“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”:

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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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Get these tips and more at http://trueplasticsurgery.wordpress.com/

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting Medical Simulation A/V Systems, From CAE Healthcare

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CAE Healthcare just shared “5 Mistakes to Avoid when Installing your AV Debriefing System” on their company blog. Mike Bonner, Team Lead of LearningSpace Operations at CAE Healthcare shares these top 5 tips:

1 – Keep IT in the loop – Woe to the educator who selects and purchases an AV system without consulting IT and facilities staff first. You’ll need to call on both after you buy, whether it’s to establish your networking and backup system or rewire your simulation room with more outlets. They’ll know what questions to ask to ensure a smooth installation.

2 – In fact, involve everyone who is going to use the AV system – Sometimes the people making the purchase decision do not have a clinical perspective of simulation learning. Or in a new building, it may be left to the architect to design the system and make assumptions on their behalf.  Make sure all the future users are around the table.

3– Choose the right camera for the right task – “A camera for suturing is not the right camera for a round table discussion,” says Bonner. “And for team training, you need a camera with a room-centric view.” Consider what you want to record, and choose cameras with higher zoom capabilities for detail work and cameras with wider angles to capture team interaction.

4 – Understand your timeline – Your crackerjack AV team arrives for the big installation day, but your sim room is empty. The furnishings or simulators haven’t arrived, and that’s a problem. Schedule your AV installation after everything is in place so the team can aim each camera properly and show you how to operate your system.

5 – Plan ahead for growth – What types of simulations are you doing now? What will you be doing next year, and what will you be doing in the next five years? Consider multi-purpose rooms. If your AV team understands your plans up front, they might recommend adding additional cameras to allow for more flexibility as your program expands.

Read the full article here, and be sure to check out the CAE Healthcare Blog for more great tips!

Best Practices For Medical Simulation Hiring

When hiring for your healthcare simulation program, finding candidates with direct medical simulation experience is difficult but not impossible. Previously I have written a few articles covering the topic including What To REALLY Look For When Hiring a Sim Tech, New Simulation Program Webinar, and How To Increase Lab Staff Without Increased Budgets, and of course the entire HealthySimAdmin event, to name a few.

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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. No matter how strong the core of your simulation program is, we are talking about a technology and methodology that will continue to evolve and disrupt your training program. Thus, finding individuals who are comfortable with change and go to work everyday looking to “learn something new” will far far better serve your program than someone who a) knows it all or b) cannot deal with continual change.

Finding the right fit for your program should consider experience, but weigh more heavily the fit of the individual into the controlled chaotic world of simulation and your pre-existing team. And to give your program the best opportunity to find the best person, you should consider the serious benefits of working with an outside staffing firm.


Today, Jason Irving from SimStaff, a staffing firm which specifically serves simulation industries, wrote in to HealthySim to share some of the benefits of working with professional hiring specialists.

Why it makes sense to use an external recruitment firm.

More than ever there is increased pressure to work quickly and efficiently. With the advances in technology we have become an “on-demand” society that expects answers and results at short notice. There are pressures from external sources such as shareholders, consumers and partner organizations that then drive internal pressure at board level to hiring managers, internal human resources and recruitment teams. Added to those pressures are the increased workload many employees have undertaken since the great recession and there is very little time for hiring managers to actively recruit new employees. Even internal recruitment teams are typically stretched working on multiple assignments that allow very little time for proactive recruitment. Many internal recruiters are so busy they are only able to “post and pray” – an industry term for posting jobs and hoping they are seen by a wide enough audience to attract the right candidates.

These scenarios make it necessary to use external “third party” recruitment firms who are engaged to find suitable candidates. Recruitment / Staffing firms’ entire business model is designed to find the right people for clients – often at very short notice. A typical assignment is initiated when all other internal methods to find candidates has proven unsuccessful and there is an immediate need to hire someone to fill an empty “seat” or a program is unable to start without the key employee.

Reduce risk and Save costs

Utilize an external firm to ensure your hiring managers are productive. A well briefed recruiter should be expected to produce no more than 2 or 3 highly qualified candidates for review. Eliminate unnecessary downtime for your management team!

Utilize an external firm who has to the ability to increase time to hire – making sure your product/ service is delivered and you are not missing other opportunities!

Utilize guarantees! A reputable firm will give guarantees with any hire and replace a hire if necessary – something you can ill afford to do. If they can’t replace they will also give you your money back!

Reduce potential cost and risk by using temp to hire opportunities. You can trial a temp before you make a long term commitment.

Jason also shared these Top Ten Tips for Hiring in Simulation:

10 Tips for successfully using an external / third party recruiter:

1) Develop a partnership with a firm who understands your short and long term needs.

2) Choose a firm that has a systematic process and a proven track record in your niche

3) Describe your potential hiring needs so your partner can continuously identify candidates.

4) When you are hiring – don’t leave it to the last minute – engage early for best results.

5) Describe the outcomes / key indicators you want from the role – don’t just copy and paste the last job description.

6) Agree on how you want to proceed and set expectations.

7) Once you see resumes give quick and detailed feedback on non selected candidates.

8) Give specific post interview feedback that helps candidates and your external recruiters.

9) If you amend the Job Description tell your external recruiter so they can be effective.

10) Treat the recruiter as your partner – they will be more vested in your needs.

To Get Help With Your Simulation Staff Hiring

You can learn more about these hiring support opportunities by visiting the SimStaff website and by contacting Jason Irving via Email. Lastly, be sure to visit the HealthySim Job Listing’s Page to see what’s out there or to post your open medical simulation vacancies.

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Great Resources for Medical Simulation Technicians

There are several great resources available online for Simulation Technicians (or those responsible for operating and maintaining a simulation lab).  Be sure to check them all out:

  • iSimTech.org – A new forums board dedicated to Simulation Technicians.
  • BehindtheSimCurtain.com – A Wiki dedicated to sharing tips and tricks about Simulation Technology.
  • HealthySimulation.com – A resource website for healthcare simulation industry news, including tips, tutorials and product reviews.
  • Games & Simulation for Healthcare – WISC portal and network to meet the needs of clinicians, researchers and educators in the healthcare community who want to integrate games and simulation into their scholarship and patient care strategy.
  • Clinical Playground Blog – A nexus of academic and industry collaboration focusing on the use of simulation and game-based learning for health sciences, public safety, and science education.
  • UNE Sim Log – Great Sim Tech blog from the University of New England’s Simulation Labs.

Have another great resource? Email Lance to share it with the community!

2010 Healthcare Simulation Article Review:

Hey Sim Champs!

I have summarized the key articles of 2010 so that all you new members can catch up on all the best from HealthySimulation.com!

To make sure you don’t miss any amazing articles for 2011, be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter – highlighting all the best from HealthySimulation.com!

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10 Myths About Technology

Hi all!

Saw this great article on cnet about some key myths about technology and wanted to share with Sim Champs like yourself!

Here’s a little snippet:

Turning a computer on and off regularly is bad for it

Another myth I heard when I canvassed my social networks was that a computer can be damaged over time by being regularly turned on and off.

In fact, said the Geek Squad’s Matos, it’s specifically recommended that you do power your machine off on a daily basis, for example at the end of each work day.

According to Matos, “Every computer needs its rest time,” in part to be sure that if you’re away from it and there are power fluctuations or surges, it isn’t damaged by them.

As well, he said, it’s recommended that if you’re going to be away from your computer for small periods of time, you let it go to sleep while you’re gone. But in any case, he said, a regular on/off pattern is definitely good for the computer, not bad.

Read more at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20026047-52.html

Sim Lab Video Orientation Production Tutorial Part 2 !

Hey Sim Champs!

Here it is, the second online tutorial for creating your Sim Lab Video Orientation, or ANY video production you are planning for your Sim Lab (like a promotional or training video).  This video covers all the tips and tricks of production I learned from my years of experience working in Hollywood!

I have also created a Production Guide that summarizes all of the tips discussed in the above video, plus answers  all of the SPECIFIC questions that I received after posting the first video.

Click here to download the Healthy Simulation Production Guide.

Although I will post the content of the guide in the remainder of this post, feel free to download this guide now for later use as it covers all the basics for Sim Lab Video Productions! The Production Guide also includes the Sim Lab Video Orientation Outline, which helps to remind you about all the different areas of a Sim Lab that you should individually shoot to maximize your efforts!

I want to thank everyone for sharing questions and comments last week – you really helped me make this the best guide it could be!  Enjoy and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

Didn’t see Part 1? Click here to see  the first part of the Video Orientation Tutorial, which explains the benefits of using video and where to look to get your video made for FREE!

Click here to read the production guide

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