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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VirtaMed Shares ‘The Future of Surgical Simulation’ Paper From Dr. Robert Pedowitz

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A great paper on the future of surgical simulation was shared recently from the awesome team at VirtaMed, which was found from a new VirtaMed newsletter the company is launching which is full of great resources for those utilizing surgical simulation.

“There is little doubt that the medical profession stands at a major crossroads with regards to the fundamental structure of surgical education”, writes Professor Emeritus, Dr. Robert A. Pedowitz in his recent paper published in the Journal of Medical Education and Training. Transitioning from centuries old and thoroughly tried training methods is not an easy task, but it is time to move away from the ‘see one, do one’ approach towards proficiency-based education. Watch the video below for a highlight of how surgical simulation is changing traditional medical education:

In his paper, Dr. Pedowitz discusses the current education methods, introduces new solutions from many different providers, and drafts a more efficient and safe future for medical skills training in arthroscopy and other surgical fields.

Get the paper for free on the VirtaMed website today!

Modern Healthcare Covers Growth of Healthcare Simulation Field

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In the most recent addition of Modern Healthcare, the publisher covered the growing field of healthcare simulation with key interviews to help outsiders better understand the benefits of the emerging methodologies and technologies. This is a GREAT article to introduce others to the field of healthcare simulation, so be sure to share this link!

Simulation can save lives and limit patient harm by ensuring physicians young and old alike follow protocols and complete all the necessary steps in order to safely perform a procedure. In a study of 44 final-year medical students in Frankfurt, Germany, students who participated in a three-day simulation-based training course were found to have more thoroughly followed protocols for CPR and a trauma enactment in comparison to students who shadowed emergency physicians for three days. Students trained on simulators scored an average of 90% on their ability to complete steps required on a standard CPR checklist, while the other students scored 62%.

It’s not just students. Another study found that anesthesiologists who engaged in simulation-based training on how to properly wean patients from cardiopulmonary bypass performed better in real-life procedures than those who received traditional interactive seminars. Simulation-trained physicians scored over five percentage points higher when assessed two weeks later by senior staff on their ability to adequately complete necessary steps on a technical checklist. Similar results were shown five weeks after training. Researchers seeking to understand whether simulation could help improve training for ultrasound-guided central venous catheter cannulation found that 51% of simulation-trained residents were successful on the first try of cannulating a patient, as compared with the traditionally trained group’s success rate of 37%, according to a study published in the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Medical malpractice payouts have begun climbing upward since 2012, reaching $3.9 billion in 2016. Connecticut’s payout rate per capita is among the highest in the nation. In hopes of reversing this trend and reducing risk, Connecticut-based Hartford HealthCare sought to improve simulation-based training for obstetricians, who are at a particularly high risk for malpractice suits. The health system’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) developed a simulation-based training program that evaluates physician effectiveness in preventing shoulder dystocia, a high-risk labor complication in which labor is obstructed by the infant’s shoulder. The project utilized technology that measures the amount of force being applied to a simulated baby, eliminating the subjectivity of a doctor-to-doctor evaluation. “Verdicts in the state of Connecticut have been steadily increasing, with some exceeding $20 million,” said CESI Director Stephen Donahue. The device has given physicians more confidence in their abilities, and protected them from preventable risk that can result in lawsuits.

Read the full Modern Healthcare Simulation Article here!


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Simulaids Unveils Industry’s First Patient Communication Simulator ALEX

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Recently we covered the innovative ‘Next Gen Geri’ as seen at IMSH 2017 — but even more recently Simulaids unveiled the industries first “Patient Communication Simulator (PCS)”! Newly launched, ALEX recognizes questions and responds with scripted answers related to his condition allowing simulation educators to use speech synthesis or your own voice for responses. Alex is also the first patient simulator with an HD camera streaming live, low latency video from his right eye. Debrief with a patient point-of-view experience! Check out this video below to see more:

  • Develop critical thinking, decision making and priority setting skills
  • Conduct initial patient assessments and clinical interviews
  • Acquire foundational nursing skills
  • Meet high-level simulation goals
  • Evaluate Nursing competencies in procedures such as injections, IV administration, and wound care
Core Features of Alex:
  • Breathing: Moving chest in sync with set respiratory rate. Set various respiratory profiles with varying depth of breath.
  • Airway: Oral, digital, and nasal intubation, as well as all other standard airway procedures.
  • BVM Ventilation: Rising chest measures and records airflow over time when done during CPR.
  • Circulation: Pulses (carotid x 2, brachial x 2, radial x 2 and pedal x 2): sensing touch and providing pulse sensation in sync with set heart rate and blood pressure.
  • CPR: CPR abilities with metrics of chest compression force/depth and timing. Automatic detection and logging of CPR procedures.
  • IV Injection Arm: Practice intravenous injections and positioning a butterfly catheter. Puncture veins and dorsal venous network of hand.
  • Patient Monitor: Direct control of HR, RR, SpO2 and TEMP to set target value and transition length.
  • Waveforms: Normal and abnormal simulated cardio, respiratory and SpO2 waveforms in virtual patient monitor.
  • Blood Pressure: Measure blood pressure with any sphygmomanometer attached to the included SmartCuff™, equipped with wireless pressure sensor.
  • IRISCAM: An HD camera built into the eye of ALEX, providing digital video for live streaming and recorded review. (patent pending)
  • SPEECH: Advanced speech recognition and speech synthesis to support fully automated medical interviewing exercises. (patent pending)
  • SOUNDS: Listen to normal or various abnormal lung/heart/bowel sounds and Korotkoff sounds using any stethoscope when attached to the included SmartScope™ accessory.

Simulaids began producing trauma moulage products in the town of Woodstock in 1963 and now operates out of an 83,000-square-foot facility in Saugerties New York.

Learn more about Simulaids Innovative Products on their website today!

Sneak Peak — The New HealthySimulation.com Logo

Friends, HealthySimulation.com is working on a new updated website to better serve you with healthcare simulation news and information. Stay tuned for more — but for now, check out our new logo! Thanks for being a medical simulation champion with us!

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3D Systems Announces the Release Latest 3D Virtual Reality Training Module: Simbionix SPINE Mentor

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3DPrint.com just shared about a new Spine training simulator from 3D Systems:

Three years ago, 3D Systems joined the world of virtual reality when it acquired Simbionix, a 3D VR surgical simulation and training company, and it only took a couple of months after the acquisition for 3D Systems to announce a new Simbionix simulation module.

Over the past two years, the company has continued to add new VR simulation modules, like the Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor arthroscopic training simulator , and 3D Systems formed a partnership with CHEST last year to develop a standardized bronchoscopy curriculum with its Simbionix BRONCH Mentor. 3D Systems is committed to delivering top quality innovations in the medical field, from solid-organ scaffolds to 3D printed medical models , and today, it announced a new addition to its comprehensive line of medical simulators, with the release of the Simbionix SPINE Mentor . The hands-on simulated training and practice tool is designed for anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, pain management surgeons, and orthopedic surgeons to train for minimally invasive spine surgeries and procedures.

SPINE Mentor Includes:

  • 3D printed spine, which can be used for accurate palpation
  • Computer and monitor
  • Foot pedal and virtual C-arm, with controllers, which can be manipulated during practice procedures
  • Percutaneous leads
  • Two needles, one syringe, and a loss of resistance sensor upon entering epidural space
  • Realistic puncture pad

Simbionix SPINE Mentor combines a 3D printed spine, medical instruments, and virtually simulated images to create a hybrid platform that will add spinal surgery training to the company’s portfolio. It is far more accurate and realistic than training with cadavers, and was designed to practice with multiple spinal procedures, like the placement of wires and catheters and lumbar puncture; it also helps surgeons boost their confidence before a difficult procedure or surgery.

Global Network for Simulation Healthcare Annual Summit Meeting Brings Together Industry Leadership in Munich

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This week in Munich, Germany over 50 individuals representing more than 30 international organizations and 12 global corporate vendors came together for an annual summit to discuss and strategize for the improvement of the healthcare simulation industry. Member organizations included leading groups such as INACSL, SSH, IPSS, ASPiH, NPSF, NLN, SESAM, and ASPE who joined together with corporate members like Simulab, Laerdal, B-Line Medical, 3D Systems, CAE Healthcare, TellYes, and Simulaids to name a few. Halldale media (Medical Training Magazine) and HealthySimulation.com industry news reporting groups were also in attendance. This collaborative is designed to provide a dedicated space and time for these leading groups to sit down and focus not on their individual events but the global industry as a whole.

The organization presented a prototype of a healthcare simulation toolkit website, designed to help provide a how-to-guide for helping to make the business case for simulation with a searchable database of cases to help provide the evidence and resources necessary to be effective. The membership was enthusiastic about the prototype system and requested the continued developed with the hope for funded support from the commercial groups, with marketing and content creation support from the academic organizations.

Also delivered was a new branding, website, and marketing content by Lance Baily of SimGHOSTS.org & HealthySimulation.com with creative production support from Lynn Welch and Larry Boggs from EMS SimulationIQ as advised by Andy Smith from Halldale Media. This new website will launch next week so stay tuned.

Strategic industry messaging, collaborative partnerships with patient safety and other performance improvement organizations, as well as continued toolkit development content and development plans were the focus of the two and a half day event.

Stay tuned for the new GNSH website!


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Jump Trading Simulation Program Explores Collaborative Relationship with U.S. Air Force

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Jump Simulation, hosts of the 2016 SimGHOSTS USA conference, announced recently that they are actively seeking training opportunities with the U.S Air Force. Such partnerships are crucial for the success of your program, and the field of simulation as a whole!

The reputation of Jump Simulation, a part of OSF Innovation, as being a leader in health care education and training is beginning to expand outside of the medical industry. The facility on the campus of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center recently hosted Brigadier General Lee Payne, the Surgeon General for Air Mobility Command (AMC). AMC is responsible for airlift, air refueling, and all aeromedical evacuation (aka life flight) for the U.S. Air Force. General Payne is the equivalent of a Chief Medical Officer for a health care system as large as OSF HealthCare.

He’s responsible for 12 locations around the world in providing medical benefits and coverage for active duty members, their families and retirees—amounting to about 450,000 people. He oversees more than one billion dollars’ worth of assets and an operating budget worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to delivering superior health care every day, Gen Payne is also responsible for ensuring his teams are able to deploy in a moment’s notice anywhere around the world – often to very challenging post-natural disaster environments General Payne and his team, based out of Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois, requested to visit Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center to see the space, meet the staff behind the innovative work taking place and explore ways the two organizations might collaborate in the future.

“Areas we are looking to explore right now include inviting them to our simulation facilitator course, “ said Don Halpin, Health Care Systems Engineering and Sociotech Innovation Program Manager for Jump Simulation. “They would like to see how we run our sims and how we debrief our learners in the simulation environment. In turn, they are inviting us out to see their simulation system in the Air Force and what they do to get ready for people to deploy to austere environments.”

Overall, Halpin says his hope is that Air Mobility Command and Jump Simulation can work together in the future to solve health care problems and improve care for patients.

Learn more about Jump and OSF Healthcare here!

University of Nebraska Medical Center Gains New ‘Simulation in Motion’ Truck

Norfolk to be home of new ‘Simulation in Motion’ truck

Norfolk Daily News recently shared a news story highlighting how the University of Nebraska Medical Center unveiled four “Simulation in Motion” trucks at a special ceremony last Wednesday in Omaha. Looking for resources on how to build your own mobile simulation truck? Check out the numerous recorded courses on SimGHOSTS.org!

The 44-foot long, dual-axle customized trucks soon will be deployed and stationed in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff. The UNMC College of Nursing has divisions in those cities. The customized trucks, funded by a $5.5 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, feature a mobile simulation, real-life training experience designed to increase life-saving training opportunities through high-tech simulation. The training is free and targeted to rural emergency medical service agencies and rural critical access hospitals.

“We are excited to partner with UNMC to bring state-of-the-art simulation training to rural communities,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Gail Suhr, an emergency medical technician with Bloomfield Ambulance Service, is excited about the prospects of the training. “After 34 years in the emergency medical services, this is one of the best things to happen, and I hope everyone takes advantage of it. There’s so much we can learn through these trucks,” Suhr said.

The trucks feature dual slide-out room extensions, a simulated emergency room and an ambulance, as well as computerized mannequins that talk, breathe, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions of the learners. They can die and be revived over and over again. Each mobile unit is outfitted with supplies to recreate a realistic environment for learners that includes: pre-programmed computerized medical and trauma scenarios; monitors that display vital signs of patient simulators; and audio and video recording/playback capabilities.

Featured Job Listing: Standardized Patient Educator at Florida International University

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Check out this featured job post from Florida International University, for a Standardized Patient Educator! See all our medical simulation jobs listings!

ABOUT FIU

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU @ I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is currently seeking a Program Coordinator to join our team of professional.
Duties include:

  • Develops a recruitment, training and supervising plan for Standardized Patient Program participants.
  • Coordinates, manages, and supervises teaching and assessment activities involving medical students, interns, residents, physicians and other professions using Standardized Patients.
  • Provides training to standardized patients to include but not limited to feedback training, best practices for SP Education, current training techniques, and quality control procedures.
  • Assists in the orientation of students, residents and others to the activity and center.
  • Works with the Simulation Operations Manager and the Simulation Specialist in EMS (Education Management Solution) software to set up learner events.
  • Collaborates in case development and scenario design with the Medical Director for teaching and assessment activities involving standardized patients.
  • Assists with the promoting and implementation of Standardized Patient program services for the community.
  • Works with simulation administrator to create and design recruitment and marketing materials and website pages for distribution to potential applicants and program users.
  • Acts as a liaison to internal and external customers.
  • Maintains proficiency in existing and emerging trends in the use of Standardized Patients in medical education including basic theory, design and implementation, by maintaining a literature base, evaluating new methods and materials, and participating in education opportunities (travel to standardized patients educator conferences – ASPE).
  • Manages payroll for SPs and maintains budget for Standardized Patient Program. Reports to Medical Director at quarterly meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning tasks that are logically related.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of office or related experience.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two (2) years of experience with Standardized Patients in medical education, health and/or educator background preferred.
  • Familiarity with teaching and assessment methods and technologies involved in the use of Standardized Patients preferred.

HOW TO APPLY
For more information or to apply, please visit us on-line at http://careers.fiu.edu and reference job opening ID 513053. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest accompanying their curriculum vitae with names and addresses of three professional references.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Apply Here for this FIU position!