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

REGISTER 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!

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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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Asia Pacific Sim Alliance Courses: Upskill your Workforce in Simulation and Immersive Environments

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Upgrade your skills for Workforce development in Simulation and Immersive Environments thanks to the Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance (APSA)! They have recently announced their 2017-2018 Advanced Master Class Professional Development Program Series.

About the APSA Sim Workshops

Alisha Fisher, Founder and Director of APSA, shared with HealthySim that this series aims to bring you Simulation Experts from around the world and around the nation to share practical knowledge and address emerging needs in Modelling and Simulation in response to training and development. The content has been developed together with Dr Teresa Crea from the University of Canberra, and Dr Saikou Diallo from Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Centre.

Using real world case studies, and facilitated by experienced practitioners, the program is designed to address both individual and organisational challenges through the presentation of best practice theory, methods and tools.

Their aim is to build a critical mass of people within government and business with the knowledge and skills to enable them to drive sustainable change and improvement in managing complex environments. This multidisciplinary program is for early to mid-level professionals with an interest in the field of simulation and immersive environments, and to meet strong workforce demands from the Asia Pacific region and Australia. There is the opportunity to deliver these Advanced Master Classes in-person within the Asia Pacific region.

2017-2018 Advanced Master Class Listings

FOUNDATIONS: SYSTEMS THEORY

Monday 24 July – Friday 28 July 2017
Sydney, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an introduction to complex problem solving through system thinking and Modelling and Simulation. The unit provides an introduction to systems theory and its basic principles. Participants will learn the basics of systems thinking, systems design and architecture frameworks and system modelling paradigms. Participants will also receive hands on training in how to model, simulate and analyse complex systems using top down and bottom-up approaches to modelling systems. In particular, the unit will cover the basic paradigms of Modelling and Simulation including Agent-based Modelling, System Dynamics and Discrete Event Simulation. Throughout the week, participants will develop, build and implement a series of models in different simulation languages and learn how to use the most appropriate paradigm for their problem.

SIMULATION MANAGEMENT: SYSTEMS AND PEOPLE – PART A 

Wednesday 20 September – Thursday 21 September 2017
Canberra, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an overview of the organisational, business, systems and people requirements in the development, procurement and management of a simulation operation and lifecycle. Participants will learn knowledge to make better and more informed decisions as managers and operational leads. This unit takes a holistic approach by focussing on the needs and cost benefit analysis for procurement including determining capability requirements, resource allocation, assessing budget and financial risk. Participants will learn how to develop a simulation business proposal and gain an insight into contracting, governance and compliance requirements. The unit will focus on the human dimensions of project and people management, including stakeholder relationships, monitoring performance and deliverables, risk and task management, establishing teams, workplace culture and protocols.

SIMULATION AS INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTATION – PART A 

Tuesday 12 December – Thursday 14 December 2017
Canberra, Australia

This Advanced Master Class develops an understanding on the role of simulation in supporting innovation and experimentation. This unit will cover the use of simulation for brainstorming, rapid prototyping and problem-solving, in conjunction with the impact of next generation technologies on the diverse simulation modalities and applications. Participants will be given an overview of the innovation cycle from ideation to commercialisation. Participants will be become conversant with creative thinking, brainstorming and facilitation techniques such as design thinking to encourage lateral and creative approaches to the problem space. They will investigate approaches to experimental research design together with how and where simulation can be utilised to test or model outcomes. This will take place alongside industry briefings and site visits to give participants direct experience of emerging platforms and next generation technologies. This unit will include an understanding on the history and background of popular emerging technologies such as AI , VR, AR, MR and some of their inherent challenges.

ANALYSIS FOR MODELLING AND SIMULATION
 
Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January 2018
Canberra, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an introduction to design of experiments, statistics for simulation including qualitative and quantitative analysis. Participants will be provided with techniques for standards, verification and validation.

SIMULATION PEDAGOGY AND EDUCATION – PART A

Tuesday 6 February – Thursday 8 February 2018
Melbourne, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an introduction to instructional strategies for experiential and simulation based learning processes. Participants will learn how to comprehend the essentials of simulation as a learning technology. This unit focusses on the differences and distinctive requirements for teacher-learner transactions in simulated and action based learning modalities. It will highlight implementation strategies, assessment methods, in addition to the function of feedback, reflection, debriefing, and evaluation. Special consideration is also given to adult workforce training needs together with criteria for establishing goals in personalised or team learning situations, including online, virtual, live and/or blended.

International Event: 1ST ASIA PACIFIC SIMULATION AND AVR CONFERENCE
 
Wednesday 18 October – Thursday 19 October 2017
Seoul, South Korea

The Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance (APSA) together with the Korea Training Systems Association (KTSA) and the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA), are promoting the application of simulation, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies in defense and civil domains. Exchange the latest information and knowledge among relevant users and developers, at the upcoming Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) from in Seoul, South Korea.

Learn more about these courses and the APSA organization on their website!

El Paso EMT Students Receive Grant for Simulated Ambulance

EPCC EMT Students have New Tool for Simulated Training, Echoing Real-Life Experience

Has your EMS program considered a simulated ambulance? We’ve heard of sponsored vehicles and this awesome classroom simulated environment. My only question is — does it move and vibrate like a real ambulance? The El Paso Herald recently reported on the grant purchase of one such classroom simulator: El Paso Community College (EPCC) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic students have a new tool for “real-life” training.

As part of a $123,000 grant from the Texas Association of Community Colleges– Texas Success Center, EPCC has installed a $40,000 state-of- the-art Ambulance Simulator in its classrooms at the Mission del Paso Campus. “The EMT and Paramedic program is required to train and educate students in a variety of lifesaving treatments and assessment techniques,” said Tony Ayub, Program Coordinator Emergency Medical Services Paramedic. “Simulation has been used successfully in a variety of healthcare related training programs as it allows students to practice and test in a realistic environment.” Practice with “real-life” simulators enriches the student’s training experience.

Accreditation entities recognize and allow the use of medium and high fidelity simulation for clinical training. Paramedic student Kenya Martinez says the simulator training really enhances the program, “I like to help people; I know I can make a difference in their lives.” Ambulance simulators allow the student to practice treatment of critical patients while in transport with all of the restrictions that are associated with working in small, enclosed environments.


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Pocket Nurse Distributes New VR Training System from VES | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2017 HealthySimulation.com interviewed Virtual Education Systems at the Pocket Nurse booth to learn more about their VR task trainer that utilizes HTC Vive technology. Watch the video interview below to see this awesome technology in action!

Train Better in VR Simulated Environments

Now with VES VR training systems, new nurses can train with interactive patients in-hospital simulations making critical decisions in real-time. Whether it is clinical training or refreshing skills, healthcare professionals can train in realistic game based scenarios developing competencies that save lives. VES technology allows educators to integrate cases quickly and easily, creating a simple to understand case builder that is web-based was a top priority from the beginning.

VES VR Training Provides:

  • Experiential Learning: Interactive cases that teach through experience and repetition
  • Multi-Platforms: Virtual reality, web, and mobile
  • Learning Management Integration: Deploy through any LMS Assess learning autonomously on an individual or group level
  • Competency Assessment: VES-Case Builder Create custom cases suited to the individual needs of your establishment
  • Debriefing: Each case generates a log of time and decisions, along with downloadable PDF
  • 24/7: Virtual patient cases can be taken any time anywhere
  • Simulates Physiological Responses: Accurate virtual patients respond correctly to treatments
  • Cost Effective: Individual training below current evaluation and training methods

Learn more at the Pocket Nurse website today!

University of Nebraska Medical Center Breaks Ground on $119M Davis Global Simulation and Training Center

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What wonderful news for the University of Nebraska healthcare program! On Monday, the University of Nebraska Medical Center held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a planned health care simulation center that will change education of students in the health professions, as well as practicing health professionals in Nebraska. The $118.9 million center, called the Dr. Edwin Davis & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning — Davis Global Center for short – will transform health care education at UNMC. The center is scheduled to open in September 2018.

As aviation simulation changed the flight industry – health care simulation will propel the training of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals into the next generation with emerging virtual and augmented reality. UNMC’s goal? To provide the highest quality of patient care and safety to improve human performance and effectiveness in health care.

The multi-level Davis Global Center at 42nd and Emile Streets in Omaha will:

  • Result in new and relevant learning methods, including the creation of 3-D/Virtual and Augmented Reality content, clinical and surgical training modules, research and development opportunities, and interprofessional learning.
  • Feature such state-of-the art technology as the iEXCEL Helix – a unique extended 280-degree curved screen creating a 2-D/3-D immersive environment; the first-of-its-kind laser-based 3-D iSpace – a five-sided virtual immersive reality environment; and a 130-seat holographic theater.
  • Form the hub of a statewide network of interconnected simulation centers for the professional development of health care providers across the state.
  • Collaborate with industry to provide new research and development opportunities.
  • Contribute to workforce development and economic growth for Nebraska, creating up to 325 well-paying jobs.
  • Generate an annual economic impact in Nebraska of approximately $40 million (Tripp Umbach study).
  • Offer specialized training opportunities in simulation technology and 3-D/Virtual and Augmented Reality content development.

The nearly 192,000-gross-square-foot center has been developed to help transform health care education from the traditional lecture-based model to embrace more “hands-on” engagement that addresses skills competencies, including teamwork. Studies show that experiential learning yields greater retention than lectures, as well as improves proficiencies. As a result, the traditional “See one, Do one, Teach one,” model will be supplemented with human patient simulators; surgical simulation; and interactive visualization technology such as head-mounted displays; 2-D interactive, touch-screen learning walls; and 3-D and Virtual Immersive Reality (VIR) environments. “Incorporating experiential learning into the curriculum is important,” said UNMC student Cindy Chou, who will graduate in May with her M.D., Ph.D. “Studies have shown that with traditional lectures, there is about a 5 percent retention rate of knowledge, whereas if you have hands-on practice or immediate application, it increases the rate up to 90 percent. So, in that sense, we really need to be doing more active learning and more practicing.”

Learn more about this wonderful new center on the UNMC website!

 


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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!

University of Washington Gains Media Attention Over Production of Next-Gen Combat Training Manikin

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Our good friend Troy E. Reihsen, Director of the Human and Artificial Tissue Labs at the Department of Surgery of the University of Washington’s WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) write in to share some awesome recent coverage the program has received from regional news outlets. Working alongside the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) the WISH team have been working on new innovative projects in medical simulation.
Are you launching a new simulation program, product or service? Read our comprehensive guide on how to gain more media attention to your healthcare simulation program to expand your marketing footprint!
The University of Washington’s premiere simulation training facility for healthcare education serving the WWAMI region. WISH connects over 30 departments and programs throughout UW Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Physician’s Assistant Training Program.
1. Next Gen Manikins at UW Medicine Can Help Prep Combat Medics – Dr. Robert Sweet is the Director of the Simulation Lab at UW Medicine and has been leading the charge with the efforts to obtain the grant from the Department of Defense. He is looking forward to what the newest mannequin will be able to do to provide combat medics with real life scenarios. “Historically we haven’t had a lot of investment in simulation systems for training and now is a time when they are starting to invest,” Dr. Sweet said. “There’s a great interest.” This is a joint effort by the University of Washington, UW Medicine, the University of Minnesota, and the Department of Defense. Reihsen is excited about the potential. “We know that when we move better-trained health care providers to the front lines, we have better survivability. So there definitely needs to be more training and we need a model like this to support the training,” Reihsen said.
 
2. Josh Kerns UW WISH on Kiro Radio – The Ron and Don Show Covers the WISH Simulation Program
3. UW Creating Next-Gen Manikins with to Train Battlefield Medics – Sweet and UW researchers are creating mannequin skin that’s warm to the touch, tongues moist with fake saliva, arms that reveal layers of fat when cut open, animatronic legs and more. By 2019 they expect to have a lifelike mannequin that looks and bleeds like a real soldier. And their technology may help the military move away from training its medics on live animals, a controversial practice that’s involved wounding and killing pigs and goats. “The practice itself is very much alive. That’s not to say we haven’t made progress,” said Shalin Gala of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Named for Frankenstein, the Frank mannequin was built by Sweet and his team from parts created by three companies specializing in different areas — neck, torso, limbs — of medical mannequin training.
 Obviously we are excited to learn more about these new manikins, visit the UW WISH website for more!

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Active Shooter Moulage Training Program and Kits Now Available from MoulageConcepts + Upcoming Training Dates

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Our great friends at MoulageConcepts recently launched a new active shooter training program along with specialized moulage build kit. MoulageConcepts founder Bobbie Merica is a world renown expert in healthcare simulation resources, and has written the most comprehensive moulage recipe book on the market… read our review of her book Medical Moulage here!

Upcoming Moulage Trainings:

  • Medical – Trauma Moulage Workshop Fayette MO. June 8-9, 2017
  • All Hazards/Medical Moulage Workshop Nokesville VA. May 18-19, 2017
  • All Hazards Trauma Moulage Workshop Pomona CA. June 29, 2017
  • All Hazards/Medical Moulage Workshop Folsom CA. July 20-21, 2017

More than just a moulage company, MoulageConcepts provides interactive training workshops are designed to enhance realism, scenario staging, and hazard identification. This intensive, hands-on, 16-hour workshop is regularly presented in a multi-level learner approach including:

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced moulage development
  • Scenario Staging
  • Sensory Engagement
  • Core STEPS and Technique
  • Accessory Moulage & Layering
  • Wound Customization
  • Time and Budget Saving Options

These two-day workshops are developed to save you time and money upfront, exceeding your training needs, wound for wound, as an industry standard.

Active Shooter Program and Moulage Kit

As the industry leader, MoulageConcepts understands the complexities of creating interactive training that meet your safety-preparedness needs. With an extensive knowledge of moulage wound development and scenario staging, Moulage Concepts provides a unique combination of simulation expertise to strengthen training performance, participant retention, and risk reduction. Working with both simulator and standardized patients, they provide measurable training options to meet your industry requirements.

The Active Shooter/Mass Casualty (AS/MCI) Moulage & Training Kit was developed to assist you in preparing for Active Shooter Incident Response. Including moulage specific to wound identification and treatment, this multi-training kit enables team practice of rapid assessment, airway management, and hemorrhagic response- with focused training realism and incident standardization. Utilizing interactive wounds that are quick, cost effective and most importantly, convincing- MoulageConcepts provides the visual and olfactory realism required in developing an effective Emergency Operations Response with multi-skin tones.

 

Learn more about these workshops, programs and kits on the MoulageConcepts website!

VimedixAR from CAE Healthcare Uses Microsoft Hololens for Futuristic Ultrasound Training

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During our IMSH 2017 “favorite products” recap I shared about my first look at the Augmented Reality version of CAE Healthcare’s Vimedix Ultrasound simulator. The CAE VimedixVR ultrasound simulator leaps to life with the Microsoft HoloLens module. Freed from the limits of a two-dimensional environment inside a monitor, users can display, enlarge, turn, and rotate realistic-looking anatomical parts, or command them to return into the manikin body. Learners engage in augmented reality to view the inter-relatedness of internal structures, and witness (in real time) the ultrasound beam as it cuts through human anatomy. CAE representatives explained to me that that you can “gather your learners for a shared, immersive experience that will inform and delight as our HoloLens-based solutions will inspire deeper understanding from the start, and awaken their imaginations to better treatments and tools to improve patient care.”

This video is one of a great series you can check out on CAE Healthcare’s Vimeo page!

More from CAE about the Hololens

“We are on the cusp of a new frontier in simulation for healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “Augmented and virtual reality can accelerate learning and provide shared training experiences in a more immersive and engaging clinical learning environment. Our engineering team is just beginning to explore possibilities with the Microsoft HoloLens, and we look forward to offering it as a key training solutions technology to our industry partners.”

The CAE Healthcare team has already begun to develop training prototypes with the medical device industry that incorporate the Microsoft HoloLens and are expected to accelerate professional  education for new technologies.  With CAE Healthcare’s virtual views of human anatomy and the Microsoft HoloLens, physicians will be able to practice placing cardiac devices or implants with speed and precision before they perform procedures on real patients.

“At Microsoft our goal with HoloLens and mixed reality is to help customers visualize and interact with 3D content in ways that offer new possibilities for creation, collaboration and consumption of information,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences. “It is inspiring to see how CAE is integrating HoloLens into its healthcare simulation portfolio, and we are excited about the opportunities mixed reality presents to revolutionize the future of patient education and training through the use of holographic computing.”

The “aha” moment for me was being able to see my device insertion past the physical walls of the anatomy. Now I can see exactly what was happening outside AND inside the body at the same time! Genius!

Learn more and sign up for future updates about CAE Healthcare Hololens products here!

Sports Training Demonstrates Future Use of VR in Healthcare Simulation

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The potential of VR is unlimited when it comes to hand-eye coordination. Identification and initial action will be huge opportunities with the immersive technology. Imagine being able to train residents from 5 different countries in an OR procedure at the same time, or train doctors in a new skill based off emerging technology that no one has ever used before, or having a new nursing student do patient safety assessment without the need for a million dollar sim lab room? All of these things and more will be possible through the advancement of VR training platforms.

Over on UploadVR.com they recently interviewed the Clemson Football coach, on how they are already using VR to help players identify a blitz:

“I didn’t know what to expect early on from (the VR), but it’s been great for us,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says. “We’ve learned how to maximize the efficiency of it. Deshaun might go through yesterday’s blitz script. (Linebacker) Ben Boulware can go in and practice without having to practice. Sometimes a guy who is hurt can still get mental reps. There’s just so many uses for it. It’s been a great teaching tool.”

While the NFL may be welcoming a QB partially molded by VR, it’s not known if he’ll continue to utilize it with his next team. Clemson, however, is already grooming Watson’s successor by having him split time meeting with his QB coach and going through concepts in VR. Though the value of physical talent won’t be diminishing, it’s going to be interesting to see how a generation of players sharpened by VR do over time.

The NFL is reportable using VR to help refs make the best calls:

In statements made while interviewing with BizTech, the NFL’s SVP, Chief Information Officer Michelle McKenna-Doyle stated the the league was “in the early phases of developing VR training materials for referees”. The NFL has already fostered a relationship with VR companies via concussion recognition, various film and video series, and post-game coverage, so it makes perfect sense to bring it to officiating as well.

Emulating the angles and slow motion clips that referees get access to during replay review in live games shouldn’t be an issue for virtual reality, but hopefully the VR simulations will be detailed enough that refs can watch plays unfold in natural game speed with enough definition to notice things a bit better. It’s tough to imagine this tech being efficient while officials are still part-time, but hopefully this technology will find a home within the league.

Sports franchises are always investigating the use of latest technologies to gain a leg up on the competition, and are thus much faster at adopting new technologies — so certainly healthcare simulation champions should look into the sports industry from time to time to see what is sticking — because it will soon be on our doorstep!

Read these stories on UploadVr!