates, and learner/scenario assessment tools for evaluation and research. In addition, users can contribute, modify and adapt resources on the Exchange.

The SIM Scenario Exchange™ is trans-professional (supporting scenarios and resources in all health professions) and trans-disciplinary. It supports excellence in simulation-based education by providing evidence-based, practice-informed and tested simulation scenarios – many of which are peer-reviewed.

Recent Scenario Contributions

  • Unstable Bradycardia — Contributed by Pam Morgan Professions: Medicine, Nursing, Practical Nursing
  • Venous air or carbon dioxide embolus — Contributed by Pam Morgan Professions: Medicine, Nursing, Practical Nursing
  • Malignant Hyperthermia — Contributed by Pam Morgan Professions: Medicine, Nursing, Practical Nursing
  • Community Home Visit with Postpartum Patient — Contributed by Karyn Taplay Professions: Nursing

Read the full press release here or visit the Free Simulation Scenario Database on SIM-one’s website.

TODAY: 11AM PT / 2PM ET Live Hangout With Social Media Savvy Nurses!

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In just 20 minutes you can “Hangout Live” with +Marsha Battee,+Beth Boynton,+Kathy Quan and+Donna Maheady during our next LIVE Google Hangout, with a little tech help from Nerdy Nurse Brittney Wilson!

These nurses will discuss the ups and downs of social collaboration online and share how you can get the most out of it. If you’re a nurse, nurse educator, or support nurses, this event is for you!

Be sure to also check out these communities and links to continue the social collaboration:

Beth Boynton says about the event “I never planned on being a Social Media expert, but alas I have acquired some expertise! No one can know everything about Social Media or probably any healthcare diagnosis, technology, or treatment options, right? I’m looking forward to this Friday’s Google Hangout at 2pm ET sponsored by Next Wave Connect (NWC), because it will be fun to share some insights and experiences I’ve had AND learn from other nurse experts!”

Join them now by clicking here!

The Rise of FOAM in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care From

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As access to online tools continue to expand around the world, the tenants of open, free and widespread communication continues to evolve healthcare and education. FOAM, or Free and Open Access Medical Education, is a prominent hashtag #FOAMED on twitter, that is supported by blogs like Recently they covered the topic of online peer review systems vs. traditional peer review journals. An interesting conversation which is also affecting healthcare simulation (see recent articles “Helpful Thoughts on In Situ Simulation” and “EMSIMCases Website Provides Free Emergency Medicine Simulation Scenarios, Templates and More!

Article Excerpts:

Over the past 20 years the internet has spawned a huge number of blogs, podcasts, videos and wikis on a countless number of topics and emergency medicine has been no exception.1 At the intersection of social media and critical care the astoundingly popular Free Open-Access Medical Education (FOAM) or #FOAMed movement has emerged as a force to be reckoned with.2 According to Symplur which tracks health care related hashtags there were almost 900 million Twitter impressions containing the #FOAMed hashtag in calendar year 2014.

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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!

“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. 

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!