Inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare Video Interview

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Late last year HealthySimulation.com attended the inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosted by Taylor’s University. The three day event brought together simulation champions from across Asia and the United States for courses in debriefing, international collaboration, technology integration, and more. During that time we had a chance to video interview PASSH President Sabrina Koh RN, MHSc(Edu), PGDip(CC), CHSE, Assistant Director of Nursing of Sengkang Health in Singapore – who helped to launch the organization and the event. Also on hand was Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of the WISER Center, Past SSH President, and Keynote speaker of the inaugural event.


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Read my full PASSH conference recaps below for more information and then watch the video below to learn more!

To learn more, visit the PASSH Website today!


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Dr. Hyun Soo Chung Opens Day 2 of PASSH with AMEE Practical Guide for Simulation in Healthcare

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This morning at Taylor’s University, Dr. Hyun Soo Chung, Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Clinical Simulation Center at Yonsei University provided the opening plenary on the “AMEE Best Evidence Practical Guide on Simulation in Healthcare”. The objectives of the presentation were:

  • Review an effective approach to curriculum integration of sim in health education
  • Explain the import of feedback and deliberate practice to effective learning using sim
  • Describe master learning as a tool for retention.

Dr. Chung reminded us of the winning Formula for simulation success.: Training resources x Trained educators x Curriculum institutionalization = Effective educational program. Hyun went on to explain the first six of nine key areas identified by the research.

Curriculum Integration: The Sim experience must be planned, scheduled, implemented and evaluated in the context of the broader curriculum”. Most powerful outcomes are achieved by having and organized and systematic approach to the incorporation of simulation in an existing or new curriculum.

Feedback in Simulation:  Specific information given to the a trainee about the comparison between observed performance and a standard, given with the intent to improve the trainee’s performance. Without a post-event there is a greater chance for mis-learning.

Here, Dr. Chung explained that some of the main debriefing models which are western based do not work as well in Eastern countries like Korea. He suggested that a typical Korean student is submissive, passive and humble, having learned not to ask questions. Citing Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions he shared that in Korea, healthcare students are usually scolded and do not ask questions — and debriefing does not work as traditionally expected in the west. Here, I suggested to Dr. Chung explore CRM communication tools developed in the aviation industry which have been adopted by the Korean Airlines industry have several accidents which stemmed from this very issue.

Deliberate Practice: Here we must prime healthcare students with the appropriate level of difficulty with focused repetitive practice on well-identified tasks. This produces reliable data used for informative feedback and the opportunity to correct errors.

Mastery Learning: Set clear target critical component of competency-based education. Goal is that all learners consistently achieve objective level of mastery performance. After establishing a base minimum build an assessment. Set objectives with increasing levels of difficultly and then test for competency.

Range of Difficulty: Cognitive load and competency of information must be target ed at the learner level.

Capturing Clinical Variation: Learning optimized with stepwise progression to increased level of difficultly.

In conclusion Dr. Chung shared ways on how simulation can be seen as a “solution”:

  • Medical error reduction and patient safety
  • Learner-centered, individualized learning
  • Outcome-based education
  • Needed exposure to range of clinical cases
  • Studying human factors
  • Supplant animal and live-tissue models (as technology & tissue fidelity continues to improve)
  • Accreditation and Licensure

Learn more on the PASSH website!

Dr. Paul Phrampus Opens Inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare Meeting in Malaysia

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Today just north of Kuala Lumpur at Taylor’s University, the inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH) meeting opened with keynote speaker Dr. Paul Phrampus, past president for the Society in Simulation in Healthcare and Director of the WISER Simulation Center.

Paul provided the audience a break down of the ways simulation can be utilized in healthcare programs for both educational and hospital settings. His direct experience with developing simulation programs around the world lead to insightful realities for simulation professionals who have traveled from across Asia to participate in the 1st conference. Paul explained to the audience of the challenges simulation champions:

  • Creating value-based solutions
  • People (ie Bosses) underestimate the effort for any quality education effort.
  • Time and money will always be a great pain point

Dr. Phrampus reminded us that by enabling passionate people and focusing their energies in new simulation programs which solve the greatest pain points for their larger institution

Paul reminded us as he closed his talk that “We need to remain Education focused in our approaches, not simulation focused, to create value in order to solve peoples problems with systemic solutions”.

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Following this, Dr. Ben Berg, Professor of Medicine and Director of Simulation at the John Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii spoke on International Collaboration. Ben suggested that collaboration between countries starts with regional organizations like PASSH, and other international organizations like the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Berg reminded the audience that research such as a recent study on cultural differences in healthcare simulation debriefing across the world continue to further demonstrate collaboration between international entities. He then shared the collaborative efforts between Sim Tiki in Hawaii and the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, which began through center tours and expanded into ongoing training course relationships. “Critical to consider,” Ben suggested, “is that just translating simulation curriculum and program guides won’t provide a successful migration of course content.

Because of this powerful collaborative relationship, “FunSimJ” (Fundamental Simulation Instructional Methods for Japanese), has become one of the leading simulation programs in all of Japan. Post Course Simulation survey simulation implementation barriers were similar to those in the states “number of trained simulation faculty, time for faculty development, time for teaching, etc”. Faculty development programs for Japanese educators at Sim Tiki have also been created which helps bring revenue to the Hawaiian based center.

The event continues for the next two days and includes a vendor hall Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal and Silver Sponsored by CAE Healthcare.

Learn more at the PASSH website!


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