‘S3’ Singapore Simulation Conference Now Accepting Presentations for November Event, Supported by SimHealth, SESAM & SimGHOSTS

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The S3 Conference brings together thought leaders and cutting-edge ideas from three renowned simulation centers to one place: located in Singapore General Hospital Campus, Singapore. Hosted by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS), the S3 Conference 2017 is jointly organized by SIMS, Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) and The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS).

All presentation submissions are due by May 19th!

This international tripartite partnership will provide participating healthcare simulation teams with the best learning and networking opportunities with leading experts worldwide. The S3 Conference aims to be at the pulse of Asia’s simulation industry and to lead the transformation of simulation in the region and beyond. The theme for the S3 Conference this year is, “At the Crossroad of Simulation; Bringing the World together”. Expect transformative sessions with international guest speakers, experience the latest in simulation technology, take in new ideas, share simulation best practices across borders, present ground-breaking simulation studies to fellow industry insiders, receive hands-on training in advanced simulation procedures, and more.

Who Should Attend?

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The S3 Conference connects healthcare professionals across disciplines and medical professions in Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US. The conference will be useful for:

  • Healthcare and simulation technology specialists,
  • Healthcare educators and trainers,
  • Nursing and allied health professionals,
  • Academics and researchers, as well as Local and overseas healthcare leaders.

The main conference takes place from 1 – 3 November 2017, while pre-conference activities will be held on 31 October 2017.

About the Host

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) is Singapore’s largest simulation facility with a comprehensive range of simulation modalities, cutting-edge technology and training programmes. SIMS is committed to delivering quality simulation training by providing a safe and supervised environment for healthcare professionals to sharpen their clinical skills. The institute draws upon the synergy of collective expertise, curriculum and resources in SingHealth. With a rich legacy in clinical education, SIMS aims to be the leading global institution in medical simulation, pushing frontiers in patient safety.

Submit Your Abstracts By May 19th on the SingHealth S3 Website!

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Ohio Consortium of Learning Labs Annual Simulation Conference May 4th & 5th

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For only $100 you can participate in this fantastic regional simulation event entitled “Ohio Consortium of Learning Labs Simulation Conference” put on May 4th&5th at the University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, Ohio! Here’s the basic schedule of the event:

  • 7:30-8:00 am Registration
  • 8:00-8:15 am Welcome
  • 8:15-9:45 am Keynote Speaker – Dr. Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Power Up Your Debriefing to Create “Sticky Learning”
  • 9:45-10:00 am Break *
  • 10:00-11:00 am Keynote speaker- continued
  • 11:00-11:30 am Vendor
  • 11:30-12:45 pm Post–Partum Hemorrhage
  • 12:45-1:30 pm Lunch and Vendors*
  • 1:30-2:45 pm VR/Gaming – Christina Alvaredo RN, MBA, Toledo University
  • 2:45-3:00 pm Break*
  • 3:00-4:15 pm Moulage Techniques – Stephanie Justice MSN, RN
  • 4:15-4:30 pm Wrap up & Evaluation

Learn more and Register here!

SESAM President Dr. Antoine Tesniere Continues Opening Ceremonies of LAU Lebanon Sim Conference

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SESAM President Dr. Antoine Tesniere, continued the opening ceremonies of LAU’s 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, and focused on the future of Healthcare Simulation!

Antoine reminded the audience about the current learners of healthcare, primarily from the Y-Generation who come from a perspective of

  • Rapid communication
  • Community based learning
  • Peer orientation
  • Instant gratification
  • Immediate feedback
  • Stimulating working environment
  • Tech-savvy

He reminded the audience that the image of “fat, lazy, gamers” is not the reality of the serious gaming which will help us go from simple knowledge to direct useful experience. Dr. Tesniere then went into a deeper dive of new technologies coming to healthcare, moving ‘video games’ to ‘serious games’ — showing some of the latest learning opportunities available through digital mediums and virtual environments.

Designing these learning programs requires the combination of the right learning content with the correct virtual environment for integration and gamification, while looking to achieve the right “flow theory” in between anxiety and boredom. While the research is still early, the advantages are clear to provide gaming challenges, skills, behavior change and evaluation. Antoine asked the audience to continue the research looking at effectiveness, cost, availability, and interfaces.

Dr. Tesniere finished his talk suggesting that virtual environments are part of the future of simulation, that its a part of the blended learning integrative into the curriculum, that there are still challenges to overcome and open questions to address, and finally that serious games is not just about fun!

Follow Antoine and @SESAMSimulation for all the conference updates!


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Ontario’s SIMone 2016 October Sim Expo Agenda Revealed!

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Spots are filling up quickly for Canada’s premier healthcare simulation conference — Half, one and 2-day rates are available. Don’t miss the Opening Reception on October 5. This Industry-Sponsored Reception will feature Dr. Nicole Harder as a keynote speaker. Happy to share with you the great lineup of interactive workshops and agenda for the 2016 SIM Expo taking place on October 5-7 at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel.

The conference is packed with something for everyone. Don’t miss:

  • Virtual Simulation Showcase
  • Simulation in Action
  • Simulation Awards Presentation
  • Networking Events & Opportunities
  • Industry-Sponsored Reception
  • Edu-Gaming Den
  • Poster & Video Crawl
  • Interactive Workshops & many more!

About SIM-one

SIM-one is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, and resources. SIM-one advocates for and advances simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety. SIM-one offers advanced educational training and online services that are open to simulationists and health professionals across the globe.

View the full 2016 SimONE program here!

SESAM 2016 Lisbon Medical Simulation Event Newsletter Update

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Today HealthySim is sharing a newsletter update from our friends at SESAM who are highlighting the latest developments from their 22nd annual conference taking place in Lisbon 15-17 June! HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org Founder Lance Baily will be among those providing plenary addresses at the event.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

SESAM is happy to announce that our pre-conference workshops are now available to book and they would like to invite all delegates to register to attend. Spaces are limited so you are encouraged to register early for these courses:

  1. Integrating Simulated Patient Methodology in Your Practice
  2. The Role of Pre-Graduate Students Working in Simulation Centres
  3. Pediatric Emergencies – Advanced Simulation Course

Highlighting Scientific Content

sesam 2016 plenarySESAM has three great “State of Art” sessions during SESAM 2016. This week, they would like to share Dr. Fajzal Hagi’s bio as one of their invited speakers.

Dr. Fajzal Hagi is a Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ontario, Canada.

As a surgeon and educator, Faizal has a passion for improving health services though the innovative and evidence-based use of simulation-based education, both at home and abroad. To that end, his efforts have focused on simulation instructional design, platform and curriculum development, and faculty development in simulation pedagogy in a variety of clinical domains and at a local, national, and international level. Currently, as a member of the IPSS-WFPICCS-Malawi collaboration, he is working with the Malawi Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to strengthen Malawi’s capacity to develop and deliver simulation-based education within the limits of its resource-constraints. The goal of this collaboration is to use simulation and other innovative educational methods to generate sustainable improvements in the delivery of pediatric health services throughout the country.

Social Events

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.  According to legend, the location was named for Ulysses, who founded the settlement after he left Troy to escape the Greek coalition. Later, the Greek name appeared in Vulgar Latin in the form Olissipona. Julius Caesar made it a municipium Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo.

Learn more and register for SESAM 2016 here!

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ASPiH UK Day 2 Speaks to Safety in Healthcare & Lessons from the Aviation Industry

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Today in Brighton UK, day 2 of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare annual meeting was kicked off by Peter McCulloch Professor of Surgery at the University of Oxford, and co-director of the Patient Safety Academy, who spoke on safety in healthcare.

He started by sharing his indoctrination as a surgeon in the 1980s with strict guidelines and responsibilities, especially after errors. He found in reality though blame is rarely accepted and incorporated. Peter then reminded us of several major accidents which demonstrated a common theme: that error occurs in multiple areas before disaster strikes reflecting:

  • There was no “root cause”, there was multiple causes.
  • There was no single person who acted outrageously
  • The contributing factors were very varied
  • Miscommunication and confusion about responsibility
  • Extraneous stressors impacting on judgements

He suggested that “the tip of the iceberg is not the most important part, the cumulative risk rises as a function of independent errors.” How then, do we prevent errors? Peter suggests we need to look not at salient points but as the system as a whole. This requires us to rationalize work systems with risk designed out, continuous monitoring with instant feedback on error, a trained and motivated workforce, and systems for ongoing evolutions of improvement changes. While difficult to provide, such explorations will provide clarity of responsibility, resilient workforce, standardized of work systems, and additional measurement tools.

What works?

  • Feedback – Given rapidly, specifically, and accurately. As well, it can be incentivized by anonymous competition, but must be supported opportunities to improve.
  • Checklists – promote clear structured communication but need to be co-designed by an educated workforce.
  • Team work training – Promoting culture and effective communication
  • QI – Utilizing a lean model for continual improvement adjustments.

Peter’s team has done research which has demonstrated dramatic results when crm and lean qi were combined as intervention. Challenges that remained for improvement were lack of time, space, expertise, attitudes, and management buy-in.

He concluded that we need an implementation strategy for change management when trying to improve healthcare education which includes diffusion of innovations, advertising psychology, interpersonal strategy, and incentives for change. He closed reminding us what simulation can do here: technical training, non-technical skills training, crisis proofing, and training in QI.

Afterwords, Dr Stephen Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at EuroControl spoke on European Air Traffic Control, A High Reliability Industry 

Stephen suggested that the notion of safety culture emerged from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, and has resulted in a mass of research and practical interventions, both small and large, in many industrial sectors. Recent thinking has, however, been increasingly critical of the concept and the value of safety culture research and practice. At the same time, practitioners’ experience on the ground is that the concept remains useful and relevant for various practical reasons. The middle ground may be that our ideas about safety culture need to adapt, both theoretically and practically, in several ways. This talk explored the notion of cultures of safety, outline some traps in safety culture work, and reflect on practical experience gained from over 30 European countries, from one of the world’s biggest safety culture programmes.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!

Dr. Michelle Kelley Provides PASSH Plenary on Beyond CPR – Alternate Sim Scenarios to Enhance Performance

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The second plenary of day 2 at the Pacific Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH) was provided by Dr. Michelle Kelley, Associate Professor and Director of Simulation at Curtin University Perth, who spoke on moving beyond CPR to consider alternate simulation scenarios to enhance performance and clinical judgement.

Michelle reminded us that simulation allows us to “put all the elements together, not just the what of clinical learning but the how for clinical performance”. Michelle provided a plethora of practices which enable educators to improve learning outcomes through simulation.

One such example was modeling practice, where a nursing instructor provides poor communication to a mother and her pregnant teenage daughter. The learners are in another room, and not engaging with any simulated manikins. At first poor communication methods are provided, and after debriefing, good communication techniques are shown allowing the students to watch the stark differences. Further in the simulation lab, the students themselves are provided the opportunity to engage with the same standardized patients to practice the skills previously demonstrated.

Michelle shared that the research shows that the number one ranking of what matter most in simulation learning for students is the facilitated debriefing. What was fascinating in her talk was the presentation of a number of standardized patient actors to provide educational opportunities for nursing students primarily designed for communication practice training. Immobile simulated manikins were absent from the advanced simulations, where use of SPs powerfully demonstrated the increased fidelity of real live engagements.



7th Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia & Workshop Opens in Vancouver

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This morning in beautiful Vancouver, Canada over 250 global attendees participated in the opening ceremonies of the 7th annual IPSSW, which focuses on Pediatric Simulation in Healthcare. The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) has been established to promote and support multi-disciplinary simulation-based education, training and research in all subspecialties that care for infants and children . The Society organizes an annual meeting that brings together leaders in the field of pediatric simulation with educators, researchers and patient safety experts. The meeting – IPSSW – provides an opportunity to expand horizons, cross-fertilize ideas and promote excellence in education and investigative research. In 2013, HealthySimulation.com provided a comprehensive two-part video breakdown of that year’s event with interviews of key leadership and participants.

About IPSSW 2015

“IPSSW2015 – Reaching Out to the Future” recognizes and encompasses a number of developments in the continued evolution of pediatric simulation. Firstly, the continued expansion of simulation across the globe including to resource-poor contexts and the formation of international collaboratives has us “reaching-out” as a community. Secondly, Outreach simulation, where the centre-based silos are broken down and simulation is delivered in community-based settings, is another manifestation of our simulation enthusiasts reaching-out. Finally pediatric simulation is at the forefront of the trail being blazed into the future in terms of a paradigm shift in education and high-stakes assessment.

President’s Address

Dr. Stephanie Sudikoff, the new President of the IPSS organization, announced the major updates regarding the community:

  • Reincorporated in Switzerland
  • Bylaws were reviewed and updated as part of the new application
  • IPSS was awarded Excellence in Simulation Award from SESAM Middle Eastern and Northern African Conference.
  • These projects continues to grow: Malawi Simulation Training Support, ECMO Curriculum Development, Fellowships in Simulation – Training the Future Leaders of our Field

In closing Stephanie asked the community “Who can we be together?” in 2015 and requested to hear from each of the organizations’s 210 members.

Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Geoff Norman, Ph.D. from McMaster University, spoke about “Cost-effective use of simulation in designing an evidence – based clinical curriculum”. Dr. Norman attempted to demonstrate how we use simulation to achieve our goals — but do we do it the most effectively and affordably? He defined some assumptions:

1) Performance on the simulation is related to performance in the real world. He agreed that this has been proven correct.

2) The more authentic the simulation the stronger the learning outcomes. Basically, does greater fidelity mean greater learning?

Dr. Norman pointed to four main points for simulator functionality

  • Authenticity – the extent to which the simulation appears to resemble reality (face validity)
  • Sensorimotor fidelity – the extent to which the critical elements of the simulation accurately reproduce the real task
  • Psychoaffective fidelity – the degree to which the task is perceived to be similar to the real task
  • Environmental / contextual fidelity – the degree to which the environment (room instruments) is realistic.

Dr. Norman shared a number of research articles which demonstrated a mis-connection between simulated learning features and dramatic outcome results. While he showed some examples of research where medical simulators only mildly improved outcomes, his theory completely failed to look at the aviation simulation industry. Medical simulation is relatively new field where the technology adoption is still emerging with NO regulated requirements. Contrast that with aviation which has existed for over a hundred years, and is now a regulated requirement by governments around the world. Widespread adoption over a longer period of time has evolved the simulators into better and better replications of real world environments. I am sure if we did research to examine learning on a 747 simulator from 1968, and a 747 simulator from 2015, that the learning outcomes would be improved. Not mentioning the dramatic changes from the original 747 cockpit to today’s models — but the level of fidelity itself better mimics the reality of flying today.

Dr. Norman closed with points that encouraged the audience to created interleaved (mixed) practice where diagnosis for the correct tool provides better long term outcomes. This means not teaching to memorize the tools to perfection, but teaching to understand which tools to use in different scenarios.

About Dr. Norman

Geoff Norman, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He received a B.Sc. in physics form the University of Manitoba in 1965 and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from McMaster University in 1971, and subsequently a M.A. in educational psychology from Michigan State University in 1977. He is the author of 10 books in education, measurement and statistics, and over 200 journal articles. He has won numerous awards, including the Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. The Outstanding Achievement Award of the Medical Council of Canada, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association, and the Karolinska Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education . He presently holds a Canada Research Chair. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. He received an honorary doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 2010.

Learn more at the IPSSW 2015 homepage and the @IPSS twitter account!

International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops May 4th-6th Vancouver Canada

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Canadians rejoice! The International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops are coming to Vancouver May 4th-6th. SimGHOSTS has been invited out to provide a pre-con workshop on the Fundamentals of A/V Technology in Medical Simulation so those of you looking to connect with a/v technology be sure to join them there! IPSSW is wonderful event for anyone interested in healthcare simulation, pediatrics and innovation. Also in attendance will be the awesome pediatric simulation research support organization INSPiRE!

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!

All pediatric subspecialties from novice to expert level: Physicians, Nursing, Allied Health Care, Simulation Educators and Researchers, Technicians and Administrators. Register soon and take an active role in the advancement of pediatric simulation science for the purpose of improving education and patient outcomes in perinatal and pediatric medicine.

5 Reasons to Attend the 7th IPSSW Event in Vancouver, Canada:

  1. Join renowned and global experts in the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation.
  2. Get top-notch education and hear about the latest advances in pediatric simulation with the exciting and stimulating program.
  3. Meet prestigious keynote speakers from a range of industries and leverage your professional network.
  4. Sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge with the pre-conference workshops.
  5. Enjoy the stunning views while walking through the breath-taking city of Vancouver, Canada.

May 4th Pre-conference workshops, choose the one that’s right for you!

  • Designing and Conducting Pediatric Simulation-based Research
  • The Business of Simulation
  • Interprofessional Education – How to Introduce Simulation to a New Audience
  • Challenging Debriefings: Tools to Navigate Difficult Conversations During Simulation-based Education
  • Sim-based Evaluation and Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Audiovisual Technology in Simulation (Taught by SimGHOSTS Leadership!)
  • Building a Program to Last: Complete SIMToolkits for Busy Hospital-based Pediatric Simulator Program

Learn more at the IPSSW 2015 website today!

Heading to IMSH in New Orleans Next Week? Things We Can’t Wait to See!

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Are you attending the world’s largest medical simulation conference next week in New Orleans? HealthySimulation.com will be there to capture all the latest news! Follow @HealthySim and #IMSH2015 on twitter to stay connected! We can’t wait to see these things in particular:

  • Spectrum of Innovation Showcase Tuesday 3Pm-6PM – The Spectrum of Innovation Showcases will feature the latest in innovative interventions for healthcare simulation from around the world, highlighting four key areas ranging from low cost and low resource modifications to high technologically sophisticated innovations.
  • SimGHOSTS to Showcase Oculus Rift Booth #235 – Have you ever experienced what has been called the “best VR experience in the world” ? Come learn about how the SimGHOSTS non-profit organization provides online resources and hands-on training events with the latest in medical simulation technologies!
  • Konsiderate Rating & Review Website Booth #635 – The team has been hard at work, come read the latest reviews on a lot of the products and services that will be on display at IMSH, and write your own!
  • Gaumard’s Victoria Birthing Simulator Booth #513 – We missed it last year! Can’t wait to see this innovative hardware from the world’s original innovator of birthing simulators.
  • CAE Healthcare’s Replay Stand Alone Camera System Booth #300 – New mobile recording platform from the folks who bring us LearningSpace, which is rated very highly by Konsiderate users!
  • Laerdal’s new LLEAP Operating Software Booth #109 – LLEAP software unifies the control of all PC-operated Laerdal simulators. LLEAP brings simplicity to running simulation training and efficiencies to the management and development of scenarios.
  • SonoSim Booth #317 New Ultrasound Technologies Based on Partnership with Laerdal – Laerdal Medical, a leading provider of simulation solutions for healthcare, and SonoSim, Inc., a leading provider of ultrasound education and training, today announced a wide-ranging agreement regarding distribution, product development and R&D collaboration.
  • Exhibitor Presentation Theaters:
    • Education Management Solutions – 3D Anatomy Simulation  Sunday, January 11, 5:50pm-6:20pm
    • HGA Architects & Engineers “Physician and Nursing Education: High Performance Learning Environments”, Monday, January 12, 11:30am-12:00pm
    • Mentice Presentation Theater “Trauma-Considerations for Building REBOA Course” Monday 12:10-12:40
    • OtoSim Inc. Otoscopy and Opthamoscopy Training Demonstrates OtoSim2 Monday, 12:50pm-1:20pm

We know there is a lot more than that for IMSH 2015 we just know these items are at the top of our list. HealthySimulation.com’s Lance Baily will be walking the floor and hanging out at the SimGHOSTS booth, so if you love reading this website stop by and say hello!

Remember, follow @HealthySim for hour by hour coverage!