A Sim Tech Shares Why You Should Come to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA

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Simulation Operator Rachel Bailey  recently shared with the simulation community why she suggests attending SimGHOSTS.


There is still time to register for the 2017 USA Event
Next month at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC August 1st-4th

From Rachel: SimGHOSTS is a community of hard working technicians that adapt to any environment given to them.    As technicians we work over 8 hours a day, and when we are not working, we are thinking about what we can do better in the simulation community.  We volunteer for projects, we come in early and stay late.  You have to love the job in order to stay in the field.  The hours we work and the constant struggle to ensure things operate well, can weigh heavily.  Sometimes we are in a no- win situation but it never prevents us from thinking of how to improve simulations for educators and learners.


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Being a sim tech is not the easiest job, nor the most rewarding, we do the job because we love it.  The demand of the job can leave us discouraged and burnt out, but when August comes around, we get to meet with people that are just like us and experience the same highs and lows of simulation operations.  I have attended several SimGHOSTS conferences, I get the pleasure of meeting new technicians, hearing their ideas, and seeing there fabrications.  The passion of this community is something to experience.  It is not about where you went to college, it is not about who you know, this conference is strictly about the job that we all love.

A fellow sim tech stated her experience at SimGHOSTS, as her “date night” with her job.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  This conference is more than educational, it is empowering.  When I thought I could not take one more reminder of what didn’t work , or how much time I spend at my job, that a select few really understand, I go to SimGHOSTS as a reminder that I really love what I do, and I love the community I am involved in.  I have attended SimGHOSTS as a presenter and a participant, and the community is the most inquisitive, intelligent, and involved in simulation technology that I have ever experienced.  People are proud and willing to share ideas and projects.  Every time I attend I am empowered to do my job for another year.

Whether you are tech, educator, coordinator, or director, the education you receive at SimGHOSTS is as unique as the people sharing what they have learned.  If you haven’t been to a conference, I urge you to try to persuade your leadership to invest in your education and your professional development.  See you in Carolina!

Learn more about joining Rachel at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA this Aug. 1-4!


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Simulation Track Featured at Leaping Forward Oncology Lisbon 2017 Conference

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Our friend Filipe Costa, Diretor do Centro de Gestão- Oncologia Hospital da Luz in Portugal, recently shared about the simulation track taking place at the 2017 Leaping Forward Clinical Congress May 9th-13th in Lisbon:

Cancer is expected to be the leading cause of death in developed countries, considering the increase in life expectancy. On the other hand, due to better treatment results, the number of cancer survivors is also increasing. From 9 to 13 May 2017, Hospital da Luz will host the Leaping Forward Oncology – International Clinical Congress, taking place in Lisbon, at Centro Cultural de Belém. The event will gather many of the most renowned world experts in the field, to discuss and debate topics in disease-oriented sessions on gastrointestinal, lung, breast, urologic, gynecologic, hematology and central nervous system cancers.

These will be complemented by additional sessions dedicated to more transversal topics, such as Cancer Immunotherapy, Palliative Care, Cardio-Oncology, Diet and Cancer, Nursing in Oncology, and Simulation. A few afternoon sessions dedicated to Robotic Surgery, Interventional Radiology, and Endoscopy will provide hands-on experience. Hospital da Luz network is managed by Luz Saúde, one of the largest private healthcare groups in Portugal. The Leaping Forward Oncology – International Clinical Congress reflects our commitment to excellence and innovation in Medicine. Above all, it will be an ideal forum where participants can share knowledge and experience, concerning the best practice and innovative solutions in the field of Oncology.

SIMULATION IN ONCOLOGY TRACK

02:15 PM Opening & registration
02:30 PM Welcome and introduction Francisca Leite [PT] | Rui Maio [PT]
02:45 PM Innovation in Biomedical education Madalena Patrício [PT]
03:15 PM Educational technology and innovations to training and patient care using simulation Fernando Bello [UK]
03:45 PM Pro-con debate: the impact of simulation on translational patient outcomes Pro: William Mcgaghie [US] TBC Con: Nuno Freitas [PT]
04:15 PM F1 tech in the outside world – How Williams’s pit perfection can improve healthcare teams Gemma Fisher [UK] TBC
04:45 PM Coffee Break 05:15 PM Cancer and the medical simulation center – The MD Anderson´s experience Gregory Botz [US]
05:45 PM Post simulation era in medicine Richard Satava [US]
06:15 PM Closing remarks

Learn more about the Congress on the Leaping Forward Website!

SimGHOSTS Opens Early-Bird Registration for August Sim Technology Training Event at WakeMed Raleigh

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SimGHOSTS 2017 USA has opened early-bird registration!

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

Early Bird Registration ENDS July 1st!
Early-Bird (April 3rd – July 1st): $473
Standard (July 1st – August 2nd): $597

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” which will be operating its seventh year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2017 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in:

  • Manikin hardware repair and software programming
  • Audiovisual equipment debugging
  • IT networking and infrastructures
  • Moulage makeup
  • Team communication & leadership techniques
  • Medical physiology
  • And much more.

You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

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

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.

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!

Secure your early-bird pass today to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!


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Final Deadline for SimGHOSTS USA Abstract Submission is TODAY by 12PM Pacific!

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Today is the day to submit your abstracts for SimGHOSTS USA 2017!
Accepted presentations provide a $50 discount for lead presenter’s registration!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is TODAY BY 12pm PST!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:

  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

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

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!

Update: Abstract Deadline PUSHED for SimGHOSTS USA to March 7th!

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UPDATE! The deadline has been extended until March 7th for USA! SimGHOSTS @ SESAM Paris is closed!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is *UPDATE* now March 7th!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

Submit Your SimGHOSTS Track @ SESAM Paris Here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:

  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

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

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!


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Basic Simulation Specialist Training from Jump Simulation in Chicago March 31st

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The always innovative Jump Simulation center has partnered with Chicago-based healthcare startup incubator MATTER to offer a 1-day “intro to healthcare simulation operations”. Jump Trading Simulation Center in Peoria IL was the 2016 host of the SimGHOSTS USA conference and is creating additional opportunities for regional healthcare programs to better learn how to operate simulation based technologies.

Date & Time: Friday, March 31st 8am-4pm
Location: MATTER (Healthcare Startup Incubator) in Chicago, IL
Cost: $395.00
Capacity: 15
Instructor: Kristi Sanders

Jump Simulation’s one-day course is an introduction to healthcare simulation from an operational standpoint. The training program is designed to provide hands on learning to plan, prepare, and execute a simulation event. Topics for the course include:

  • Simulation center technology
  • Simulation terminology
  • Supporting faculty and courses
  • Calendar management
  • Basic Laerdal manikin assembly
  • Basic Laerdal manikin troubleshooting
  • Running the Simulation
  • And activities required post simulation

What is MATTER?

MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. We are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER we are all hungry for change, and we’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.

About Jump

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) is an incubator where collaboration and innovation lead the transformation of health care worldwide. Jump programs and objectives are key to improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of care for community members across the region. A collaboration between OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), Jump advances the Missions of both organizations.

Register for this workshop here!

3D Digital Continuity is the Future of Healthcare Education

3-D Digital Continuity Is the Future of Human Health

Sim champions it won’t be long before the entire healthcare industry is surronded by 3D Animation! We already know that designing and testing devices using 3D physical simulation is a key part of developing a commercial product. Slowly we are convincing the world that simulating and testing healthcare providers will become a key part of developing a more effictive healthcare system. Imagine watching in real-time, the human patient’s case as it developed — in 3D on the wall during diagnosis. With faster computers like IBM’s Watson — its only a matter of time! Check out the use of animation from a recent Medical Device Summit:

Steve Levine reports on The Living Heart Project which enables realistic simulation. At a time when the industry is facing some of its toughest challenges, more than 200 regulators, engineers, and healthcare leaders came together in Chicago at the American Medical Device (AMD) Summit in October, to discuss the state of the medical device industry and focus on opportunities to accelerate innovation, with increased predictability and profitability. From a regulatory, patient and payer perspective, medical device business models are changing, creating an environment that has rendered sustainable innovation elusive for many medical device companies seeking to grow their top line as well as bottom line.

These shifts in the marketplace are pressuring the balancing act between corporate efficiency, time to market, and predictable patient outcomes. It has raised an essential question for the future of the medical device industry—how to restructure to remain competitive and compliant while simultaneously meeting the needs of the patient, provider, and enterprise? The healthcare industry is finding answers in an unlikely place, by turning to a resource traditionally associated with more traditional manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace.

You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

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Chris Merritt, recently wrote an article for McKnights News on the evolution of healthcare education through modern day technologies — which should be forwarded along to simulation discomfiters, or naysayers, in your simulation program! Chris theorizes that online gaming is the future of healthcare education!

The rapid advancements in technology continuously impact our lives on a daily basis and each new week brings a critical update to our attention. This has significantly changed the ways in which we receive and process information such as current events, the daily news, industry updates, association content, medical journals and even our educational materials. You do not need to look any further than a grade-school classroom in which personal tablets have replaced pencil and paper for our youngest generation. This transformation has occurred not because it is the cheapest alternative, in fact this migration can often times be more expensive on the front-end.

We are changing our educational delivery mechanisms due to improved learner experience, retention and overall knowledge outcomes. A 2008 study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reported that a great lecture can improve learning outcomes by 17%, while switching to a different delivery mechanism such as serious gaming can improve learning outcomes by 108%.

Many have acknowledged the explicit need for our healthcare professionals to have a safe environment in which to practice, make mistakes and increase their proficiency in the many critical decisions they make on a daily basis without putting a patient at risk. A 2015 study in The Journal of Clinical Nursing reported in 2015 that, “Finding a new platform to allow all nurses to practice difficult clinical decisions is key. A virtual immersive environment…can provide simulation for nurses to practice making such difficult decisions.”

The evidence is present that these online simulations increase learner engagement and retention while also resulting in improved patient outcomes and a positive impact on healthcare economics. One chronic disease specific online simulation called SiMCare Diabetes has published data which reports: improved glycemic control in patients with A1C >7%, a 60% reduction in the prescription of contraindicated medication and reduced cost by $71 per patient versus those professionals that did not train with the simulation.

Advances in medical education, clinical content, guidelines and standards of care now have a new and improved medium for dissemination. Online training simulations and educational games are continually updated in real-time and given the nature of the platform, content can be rapidly deployed around the globe with the click of a button.

Healthcare IT News Covers Growing Use of Healthcare Simulation Technology

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Stephen Burrows, Chair & Program Director of Healthcare Information Systems at Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, once reflected on the growing use of healthcare simulation technology in Healthcare on HealthcareITNews.com. How does your healthcare IT department interact with your simulation program?

With an explosion of technology in simulation, the opportunity to teach healthcare students has almost limitless boundaries.  At the heart of simulation in healthcare is the human patient simulator (HPS). In 1969, Abrahamson, Denson, and Wolf wrote about the ‘Effectiveness of a simulator in training anesthesiology residents’ and the use of patient simulators (Journal of Medical Education) to train physician residents. They felt that simulation held much promise and, from their findings, it would provide “a significant time saving in training” and that “anesthesiology residents might be expected to achieve this level of professional competence in a saving of 22 days over a period of 77 days.”

Today’s patient simulators are significantly more advanced. Most of them can blink, breathe, cry, sweat, and have a heartbeat and pulse. When hooked up to monitors, they can even display vital signs. With some customization by the faculty the ‘patient’ can exhibit any number of cardiac arrhythmias. The technology can even mimic virtually every major bodily function. Using different scenarios, students can experience a range of events from physical examination to major trauma. The simulator even recognizes injected medications via RFID and responds with appropriate vital signs. This is a particularly helpful (and safe) way to demonstrate a reaction to the wrong medication being given by the student.

Read the Full HealthcareITnews.com Article here!

SESAM Lisbon 2016 Day 2 Updates

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Day 1 Recap can be found here.

SESAM’s Clinical Simulation Conference with Dubai Update

Helen Henderson, Lead Simulation Educator from the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center in Dubai Healthcare City provided an update about the 3 year partnership between SESAM and the Dubai based simulation center for simulation conferences. Helen shared details about the past 3 years of events and invited attendees to the International Medical Education Conference in Dubai at the newly renamed Mohammad Bin Rashid Medical University March 2nd – 4th 2017, with the tagline “Health Professional Education in an Interconnected World”.

Plenary Address by Faizal Haji

Following this, Faizal A. Haji provided the presentation “Promises and pitfalls simulation in resource-limited settings”, highlighting updates from the International Pediatric Society in Simulation’s work to develop simulation training support for the African country of Malawi. Malawi, with a population of about 15 million only has about 1/3 of the health workforce it needs to serve its citizens. IPSS has been working with the Malawi Ministry of Health in 2013, starting with a needs assessment of the clinical training services available to healthcare professionals within the country using field notes, key interviews, site visits, and simulation demonstrations. When the number of healthcare professionals was increased, clinical training was reduced because of a lack of faculty — and the quality of providers drastically decreased over the past 10 years. The team investigated the use of telesimulation training to provide education across long distances live with visual aids. While the training programs worked, there was still a need to provide hands-on training but the time to receive such training was extremely limited. While resources such as simulation technology are available (through donations), but because of the limited clinical faculty training was rare.

Faizal highlighted the research article “Development of a simulation and skills centre in east Africa: a Rwandan – Canadian partnership” which succeeded because of:

  1. Long-term partnership
  2. Identification of need for dedicated funding for space/staff
  3. locally driven curriculum
  4. Ongoing mentorship beyond the initial train-the-trainers program.

Faizal concluded by reminding us that we need to be understanding of the health systems we are building simulation programs for, and that we are absolutely able to address high level system issues with low resource simulations to then do focused programatic training in key issue areas.

  • Partnerships make the project work
  • Context matters and educational interventions don’t exist in vaccuum
  • Process matters: how you implement training is just as important to consider as the content itself
  • Bad Habits are hard to fix so be sure to start training programs strong!

Stay tuned to this article for updates throughout the day, and follow the action on #SESAM2016!