New Simulation Lab Orientation Videos Help Increase Learning Outcomes

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Searching through youtube today we found a bunch of new Sim Lab orientation videos on that we wanted to share! Orientation videos on Youtube are a great way to introduce your learners to the methodology of simulation, as well as the spaces and equipment they will be using during their learning process. This helps the learners spend less time worrying about “where is the O2 mask drawer” and instead enables them to spend more time focused on the learning objectives within the simulation experience.

Medical simulation is a wonderful way to improve teamwork and work on the cognitive approach to any type of medical case. St. Mary medical center is committed to this modality of education and this video is played prior to all events.

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The WA Clinical Training Network engaged with Edith Cowan University’s Health Simulation Centre to develop and deliver a 1 day ‘Introductory’ Level Course for Simulation Instructors. This course was delivered on the 12th of May 2016.

Above is the British Columbia Institute of Technology Sim Lab Video Orientation!

Are you interested in producing your own Sim Lab Orientation Video?

Watch out our Sim Lab Orientation
Video Production Tutorial part I & part II!

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Reader Submitted Video Intro Orientations to Laerdal Simman Classic, Essential, and 3G

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Looking for great orientation video introductions to your Laerdal SimMan products? Check out these awesome video breakdowns free to watch anytime through youtube!

SimMan Classic

SimMan Essential

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Learn how to make your own video orientations through our Production Tutorial!

50,000 Views of Medical Simulation Videos from

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HealthySim readers- today I am thrilled to share that the HealthySimulation Youtube Channel has crossed more than 50,000 views! To highlight this achievement I have shared again  here the top six “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more! Thanks to all those that helped us achieve this amazing goal.

#6) How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation 

#5) Simulab TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU

#4) Pyxis MedStation 4000 Clinical Educator Reflections From

#3) CAE’s Caesar Manikin 

#2) iSimulate Unveils ALSi Patient Vital Sign Monitor Software 

#1) Laerdal Launches SimPad at IMSH 2012 

Stop by the HealthySimulation Medical Simulation Youtube Channel for over ONE HUNDRED more medical simulation videos, be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE!

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Standard Operating Procedure Guides for Simulation Technician Positions

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Recently I received word from some simulation champions in California that they were looking for a guide and other help to orientate a new Simulation Technician. Below are two SOPs, or Standard Operating Procedure, manuals that we built at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in case we ever needed to train someone new to those positions. When I was the Director of that program, the center had two simulation technicians — one which was more IT focused and one which was more Clinical focused. I have heard from countless sources that losing a simulation champion in any role can be a really devastating situation for a program. To combat this, I tasked the staff with creating and annually updating their job descriptions AND these SOPs — so that if the role switched to another individual they would have a head-start on the responsibilities, and a guide on how to complete them!

Download the Guides:

Sim Tech SOP – IT Based Position

Sim Tech SOP – Clinical Based Position

Notice that the staff detail out how to perform the most common functionalities of their job — very helpful for new staff.

If you are hiring your first Sim Tech, download these SOPs and then be sure to check out Paying subscribers gain access to more of such Sim Tech operational documents, plus countless recorded video presentations from previous hands-on SimGHOSTS training events.

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Lastly, strongly consider sending your Sim Tech to the 2014 SimGHOSTS events in either Australia this June at the University of the Sunshine Coast, or this August in the US at the American College of Chest Physicians in Greater Chicago.

Intro to Video Editing: Tutorials, Links & Contests

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Previously I have written on the numerous benefits of using video production in your medical simulation labs. A recent question by the community on how to better handle countless tour requests for their simulation lab prompted me to remind them of the huge cost and energy savings that a recorded video tour could provide. Here are some of my previous posts on the matter:

At SimGHOSTS 2014 USA this August, I will be teaching a hands-on workshop on Advanced Editing Techniques Using Final Cut Express, which is what I use to edit all over the 100+ medical simulation youtube videos we’ve shown here on But before we get there, I thought it would be to cover some basics to video editing as my tutorials above never covered that area.

There are three key things to remember when learning to video edit, which can all be demonstrated by this classic scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark:

1) Timing is everything: First, lets define a shot as an individual cut (or edit) of one particular camera placement which shows one angle of character, setting, or other info. An average shot length is 7 seconds long. If a shot is shorter or longer than 7 seconds, the audience can be triggered to feel something other than normal progress of the story. For example, the first shot of this scene above  lasts about 9 seconds while Indy searches for Marion because we keep hoping that he will find her. The bit of extra seconds here forces the audience to spend more time in the uncomfortable situation Indy is experiencing. The next shot, in contrast, is only 2 seconds long which helps show surprise when the crowd parts to reveal: a lone and very dangerous swordsman in shot 3. The timing of these two shots illustrates how shot duration can play with audience expectation and feeling.

2) Keeping continuity: The point of editing is to create story continuity as the world unfolds before the audience. After Indy sees the swordsman, we enter into a “shot-reverse shot” pattern where we gain the understanding of where these two individuals stand to face each other. Even though we first watch Indy see something when the crowd parts, when turn to understand what he sees the edit actually jumps behind him. Its a subtle transition that allows the audience to understand exactly where the bad guy is in relation to Indy during the reveal. The editor could have picked a shot that just revealed the swordsman, but then that would not have placed Indy’s distance to the bad guy – which was essential for the quick unfoldment of the gag of this scene- that the distance between them is enough to give Indy the winning advantage.

3) Sound is half of the movie: In just 25 seconds we hear music drive the emotion of anxiety Indy is feeling as he searches for Marion, the horn indicating an enemy, the evil laugh of a formidable foe, the many long whooshes of this expert swordsman, the musical transition to the lighthearted tiredness of Indy, and finally the loud bang that quickly brings the fight to an abrupt end. Close your eyes and play the scene again, doesn’t it give most of the audience queues? If we just focus on the sword whooshes and the gun shot alone, you can see how the editor uses sound to set up a scene for a long drawn out battle which Indy’s character has no time for, and so the edit comes to an instant close with the single sound of one bullet. The point here is that when you edit, you have to spend just as much time considering the sound of your shots as the visuals of your scenes, because sound is half of the presentation to your audience.

I suggest you read Great Video Editing Tutorials From when you are ready to learn about the basic theories of film editing. After committing to these three principals and reading the theories, the best way to learn video editing is to install some free software and learn by doing. Nothing lets you feel the joy of building a timeline, honing your timing skills, or shaping your editing style than by editing a project yourself. Here is the Apple and PC options for both worlds:

  1. Intro to Editing with Apple’s free iMovie
  2. Intro to Editing with Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker

If you are ready to dive into more advanced topics before my workshop at SimGHOSTS 2014, I highly recommend buying ‘s professional training videos that will really take you the next level. “From narrative scene editing to documentary editing, our video editing tutorials will help you make a movie, short film, or documentary. Learn the art of video editing from our expert instructors using popular video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Media Composer.”

Already have video editing skills? Put them to good use and submit your projects to the B-Line Medical Video Competitions for SimGHOSTS Australia or SimGHOSTS USA for your chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!

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Why Video Production Saves Your Sim Program Money

I’d like to share a little math with you today on medical simulation lab promotional videos. Below is a video I produced in one week when I worked as a Simulation Technology Specialist at Los Angeles Harbor College, which has since been viewed over 21,000 times:

Let’s consider the costs savings of this promotional video:

Back in January 2009 I earned around $25/hr for being a part-time Sim Tech. This video took me about one week (40 hours) to shoot, edit and publish for a total hourly cost to the program of: $1000. Let’s add $500 for the HD camera and editing computer I used there as well, for a total cost of $1500.

Let’s consider that this 5 minute video efficiently covers the small three-room sim lab, which in real life may take more like 10-15 minutes. But to compare apples to apples, let’s say it only takes 5 minutes to do this tour in person as well.

If I gave this tour to 21,230 people, at 5 minutes at a time, that is 106,150 minutes, or just over 1,769 hours. That ends up being about 221 8-hour days of tours since 2009. If the sim center paid me for those minutes it would end up costing them $44,225 – so subtract the $1500 production cost and that puts you at a cost savings of $42,725!

Never mind scheduling those groups of people plus that the tour is more efficienty in quickly moving through the tour, and you can see why video production can quickly save your medical simulation program money!

Here are two more examples of medical simulation lab video tours, from the University of Phoenix and Ohlone College, both of which have been watched over 6,000 times!

Not only does this work for promotional videos, but orientation and training videos as well. Consider that a video orientation to a sim lab room before a physical orientation, will provide learners an additional opportunity to understand the space. This will cut down on time in the scenario spent “finding the O2 mask”, and more time on simulation learning objectives! Of course, it also cuts down on staff time as physical orientations will take less time. Watch this video orientation we produced at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas:

You can learn how to produce your own healthcare simulation lab orientation/promo videos through my 2-part sim lab video production tutorial:

  1. Sim Lab Video Production Tutorial Part-1
  2. Sim Lab Video Production Tutorial Part-2 (includes article resources)

Lastly, check out my article regarding Adding Media Content to your Simulation Program Website!

Sim Center Video of the Week: UA’s ASTEC

Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center also has a great video explaining the benefits of taking SimNewB on the road to train clinicians in pediatric emergencies.

The Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) at The University of Arizona College of Medicine provides innovative collaborative learning opportunities for new students and seasoned practitioners alike, who learn, practice and assess their understanding of procedures in a high-tech, realistically simulated environment.

While medicine and technology have advanced rapidly over the past decades, the approach to medical education has remained largely unchanged for more than 100 years.

ASTEC is on the forefront of an exciting effort to transform medical training and reduce medical errors. As part of the UA College of Medicine, the center is committed to the creation, teaching and practice of the medicine of tomorrow.”

Learn more about ASTEC through their website and sim center tour at their website: University of Arizona: ASTEC.

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Sim Center Video of the Week: Univ. of Alaska Anchorage

Special video this week from my friend Marissa at the University of Alaska: Anchorage. They just released these new videos and they look great!

Marissa has been working hard to get simulation successful at the UAA School of Nursing. Learn more about their program at their website.

2010 Healthcare Simulation Article Review:

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I have summarized the key articles of 2010 so that all you new members can catch up on all the best from!

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