SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Early-Bird Registration Ends Today!

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The 5th annual healthcare simulation technology hands-on training event SimGHOSTS is being hosted by the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center this August 4th-7th in sunny Los Angeles California.

Early-bird registration ends today so sign up now for a big discount!

SimGHOSTS provides educational support for simulation technicians or clinical educators responsible for operating healthcare simulation technology. The courses offered range from beginner to advanced in all categories, including:



  • Manikin programming and repair
  • Audio/visual system design, integration and consolidation
  • IT networking and debugging
  • Trauma moulage makeup
  • Video production and editing
  • Team communication and technical leadership
  • Medical pharmacology for non-healthcare staff
  • Professional development workshops
  • And much more…

Receive training and explore the latest technologies from 20 leading simulation vendors including Level 3 Healthcare, Laerdal Medical, CAE Healthcare, Gaumard Scientific, Pocket Nurse, B-Line Medical, EMS and many more!

Fun Event with Serious Value

“Everyone involved in operating simulation needs to be at SimGHOSTS!” -North Central Texas College Health Sciences Sim Coordinator Amy Wise. Watch what other champs have to say.

There are only a handful of $425.00 early-bird registrations left so sign up now to guarantee the best passes and hotel rates. Use discount code “FIFTHTIME” for early bird rate which ends today! Registration includes complimentary annual subscription to our global community website valued at $135.00 USD.

Learn more at SimGHOSTS.org!


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One Week Left to Secure Early-Bird Rate for SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Sim Tech Training Event

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SimGHOSTS have sent word that they have already crossed over the limited number of early-bird passes to the 2014 USA sim tech hands-on training — but the board of directors wanted to give Sim Techs out there who want to secure an additional $100 off the price of their registration one more chance to sign up early before tickets shift into full price.

Taking place August 5th – 8th at the American College of CHEST Physicians in outer Chicago, IL — over 100 Sim Techs from all around the world including Australia, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the US, Canada, and Russia are already coming together to train one another and connect with their professional community. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to get the hands-on training you need to increase efficiency and realism in your medical simulation program!

Learn all about it at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Homepage.

SimGHOSTS is the original, most affordable and only hands-on training event started and managed by Sim Techs. Looking to start or expand your operations of simulation technology? Dollar for dollar and day for day, your value cannot be met at any other event! Now an official 501(c)3, SimGHOSTS has been providing the much needed training and community support for those responsible for operating the day-to-day technical operations of medical simulation lab spaces since 2011. Thousands of Sim Techs from around the world have benefitted from this unique organization.

Did you know there are over 50 new Sim Tech specific courses at this year’s event? Courses include:

  • Audio Post-Production
  • Casting & Molding Task Trainers
  • Laerdal Hardware
  • B-Line Medical In-Situ AV
  • Inventory Management
  • Worldpoint Realistic Cut Suit
  • DIY Sim Project Build Forum & B-Line Medical Innovation Awards
  • Cinematography 101
  • Preventative Manikin Maintenance 101
  • Laerdal Advanced Simulator Care and Maintenance
  • Moulage Mastery ‑ Theatrical Trauma for the Advanced User
  • Healthcare Basics for Technical Folks
  • IT Networking for Sim 101
  • CAE Learning Space Introduction
  • Fabricating for the Sim Lab
  • Advanced Editing
  • Sim Tech Professional Development Workshops
  • Level 3 Medical Overview of a Sim Lab Build-Out
  • Much much more!

Come to SimGHOSTS to see the latest in medical simulation technology from fifteen of the world’s leading industry vendors!

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Register TODAY for SimGHOSTS 2014 USA to secure your early-bird registration before its too late!

Sim Tech Training Event Coming to Australia in 2014

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SimGHOSTS, which stands for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is expanding its annual hands-on training meeting for Sim Techs by launching a second event in Australia next year! While the non-profit organization is still selecting a USA-host for next year’s ongoing meeting, today they announced a 2nd meeting to take place at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the Queensland region of Australia.

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As the founder of this non-profit organization I have been thrilled to create support almost 1,000 simulation technology specialist champions over the past three years. Witnessing the continued presence of Sim Techs from Australia at the SimGHOSTS event, I knew we had to start to connect the growing international community of simulation technology specialists by providing the same desperately needed support to champions “down under”.

This event will be an opportunity for simulation professionals to come and learn from simulation technology leaders and leading industry vendors. There will be hands-on workshops, pre-conference courses and podium presentations covering a variety of topics, including: Moulage, Audiovisual technology, Simulator programming, Hardware maintenance and configuration, Information technology, Basic medical training and much more.

SimGHOSTS 2013 Testimonials:

Interested in being a leader at SG14-AUS? You can already submit a presentation proposal to SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia! The community has even put together a list of nifty courses they would like to see at SimGHOSTS!

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Visit the new SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia page to learn more!


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Catch Up: Summer’s Most Read Medical Simulation Articles

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Were you out of the office this summer or looking to recap the our most read medical simulation articles? Check out these highly shared posts:

  • Great Interview Questions When Hiring a Sim Tech – Are you hiring a Simulation Technician or other individual who will be responsible for the operation of your labs? Read this article first to learn how to find a great addition to your simulation team!
  • WISER Nursing Symposium Video Coverage – Back in June The 6th Annual WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium took place at the Pittsburgh Hilton and at the WISER center located next door. Learn more about WISER, this event and Dr. Paul Phrampus – President for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • 70 FREE Medical Simulation Videos – HealthySimulation.com has produced more than 70 clinical simulation videos which have been watched over 26,000 times by the international healthcare education community. Check out some highlights here!
  • How to Evaluate Effectiveness of Simulation – Learn about the Japanese philosophy of “Kaizen”, which means “never-ending improvement”, a passion for making things better, the drive for perfection – and how this can help you better develop your medical simulation program.
  • Best Practices For Medical Simulation Hiring – “The goal with hiring for your simulation-based positions is to not necessarily find candidates with the most simulation experience, nor even the most medical experience, but rather the person who has demonstrated the most passion for the position.”
  • Blood Pressure Simulator “BPsim” From KBPort – What I really liked about this device was how realistic the blood pressure cuff was, how detailed you could get with the settings, and how it will work on manikins, IV Arm task trainers AND humans!
  • Award-winning Sim Tech “DIY” Projects Videos – B-Line Medical Supports Sim Tech Innovation With $1000 in Prizes at SimGHOSTS 2013! Watch these videos to see how to build your own EHR system, re-purpose ATLS training skins, and increase fidelity on more basic manikins!

Finally, check out our Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles from Spring – Our previous 2013 recap article with even more great content!

SimGHOSTS Provides 172 Sim Techs with Hands-On Training at San Antonio College

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Last week 172 registered attendees from all over the world came together at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex for the launch of the 3rd annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, or SimGHOSTS. This beautiful 10,000 square foot simulation space was the perfect location for the 2013 event! The night of the pre-conference CAE Healthcare sponsored dinner and live country music at the famous “Little Red Barn” for 150 Sim Techs. Cowboy hats were distributed to the event team volunteers, some of whom dedicated an entire week of help to run the meeting!

The next morning, Event Chair Ryan Eling opened the meeting by sharing that his time with the organization this past year has been “an amazing growing experience”. Ryan thanked San Antonio College Interim Director Dr. Lula Westrup Pelayo, Ph.D., RN for helping to guide necessary agreement paperwork to host the SG13 event, and to help make San Antonio campus simulation staff member Joe Crain’s work to get to make this meeting such a success!

Ryan then introduced Laerdal representative Russell Smith who was shared that he was “impressed by what the community has come together to do here”. Laerdal sponsored the keynote session given by PhD Educator Timothy Clapper, who demonstrated the need for changing healthcare through the modern day communication methods of the AHRQ TeamSTEPPS system. More about this keynote will be posted shortly.

SimGHOSTS President-Elect
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Afterwords, I stepped down as President having held the positions for these past three years – however I will be remaining on as Executive Director and Board Member. This paved the way for the 2014 election race with speeches by three candidates Scott Crawford, Joey Failma and Ferooz Sekandarpoor.

With a close race, Joey Failma was elected President by the community. The new executive team of myself (Lance Baily), Mr. Failma and Ryan Eling, Event Chair, under the advice of Timothy Clapper, decided to offer Ferooz Sekandarpoor the Vice Presidency as he had the 2nd highest vote count. Ferooz was “honored” by the opportunity and accepted the position. Shortly following this, Scott Crawford was similarly accepted a Chair position on the board.  Later that night the team overwhelming supported the idea to elect Lizzy Oh, event volunteer, to the prominent position of Secretary Chair! The organization has empowered an entire team of dedicated new leadership to expand the work started by the staff of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2011!

Throughout the rest of the event over 45 sessions took place providing hands-on training in manikin programming, hardware maintenance & repair, a/v production, EHR technology integration, LMS systems, hybrid learning platforms, moulage makeup, teamstepps communication practices, staff management and much much more. During one of the sessions, the the B-Line Sponsored DIY Video contest prizes were awarded to Ryan Douglas from St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University for his project “Showing Signs of Life – Adding Vital Signs to Low to Mid Fidelity Manikins for the community voted award. The grand prize was awarded to Mark Johanneck from UW Health Clinical Simulation Program for his video project on “Re-purposing Used ATLS Training Skins“, which was selected by SimGHOSTS and B-Line leadership!

Eleven medical simulation vendors attended the event and were thrilled with the opportunities provided to engage with the growing technical audience. Sim Techs traveled from as far away as Moscow and Brisbane for the 4 day event. Many of the sessions were recorded and will be posted for subscribers to SimGHOSTS.Org – so stay tuned for more great information!

Looking back, I will never forget how so many people came together to make such an amazing event – I made fantastic new friends and heard powerful messages. SimGHOSTS 2013 was an outstanding success!


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Medical Simulation Technology Operations Training Meeting Aug. 7th in Texas

Gain hands-on training in using medical simulation technology from manikin programming, manikin maintenance, moulage makeup, IT infrastructures, A/V system debugging, basic medical training, team communication and more! Join hundreds of other Simulation Technicians, or folks responsible for the operation of simulation technology in their labs, August 7th – 9th near the Texas, San Antonio RiverWalk for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, or SimGHOSTS!

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Hear what these SimGHOSTS 2012 attendees have to say about this hands-on technical training event:

SimGHOSTS is a non-profit organization currently seeking tax-exempt status which provides online resources and hands-on training to the international medical simulation community.  This meeting is open to both healthcare professionals or IT professionals who are tasked with operating healthcare simulation lab technology, and equally serves beginning to advanced levels of training in all major simulation responsibilities.  The 2013 Laerdal Sponsored Keynote Address by Timothy Clapper PhD will empower simulation technicians to better communicate within their simulation programs through the methodology of TEAMSTEPPS.

Visit http://www.SimGHOSTS.Org to learn more today!

Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles Of Spring 2013

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HealthySimulation.com is dedicated to providing free resources to healthcare educators considering or utilizing simulation to educate and train professional providers. Here is a list of our most-read medical simulation articles from the first half of 2013:

  1. Video Update from Laerdal SUN Indianapolis 2013 – The April 2013 Laerdal SUN Indianapolis meeting held its opening ceremonies yesterday providing over 230 Simulation Champions from around the World with the training they need to start or expand their healthcare simulation program. Learn more about Medical Simulation by watching this event video recap.
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  2. Collaborative Simulation Program Development Session Provided with FREE HealthySim Subscription – Gain access to a 2-Hour HD recorded stream from the HealthySimAdmin event which covers collaborative program development across disciplines and institutions by subscribing to HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter, summarizing all the best articles straight to your email inbox!
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  3. HealthStream Provides Free WhitePaper “Right Time for Simulation” Are you associated with a hospital system looking to start or expand a medical simulation based program?  HealthStream just released a free white paper entitled “It’s the Right Place and Right Time for Simulation” on their blog which can help demonstrate the serious benefits of clinical simulation. You can also check out my comprehensive Demonstration of the HealthStream SimManager platform developed to administer simulation staff, equipment, rooms, learners and outcomes.
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  4. Learn How Simulation Has Been Fully Adopted & Integrated in both the Airline Industry and the Nuclear Power Industry – While medical simulation is rapidly expanding, the adoption of the methodology does not even begin to compare to the aviation or nuclear industries. Learn how simulation works in these sectors to better learn why simulation is the future of healthcare education.
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  5. Learn How to Identify Key Drivers for Simulation Training – Key drivers are “an effective tool for breaking down complex questions or improvement goals and structuring them into smaller, addressable pieces”. Learn more about this workshop and download free tools that can clarify simulation needs and appropriate intervention designs for simulation training.
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  6. Increase Realism to Your Simulations Through Background Noise and Advanced Moulage Makeup Kits – By creating the most realistic simulation scenarios learners become fully immersed in the experiential educational experience. Small considerations for the design and display of your simulation lab can dramatically increase learner buy-in!
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  7. The Sim Tech Hands-On Training event ‘SimGHOSTS’ is Hosting their 3rd Annual Event this August – Join over 200 other Healthcare Simulation Technicians at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex this August 6th – 9th for the global healthcare simulation event designed to provide a meeting place for Technicians to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more.
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  8. Consider Why & How to Build a Website For Your Medical Simulation Program, and How to Add Multimedia to Increase Marketing to Community & External Businesses – Benefits of creating a Simulation Program Website include: Community public relations, recruitment advertising and promotional marketing, providing contact information and capturing donations, as well as hosting student, staff, clinical educator/faculty resources. In the second article, learn how to add multimedia to further support these objectives!
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  9. Designing Prehospital Medical Simulation Scenarios – This guest author paper outlines the four stages that should be considered by tutors before their students are exposed to clinical simulation scenarios for educational purposes. These stages of paramedic education are relatively unique since the teaching and understanding of logistical considerations are not necessarily a significant concern to other clinicians from wider health disciplines.
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  10. How To Evaluate Effectiveness of Medical Simulations – Learn why simulation scenario design requires ongoing review, how healthcare can make tiny improvements for continued success, and gain free evaluation tools from CAE Healthcare.

*BONUS Link* – For even more great content check out the Top 50 “Best Of 2012″ Medical Simulation Articles!


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