Save the Date: May 9-11 for 8th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops

The 8th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW2016) is the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation. The next meeting will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on 9-11 May 2016, and will provide three days of stimulating content, discussion and debate from the evolving world of pediatric simulation.

The keynote speakers always play a crucial role in the sustainability and strength of the IPSS conferences and so here is the list of their 2016 distinguished speakers!

Rhona Flin – Rhona Flin (PhD, FBPsS, FRSE) is Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. Her research examines human performance in high risk industries with projects on leadership, culture, team skills and decision making in healthcare, aviation and the energy industries. She now conducts research and consultancy on managers’ safety leadership and on non-technical skills in surgery and in the oil and gas sector.



Tore Laerdal – Tore Laerdal is Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation, Chairman of Laerdal Medical, and Managing Director of Laerdal Global Health. In recent years he has focused on helping reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance.

Bob Shepton – Bob Shepton has been a Royal Marines Officer, a full time youth leader in the east end of London, and Chaplain to two schools, combining a strong emphasis on outdoor pursuits with the pastoral work.  He pioneered climbing at Lulworth and Portland, and made new rock routes on the Ormes of Llandudno. Voyages include a circumnavigation of the world with school leavers via Antarctica and Cape Horn, and fifteen Atlantic crossings.

Apparently IPSS has already received an impressive number of 203 abstracts for IPSSW2016  — but theres still time to submit poster presentations.

Learn more about IPSS and their 2016 event on their website today!


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INSPIRE – International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education : Free Support Community

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Today an introduction to INSPIRE: International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education, a free resource and support group for healthcare simulation champions looking to improve patient care outcomes. This is an incredible resource and should be shared as much as possible! Connect with these groups at IMSH or IPSSW in 2015.

About INSPIRE:

The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. The INSPIRE Network formed in 2011 from a large group of simulation-based researchers from a variety of disciplines and specialties looking to improve collaboration, mentorship, and productivity.  We merged two large-scale research networks, EXPRESS and POISE, into INSPIRE in 2011.  We are not a formal academic society; rather, we are a bottom-up, grassroots organization that has formed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscape of pediatric simulation research.

As of March 13, 2014, INSPIRE maintains an active membership of over 500 simulation enthusiasts across the world in over 26 countries.  We represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, pre-hospital care, psychology, engineering, public health, and education.  Although a large number of us work in pediatrics and related pediatric subspecialties, we also have non-healthcare members and those in other medical specialties – including emergency medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, and surgery.  There are no membership fees or ceremonies. We simply want to do good research and outreach and to help others do the same.  Joining is free, and anyone with study ideas looking for guidance or additional sites, or simply an interest in joining a study is welcome to join by emailing us. We do have centralized processes to review study ideas and provide feedback and/or support.

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INSPIRE Executive Team:

  • Adam Cheng, MD (Alberta Health Services – Alberta, Canada) Co-Chair
  • Marc Auerbach, MD MSci (Yale University – New Haven, CT) Senior Co-Chair
  • Betsy Hunt, MD MPH PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Senior Co-Chair
  • David O Kessler, MD MSci (Columbia University – New York, NY) Research Chair
  • Ralph MacKinnon, MD (Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Manchester, England) International Chair
  • Vinay Nadkarni, MD MS (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA) Senior Co-Chair
  • Martin V Pusic, MD PhD (New York University – New York, NY)
  • Karambir Singh, MD MPH (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD)
  • Jordan Duval-Arnould, PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Co-director of Technology
  • Todd P Chang, MD MAcM (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA) Co-director of Technology

INSPIRE Vision:  Improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioural skills, and simulation-based education.

INSPIRE Goals:

  1. Identify consensus research priorities
  2. Facilitate single and multicenter research projects
  3. Build expertise and knowledge
  4. Provide mentorship for new / novice investigators
  5. Promote an International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education

Are you headed to IMSH or IPSSW 2015 events?

An INSPIRE @ IMSH or INSPIRE @ IPSSW takes an entire day, in which multiple ALERT presentations of varying different stages of development – some studies barely in the brainstorming phase, and others already completing and looking for the next steps – will get presented.  The focus of the meetings, though, is less about the presentations, and more about active participations.  We devote over 60% of the meeting time for your projects.  We divide up into small teams, gather experts, allow networking, and generally develop your projects forward.

Learn more by downloading the INSPIRE 2014 Organizational report and then connect at INSPIREsim.com !

Still Time To Register for Cincinnati Children’s Regional Simulation Conference September 22nd & 23rd!

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With simulation experts like Dr. Paul Phrampus and Dr. Jennifer Arnold speaking, this is a regional simulation event you don’t want to miss! Taking place next month September 22nd and 23rd, there is still plenty of time for you to register and receive CME and CEU credits from this innovative event.

But HURRY as Cincinnati Children’s 2014 Regional Simulation Conference is rapidly approaching! Their conference will be taking place at Xavier University’s Cintas Center late September for two days (22nd/23rd) and will be targeting adult and pediatric multidisciplinary healthcare providers who are using or are interested in using simulation. The event will provide a forum for the exchange of simulation strategies and innovations to enhance education, patient safety, and quality improvement through plenary sessions, interactive workshops, research, expert panels, and podium presentations. The event hosts have told me they are thrilled to offer many varied and exciting sessions around using simulation in new and innovative ways including the infamous “SimWars” competition in which 3 teams from critical care units will be competing in a simulation competition designed for fun and best-practice learning objectives.

Their keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Arnold of TLC’s The Little Couple, as part of this conference. Dr. Arnold is a neonatologist at Texas Children’s hospital and is a well-known public figure and highly engaging and inspirational speaker. Click here to visit the event page now!

Event Course Topics Include:

“Speak English!”: Training Innovations for Best Practices in Medical Interpreting
Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, MS – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

In this session the Linguistic Services and Diversity & Inclusion department will reveal a new era of training medical interpreters using simulation to provide safe and equitable environments and world-class experiences for Cincinnati Children’s patients and families.

Mirroring the Transformation of Healthcare through Simulated Experiences in an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory House
Debi Sampsel – University of Cincinnati

This presentation demonstrates how thinking outside the box can create fun and engaging simulation learning environments for the community at large, the faculty, the students and the workforce team members by creating an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory House where human patient simulators reside.

From the OR table to the Playset:  How Simulation built the foundation for the MCS Program at Cincinnati Children’s

Aimee Gardner CCP; Richard Owens CCP; Angela Lorts MD;  Jamie Shoemaker RN; Gary Geis MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will provide a sampler expo of MCS [Mechanical Circulatory Support] simulations that tell the story of a patient from implant of a device through discharge.  Simulations will include:  CICU Management, Discharge Family Education, Emergency Room MCS Trauma Response and EMS Response.

Actual, in situ, and in center: video assessment of multidisciplinary team performance during simulated and actual pediatric medical emergencies.
Thomaz Bittencourt Couto, MD – Cincinnati Children’s and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

In situ versus in center simulation-based teamwork training: a Survey of Pediatric Emergency Providers
Thomaz Bittencourt Couto, MD – Cincinnati Children’s and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

Interdisciplinary simulation involving intraoperative neuromonitoring for trainees
Michael Sikora, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Leveraging the critical decision method and simulation-based training to accelerate resident recognition of sepsis

Gary Geis, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

How to Effectively Use Simulations to Develop Clinical Skills
Katie Ondo – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

The participant will list, define and apply the critical elements of simulation-based education using the 12 steps for planning a simulation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Participants will work collaboratively to create highly effective simulations.

Developing Leadership and Systems Thinking Through Simulation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Carol Caldwell, PhD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will focus on how Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center incorporates a leadership hospital simulation as a means to develop strategic thinking, systems thinking and business and financial acumen.

One Direction for the Newborn
Suzanne Fraiche, BSN, MSN – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will present the key features involved in initiating an in situ simulation program for the newborn resuscitation and stabilization in Level I and II nurseries.

Deploying New Technologies to Enhance Simulation Experiences throughout the Academic Spectrum: Nursing Undergraduate through Post Master Courses
Debi Sampsel – University of Cincinnati

This session will present how using various types of technology can enhance undergraduate and graduate students’ interactive experiences in an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory simulation setting.

An innovative approach to neurological education using a standardized patient
Nichole Kelsey, BSN – Cleveland Clinic

Participants will participate in an interactive video-based simulation where they will be asked to identify the patient problem through an audience response system, followed by a small group exercise, and reflection on application to individual practice needs.

Implementation of an End of Life Simulation into the Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Gina Fieler RN,MSN – Northern Kentucky University

This presentation will discuss the simulation format, implementation into the baccalaureate program, objectives of the simulation, and evaluations of the simulation experience by students and nursing faculty.

“Sim Wars”
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Staff

Witness the battle between three departments from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center: Trauma Services, Emergency Services/Medicine main campus, and Emergency Services/Medicine Liberty campus.

Learn more about Cincinnati Children’s Regional Simulation Conference Event!


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International Pediatric Simulation Society Presidential Interview

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HealthStream sponsored HealthySim’s attendance to the 5th annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop, where I had an opportunity to interview newly appointed President, Dr. David Grant. You can watch the video recap of the IPSSW event including snippets from Dr. Grant’s interview by reading part 1 and part 2 of my event coverage, as well as learn more about HealthStream’s SimManager platform that was on display. Below is the complete interview with Dr. Grant about IPSS, the organization which runs IPSSW, and why an international Pediatric Simulation Organization and event were created.

Interview Excerpt:

David explained that “Although there are simulation societies in the US and other parts of the world, what our pediatric simulation colleagues found was that their membership and organizations are so much about adult practice, and so we felt that there were very few elements that dealt specifically with our pediatric needs.”

I agreed with Dr. Grant that because cases of childhood illness or trauma were rare in pediatric education – simulation could really fill the gap of learning opportunities. David added “Yes so it’s this idea of critical-mass volume, and so the high-risk low volume events is exactly what a lot of our simulation programs evolved around. When I trained, it was acceptable for people to learn on patients, and so through simulation education (and changes in medical education and nursing practices and training), we are trying to move that learning curve and expertise further away from the patient so that we have those learning experiences in a simulated patient environment rather than a clinical patient. Watch the video above for more great information.

You can learn more about the International Pediatric Simulation Society by visiting their website at http://www.ipedsim.com. Special thanks to HealthStream for sponsoring both the IPSSW event and the coverage by HealthySimulation.com!

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HealthStream Provides SimManager for Medical Simulation Success

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At the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop last month, HealthStream was on hand to explain the benefits of SimManager, a cloud-based platform designed to help with every aspect of operating a medical simulation program. While you can watch my part 1 and part 2 of my video recap summarizing the pediatric simulation IPSSW event, below is the full interview with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream. We covered how HealthStream can assist with managing competency review through blended learning applications, and how SimManager helps administrators oversee staff, equipment, leaners, scenario licenses, spaces and much much more…

Interview Recap:

Lisa: HealthStream is on the cutting edge of simulation in terms of education. Our newly developed platform is called SimManger, which is a part of the joint SimCenter venture with Laerdal. The idea behind SimManager is to have a internet-based, cloud-based platform where people can take care of all of their simulation educational management needs. They can manage resources, they can download scenario from SimStore, they can setup classes and content, and much more. Overall SimManager has been shown to be a very effective tool in helping primarily hospitals but also educational programs develop and operate their simulation programs.

Lance: One of the major topics here today at IPSSW 2013 has been blended learning, can you talk to us about how HealthStream can support that in healthcare education/training?

Lisa: Well you know Lance that HealthSteam’s primary focus our learning management platform. We started with education in the hospital setting and have grown now to be in one out of every two hospitals in the United States. Remaining on the cutting edge in terms of simulation means we had to move into the next level. Fortunately HealthStream has a continuum in the blended learning environment. We begin with our courseware, we move into a soft simulation using HeartCode, and then we move into scenarios using high-fidelity simulators. We really have the scope of blended learning at our fingertips which I think thats really important in this venue to be able to approach all of those.

Lance: Right. So another huge area covered here today has been about research in terms of implementing simulation to as a way to maintain competency not only in initial training such as residency type skills but also in hospital rotations, whether that be in-situ or just-in-time training to maintain most of that retention  Can you talk to us about how SimManager can be used as a platform to schedule and maintain this type of ongoing program and culture of simulation training?

Lisa: We feel strongly that competency is an ever-changing ever-flowing thing that you don’t just take a one time skills test and you’re done – but it is something that is actionable and that people need to constantly be taking a look at competency in term of an ongoing evolution over time and skill level. SimManager is a great platform in order to maintain those competencies; for example taking a look at your classes, making sure your curriculum is where it needs to be, using a schedule to building in simulation events and scheduling courses, downloading scenarios and allocating them to simulators – all of that is just part of the functionality of simmanager which is an excellent platform to use when evaluating competency.

Lance: Having directed a medical simulation center, there is a serious underestimation about the amount of time and energy it takes to running a medical simulation program initially and ongoing. And so tools that allow for administrators to start and engage with a continual process to manage tools, equipment, staff and learners, rooms, scheduling, scenarios is definitely something folks should consider for that long-term implementation of a program. It’s not just about that initial funding for equipment, but it will really require permanent staff, training, and time to prepare and engage in ongoing competencies.

Lisa: Absolutely, and there are so many moving parts to manage competencies  Even the AHA is moved into the maintenance of those skills. So HealthStream is very supportive of those organizations that also want to hone in on those competencies and make sure their staff is component in that flowing environment and be able to capture that data through our tools.

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SimManager capabilities include:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and techs
  • Track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrate simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Customize role management
  • Schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrate with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrate with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper & SimView

You can learn more about SimManager features by watching my comprehensive product breakdown article below:

You can learn all about SimManager and other SimCenter systems at the HealthStream website.


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Part 2 of IPSSW Pediatric Simulation Conference Coverage

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Last month HealthStream sponsored HealthySimulation.com’s attendance to the 5th annual IPSSW (International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop) in New York. Read and watch Part 1 of my event coverage of IPSSW here.

In Part 2, we interview Lisa from HealthStream about the powerful uses of SimManager, learn how Dr. Wong’s puppets can help with pediatric education, and hear from Dr. Renuka Mehta about how to build and expand a medical school simulation program.

I then met with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream to learn why they chose to support Pediatric Healthcare at IPSSW as well as how SimManager can help programs track competencies and expand training through simulation. (A quick note of disclosure here that while HealthStream sponsored a portion IPSSW and this video production, that the IPSS organization does not specifically endorse HealthStream or any other particular simulation-based vendor).

Lance: One of the major topics here today at IPSSW 2013 has been blended learning, can you talk to us about how HealthStream can support that in healthcare education/training?

Lisa: Fortunately HealthStream has a continuum in the blended learning environment. We begin with our courseware, we move into a soft simulation using HeartCode, and then we move into scenarios using high-fidelity simulators. We really have the scope of blended learning at our fingertips which I think thats really important in this venue to be able to approach all of those.

Lance: Right. So another huge area covered here today has been about research in terms of implementing simulation to as a way to maintain competency not only in initial training such as residency type skills but also in hospital rotations, whether that be in-situ or just-in-time training to maintain most of that retention  Can you talk to us about how SimManager can be used as a platform to schedule and maintain this type of ongoing program and culture of simulation training?

Lisa: We feel strongly that competency is an ever-changing ever-flowing thing that you don’t just take a one time skills test and you’re done – but it is something that is actionable and that people need to constantly be taking a look at competency in term of an ongoing evolution over time and skill level. SimManager is a great platform in order to maintain those competencies; for example taking a look at your classes, making sure your curriculum is where it needs to be, using a schedule to building in simulation events and scheduling courses, downloading scenarios and allocating them to simulators – all of that is just part of the functionality of simmanager which is an excellent platform to use when evaluating competency.

SimManager capabilities include:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and techs
  • Track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrate simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Customize role management
  • Schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrate with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrate with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper & SimView

You can learn more about SimManager features by watching my comprehensive product breakdown below:

Having the most fun throughout the event was Dr. Julielynn Wong, Medical Doctor and Puppeteer! I spent some time meeting her friends and learning about the opportunity to utilize puppets in pediatric events. Julielynn shared “I was trained as a public health and preventive medicine specialist and I elected to train in television puppeter under a Jim Henson protege named Michael Earl (who has won 4 emmys), because I wanted to apply tv-puppet techniques to have better capabilities in healthcare communication. I have worked with the SuperSpritz program, a nutrition educational program which utilizes “vegetable” puppets that have super powers to make it cool for kids to like vegetables. The goal was not just to give children knowledge but to inspire behavior-change too.” If you think about it, simulation manikins are just really expensive versions of puppets which also help to train knowledge, skills and behavior changes!

Lastly, I spoke with Dr. Renuka Mehta, Medical Director at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Simulation Center to hear some advice about increasing the use of simulation in a residency program and why she is so interested in SimManager.

Dr. Mehta suggested “First of all a person has to have passion to run simulation, and second of all you most show that simulation does help. I have done so many small and medium sized studies to show that simulation is really helpful and that’s why learners like it. Obviously there’s a shortage of money available, but there are great number of grants and philanthropic funds as well so eventually your budgets will work out. You may not start with a huge program, and while you do need money, you can start with small resources to slowly build up. And then, once all the employees like simulation, the students like simulation, the residents and faculty like simulation – then you can start using your program as an advertisement tool for future students. So sometimes you have to get started not from top-down but bottom-up as well. Our program is now featured in the paper and used as advertising for next year’s learners.

Looking at the SimManager product, I found that it will help me to build up my simulation program by maintaining the calendar, the competency of my employees and their trainees, the programs equipment, and overall, my time management.”

To learn more, visit the IPSS website and HealthStream’s SimManager website.

International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop Video Coverage Part 1

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Last month HealthStream sponsored my attendance to the 5th Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops Conference or IPSSW. This specialized simulation meeting took place in the heart of New York City on 103rd st across from Central Park at the historic New York Academy of Medicine. Watch the video and read below for Part 1 of my event coverage below.

Special thanks to HealthStream for sponsoring this video production in an effort to expand the support for pediatric and other healthcare simulation champions around the world. With the goal of accelerating the adoption of simulation in the healthcare industry, HealthStream joined forces with Laerdal Medical in June of 2010 to form a joint-partnership called SimVentures to produce products like SimManger – which enable Simulation Programs to efficiently administer their staff, learners, outcomes, labs and equipment. Stay tuned for Part 2 of my IPSSW Coverage to learn more about HealthStream and SimManager.

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At IPSSW 2013 Over 450 pediatric simulation champions from more than 32 countries joined together for the sold-out three day event. The meeting had a very multidisciplinary feel with over 40% of the participants suggesting a nursing or allied health background. This was the first year IPSSW has taken place in the USA having previously operated around Europe.

After the recent horrific Boston bombings the trauma-based pediatric simulation demonstration rang close to home. The interdiscplinary scenario brought together professionals from a multitude of countries to quickly point out that this was indeed an internationally represented meeting.

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Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT and director of the media lab’s personal robots department provided an insightful keynote on the social robots in pediatric healthcare.  Cynthia reminded us that 85% of chronic diseases can be affected by behavior, and then demonstrated how robots can play an important role for influencing humans in social engagements. With a research project addressing weight management, Cynthia and her team created a study to learn if robots could hold the attention of those on a diet longer than normal computer screens or pen and paper. Not surprisingly, the energetic feedback, dynamic communication, and positive politeness of the robot provided for much longer participant engagements. People even began to name their robots and dress them up! Cynthia believes that such studies showcase the opportunity for robots to become ‘social lubricants’ providing nonjudgmental and supportive feedback to therapeutic human interventions. You can watch Cynthia’s TED talk here, and explore her book on designing personal robots here.

This Keynote address was the first of several sessions presented by speakers with backgrounds outside of healthcare. It was entirely refreshing to attend a simulation conference with experts from other fields helping to broaden our communities understanding of the current and future educational opportunities.

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