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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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


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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!

SESAM 2016 Lisbon Medical Simulation Event Newsletter Update

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

Photo of Lisbon for issue 5

Pre-Conference Workshops

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

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

Highlighting Scientific Content

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

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

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

Social Events

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

Learn more and register for SESAM 2016 here!

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Sim Tech Training Meeting Aug. 6th – 9th at San Antonio College

Join hundreds of Sim Techs this August 6th – 9th, 2013 at San Antonio College, for the 3rd annual “SimGHOSTS” meeting, centrally located in Texas USA!

The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) is an annual hands-on training meeting and online resource center for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists.  Last year over 160 Sim Techs from around the world joined together for three days of hands-on training in simulation programming, manikin hardware repair, trauma moulage, IT debugging, A/V consolidation and much much more!

SimGHOSTS leadership is thrilled to partner the 2013 event with a member of the Alamo College District overtly dedicated to supporting innovation in the field of medical simulation education. “The new 120,000 sq.ft. Nursing and Allied Health Complex at ACC’s San Antonio College provides state-of-the-art clinical environments and teaching labs to support this growing program to an estimated 1,000 students.”

Watch what Sim Techs are saying about the 2012 hands-on training event:

Those interested in presenting at SimGHOSTS 2013 will receive discounted registration! Or are you a medical simulation vendor looking to showcase and/or train Sim Techs in your products and services? Learn more about presenting at SIMGHOSTS 2013, key registration dates, participating vendors and more at the SimGHOSTS 2013 Meeting Page!

East Coast Medical Simulation Methodology Courses @ SUNY Buffalo

Would you like to learn more about teaching using simulation?  The Behling Simulation Center at the University at Buffalo is pleased to announce our 2012 dates for simulation methodology courses!  Each course provides the hands on, practical knowledge you need to provide effective immersive simulations for your students.  Classes are small (8-10 learners each) and provide a mentoring environment for the learner. Download the “Nuts & Bolts Simulation Methodology Course” Overview.

Nuts & Bolts Simulation Training

Nuts and Bolts of Simulation Methodology:
March 14-16, 2012
June 4-6, 2012
August 15-17, 2012
November 14-16, 2012

Fine Tuning Debriefing Skills:
June 7-8, 2012
(Note, you must have either taken a simulation methodology course or actively running and debriefing immersive simulation exercises for at least one year as a pre-requisite for this course).

A more detailed description of the course content, tuition, lodging and on-line registration can be found by following this link: or by calling (716) 829-2467.

The Behling Simulation Center is located at the University at Buffalo in the Academic Health Center servicing the five health professions schools at the University specializing in immersive patient care management simulation with a focus on interprofessional simulation education.  Buffalo can be conveniently reached by air or ground transportation and is located 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, two hours South of the major metropolitan area of Toronto, ON, three hours from Cleveland, OH, and an hour’s flight from most East coast and Mid-west airline hubs.

SUNY hopes to see you in Buffalo!

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3-Day Simulation Methodology Training in Vegas!

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Simulation Training

The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas is hosting quarterly training “3-Day Simulation Methodology” courses. Topics covered by international experts include:

  • Scenario Writing
  • Simulation Facilitation & Operations
  • Simulation Debriefing

Learn more about these November and January training programs at the CSCLV “All in” Course Website!


Hey all,

Interested in following METI’s HPSN Conference in Tampa?  Check out METI’s blog at:

METI HPSN Guest Speaker Erik Wahl

“One of the highlights of the HPSN2011 Plenary Session was guest speaker and artist Erik Wahl. In a fast-paced and inspiring presentation, Erik challenged the HPSN audience to discover their untapped potential using creativity and innovation. Erik wowed the crowd with some spectacular art that he painted live on stage as part of the presentation. The entire HPSN audience responded with a standing ovation.”

Still Time to Register for Meti’s HPSN 2011 & Elsevier Partnership Announcement

Hey all!  There is still time to register and participate in the 2011 HPSN Conference in Tampa, FL – from Feb. 22nd-24th.  This is a free event, and I have been told the conference has been designed to be more of a “user based” engagement rather than demanding a “nursing” or “physician” specific agenda.  Meti’s main website is also promising an announcement about a new partnership with Elsevier.  I look forward to learning more about that!

“Every year, for the last 15 years, a spectacular group of people from all over the world and from every level of healthcare come together to exchange ideas on how to push the envelope of medical simulation to improve learning, competency and ultimately, save lives. HPSN is where the brightest and best leaders, educators, innovators and thinkers in healthcare education gather each year to make meaningful connections for hands-on learning, to share tales of innovation, and to preview the latest simulation technology in an intimate, immersive setting.

At HPSN2011, you’ll find yourself in the company of the doers, makers and thinkers of medical simulation. Let your mind travel a world of ideas in a variety of learning opportunities, whether its specialized training courses, immersive sessions, round-table discussions or lectures. After the sessions, engage with other passionate attendees in critical discussion and problem solving. Here you’ll meet people like you – people who share your vision of integrating simulation to enhance learning and patient care.

And best of all – it’s FREE.”

For more information, check out the HSPN 2011 Website!