Final Countdown for Early-Bird Rate Begins for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA – Aug. 1-4 at WakeMed Raleigh

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Sim Champs — its the “Final Countdown” for big savings to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina this August 1st-4th with early-bird registration!

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our 7th annual hands-on training event!  SimGHOSTS is working with Simulation Champion Dr. Amar Patel to bring the 2017 USA event to the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh, North Carolina! We cannot wait to showcase this amazing facility, team, and program to the world’s leading simulation technology specialists.  Save the date so you can join us there in August!

Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Brochure here


Early-Bird ENDS JULY 1st! $473
Standard (July 2nd – August 2nd): $597

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

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*New Thought* Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!


Platinum Sponsor – simAlliance

Once again, Level 3 Healthcare through simAlliance is sponsoring this year’s Keynote Address and Opening Reception!

The Keynote address will be given by Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore.  Dr. Gillett’s presentation will explore new simulation technologies, how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems, and lessons for the successful development, growth, and support of staff who operate simulation programs from his numerous administrative roles.

The Opening Reception Comedy Show & Networking Event will be held at Raleigh’s premiere comedy club “Goodnight’s”! This world famous venue for stand-up comedians has been putting on a show since 1983, with dinner & drink specials from its bar & grill. Bus transportation, taco bar dinner and drinks are on us thanks to simAlliance!

Laerdal, CAE Healthcare, EMS SimulationIQ will also be returning as Gold Sponsors to the event, providing hands-on technical workshops throughout the event!

Unable to join us in US this August? Join SimGHOSTS this month at SESAM with a special track or Singapore this November!

Learn more and Register for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA here!

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


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 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 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 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!

“True Plastic Surgery” Blog Talks Sim Tech Shop

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Looking for more great content for simulation technicians? At SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia I ran into Cyle Sprick who was sharing some impressive projects he built during the B-Line Medical “DIY Forum” course. Although I have posted it before I wanted to remind you here to check out “True Plastic Surgery”, Cyle’s awesome “tips, tricks, and hacks” page for all things dealing with simulation technology.

In this post are photos from his DIY projects which include “manikin straps to hold arms in place during EMS backboard scenarios, LearningSpace camera modifications, and customized MegaCode Kelly upgrade walkthroughs”. Anyone who likes to tinker with simulation technology will love Cyle’s blog!

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About Cyle and “True Plastic Surgery”:

Cyle has a background in biomedical engineering and systems project management as well as experience in EMS, space technology, and simulation development.

Since 2008, Cycle has been working full time with the Clinical Simulation Unit in the Flinders University School of Medicine  in Adelaide, South Australia, where he assumed Director responsibilities in 2011.  Seems this role fits him very well as a perfect overlap of his passion for medicine, education and engineering.

“This blog is a public forum where I intend to share my thoughts about simulation in healthcare education, particularly technical musings. I sometimes tell people that when I’m working on one of our manikins that “this is true plastic surgery”, hence the name of this blog.”

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Sim Techs: Two Weeks Left to Apply for Pocket Nurse Scholarship to SimGHOSTS 2014 USA

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Pocket Nurse has been a long standing supporter of those operating healthcare simulation labs and the 501(c)3 non-profit organization SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. To extend this support to simulation programs in need, Pocket Nurse has provided (2) $1500 scholarships to attend the SimGHOSTS 2014 event, taking place August 5th-8th at the new American College of Chest Physician’s new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center. Sim Techs who would otherwise be unable to attend are encourage to apply!


“Pocket Nurse® ( is the world’s leading supplier of healthcare education products and a proud supporter of those operating medical simulation. This year, Pocket Nurse® continues its “Founding Sponsorship” of the SimGHOSTS meeting by providing $3000 in nontransferable scholarships to individuals/institutions in need. These scholarships are designed to support participation in the development and advancement of those operating a medical simulation lab through the payment of conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Eligibility The Pocket Nurse ® Scholarships are open to all healthcare simulation technology specialists (“Sim Techs”), or individuals responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment of a medical simulation lab. Priority will be given to first time attendees who are currently employed at a not-for-profit simulation lab (part or fulltime), and those without significant financial support from their employer.”

Learn if you qualify, download the complete announcement guidelines and apply today at the
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Pocket Nurse Provides Scholarship to Attend SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Sim Tech Training Event

Looking for training and community support in operating medical simulation technology but don’t have the budget to attend costly big meetings? SimGHOSTS leadership recently announced $3000 in scholarships by Pocket Nurse to help Sim Techs in need attend SimGHOSTS 2014 USA, which stands for the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists!

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From the SimGHOSTS website:

“SimGHOSTS Leadership & Founding Sponsor Pocket Nurse are thrilled to announce the “Pocket Nurse Scholarship” to help those with financial need to attend the  2014 USA event, hosted by the American College of Chest Physicians August 5th – 8th in Greater Chicago, IL! The SimGHOSTS leadership thanks Anthony Battaglia, Deborah Coltrane and all the team from Pocket Nurse who continue to support Simulation Champions and SimGHOSTS!

Pocket Nurse has a long standing history of supporting healthcare simulation technology specialists or those primarily responsible for running medical simulation labs. Provided through the Pocket Nurse Foundation, (2) $1500 scholarships will be awarded to Sim Techs who can demonstrate financial need to assist with attendance to SG14 USA.

Pocket Nurse® ( is the world’s leading supplier of healthcare education products and a proud supporter of those operating medical simulation. This year, Pocket Nurse® continues its “Founding Sponsorship” of the SimGHOSTS meeting by providing $3000 in nontransferable scholarships to individuals/institutions in need. These scholarships are designed to support participation in the development and advancement of those operating a medical simulation lab through the payment of conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Eligibility: The Pocket Nurse ® Scholarships are open to all healthcare simulation technology specialists (“Sim Techs”), or individuals responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment of a medical simulation lab. Priority will be given to first time attendees who are currently employed at a notforprofit simulation lab (part or fulltime), and those without significant financial support from their employer.”

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You should apply now as the deadline for applications ends April 31st! Learn more at the Pocket Nurse SG14 USA Scholarship Announcement Page!

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SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Presentation Proposals Due March 14th

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SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, will be holding its 4th annual Sim Tech hands-on training event August 5th – 8th at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in greater Chicago Illinois. Last year over 45 presentations were provided to more than 172 Sim Techs in manikin programming, manikin repair and maintenance, a/v system design, integration and consolidation, IT networking, TeamSTEPPS communication practices for sim labs, trauma moulage, medical pharmacology and physiology for sim techs, and much more! This year, attendance is suspected to increase by both Sim Techs and vendors, so be sure to mark your calendars!

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Those attendees and vendors interested in presenting to the international community of simulation technicians must submit their presentation proposals through this link by March 14th! Presenters receive $50 off their registration to attend SimGHOSTS, which is the affordable training and community development meeting connecting Sim Techs from around the world.

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Visit SimGHOSTS.Org to learn more!

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.

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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!

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!

Driving Simulators – The Real Deal

When I attended El Camino Fire Academy we had a couple of old engines we used for driving and pumping water in the “yard”.  Before cutting the new recruits loose on these massive vehicles, our instructors took us out to the local race track so we could learn how they handled.  We practiced S-turns, parking, reversing, and emergency stopping.

Fire Driving Simulator

While it was a great way to learn the handling of the Engine, instructors were limited to the various learning situations they could create with cones in the parking lot and the small size of the drill yard.  One thing we definitely would not have opportunity to practice during our 10-week course was advanced emergency driving on public city streets.  What we needed, was a computer simulator to learn the ropes of emergency response driving.

Enter the EMS WORLD EXPO, which I attended about a month ago here in Las Vegas.  It was a fantastic expo with a huge number of learning courses and a great showcase of industry products & services.  While walking the showroom floor, I was thrilled to come across two companies with advanced computer emergency driving simulators – “FAAC” and “Simulation Technology”.  Welcome to the future of driving education!


FAAC driving simulators

I first sat down with Robert Raheb to check out FAAC’s LE-1500 law enforcement series driving simulator.  With 5 massive flatscreens the entire simulator surrounded the field of view of the learner.  While the graphics were not “state-of-the-art” battlefield 3 quality, the representation of the driving environment was indeed life-like.  Robert provided a run-down of the features FAAC simulators utilized:

  • Accurate replication of driving compartment
  • Crown Vic or Charger real dash layouts
  • Realistic handling/steering fidelity
  • Immersive and dynamic environment
  • Geometrically correct virtual world perspective.

With a push of a button on his iPhone, Robert could provide an external perspective to my vehicle demonstrating how instructors could change angles to better communicate situational awareness.  With another button, Robert changed the weather of our scenario from bright and sunny to dark and rainy – explaining that now the tires would skid if I punched it too hard. Of course, FAAC has a whole line of models for your specific emergency training AND municipal needs.

FAAC has a complete range of driving simulators from military, fire/ems, police, public transit, airport driving and more.

Make sure to check out Robert’s white paper entitled “Creating Return on Investment: How One EMS Department Used Simulation to Reduce Liability and Create Systemic Change in its EVOC Program“.  In the paper, Robert suggests that “by introducing students to the unique hazards associated with operating an emergency vehicle in a variety of situations, the program was able to provide real-life experience in a controlled environment that is repeatable, recordable, and immediately available for playback, critique, and instruction”. Learn more about FAAC.

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Simulation Driving Company

Next I met with Darren Basch from Simulation Technology, a newer company that also had a complete line of driving simulators for emergency and municipal needs.  I was really impressed by their full fire engine cab demo model that was lifted and complete with pump controls, which brought back memories of fire academy.  I was surprised to learn the entire five-screen system was run off just one high-level PC!

Simulation Technology Drive Simulator

Darren put me through a drive course before letting me loose on a Fire response call.  While on the test course, Darren could quickly change the vehicle I was test-driving without needing to reload the entire system – so we could quickly compare skill needs between different vehicles.  When I was put into the response call, motorcycles would cross my engine out of nowhere, trucks would complicate my path-finding and rain would make my field-of-view harder to see. Interestingly, on-screen mirrors reflected what was behind the engine which allowed me to constantly check my physical surroundings as best I could.

Driving Simulator from SimTech

Driving Simulators from Simulation Technology included these unique features:

  • Custom cabs to drive the same cabs you drive every day.
  • Real vehicle dynamics that enable advanced skills training.
  • Actual integration of Manufacturer’s physics data, providing accurate vehicle dynamics.
  • 230 degree field-of-view perspective.
  • Single PC system

Simulation Technology also provides custom Mobile classroom trailers that can house various simulators so your classroom can move to anywhere you need it!  Learn more about Simulation Technology.

The Future

Just like in healthcare simulation with manikins and high-fidelity environments, advanced technology allows for an additional step in the traditional training model: see one, simulate one, do one, and teach one.  It was a lot of fun to sit down with both FAAC and Simulation Technology and learn about the future of driving simulation.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend Sim Technician’s Meeting

The Gathering of Technicians event is specifically designed to train Medical Simulation Technicians, or those responsible for running the equipment in a high-fidelity healthcare simulation lab. Here are the 10 Reasons why you or your staff should join the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in August:

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10. Be an Innovative Pioneer
The Gathering of Technicians is the first event of its kind dedicated to connecting those responsible for operating technology in a simulation lab. Whether you are new to the technology of Medical Simulation or looking for the next level of engagement with this industry – be a part of the next big thing! Don’t get left on the ground floor, have a voice in the direction of this industry and your career by joining us in Las Vegas August 5th and 6th!

9. Meeting Enrollment Limit
Have you ever attended a conference for Medical Simulation and felt lost in the crowd? Some conferences have over 2,500 participants! We have very limited enrollment and are maxing out this meeting to no more than 100 participants. That means you will have greater access to course experts AND have a better chance to meet and connect with peers! Get more out of your training budget by counting for more at the Gathering of Technicians!

8. Receive Specialized Training From Leading Experts
Experts from all over the country are flying to Vegas to provide you with the best in technician training in areas like: moulage makeup, audio-video production, manikin hardware and software repair, leadership and communication techniques, medical courses and much more! Get hands on with unique and highly specialized training from leading experts, including manikin representatives from Laerdal, Gaumard and METI.

7. World-Famous Facility
Healthcare Simulation users from as far away as Jordan have come to Las Vegas to tour the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. With 31,000 square feet, this multi-disciplinary multi-institutional healthcare center is a unique facility in the world of Medical Simulation. With 8 staff specializing in clinical skills, IT, audio-video production, manikin technology, surgery, theater and education we have the bases for simulation covered. Come learn which systems we use and why!

6. All Major Manikin Brands will be in Attendance
Many medical simulation centers and labs utilize multiple varieties of manikin brands. Some meetings only cater to a single vendor, making it almost impossible to discuss with colleagues, or learn from experts, about other brands. The Gathering of Technicians is designed to educate technicians about their preferred brand, but while still providing opportunities to discuss and learn about other product lines including METI, Gaumard and Laerdal. Get the most from your training dollars by investing in training from more than one company!

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