EMS Simulation Video From Rappahannock Community College Demonstrates Power of Video Promotions

Recently, Rappahannock students in the Emergency Medical Services program took part in a live simulation at the Glenns Campus. The students were exposed to more complicated scenarios than were originally planned. These types of outstanding student experiences are only possible with a state-of-the-art mobile simulation lab. Videos like this one help promote the simulation program at your educational campus — attracting new students who can see the benefits of going to a school where simulation is taken seriously.


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Looking to produce your own simulation program promotional video? Learn how in our multiple part series on media production!

For more information about the program visit the Rappahannock EMS website.


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‘Fundamentals of AV Workshop’ Pre-Con at IPSSW 2015 May 3rd in Vacouver

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Looking to learn how integrate audiovisual systems and processes into your healthcare simulation program? Are you new to the technology, production techniques, or lab design? Join myself and other SimGHOSTS leadership for our comprehensive “Fundamentals of A/V” pre-conference workshop at the International Pediatric Society Symposium and Workshop May 3rd in beautiful Vancouver Canada!ipssw 2015

In this workshop SimGHOSTS Founder and Executive Director Lance Baily teams up with SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling and SimGHOSTS Vice President Ferooz Sekandarpoor to cover the ins and outs of audiovisual technology and its use in healthcare simulation. Drawing on their experiences in Hollywood, higher education media technology and simulation center design, this dynamic team will use hands on demonstrations and activities to explore the many factors when choosing, installing and operating the latest in audiovisual technology. The workshop will cover four major topics: components to an A/V system, overview of major simulation A/V platforms, simulation A/V design concepts and the basics of shooting video.

Simulation centers use audiovisual technology to record and stream video content; This requires many technological components which are often locked behind cabinets and in closets. In the first third of this workshop, the doors will be pulled wide open as we look at cameras, mixers, cables, speakers and more. Get your hands on many pieces of hardware and learn how equipment from multiple manufacturers work together to create an audiovisual recording system.

In order to have a successful simulation program, a center must have a robust and reliable audiovisual streaming and recording system. These A/V systems are a significant investment, so how does a simulation center staff select the appropriate solution to handle their needs? How do you seamlessly integrate this critical technology into your center? What other technological systems must be considered when designing the A/V system for a simulation center? Discussion will cover the types of simulation labs (OR Type, ICU type and Ward type, Skills lab), proper layout/standard layout, Audio Video infrastructure, IT requirements and incorporating telemedicine. The audience will learn the tips and techniques that are required to design or retrofit their simulation spaces.

For the final section of the workshop, the presenters will discuss the basics of video and audio recording, including cinematography and other Hollywood techniques. Participants will then divide into small groups and have the opportunity to film short movies. A final discussion will cover video editing and how simple, free or cheap software can allow simulation centers to create their own training and orientation videos.

Target Audience

Professionals working in simulation who utilize audio or video equipment to stream, transmit or record simulation exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the required and optional components to an A/V capture system
  • Compare and contrast the types of A/V system designs suitable for simulation
  • Demonstrate proper video and audio recording techniques
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities unique to A/V solutions in simulation
  • Assess your own center’s A/V system(s) flexibility, capability, and usability.

Learn more about the course on the IPSSW 2015 Pre-Con Workshop Page!

About IPSSW 2015:

Join renowned and global experts in the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation for three days of in-depth discussion on the role simulation plays to provide safe and effective care to sick children and infants, and the continued evolution and expansion of pediatric simulation across the globe. IPSSW2015 will feature distinguished international speakers from a range of industries with important in-sights applicable to our practice. Don’t miss an inspiring conference with unmatched networking and knowledge exchange in hands-on workshops, roundtable sessions, special interest groups and poster presentations!

Click here to Register Today for this IPSSW Pre-Con Event!

Healthcare Simulation Lab Promotional Videos Showcase Facilities, Attract Learners & Donors

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Highlighting some of the latest medical simulation content on the web, today we view three different approaches to medical simulation program promotional videos from Beaumont Hospital, Orlando Medical Institute, and the University of South Dakota. Such videos not only demonstrate the successful installation of new products and spaces, but act as advertising media for prospective students, patients and donors. Explore the videos below and then learn how to bring media into your own simulation labs through our dedicated “Sim Lab Media Production” post!

Beaumont Hospital:

The Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is one of the most advanced medical training facilities in North America. It’s mission is to provide world-class leadership in education using state-of-the-art technologies to improve skills for all health care providers in a safe environment.


Orlando Medical Institute:

This video is to highlight the Simulation Center and types of scenario’s that are created to enhanced our student’s learning at Orlando Medical Institute. This training is provided to EMT, Paramedic, Nurses, Physicians and Law Enforcement Personnel through the many courses that are provided.


University of South Dakota:

This new center, located in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building on the USD campus, is a 1,700 square foot simulated hospital training center, consisting of three patient simulation rooms with adjacent observation/debriefing rooms. Human patient simulators (high-tech mannequins) can be manipulated from a control room.

Learn how to add media to your Simulation Program website here!


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New Adult Simulation Room Orientation for Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas Learners

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Looks like the wonderful team from my old stomping grounds, the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, have put together an updated orientation video for new learners to one of the adult simulation lab spaces. The tour was provided by Simulation Program Coordinator Rowena Saba and produced by Simulation Technology Specialist Jonathan Sturak. The CSCLV, which is a partnership of Nevada System of Higher Education schools including University of Nevada: Las Vegas School of Nursing, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Nevada State College School of Nursing recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary! I hear the 31,000 sq.ft. facility is available to host events and is also providing simulation-based training activities for educators!

Such orientations are great ways to introduce the space to visual or auditory learners before they receive their physical orientation. This provides learners with additional opportunities to orient themselves to the process of simulation either remotely or before entering the lab — so that when simulation starts — they spend less time trying to remember where the oxygen masks are and more time focusing on patient care.

The CSCLV has produced many of such wonderful orientations and promotional videos for a variety of spaces and programs which have already been viewed over 110,000 times! Think about the cost savings of one-time productions vs providing all those tours with staff time! Learn more by reading our post on “Why Video Production Saves Your Sim Program Time & Money“.

Visit the CSCLV website media page for more great examples of simulation videos!

Looking to create your own video orientations? Check out my 2-part comprehensive post on “Basic Video Production Techniques”

2010 Healthcare Simulation Article Review:

Hey Sim Champs!

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

To make sure you don’t miss any amazing articles for 2011, be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter – highlighting all the best from HealthySimulation.com!


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*NEW* Sim Center Video Tour of the Week: NorQuest College

Each week I will post a video about a Sim Center from around the world.  I think videos are a great way to learn about other programs (or promote your own).  If you haven’t already, check out my 2-part series on how to create your own Sim Lab Videos.

This weeks video comes from NorQuest College in Alberta Canada. Even though they spell “Centre” funny, looks like the have a great Sim Lab!

Sim Lab Video Orientation Production Tutorial Part 2 !

Hey Sim Champs!

Here it is, the second online tutorial for creating your Sim Lab Video Orientation, or ANY video production you are planning for your Sim Lab (like a promotional or training video).  This video covers all the tips and tricks of production I learned from my years of experience working in Hollywood!

I have also created a Production Guide that summarizes all of the tips discussed in the above video, plus answers  all of the SPECIFIC questions that I received after posting the first video.

Click here to download the Healthy Simulation Production Guide.

Although I will post the content of the guide in the remainder of this post, feel free to download this guide now for later use as it covers all the basics for Sim Lab Video Productions! The Production Guide also includes the Sim Lab Video Orientation Outline, which helps to remind you about all the different areas of a Sim Lab that you should individually shoot to maximize your efforts!

I want to thank everyone for sharing questions and comments last week – you really helped me make this the best guide it could be!  Enjoy and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

Didn’t see Part 1? Click here to see  the first part of the Video Orientation Tutorial, which explains the benefits of using video and where to look to get your video made for FREE!

Click here to read the production guide


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How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation

Hey Simulation Champion!

I have put together a two part video series highlighting the necessary steps to producing a HIGH QUALITY Simulation Lab Video Orientation.  In part 1 here, I explain the benefits of a high fidelity simulation lab video orientation, and point out some fantastic people and places to look for support in your production!

Even where you can get a production crew to make your video FOR FREE!

I will post PART 2 later this week (EDIT: Click here to see Part 2 of the Sim Lab Video Orientation Tutorial) – which will give you crucial hints and tips for producing your OWN Sim Lab Video Orientation.  I will have some online handouts as well including a production review guide AND a “Sim Lab Video Checklist”.

Make sure to share this video with your friends!