American Academy of Pediatrics & Kognito Launch Simulation System to Train Pediatricians

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The American Academy of Pediatrics and Kognito recently announced the launch of Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens about Performance Enhancement – a free, role-play simulation designed to prepare pediatricians and other child health professionals to lead real-life conversation with teens about appearance and performance-enhancing substances.

About Kognito

Kognito is a healthcare simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to inspire and inform, impact how people think and act, evoke empathy, and change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations. We build and assess their confidence and competency by providing them the ability to practice conversations with our growing family of emotionally-responsive virtual people. Our innovative approach uses the science of learning, the art of conversation and the power of game technology to measurably improve social, emotional, and physical health. Leading health, education, government, and non-profit organizations use our growing portfolio of simulations. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


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Press Release Excerpt:

The use of appearance and performance-enhancing substances among youth has increased tremendously over the past decade. More than 10 percent of adolescents have misused prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement, and about 6 percent of the general high school population has used illegal steroids for appearance or strength enhancement. Physicians should be aware of the use of performance-enhancing substances by pediatric patients; be prepared to identify risk factors, signs, and symptoms; ask screening questions; and offer anticipatory guidance related to their use.

This innovative simulation engages users in role-play conversations with three virtual and emotionally responsive patients presenting with signs of appearance and performance-enhancing substances. As the health professional in the simulation, users choose what to say to the virtual patient, how to respond to their hesitations, resistance, and misconceptions, and how to use motivational interviewing techniques to motivate them to change their behavior.


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Updates from SimGHOSTS, The Leaders in Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Support

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SimGHOSTS recently wrapped their 2016 global events in the United States, Australia, and in the United Kingdom (with their partner ASPiH). Check out these awesome updates from the world’s leading non-profit organization supporting healthcare simulation technology specialists.

Remember there is still 50% discounted annual subscription to SimGHOSTS.org to celebrate their recent affiliation with INACSL. Subscribe today to gain access to the course library, and watch all the recorded sessions from the SimGHOSTS 2016 events!

Master Simulation Skills with SIM-one’s Certified Education Program

Whether you’re a simulation novice or expert, SIM-one’s certificate programs and breadth of courses in simulation-based education can help you master the concepts of the field and advance your career in healthcare simulation. Learn about all of SIM-one’s certificate programs and course offerings below.

Mastering the Artistic Side of Clinical Simulation certificate program

Mastering the Artistic Side of Clinical Simulation (MASCS) focuses on the creative and psychological elements that bring simulations to life, enhancing fidelity, and increasing learner engagement. MASCS introduces the use of best practices and techniques for enhancing health professions education.

MASCS is designed to help mentor and support participants in developing a career in the exciting field of healthcare simulation. The experience and learning are grounded in networking and collaboration. Connections made within this program will be nurtured to further develop practice within the broad simulation community.

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Sabrina Boucher of La Cité collégiale (left) is the first-ever MASCS graduate. On the right is Dr. Bruce Ballon, director of education, SIM-one.

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Students of the MASCS program were encouraged to be creative in a reflection submission. Above is Louise Moir’s submission, submitted with the traditional reflection paper.

Keystones of Healthcare Simulation certificate program

The Keystones of Healthcare Simulation is designed for those who are interested in a more immersive experience in healthcare simulation. This program supports participants in developing their careers as simulationists in roles such as educators, leaders, scholars, and faculty developers. As with MASCS, the Keystones experience is grounded in networking and collaboration.

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2014 “Keystonians” (From top L to R: Lisa Kakonge, Leigh Andrews, Alicia Stewart, Anne Marie Renzoni, Gladys Mokaya, and Dr. Bruce Ballon. From bottom L to R: Luba Komar, Raya Gal, Donna Rampersad, and Lan McMillan).

“The Keystones is a program that helped me put perspective and knowledge together to make a very challenging learning environment a very rewarding and successful means to an end. I would highly recommend this program as it is very comprehensive and ‘hands on’ in its approach. The people that run this program have all the knowledge, direction and passion to help every health professional (regardless of which field) succeed in their own institutions.” – Dr. Dominic Giuliano, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)

SIM-one’s courses in simulation

What are the essential elements of simulation? What are the imagination and psychological principles behind all simulations? How do you create the best possible scenarios? Their experts and leading simulation and healthcare education researchers will equip you with the knowledge and tools during discussions, interactive exercises, and group breakout sessions.

SIM-one’s courses are typically offered as two-day, in-person intensives, using an online flipped approach or a blend of the two.

Popular SIM-one courses include:

  • Briefing, Debriefing, and Facilitating a Simulation – Mastering the art of briefing, debriefing, and facilitation for a successful simulation.
  • Introduction to Simulation: The Essentials of Simulation-Based Learning – An accredited, two-day intensive introductory course that teaches the essential elements of a simulation.
  • e-Xplorers of Simulation – An introduction to using e-simulation and e-blended learning for enhancing clinical teaching and healthcare education.
  • SIMaginarium: The Imagination Behind Simulation – Examining the use of imagination and psychological principles that underpin all aspects of simulation.
  • SIM Research Primer – The perfect introduction to the world of research into simulation-based education and healthcare quality improvement.

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Active listening during Briefing, Debriefing, and Facilitating a Simulation two-day course (November 13, 2015)

“e-Xplorers was a great eye-opener to how simulation can be adapted to e-learning needs.”

“The course was creative and fun. It was a great opportunity to work with colleagues on the activities that we can do together in teaching and facilitating.” (SIMaginaium)

“The course identified key aspects to simulation/medical education research that would not be apparent to a clinical researcher.” (SIM Research Primer)

All educators, health professionals, and individuals interested in learning more about simulation and/or becoming a simulation educator are welcome. Be sure to check their website for upcoming simulation-based courses and the full list of SIM-one’s course offerings.

About SIM-one

SIM-one is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, and resources across Canada and beyond. SIM-one advocates for and advances simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety. Supported in part by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), SIM-one offers advanced educational training and online services that are open to simulationists and health professionals across the globe.

Learn about all these great programs at SIM-one’s website today!


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Are you on LinkedIn Sim Champ? You Should Be!

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Sim Champs there’s lots of great medical simulation content on Linkedin, which continues to grow as the world’s leading “facebook” for professionals. Not only can you create an easily sharable resume to interested parties but you can also network and gather resources from the international community. Start by joining the HealthySim Linkedin Group! Previously I have written on the many benefits of joining LinkedIn which you can read here.

Check out some of the latest simulation articles trending on LinkedIn:

For more great sim resources, join our FREE HealthySim LinkedIn Group today!

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 SimGHOSTS.org 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 SimGHOSTS.org 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 SimGHOSTS.org Subscriber Yet? Sign up today with 50% off the normal price at SimGHOSTS.org.

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!

Visit SimGHOSTS.org for more!


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Victorian Simulated Patient Network Website Provides Free Simulation Resources

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Debra Nestel is the Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University, Australia. She is also the Editor in Chief of the new Advances in Simulation, a new open access journal associated by the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). More on that soon!

Recently Debra shared with HealthySim about The Virtual Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) website, which was established to create a network of individuals with a special interest in simulated patient (SP) methodology. The VSPN offers online modules on various aspects of working with SPs involved in health and social care professional education. The modules are likely to be of interest to simulation educators, technicians, SPs and to some extent learners involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training in all health professional disciplines.

The VSPN aims to provide individuals interested in simulated patient (SP) practice with a network to share with and from each other. SPs are individuals trained to portray real patients. SPs contribute to health professional education in many ways. There is a spectrum of SP practices that are expanding. The VSPN aims to connect SPs, educators, students, clinicians and others through this website.

The website is free and aims to share information about this modality from many simulation champions in the field. Earlier this year the VSPN crossed over 500 members who come from every continent!

Visit the VSPN website for all these free resources and to learn more!

Endovascular Simulation & Educational Environment Video Resource Material From Mentice

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Mentice shares that this free “Endovascular Educational Environment Video Material” is “all you need to know from basics of sheath, catheter size, shape selection to role reversal training and procedure communication. There is also some team training psychology in there somewhere too!”.  If you are teaching such procedures with simulation this video series is worth reviewing! This continues the online resources from Mentice we have shared earlier including:

Video Series Includes:

  1. The Basics of Sheath’s and Catheters – This Mentice clinical tutorial discusses the differences between interventional catheters and sheaths and how to properly identify each device.
  2. Procedure Communication, Training to the physician – How incorporating simulation training can improve team communication and flow of procedure.
  3. Understanding the Metric Report – Breaking down the information that is provided at the completion of each procedure performed such as complications, tools and devices used and pre and post treatment vessel analysis.
  4. Role Reversal using Simulation – This video talks about how you can utilize simulation to practice and role play each team members responsibilities and duties in the procedure environment.
  5. Patient Recorder & Monitoring Report – An introduction to a unique training program and offering for persons who monitor and record procedures. A great tool for nursing and technical programs.
  6. Procedure Report: A Step by Step Guide – This video will guide the viewer on how to access the details and metrics produced during each procedure and how to best utilize this information.
  7. Understanding the User Interface – This video will walk the user through all the information and data that is provided at the beginning of each procedure and discusses opportunities for both learners and educators on how to best use this resource.
  8. Basic Catheter Skills – A quick look at how simulation can help operators practice and learn basic and advanced catheter skills.

Watch all the Endovascular Education Simulation videos for free thanks to Mentice!


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March Only 50% Discount Off Annual Subscription for Newly Launched SimGHOSTS.Org Website

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SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, has launched a new website to better connect the global healthcare simulation community of technology specialists, including those clinical educators responsible for technology operation. The new website provides a great deal of new resources including community forums, 75+ hour or longer recorded sessions from previous technical events, job posting opportunities, document databases, and more. The best part is you can get 50% off this March on an annual individual OR newly launched institutional subscriptions — which brings the cost way way down for your entire simulation program to join today!

An Annual SimGHOSTS.org website subscription provides for a huge number of benefits for you and your simulation team:

  • Growing Video Library – Over 75 recorded hour+ long sessions from previous SimGHOSTS events are immediately available to watch. Topics range from a/v system design to daily utilization increases and from manikin programming to moulage creations.
  • Forums Discussion Groups – Ask questions, gather answers, search for previous conversations, and share your successes on the only permanently saved forums dedicated to the operation of simulation technology.
  • Document Database – Download community provided templates, example forms, policy and procedure guides, job descriptions, standard operating procedures, tutorials, and more.
  • Contact Database – Connect with local, regional, national and international peers from our global network of simulation technology specialists.
  • Professional Development – Join our growing number of teams dedicated to advancing the field of healthcare simulation technology. Research, Website, Certificate Training, Standards, and Vendor Teams are all examples of current committee teams. Join these or start your own!
  • Certificate Programs – Coming soon, subscribers will have first access to upcoming certificate courses in simulation technology specialist topics.
  • Store Discounts – Save additional discounts on all purchases from the SimGHOSTS online store (Launching soon).
  • Simulation Jobs Board – Post and read open positions specifically related to healthcare simulation.

Subscription Types (Get 50% off these standard prices):

  • Free Newsletter: Get monthly news updates regarding SimGHOSTS events, resources, projects and more. No website access provided.
  • Individual Website Subscriber ($135.00 USD per person): Get one annual pass to the exclusive SimGHOSTS.org content shown above.
  • Institutional Website Subscription 3-15 ($99.00 USD per person): Save an additional 25% per person on up to 15 staff to SimGHOSTS.org exclusive content. Minimum 3 subsricptions required.
  • Institutional Website Subscription 16-50 ($87.00 USD per person): Save an additional 35% for your entire simulation program staff! Minimum 16 subscriptions required. Best offer!

Pay with a credit card to get instant access today.

“I have been a member of SimGHOSTS since its inception because the skills and support gained from this community year after year have been invaluable. Connecting to global peers through the SimGHOSTS in-person hands-on training events and online community has enabled me to take our simulation department to new heights of success.” -UCLA Simulation Technology Specialist Christian Cannady

“No other resource out there is like SimGHOSTS. The organization’s knowledge pool is vast and shared openly with other members. SimGHOSTS has taken our ability to teach our learners through simulation to a new level.” – Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners Simulation Technology Specialist Darren Dibble

Visit the SimGHOSTS Subscription Page to learn more!
Remember – The 50% Discount is for March Only!

MEdSim Magazine Advances Patient Safety Through Education and Training

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Have you heard of MEdSim Magazine yet? MEdSim Magazine aims to promote the best education and training practices for the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a division of the world famous simulation group Halldale Media, the MEdSim professional publication covers topics specific to our world of medical simulation. In the past year I have attended two of Halldale’s simulation events including their new Healthcare Education Assessment Training and Technology (HEATT) meeting and their World Aviation Training & Simulation (WATS) conference, both of which were fantastic learning opportunities. Check out the latest copy below or visit the Halldale website to sign up for past and future editions.

About MEdSim Magazine:

MEdSim Magazine is written by professionals in medicine, simulation and training who are recognized leaders with a lifetime of experience.  MEdSim addresses the needs of medical practitioners, educators, and academicians around the world. MEdSim features innovative healthcare practice: it covers the latest simulations developed to train different medical professionals at different stages of their education and curriculum advancement to highlight the knowledge and skills needed to ensure patient safety and reduce healthcare cost.

Check out the latest edition and sign up to receive your MEdSim Magazine today!

Managing a Medical Simulation Program? $450 of Administrator Resources Now Free

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The eight specialized sessions HD-recorded from HealthySimAdmin covering the administrative “how-to” of medical simulation program management have been unlocked for to subscribers of HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter. Providing the “best of” coverage of the world’s leading news and resources for healthcare simulation, almost 3,000 professionals now have even more reason to celebrate their free monthly subscription! Previously sold at $450 you can now watch the entire series for free today! Have your unlock code? Visit the new HealthySimAdmin page to start watching now!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Over 300 simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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Watch this highlight to preview some of the thousands of administrative tips to be gained from HealthySimAdmin:

Each of the following sessions starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

  • Program Intro: “Riding the Wave of Simulation” – Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, FireFighter I, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur
  • Session A: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Session B: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR
  • Session C: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM
  • Session D: “Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
  • Session E: “Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
  • Session F: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP
  • Session G: “Increasing Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
  • Session H: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur & HealthySimAdmin Organizer

To get free access to these sessions Subscribe now to the HealthySim Best of Newsletter. If you are already a subscriber – the unlock code is in your October Newsletter sent on Monday the 27th!